Colin Cowherd: Kobe’s Career Just A Blur Of Jumpers
When nitpicking over the career of one of the NBA's most prolific, accomplished scorers, you've got two options.
Option A) Find some insignificant advanced stat mash-up that boils down his impact on a basketball game to a single number.
Option B) Make some subjective assessment about the player's relative lack of notable moments.
Colin Cowherd went with Option B today on his radio program, suggesting that Kobe's career has had "very few snapshot moments."
i have asked five people this. give me kobe's two greatest moments? no one can give them to me. i can think of larry bird and magic and michael jordan moments. i was at the laker game, the alley-oop to shaq, behind the basket, 12 to 15 rows deep. because i was there -- to me it's the play with shaq but that is more about shaq. kobe is just in the play. he had 81 against toronto. that is not a moment. that is a game. well, there was that one series. that is not a moment. i'm talking about snapshots, pictures. give me one with kobe. not many out there. it's not a shot at kobe. it's just the way it works. maybe the media is different today. but i have got some snapshots of larry bird. remember he shoots the jumper, missed it, runs over and grabs it left-hand. i think it was against the rockets. magic has a couple of passes that when he takes the ball in his hand, he reinvented some of his passes. same with karl malone. karl malone's career is a blur of free-throws and pick-and-rolls with john stockton. malone scored a bunch. maybe it works this way with golfers and surfers. i don't know. but Kobe's career, for the magnificent nature of it, the health of it, the profound length of it, very few snapshot moments. a blur of jumpers. a lot of them went and he scored a ton of points. Carmelo Anthony to a large degree is like that for me. ten years of a lot of jumpers. i don't have a memorable one. it's weird, right? It's odd.
This is about as semantic a basketball argument as there is, but it's fun to debate because either way, it doesn't matter if Cowherd is right or not. On one hand, Kobe has had moments in his career that Laker fans will remember him by (namely, the behind-the-back-reverse-dunk against the Nuggets in 2003). Remember?
On the other hand, one could argue that he stole his entire game from Michael Jordan -- no small feat, mind you -- and because of that, he's produced fewer uniquely "Kobe" highlights. The NBA compiled 10 of Kobe's greatest moments two years ago, and they definitely aren't as spectacular as you'd expect from a shooting guard with the third-most points in NBA history.
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