Success. Adaptation. Perception. Explosion. Domination. Beastion. Success At Success.
Welcome to the Kobe System. Some know it as a marketing scheme for Kobe’s shoe line, others recognize it as #24’s greatness on the basketball court.
On Monday, Kobe passed Shaq for 5th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Shaq immediately responded via Twitter to congratulate Bryant.
Bryant’s 28,601 points is just five ahead of Superman. Kobe and Shaq shared a 3-peat from 2000-2002. A public feud led to Shaq’s trade to Miami in 2004. The competitive relationship has had its moments. Ultimately, both had a monumental influence on one another, and the Laker organization.
Kobe Talks about his relationship/success with Shaq:
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 (1,560 games)
- Karl Malone 36,928 (1,476 games)
- Michael Jordan 32,292 (1,072 games)
- Wilt Chamberlain 31,419 (1,045 games)
- Kobe Bryant 28,601 (1,128 games)
- Shaq 28,596 (1,207 games)
So now I’ll attempt to break down the Kobe System …
Success: 5x Champion
Adaptation: 2 Championships without Shaq, MVP in both finals
Perception: 2003 sexual assault allegations…his image took a turn for the worse
Explosion: just watch this video
Beastion: ya, watch the video.
Success at Success: 2nd highest paid athlete behind Tiger Woods. $53 million in 2011
Kobe is arguably the best player in the NBA. He’s better than LeBron. Reopen the discussion when someone else in the NBA amounts a ring for each finger. Until then, I’ll take Kobe.