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Old 01-28-2020, 07:21 AM
BeagleJesus is offline
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Originally Posted by Jackknifed Juggernaut View Post
So then you should agree that Kobe (God rest his soul) isn't actually in the conversation. He was only "The Man" for 2 of his rings. IIRC, Shaq was for the first 3.
I think Kobe was The Man for 3 of his 5 championships. Obviously the 1A/1B dynamic between Shaq and Kobe is difficult to break down due to the immense talent of both guys but I think Kobe had finally overtaken Shaq as The Man (or 1A) on the Lakers by the third championship.

FYI...I do think the fact that Kobe wasn't The Man for all 5 does tarnish his position in the greatest of all time debate and firmly places him (somewhere) behind Magic in the rankings.