|Posted by Mike Cole on October 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM|
There are few words that can describe a player with as many accolades as Kobe. You could use words like scorer, leader, or veteran just to name a few. But what words can we use to describe what 2013 might be like for Kobe.
Kobe won’t be going easy and sticking with the salad bar this year. He has talent on his team and he knows it. He is thirsty for blood. He is on the most talked about team over the offseason, and possibly the most talented team that he has been on since 2003.
There is no reason for Kobe to try and play it safe during the 2012-2013 season. Last year he finished second in the league in scoring, he is still an MVP candidate in this league. Therefore the only goal for the Mamba should be a championship.
It is no secret that Kobe has never been the best teammate in the NBA. We’ve seen disputed with Shaq, among other players over his 16 year career in the league. However this year has potential for change because Kobe and Dwight actually get along. During Howard’s debut we saw Kobe attempting no look passes to Howard, and even a couple lobs.
We haven’t heard anything from the media about the two superstars butting heads. A trend that should continue into the 2012-2013 season.
Kobe has never been looked at as the most friendly player in the league, but if you talk to a Kobe fan this year, there should be a new word added to their basketball vernacular, trust.
It is no question among NBA fans that Kobe is now among the game’s all time elite players, but the question is “exactly where does Kobe rank among the all time greats in the NBA?”.
A sixth ring with the Lakers, something that no Laker has never accomplished, but something that Kobe has the opportunity to obtain in the upcoming season. If Kobe is able to do this it might just cement his legacy as greater than that of any Laker in the hearts of fans.
Also in the statistical category, Kobe has only missed the playoffs in one out of his sixteen seasons. He is currently third on the all-time playoff scoring list. It shouldn’t be too hard for the superstar to break the record (the requirements listed in my previous article), seeing that he is in fact Kobe, and scoring wise, he has been a record breaker his whole career.