My Beef with Kobe Part IV: Final Thoughts August 19, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, NBA, Sports.
We’ve finally reached the end of the series discussing my beef with Kobe Bryant. I enjoyed reading the comments and I was suprised to read that many of you somewhat agreed with me. Living in L.A., it is extremely rare to see someone acknowledge the many flaws Kobe has as a person and a teammate.
The main reason why I wrote this series is due to the fact that so many fans of Bryant get caught up in his amazing talent, overlooking how much of a selfish player he is. Sure, his selfishness isn’t shown flamboyantly like other athletes such as Terrell Ownens, but that’s largely due to the fact that Bryant is extremely careful of how he’s perceived through the media. Kobe Bryant is an athlete that cares about his image and wants to be liked by everyone, but like I said in Part III, a person’s true colors are shown when things are going bad.
I think this summer, many fans saw a glimpse of the real Kobe Bryant. By going to the media first and belittling management and teammates, Bryant showed a lack of respect for the entire Laker organization. I was somewhat disgusted at that ordeal, especially when he demanded to be traded. I think it’s important to note that Kobe Bryant is not the only player in NBA history that has been mislead by management. I guess if Kobe demanded a trade, players like Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, and Kevin Garnett should have just retired a long time ago. These were all players that did not recieve any help for years, and still managed to be somewhat classy about things and keep their issues with the team within the organization.
It’s funny to think that Bryant had all the help he needed when Shaq was there. I’m not going to say that Kobe drove Shaq out, but he certaintly didn’t petition him to stay either. Shaq is a player that wants to win championships, and I think he’s proven to be a team player and a very likeable teammate. If Kobe wasn’t in such a hurry to be the man, I firmly believe the Lakers would have won atleast 2 more championships.
Now, Kobe is in a postion that he’s only brought upon himself. He has no help, and there aren’t any signs that any will be arriving any time soon. I don’t see the Lakers drastically improving their team in the near future, and I only see Kobe getting more and more frustrated with management. This will undoubtly lead to Kobe showing more and more of his real personality, and readers might very well be seeing an extended version of My Beef with Kobe in the near future.