go to MSN.com
Found December 07, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:

Via Larry Brown Sports:

Some of the greatest players in the history of the NBA have worn Los Angeles Lakers uniforms. With so many Hall of Famers having hoisted championship banners for L.A., it’s almost impossible to label one of them the greatest Laker of all time. Jerry West, who won an NBA title, made it to the Finals nine times and was a 14-time all star, would be in the discussion. However, West emphatically gives that title toKobe Bryant.

“What he has accomplished with this team, I don’t think there’s any question in my mind at this point in time – because of him being with this team for his whole career – that he has been the greatest Laker player,” West told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. “I do think he’s the greatest Laker player we’ve ever seen.

“He has an incredible desire to win and excel, and his work ethic and his skill level are what places him among the truly great, great players we’ve ever had in this league.”

Shaquille O’Neal dominated the playoffs and earned three NBA FInals MVP awards with the Lakers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took home five championship rings and three league MVP awards. Magic Johnson combined all of the aforementioned accolades, winning five NBA championships, three NBA MVPs, and three Finals MVPs. All are worthy of being in the discussion.

Kobe recently became the youngest player to ever reach 30,000 points in his career, and every one of them came in a Lakers uniform. He has won five championships and two Finals MVPs with L.A., and there’s no reason he can’t win a sixth. If Bryant wins a sixth ring, the Kobe vs. Michael Jordan debate may become more heated than ever. But if that day should come, there will be little debate as to who is the greatest Laker of all time.

1 Comment:
  • Dwight Howard is stupid,plain and simple,a laker cancer.
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Kobe Bryant's 30,000th point from all angles

LA Laker Kobe Bryant became the youngest NBA player to score his 30,000th point last night. Bryant is 5th all time. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 2 Karl Malone 36,928 3 Michael Jordan... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com

Kobe Bryant Becomes Youngest Player in NBA History to Reach 30,000 Points

Kobe Bryant engraved his name into the history books even more than it already is, tonight. Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the summit of 30,000 points, at just 34 years, 104 days old. A feat only four other players have accomplished in the history of the league — Wilt Chamberlain (31,419 points), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928...

Bryant eclipses 30,000, Lakers beat Hornets

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. Bryant entered the game needing only 13 points to eclipse the scoring milestone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was perhaps...

Rate Kobe Bryant's New Commercial

Kobe Bryant and Turkish Airlines.. What?

30,000 point milestone for Kobe Bryant

Ballertainment Kobe Bryant becomes fifth NBA player to score 30,000 points Kobe Bryant hit a milestone today that put him in a unique “fraternity.” He scored his 30,000th career point in the NBA and became the fifth player to do so behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, and Wilt Chamberlain. Bryant surpassed Shaquille O’Neal on the list Wednesday when the...

Kobe youngest to 30,000 points

Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. Bryant entered the game needing only 13 points to eclipse the scoring milestone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was perhaps the least spectacular...

Kobe Bryant By The Numbers

Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to score over 30,000 career points. Here’s a unique look at Bryant’s intriguing scoring numbers throughout his seventeen seasons.

Looking Back On My Favorite Of Kobe’s 30,000 Points

As you know, Kobe Bryant joined an elite group as the Lakers defeated the Pelicans on Wednesday night.  With his driving score at the 1:15 mark of the second quarter, Bryant became the NBA’s fifth 30,000-point scorer, putting his name among the likes of Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  Pretty special company for one of the most remarkable...

Durant outduels Bryant in win over Lakers

OKLAHOMA CITY The pregame get-together was neither warm or with any feeling. That was obvious. Think pageant hug at center court, but with less emotion. No enthusiasm. Almost like it was mandatory. Then again, it's not like Kobe Bryant is going to embrace Kevin Durant or really much of anything Durant does these days. Yet here they were, a game after Bryant surpassed 30,000...

Kobe Bryant steals ball from Austin Rivers, throws down two-handed dunk (Video)

For those of you that think Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is getting a tad old, you might want to check out this clip. During Wednesday night's game against New Orleans Hornets, Kobe picks the pocket of rookie guard Austin Rivers and takes it to the other end for a two-handed slam dunk:

Kevin Durant: Kobe Bryant's an 'old fart'

Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, who is now at 10,517 career points after scoring 36 in the Thunder's 114-108 victory over the Lakers Friday night, remembers growing up and watching Kobe Bryant dominate.  “I didn't really get to see a lot of Jordan in his prime,” said Durant, who then playfully took a jab at Bryant. “But seeing Kobe, I know he's an old fart.”...

Houston Rockets radio announcer Craig Ackerman disses Lakers with "poopy pants" joke (Video)

A couple of days ago, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was quoted by media members telling Pau Gasol to put on his "big boy pants".Well, it appears that Gasol and the Lakers forgot their "big boy pants" as they blew a 13-point lead in a loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.During the Houston radio telecast of the game, announcer Craig Ackerman celebrated...

Awesome Los Angeles Lakers PhotoShop

I pounded on the Lakers yesterday, and I mine as well do it again. After all, I’m not a huge Kobe Bryant fan nor do I pretty much like anyone on the team. Dwight Howard, the whining baby who wanted out of Orlando, and Co. deserve this sh$t. Thanks to TerezOwens for the picture….
Lakers 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!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Andre Johnson reports to Houston Texans training camp

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson reported to the team Friday morning, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. With Houston’s camp opening today, Texans WR Andre Johnson reported to team this morning and already is in its training facility. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2014 The seven-time Pro Bowler was present at the training facility Friday. The first practice...
Via Sports-Glory
1 hour ago

RG3 explains why he wears one black cleat and one white cleat

On Thursday, Robert Griffin III strolled onto the practice field for the first time this season. This in and of itself is not exactly newsworthy. However, the fact that the Washington Redskins quarterback was wearing a black cleat and black stocking on one leg and a white cleat and white stocking on the other is.Naturally, reporters were curious to know the explanation from Griffin...
Via Bush League Chronicle
3 hours ago

NFL totally drops the ball regarding Ray Rice suspension

When videos surfaced of Baltimore Ravens’ running back dragging his then unconscious girlfriend out of a hotel elevator back in February, common logic suggested that he would be facing a rather hefty suspension if said situation was proven to include assault.  One month later, Rice was charged with aggravated assault stemming from the incident. According to this ESPN report, the...
Via Sportsnaut
18 hours ago

Yankees reportedly in talks to acquire Padres' Ian Kennedy

The New York Yankees have been the most active team on the trade market. Over the course of the last month, they have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Jeff Francis and Chris Capuano as well as third baseman Chase Headley.  This hasn’t stopped Yankees general manager Brian Cashman from looking for even more upgrades, According to a report by ESPN’s Jim Bowden, New York is...
Via Sportsnaut
10 hours ago

Chris Paul discusses possible boycott with Doc Rivers

Chris Paul says he has talked with head coach Doc Rivers about a potential boycott if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers when the NBA season begins. Paul, who is a leader on the Clippers and president of the NBAPA, told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that it’s “unacceptable” if Sterling is still […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 hours ago

The Rock won't do MMA, doesn't like being punched in face

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is doing promotional work for his movie “Hercules,” which debuts on Friday. One such promotional interview he did was with UFC.com, where he also talked about the world of MMA. Though some famous wrestlers like Brock Lesnar have transitioned to MMA, The Rock says the combat sport is not for him. […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 hours ago

Parsons rips former teammate Harden for comments

In case you missed it, former teammates James Harden and Chandler Parsons have been caught up in a war of words over the last 24 hours. It started with Harden’s comments in the Philippine Star (note to James: there’s this thing called the Internet, and people can hear you, even halfway around the world) where he declared that he and Dwight Howard are the cornerstones of the Houston...
Via Next Impulse Sports
15 hours ago

Rory McIlroy spotted out and about with model Sasha Gale

Fresh off his commanding victory at the British Open, Rory McIlroy appears to be allowing himself some time to decompress a bit before refocusing on his suddenly dominant golf game by stepping out in Northern Ireland with yet another dashing, young model. After whooping it up with Jagerbombs out of the Claret Jug and mere […] The post Rory McIlroy spotted out and about in Belfast...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
22 hours ago

Josh Gordon may have checked himself into rehab

Mike Garafolo reported Thursday night on FOX Sports One’s evening show America’s Pregame that Josh Gordon checked himself into rehab after his July 4th arrest in Raleigh, North Carolina. Said on @AmericasPregame Josh Gordon checked himself into rehab following his DUI arrest. Still expected to report to camp tomorrow. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 24, 2014 Patient confidentiality...
Via Waiting For Next Year
13 hours ago

Marshawn Lynch tells former teammate he’s holding out

When the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks report to training camp, they’ll be without their Pro Bowl running back. Marshawn Lynch told his former teammate Michael Robinson that he will be holding out from camp. Speaking on NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live, Robinson said Lynch called him and broke the news. .@RealMikeRob: "Marshawn […]
Via Full Scale Sports
15 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.