Which Kobe do you think is the overall better basketball player? Sure its the same guy, but both #8 and #24 represent two different eras of the Kobe Bryant legacy. So which one was your favorite, the perfect 'Robin" to Shaq and arguably the best sidekick in NBA history or the Black Mamba and reigning leader of today Laker team?
I want this to be a serious discussion, so please give reasons why you pick one over the other.
(#24) is more patient with teammates, and isn't out to prove a point every game. Still carries a chip on the shoulder which can help or deter his game. 24 is more skilled than 8, and for the most part, smarter. Very crafty, and capable of exploding for 40+ at any moment. Very clutch, good passer, footwork rivals the best in the game. Great work ethic. Defense has declined, so has athleticsim. First step is almost sometimes nonexistent, but makes up for this by being smart and crafty. Being arguably the most skilled player in the L doesn't hurt him either. Living Legend now for the most part.
(#8) was a ruthless scoring machine with little regard for a 'team concept' Didn't trust teammates, took everything personal, and was out to make a name for himself. Was so much more athletic it was crazy. Could string together 40 point games like it was nothing.(Had 9+,consecutivley, in 2002-2003.) Was much more explosive off the first step, and much more likley to go off for 45+.
Could be relentless on D when he wanted to. This is the Kobe that was trying to put his name in the history books at all costs, and that's what made him so dangerous/great. Work Ethic second to none. Insanley clutch, and elevation on jumper made jumpers/fadeaways almost unblockable. Footwork was great. Made impossible shots on a gamely basis. Crazy skills, and there was nothing KB8 couldn't do. Man was outscoring teams by himself through three quarters(32 mins.) Crazy.
Bassically, they're the same person with different attitudes, and different numbers, with about a 4 year age gap. Overall, I don't see how you can't go with KB24. He's just as talented, but smarter and more willing to defer. He's lost the athleticsim that made the game so much easier for him, but what he lost in athleticsim he gained in maturity. He's not as dangerous a scorer, but he's rounded his game so much more it makes up for that. Still, KB8 was IMO the greatest show of this decade to watch.
Last edited by Killer_Instinct : 06-10-2009 at 04:14 PM.
We got robbed out of two prime KB8 seasons from '03-'05 because of injuries and legal problems (people really underestimate how much the Colorado saga affected his play). I won't speculate though so I'll go with 24.