Considering I run a Lakers’ site, it’s probably a bit strange I write so little about Kobe Bryant. Sure, he gets mentioned in game previews and recaps (like Thursday night’s) or an occasional analysis piece, but singling him out for a long form post on whatever relevant topic isn’t something I do very often.
Maybe it’s because after 20 years there’s little new to say. Or maybe it’s just because, after 20 years of Kobe being Kobe — and all that comes with that — I have tired of the hot takes, brush back, manic praise, and furious head nodding that comes from anything written about the man.
Kobe is an interesting subject to discuss, however. When done thoughtfully — or even when it’s not — it drives conversation and allows zealots, haters, and everyone in between a chance to speak their mind on the man who, more so than any great player I can recall, is so polarizing.
I bring all this up because this week was when Kobe’s #NBARank was disclosed on ESPN. He came in at 93 and…well, who cares. I don’t. My take can be summarized here in three simple tweets and that’s basically all I have to say on that.
The more interesting thing that came out of this Kobe discussion, for me at least, was a companion piece to the ranking, written by ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. Holmes revealed the “first in a series on how league insiders view the Lakers’ rebuild” which was focused on Kobe and how he’s viewed*.