However, the awesomeness ended with an infamous quote from former Laker/Kobe antagonist Shaquille O’Neal.
“I want to personally congratulate Kobe on being the greatest Laker ever.”
Are you kidding me Shaq? Kobe Bryant? Really?
First of all, while I think Shaq was trying to be gracious and apologetic towards Bryant. I just think Shaq was not only waaaay off in his assessment of Bryant’s place in Laker history, but that he was such a prisoner of the moment.
Any NBA fan worth his/her weight should know a little bit about Laker history. And that history dictates that Bryant is not even the THIRD best player in Laker history.
Here is where I think Bryant ranks among the all-time Laker greats:
- Magic Johnson (and it is not even close, folks…)
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- George Mikan (the original dominant big man)
- Shaquille O’Neal
- Jerry West
- Kobe Bryant (he does not win three of his titles without Shaq)
- Wilt Chamberlain
- Elgin Baylor
Honorable mention: “Big Game” James Worthy
I am guessing that a few of you may disagree with my list. Lemme have it!!!