Below is my quick hit on Kobe, but the picture taken from game five maybe says more about him than I or anyone else ever could.
Congrats you rat bastards. And congratulations to Trevor Ariza for the inevitable contract you sign with whichever team that overpays for your services. Don’t party too hard guys (I’m looking at you Sasha)! And congrats go to Lamar Odom for re-signing for less than 10 million. IT’S NEAR THE BEACH DAMMIT!!!
And congratulations go to Kobe Bryant. Bryant’s fourth championship now puts him in elite company, with Tim Duncan and former teammate Shaquille O’Neal being the only other active players with four championship rings. Bryant’s win this season comes after a crushing loss to the Boston Celtics in the 2007-08 finals, and Olympic gold over last summer. He’s basically been going 110% for 18 months now, and deserves a break.
If he’ll take one, that is. He’s never been known to relax, watching game tape non-stop before and after he hits the gym on a daily basis. He’s a grinder, maximizing his talents and putting himself in the debate for the greatest players of all-time. He’s been top 10 for a while now, is easily in the discussion for top five, and may continue to go higher. Who’s better right now? Lebron, but he didn’t have a guy like Gasol and a coach like Phil Jackson to support him. Who’s better all-time? Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and ??? His name is entering that upper crust. There’s no denying him. He refuses to relent, makes new goals for himself, and aspires to be the greatest.
Still, Kobe deserves a rest. Perhaps he’ll actually get his finger worked on this summer, which he had trouble with going into the season. Who knows? The man is possessed and he’s earned everything on the court that’s come to him. I wonder if he’ll even be able to celebrate. He’s a complex dude who may not know what to do with himself if he’s not playing basketball. He doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that’ll go out with the boys or jetset to the islands. I’m just hoping he’ll allow himself to bask in the glory of his fourth title.