Kobe Bryant’s Top 5 Statement Dunks

Kobe Bryant’s dunk on Omeka Okafor in Game 5 of the Conference Quarter-Finals was the tipping point of the entire series.  Much as been said, written and viewed regarding Bryant’s right-handed finish down the lane.  Bryant had been called for a foul on former teammate Trevor Ariza the series before that, and was given the continuation call.  Bryant, angered by the ref’s discretion, retaliated with a play that would have lasting effects until the Lakers eliminated the Hornets on Thursday night.

It was the kind of dunk that serves many purposes.  It wasn’t about sending a message to the Hornets.  It was meant to send a message to the Lakers.  It was as if his frustrations for losing games 1 and 4 were all rolled up into that one play.  That was Bryant’s motivational speech to his teammates.
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No doubt Bryant’s dunk will be clustered with his already lengthy highlight reel of dunks and finishes.  Bryant himself commented after the game that he doesn’t have a whole lot of those left in him, so they are definitely something to be savored and enjoyed.

I’m not here to over-analyze the play.  So for pure enjoyment’s sake, let’s take a look at Bryant’s top 5 statement dunks.  These are the dunks in traffic.  One on one.  Mano a mano.  No fastbreaks.  Like the bomb he dropped on Okefor, these are the dunks that we enjoy like it happened yesterday.

We’ll start with Okefor’s Thursday night funeral.  Statement:  Enough fooling around.  It’s time to win this series.

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