Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 1/30/13
If you were to quickly scan Kobe Bryant’s Basketball-Reference.com page, three things would quickly jump out at you. Ha ha. He looks funny with a fro. Wow, he’s played for a LONG time. Depending on the hour, his “All-Time Fan Ranking” on the site fluctuates between 95th and 120th. That last part jumps out at me the most. By almost any possible metric, Kobe Bryant is the second best shooting guard of all time and easily a top 15 player. I would put him higher, but we can all agree that top 15 is a safe assertion. Then why is he surrounded by guys like Glen Rice, Maurice Cheeks, and Jeff Hornacek? Because for the last fifteen years, basketball fans have been drinking the Kobe Haterade. It’s easy to point out the reasons for people to dislike Kobe: He started out his career as a spoiled ball hog. He had those hideous Adidas shoes. There was that whole situation in Colorado. And oh yeah, his fans said he was the next Michael Jordan. For one reason or another, Michael Jordan is sacred to
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