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.
It’s another achievement on the mantle for the 5x Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, and the 2008 league MVP.
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.