If You Need Him, He'll Be Elevating
I can't speak for my oh-so-melodramatic comrades, but I'm done with this NCAA shit. My beloved Jacks fell out so long ago; the school I'm currently enrolled in, and the apple of everyone's eye, are but a memory. And while I think my ancestral Heels are still in it, I don't want to know. Brendan and Julian Wright are both now beginning to really dawn upon my consciousness, and frankly, I'd rather save that for draft time.
I also want to take sole credit for Kobe's run of bombast. See, I keep not watching these games even though I'm home. Last weekend, I was suffering from basketball fatigue. And yesterday, I swore to watch the Grizz-letting, and ended up only briefly tuning in during the fourth. Part of me just didn't believe it could happen again.
Which brings me to my most notable assertion: people hating on Kobe at this point are just total fucking idiots. I'm sorry he's a borderline personality with a Machiavellian earth-plan. Too bad he drove Shaq out of town. Anyone on the internet still wanting to talk about Colorado, you clearly haven't spent enough time on the internet. Or suffer from an excess of conviction, which like has so little to do with a sustained discussion of American athletics.
Here's what's truth here: there is no way to minimize what Kobe stands for in a pure basketball sense. Even if you buy the "he's a selfish player" crap, there's one unavoidable snare: MERELY BEING SELFISH DOES NOT GET YOU ON THE LEVEL OF CHAMBERLAIN, JORDAN, AND BAYLOR. There have goblins full of triumphant scorers—"just scorers"—and yet none of them have been capable of this. I suppose you could venture that Kobe is such an asshole that he's pricked his way into rarefied territory. Yeah dude, that would make a ton of sense.
It's unbelievably difficult to score this much. I get the "81 was weak" or "what's your points if no one else shoots and the team is dirt" criticism of 65. Still, you can't just explain this away from personality flaws. Or violations of the Right Way. Look plant people, this shit is not easy. You can't come into it cheap. And if you watched Bryant play for a split-second, I'd like to think you'd grasp what an advanced basketball presence he is. He gets better every single year, to the point where footage from past rampages is almost embarrassing.
I said this during last year's 'offs: hate him, you're discrediting your own love of the sport. At this point, it reflects poorly on you as a thinking being.