Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 4/21/13
While he is injured, we should call Kobe the “Instagramba”. The evolution of Kobe Bryant as he has gotten older has been remarkable. He has always maintained the same high level on the court even in his 17th season, but the change off the court has been the most shocking thing of all. A lot of the criticism of Kobe, and one of the reasons I wasn’t a huge fan early on, was that appeared to be a single minded automaton. A robot bred for one purpose and one purpose only. Take the blueprint of Michael Jordan, from the way he played on the court to the way he answered questions off it, and try to be exactly like that. He was so measured and calculating that we never got to see his real personality. It is why people were so critical after the incident in Eagle, we enjoyed seeing the robot catching a virus. But with advanced age (in basketball terms, because damn, he is two years younger than me) I guess he has mellowed out and with a legacy already cemented and most questions answered,...
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