This Off-Season’s Winner? Kobe Bryant’s (Potential) Legacy

I understand the hate for the Heat. And I will certainly be cheering against them all season, because they are a threat to the Lakers. (I’ve accepted the fact that there is no way they don’t win 60+ games next year with LeBron, relieved of the pressures of having to ball every night for his team to have a chance, sleep-walking his way to a 20-14-10 stat-line by season’s end).

LeBron James of the Miami Heat attends a welcoming party at the American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, FL (Photo by Jeff Daly / Meet The Famous) Photo via Newscom

While it’s okay for the Lakers Nation to hate the Heat, I think every one of us should be thankful for their existence.

That’s right: thankful.


Three years ago, after the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by 268 points in the decisive Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals, much was made about Kobe’s legacy.

He will never win anything without Shaq.

He will never be a guy who makes his teammates better.

He will go down as the best side-kick in the history of the NBA.

Kobe will never compare to Michael Jordan.

… and on and on and on.

I’m sure every Lakers fan in the country heard something along those lines. And when my friends were ribbing me about Kobe’s failures, I remember saying, “His career isn’t over yet. He just turned 30. The Lakers sun is still rising, not setting, like the Celtics.”

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