Re: Celtics, Most Talented Team in the League
posted at 11/19/2010 7:20 PM EST
In Response to Re: Celtics, Most Talented Team in the League
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Celtics, Most Talented Team in the League : How is that dumb? I don't get how some fans can't take any negative comments that are aimed at Bryant? Bryant is no MIKAN, Russell, Magic, MJ or Bird. He's a classy player, but easily at a level below those guys. The media hype machine makes him out to be better than what he actually is. Although at least he has won championships unlike Lebron James. You actually saw Russell win championships? Like, on TV at the time they were being played? For sure, the Lakers were a dominant team because of Shaq. He had the right pieces put around him by shrewd management. However if Shaq didn't join the team, you would be able to assume that the Spurs would have been the most dominant team in the West. Bryant just didn't have the ability to lead a team deep into the finals on his own. Unlike say an Allen Iverson. Perhaps with a combination of injury to other teams and luck Bryant may have been able to do it. Some players have the ability to lift the guys around them to great heights. And I don't believe Bryant has this ability. He can inspire his team mates during games, but he's not the type of leader that a Mikan, Russell, MJ, Magic and Bird were. Not to denigrate his ability, he's just not that type of player. Pierce and Bryant are the same in so many respects. Each needed good players around them to win titles. No player wins a title in the NBA alone, but those guys I mentioned could take a team by the scruff of it's neck and take them to a title. Usually by their personality as much as their ability.
Posted by RUWorthy[/QUOTE]
I'm not into "The media hype machine."
About the only thing you said RUWorthy, that I agree with is "Bryant is no MIKAN, Russell, Magic, MJ or Bird" - that's right, he doesn't need to be compared to other greats, he is his own player. That said Kobe is very much on the same level with those guys.
"...easily at a level below those guys"
Unfortunately, I think that because of your age, you imagine players of the past as more than they were - in your mind they are probably god-like. One thing you should practice doing when comparing one generation of players to another is that you keep in mind that the "greats" of the past were susceptible of having good and
bad games. It is human nature to view people (famous or otherwise) in a more favorable light after they have long retired. This happens with athletes, former presidents, parents, etc. etc. Kobe Bryant is one of the very best players of our generation with an amazing resume of accoplishments that are very much on the same level of the all time greats - and he is not even near retirement!
When you get a little older and when Kobe is long retired, your view of him might change. I mean you're talking about a guy who is trying to take his team to their fourth consecutive NBA finals!
Give your opinions time is all I'm saying.