I may stop watching the NBA!

This site is a basketball tips site. So I’m not supposed to be talking about a NBA superstar. But you know what, I don’t care! I’ve been watching the NBA since 93. Kobe Bryant has been my favorite player since 96. He may have played his last game last week. I hope not. I remember when he kept Jordan on his toes at the United Center in 97. I think he had 31 on MJ has a NBA sophomore! The same year during the All Star Game, he would have got the MVP if the NBA hadn’t decided to bench him on the last quarter so MJ could get his trophy! That’s when I realized Kobe was the best.

Unmatched skillset

You can call me crazy if you want, but I think no one in the history of the game has come close to Kobe in terms of skills. By skills I mean dribbling, passing, shooting, moves… The man can do it all, post up, shoot with the left hand and the right hand (from close and from distance), cross over… He can do all moves.

No one in the NBA has been able to master moves, skills, and basketball IQ from every position. Kobe has a better post up game than 90% of post players, better handles than most guards (better shot too)… To all Michael Jordan bandwagon riders… Do you think MJ had more skills than Kobe? Really?

Who else can do that? Most NBA player can’t do that with their strong hand!

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Kobe is a workoholic

I’m sure you heard the story of that trainer who worked out with Kobe and said he took a bench of jump shots going game speed at 5 am (At that time, most NBA players sleep. Some of them party!). Well I got this anecdote from a friend of mine who was close to a Laker. In 2006, Kobe had missed an important shot against the Phoenix Suns down the stretch at Phoenix. When the Lakers plane landed in LA around 3am. Kobe told the trainer to go to the gym with him. Once there, he took the same shot 1000 times at game speed!

Kobe plays defense

Come one man, how many 34 year older want to play defense on the opposite team best player and chase them for more than 30 minutes? I remember Michael Jordan was terrified to guard Allen Iverson in 97. Phil Jackson had to yell “MICHAEL” when he was supposed to guard Iverson on a mismatch. And you know it takes a lot to make the zen master yell 🙂 Kobe can guard one on one, five on five (he has great basketball IQ), he can read passing lanes… You won’t see Kobe shy away from contact like… I’m not going to say his name.

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Kobe is tough mentally

Remember when the young Lakers squad was playing the Jazz in the playoffs? Time out. Coach asks who wants to take the last shot. No one answers but 17 year old Kobe Bryant! Come on man, for us this is a game. To them, this is a job. They cling to job security when teenager Kobe goes out there to take the last shot like a champion! 

Kobe is one of the last players who has fundamentals

Most NBA players are not good basketball players. They’re great athlete who can run and jump and are pretty strong. Some of them got really good skill level. But the vast majority are basketball retards (Even some of the NBA superstars). Kobe is rarely out of position or caught of guard. Just listen to Kobe talk about basketball and you’ll realize how knowledgeable he is.

Toughness of the 90s and skills of the 2000s

I enjoy watching Kobe because his competitiveness reminds me of the 80s and the 90s. In those days, every player was tough. BUt Kobe is also a lot more skilled than most of the 80s and 90s guys.

You can tell the NBA is full of crap when Kobe only has one MVP trophy whereas he’s been the league’s best player since 98. He should have gotten at least 5.

Hopefully Kobe gets well soon. The NBA needs him to come back next year because he is their last true superstar.

 

About The Author

Coach

I am a former college, semi-pro, and professional basketball player from Paris, France. I am a FANATIC of basketball (can literally talk about the game for hours!). I decided to write all my basketball thoughts down so I can let my friends speak! My goal is help my team (readers, and followers) become better player/coach by sharing the best tips to improve basketball IQ, skills, athleticism, and motivation.