Thursday, January 22, 2009

Why Kobe-Haters are Silent


Every year I hear negative, unfavoring remarks about Kobe Bryant. Mr. Ball-Hog, Mr. Cry-Baby, Mr. Arrogant, I can go on and on. Allow me to try and fix these prefixes. Maybe in some miraculous way I can put a dent into those Kobe-Hater impenetrable heads that have difficulty letting go of the past. First thing's first, as a big fan I do see and acknowledge Kobe's bad behavior at times and I understand the frustration that comes along with being a fan, HOWEVER, does the tainted misconceived image of Kobe really depict how he's performed this season? I mean, let's give Kobe a clean slate here and really see what he's accomplished so far.

Mr. Ball-Hog Yes, Kobe can be a ball-hog but hasn't he proven that he can finish around any defender and make big shots when the team needs him to? As team captain, the team relies on his leadership game in and game out. Seasons ago, his teammates wouldn't help with pulling their load and Kobe was left to shoot more to fill in their gaps. This season is different, every Laker is playing much better and it seems that they are helping on the offensive. Kobe is the teams leading assists man with 5 assists per game. He's currently ranked 6th (SG) in the league in assists and is quickly moving closer to a career high average with 214 assists already. He's averaging 10+ assists in the last 4 games. Might I also add that his ppg average is lower than past years at 26.8 ppg. He is finding the open man and the open man is finishing. Kobe may be a ball-hog at times but I see Kobe passing the ball more this season because Bynum is healthy and playing well, Kobe's Mini Me, Ariza has been given more minutes (deservingly so) and overall his teammates are playing with greater confidence than before.
 
Mr. Cry-Baby Sure Kobe has helped the economy with his stock purchase in Kleenex but who hasn't shed a tear or two. I know I have. I cry every time I watch the ending to Jerry Maguire. Does this make me a cry-baby? Actually, I guess it does, but that's not the point here. It's evident that the Lakers organization does react to Kobe's tears in a positive way. They picked up Pau Gasol. They have successfully removed his deep rooted tear ducts with a much deeper rooted team. Did Kobe cry after losing to the Celtics in the NBA Finals last season? No, he collected himself, made the Olympic squad in the off season and regained the gold medal for the U.S.A. He then worked out with the team after Beijing, regrouped and made his presence felt early in the season with a 33-8 start.

Mr. Arrogant Yes, Kobe has a chip on his shoulder but why not? Doesn't he deserve to? MVP of last season, Olympic Gold Medalist, 3 time NBA Champion, he has proven to his fans that he can overcome any obstacle on and off the court. He is after all human. Yes, he screwed up big in Colorado, yes, that didn't help his image but afterwards he moved in the only direction he could, forward. The spoiled relationship with Shaq was an unfortunate episode in the Lakers Dynasty but it was bound to happen sooner or later. One spotlight isn't big enough for two stars as it appeared. Kobe is leading his team this season to the best start they've had in years. Only Orlando shares the top record. Kobe's leadership has ignited the team and his teammates are responding in a major way. Kobe, arrogant? Yes, justifiably so. An overbearing pride that is leading his team into another championship season.

In conclusion I leave you with an insert I found from an article written by Sam Anderson over at Slate.com. I chose this insert because it's well written and truly shows how passionate Kobe-haters are. (My favorite part I put in bold)
I don't hate Kobe for petty reasons: for his talent, for instance, which is beyond dispute and often gorgeous to watch, or because he sold out Shaq, or because he's an adulterer, or because his face looks like a weasel. I can forgive all of that. I don't even hate him because the referees surround him with a sacred halo of gentle touching (he was once so coddled in a playoff game that Ralph Nader had to start agitpropping about it), or because he's skewed the self-perceptions of pickup ball-hogs across the nation, or even because he makes close to my yearly salary every time he scores a basket. This is all irritating but peripheral. The true source of my rage is much, much deeper: I hate Kobe Bryant's rotten and derivative soul.
Entire article can be read here: http://www.slate.com/id/2167302/fr/flyout

14 comments :

  1. lol yeah he might be the best player ever.. but i still don't like him as a person so sftu laker liker. maybe you just want kobe beef in you.

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  2. wow won't even let someone post a comment.. you have to approve it first? LOL loser

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  3. i can't believe you took the time to write an persuasive essay on kobe HAH

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  4. get a life, work out, you probably suck at basketball thats why

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  5. "LAKER-LIKER" likes KOBE BEEF should be the title of this page

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  6. how does that kobe beef taste? did kobe give you a sample after your praise to him on here? small? big? arrogant? sweaty?

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  7. HAHAHAH r u jealous of his fake done up plastic wife? cause she gets his kobe beef

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  8. i can;t wait till hes old enough so i wont see his ass play. but i actually can wait cause im young :)

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  9. i think kobe said your gay for writing a whole article about him

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  10. rooting for the lakers is so retarded. they have midget fischer, fat girl lover odom, and effing european pizza man with nasty long hair

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  11. idk about you but its kinda hard rooting for someone like that mainly because id rather poke myt eyes out. Im guessing people that are arrogant as well probably only like him cause they can relate to him

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  12. fuck, kobe bryant shouldnt be compared to MJ or one of the best person to play the game. no where not even close. he can never be as good as Michael Jordan. NEVER. not even half way

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