In June of 2011, Kobe might have the opportunity to achieve one of the most anticipated milestones of his illustrious career – reaching even ground with Michael Jordan in the championship race. Having drawn so many comparisons to the largely acclaimed Greatest of All-Time, accomplishing this feat would easily be one of the most paramount moments of Kobe’s career.
Throughout his 14 years in the league, Kobe has played on some amazing teams, and he has been right near the top of every single one. From his first three-peat with Shaquille O’Neal to his current championship run with Pau Gasol, Kobe has not only established himself as an unparalleled talent, but as a tremendous leader and player. Tying Jordan in terms of championships won would be more than outstanding for Kobe. He is one of the hardest working and most determined players of all-time. That, paired with his high basketball IQ and prodigious amount of talent, it’s not surprising that Kobe has accomplished as much as he has since being drafted out of high school.
Even if Kobe goes on to win more than six championships in his career, whatever his reaction is to that sixth title, will be so memorable and iconic, that one would be hard pressed to conceive a more Kobe-esqe moment to immortalize forever. Until that happens, however, this is merely a “what if.”
Nevertheless, the Lakers have a very good opportunity to be celebrating in June for the third consecutive season, and if they are, expect to see this idea move closer to the number one spot. Shout out to Benjamin Michael Ortiz, Emmanuel Johnson, Justin Hudson and Michael Bush for suggesting this idea on the Lakers Nation’s Facebook page!