Originally Posted by Da_Realist
The difference between Kobe and MJ
You have to surround Kobe with the perfect team for him to win. Jordan made flawed teams seem perfect.
This is where the disconnect is. It's not just Jordan. All the greatest leaders do this. The Man is supposed to be the difference between flawed and seemingly perfect.
Kobe fans are clamoring for a bench, a point guard (preferably an All Star, at that) and would love to upgrade from Bynum to Dwight Howard.
Well, no sh*t Kobe may win that way. But that's also why Kobe will never get the credit they want him to get.
Wow, really good post.
It's also why Jordan considered himself a "utility man" doing whatever it takes to fill in the holes to make the team a complete threat.
Jordan didn't spend his absolute PEAK from ages 27 (1990), 28 (1991), 29 (1992), 30 (1993) playing for a crappy team, attempting to score as many points as he could. Whether it was 62 in 3 quarters, or 81 points, etc. He had to be a complete player to make his team a championship threat.
Kobe always has and always will seem more content with just being that guy who scores, and attempts to put up insane PPG numbers. That's why as you said, even Lakers fans realize the limitations that's why they lust for star caliber play-making PGs, and superstar caliber Cs to help keep Kobe relevant, as opposed to the other way around.
Besides 2008, that was the one season where I felt Kobe wasn't enamored with being simply a scorer, he let the game come to him naturally, and truly was a very, very great all around player that season.
A true MVP. He created for himself, but not excessively, and took the time to create for others as well. Ashame he hasn't been able to duplicate that season.