Can I be honest with y'all?
I've mentioned this on NT before.
That pic right there brings back pain. Legit.
Sealed the deal for me.
"These are my confessions."
I already was weary of Kobe, before being drafted. Had a bad taste by the time he arrived. Then I could see it would be more him, less Quick 6.
And I loved Eddie's approach and playing style. Good people.
Really wanted him to win with the Heat and Grizzlies.
But really wanted him to win... with us.
Not him. *points to the left*
*points to the right* Him.
I dont post in here nearly enough being an avid lakers fan but i understand where you are coming from. although i am a kobe die hard i DEF had friends who were fully on the Shaq and Van Excel Jones bandwagon. It was almost looked like Kobe was some sort of pretentious guy who was just going to be given the keys to the car.
I used to tell them tho that you could look at it that way or look at it as someone who wanted so bad to be in the pantheon of greatness with other NBA legends. I am 30 and I remember watching Jordan growing up and having all the Jordans and being so captivated by him. His game, his physicality, his will, his coolness. The closest thing i ever saw to that was Kobe. Not Grant Hill, not T Mac, not Vince Carter, not Lebron, not Wade, Kobe.
I became an EVEN BIGGER fan during the colorado case. How could a guy who had soo much lose sooo much in such a short time. It soon became the cool thing to REALLY hate kobe. He did things that weren't the coolest things ever, but in this post jordan era, he was not only who i had, but the fight in his eyes every night he took the floor and the offensive and defensive assault he did on a nightly basis was incredible to see. Something i am confident ZERO other ballers from 96'-present (maybe russell westbrook but he never faced that trial) possess. and I'm sure EJ didn't have that.
With that being said and my waaaaaay too long soliloquy about Kobe, as a Lakers fan, i respect 100000% you and a couple of my friends views on EJ and Nick the quick.