Sporting news: NBA athlete of the decade- Kobe Bryant
Old 09-24-2009, 08:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is he the next Michael Jordan? Can he win a title without Shaquille O'Neal? Is he still better than LeBron James? When it comes to Bryant, the talking points have always missed the mark. No player in the history of the sport has been as hell bent on muscling up and improving his game every offseason. Bryant continues to set the bar on hard work, and there's no sign of anyone reaching his level in that regard.

The numbers say...
Bryant: 28.2 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, one MVP, four titles
Duncan: 21.2 points per game, 11.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, two MVPs, three titles

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SportingNews.com voting
Bryant 55%
Duncan 45%

They say...
Former Lakers teammate Shaquille O'Neal's case for Bryant: "The thing about Kobe is that, over the course of my career, I have never played with anyone who was as fierce as he is. By fierce I mean just having that extra killer instinct that you know when the game is on the line he is not going to shy away from the big shot, he is not going to make excuses. If we would go into the fourth quarter, playoffs or just some game in the season and we were within a little bit of the other team, Kobe was not going to shy away from the challenge of getting the win. He was going to take the shots."

Bryant says...

Our pick's memory of the decade: "This year meant a lot. We won a championship. It was satisfying, very satisfying, because we put in a lot of time and effort to fix things and get better. It's a great memory. I feel that we just had such a great team, such a fun team, from our chemistry to the way we executed. We went through some years and years of frustration to get to that point."

SN PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2001: Allen Iverson
2002: Tim Duncan
2003: Tim Duncan
2000: Shaquille O'Neal
2004: Kevin Garnett
2005: Shaquille O'Neal
2006: LeBron James, Steve Nash
2007: Dirk Nowitzki
2008: Kobe Bryant
2009: LeBron James

--Contributing: Sean Deveney, Steve Greenberg

A longer version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 28, 2009, edition of Sporting News magazine. If you are not receiving the magazine, subscribe today, or pick up a copy, available at most Barnes & Noble, Borders and Hudson Retail outlets.



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Old 09-24-2009, 09:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Correction in the article. Duncan also has 4 titles not 3.

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Old 09-25-2009, 07:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Duncan easily. Boo.
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unfortunately, Duncan just isnt the 'sexy' pic kobe is...
who do you think will sell a magazine if he's pictured on the cover... kobe or tim?
exactly.
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Who gives a shit if he was fierce?

Duncan does everything Kobe does with none of the bullshit attitude, none of the belittling of his own teamates, none of the stupid HS level social spats in the media with his ex-teamates, and none of the Horrible off court "rape trial" settlements that somehow time has taken care of for him in our ADD simpleton North American society.

Fuck Kobe.
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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"athlete" of the past decade, not better player.

Duncan is nowhere near the "Athlete" that Kobe is.

Duncan is a fundamentally solid as a player could ever possibly be and is as effective as hell.

Kobe can dunk over three people on the opposite side of the rim that he jumps from, Kobe can drop 81 points in a game.
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"athlete" of the past decade, not better player.

Duncan is nowhere near the "Athlete" that Kobe is.

Duncan is a fundamentally solid as a player could ever possibly be and is as effective as hell.

Kobe can dunk over three people on the opposite side of the rim that he jumps from, Kobe can drop 81 points in a game.
Kobe has great fundamentals too but the man is fast, strong and can flat out jump out of the gym. He's the greatest athlete.

Athletic abilities + skills + career success = Kobe Bryant, NBA Athlete of the Decade.

I'm thinking if Kobe did not win a title this year Duncan would be the guy. Kobe officially jumped out of Shaq's shadow in terms of the playoffs.
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unfortunately, Duncan just isnt the 'sexy' pic kobe is...
who do you think will sell a magazine if he's pictured on the cover... kobe or tim?
exactly.
depends on what mag you're trying to sell

Duncan on Home and Garden and Martha's Magazine (if she still has one) Forbes??
the rest goes to Kobe
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