What did Samaki Walker do without Kobe?
Kobe doesn't give a flying fuck what you, me, or anybody else thinks of him as a teammate, whether it be good or bad. Why? He's got 5 reasons on each of his fingers on one hand. And if it came hell or high water, he was going to find a way and do whatever he had to do to win. THAT'S what I'm referring too, THAT'S what SHAQ and all those legends were referring to as to why they'd take him over LeBron.
If I want a guy who's going to make me feel good, feel involved, and be a friend, sure I'd go with LeBron.
If I want a guy who's going to push my buttons, test me, light a fire under my ass, and do whatever it takes to win, I'm taking Kobe no questions asked.
No that can't be "written off". Shaq was dead serious when he said that!
You're really going to ask me if I'll take the word of some forgettable name who came off the bench most of his career over the word of one of the top 5 greatest centers and top 10 greatest players of all-time, who played with BOTH OF THEM? Give me a break! What does Shaq have to be bitter about? 4 rings and not winning a 5th? Ridiculous. If anything, that would just further my earlier point that Shaq needed Kobe more than Kobe needed Shaq.
So what if Kobe was "selfish" or "a lousy teammate", if being a lousy teammate gets you 5 championships, and an actual winning record in the Finals (5-2), than maybe LeBron (2-4) should try being a lousy teammate as well.
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