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
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jay-Z takes umbrage to LeBron James anointing himself ‘King of New York’

Mike Zimmer colorfully praises Case Keenum over gutsy play

Report: Kelly reached agreement with Florida, can back out

Broncos officially name Paxton Lynch starting QB for Week 12

Report: Chip Kelly expected to only consider UCLA, Florida

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Trump calls LaVar Ball a ‘poor man’s version of Don King’

Blake Griffin out partying at 3 a.m. with Kendall Jenner after blowout loss to Knicks

Reggie Jackson's trolling in an NBA of long-tailed narratives

Top storylines for college football's Rivalry Week

Gabby Douglas says she was also abused by Larry Nassar

MLB punishes Braves, bans former GM for life

NFL Week 12 predictions

College football Week 13 predictions

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

2017 Week 13 college football players to watch

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

Sports & Politics Intersect: Is Jerry out of his league?

The 'Wheelin' and Thielen in Minnesota' quiz

Follow Ben Simmons as he leads us to the NBA's unknown future

Winners and losers from NBA's first month

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

NFL Week 12 predictions

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

2017 Week 13 college football players to watch

The 'Wheelin' and Thielen in Minnesota' quiz

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

NFL Week 11 injury report

Sports & Politics Intersect: Is Jerry out of his league?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker