Naw I mean the only thing people were hanging over Kobe’s head was he never won season/finals MVP or a Chip without Shaq. The Kobe mentality and determination was fueled by this. I personally think that was him at his best.So he wasn't a complete player because he wasnt better than a prime Shaq? Not sure if 08-10 kobe was better than a prime Shaq either.
100% agree he was much more knowledgeable about the game when he was 24 and had more fire in his eyes to do whatever needed to be done.there was no kobe better than the 07-08 & 08-09 seasons kobe.
it was around the time when he would do dunks and when he’d land, he’d run with his arms out like like a plane like soccer players did.
that window of time was true PRIME kobe and both seasons he wore 24.
Frobe was nice too dont get me wrong. He mos def was a beast but he was so young that his understanding of the game did not match his athleticism.
when PEAK athleticism meets PEAK knowledge, THATS when a player is in his prime.
06,07,08 was when kobe was @ his most unstoppable. just sux the teams were horrible (with the exception of 0 eight) and they kept getting bounced in the first round by the suns.
Loved that jersey.
I wasn't a Lakers fan, and I had just become a Kobe fan at this point (OG Hater from '96-'03), but, when this issue came out...I almost wanted that jersey...almost. I gotta find that magazine when I go back home.
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