Kobe Debate


The end of a historic career is tonight on ESPN 2 @ 10:30 ET against the Utah Jazz. We’ll probably never see another player like him so embrace tonight and his remarkable moments.

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With that being said, I want to ask you all a few questions. I’m curious to read your answers.

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Will you be watching Kobe’s last game or the Golden State Warriors attempting to get win number 73?

Where does Kobe rank all-time to you?

Who’s legacy is better, Kobe or Derek Jeter?

Who had the better career, Kobe or Duncan?

Who’s the best Los Angeles Laker ever, Kobe or Magic?

And dare I even ask, Kobe or MJ?

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I’ll share my thoughts later but I want to see what you guys have to say.

10 thoughts on “Kobe Debate

  1. Fortunately for me, I have the ability to watch both games so I don’t have to choose, but if I did I think I would have begrudgingly chosen the farewell to Kobe. He is the first player of my generation that I got the pleasure of watching his entire career and though I loved to hate him, his talent was undeniable and I will definitely miss him.

    All time is hard to rank only because I know there are a lot of great players before my time, that MUST go into that discussion. I will say this, of the last 25 years, he is definitely top 5. In no particular order, MJ, Kobe, LeBron, Steph, Shaq.

    Kobe, to me, had the better legacy of him and Jeter. I never remember Jeter having to work very hard for the affection of the people. Kobe, on the other hand, thrived off the hate. He always did what he wanted, even down to not coming to play for my Hornets all those years ago. Watching him win his championships was both hard and impressive. And even though they both played for legendary teams, Kobe’s legacy will be talked about more.

    Duncan wins for better career. He’s played smarter and has therefore been able to stretch it out as long as he’s wanted. Plus he’s had better teams over longer periods.

    I never watched Magic play, but from what I’ve heard, researched, and seen I’ll say Magic.

    Hands down I take MJ. He was the first of his kind, anyone after him tries to duplicate him or is compared to him.

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  2. I crashed after our screening of Barbershop on Wednesday so didn’t see either game. I would have watched the Warriors over Kobe because the Warriors are so much more fun to watch than this year’s Lakers.

    Kobe is top 20 all-time for me but I don’t think he makes my top ten.

    I think Kobe probably has a greater legacy than Jeter because Kobe ended up being the bridge between MJ and LeBron. Jeter didn’t really get to that level as the best in the league, his legacy is being consistently great for 20+ years. Which is still amazing but at his peak Kobe was the best player in the league and I’m not sure you could ever say that about Jeter.

    I’d take Duncan over Kobe if I had to choose. Maybe the only difference is Popovich and the Spurs organization but Duncan won consistently over his whole career while Kobe was reduced to chucking on some mediocre to terrible teams in the mid-00s and the last few years (though in fairness, at least one of those seasons was a write off because of injuries). That gives Duncan my vote.

    Magic and the Showtime Lakers are still the iconic Lakers teams for me, though Shaq and Kobe from 2000-2002 are right up there, especially the year they came back to beat Portland topped off by that incredible Kobe-to-Shaq alley-oop. But those were Shaq’s teams, not Kobe’s, and that gives Magic the edge.

    And finally, MJ over Kobe, and it’s not close for me. Jordan is the G.O.A.T. while Kobe is a ways down the list after Kareem, Magic, Bird, Russell, Chamberlain, and others (I’d put Shaq and Duncan ahead of Kobe as well). And that’s no disrespect to Kobe but while he certainly reminded me of Jordan, he never got to that level (though who did?).

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  3. Bonsoir mon Ami ou Amie VIVE LE BASKET
    Je viens tout en douceur
    Avec mon petit sourire
    Et ma bonne humeur
    Te souhaiter tout ce qu’il peux y avoir de meilleur dans ce monde
    Passe une belle soirée
    Une très belle fin semaine surtout avec du soleil
    Je te fais un très grand signe d’amitié
    Pleins de bisous pour embellir cette amitié qui règne entre nous depuis xxx temps
    Bernard

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    1. That’s what makes the debate interesting. I mean you can’t compare RBI’s to points but can compare their legacies and impact on the sport itself. It’s just a different twist.

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