Kobe Bryant Ranked #93 on ESPN: Money Well Spent? ;-)

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Shepherd
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Of the many downfalls and doofus moves this team has made under Jimmy, this has to be tops. Paying that kind of money to an aging star. It's unprecedented as well.

As we can see, the return on investment just isn't there. I'm wondering how the 20 year thing will pay dividends if that's their plan. And it's starting to look less and less like there was any plan in mind, other than being able to say they had a 20 year player. They certainly paid a steep price for the privilege.

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sevankb24
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Were still talking about this? Time for less negativity and more positivity. Lets just focus on our young guys.


IhatetheCeltics
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Hasn't this been debated over and over and over? It is what it is, it's done with. :/


RustyRay
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You would think by now ESPN would come up with something else to talk about. That contract is old old old news and is about to play out.

What's left to debate?


Shaq
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another tiring, kobe-hating topic


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When did you start believing ESPN?

Sometimes these news outlets just write something to stir up conversation and controversy so ppl talk about them.


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GhostNugget wrote:
When did you start believing ESPN?

Sometimes these news outlets just write something to stir up conversation and controversy so ppl talk about them.

Agree, just a way to stir things up. But I do hope Kobe doesn't come out in prove them wrong mode, and start jacking shots up left and right. Hope he sticks with his preseason comments and plays off Russell or whoever is at pg. Time to help youngsters develop.


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I don't understand why people get upset about it, Kobe has not been healthy, has been poor statistically the past 2 seasons when he has played and he is 37 years old. The NBA and sports in general are a younger man's game. Kobe is not the player he was, and there is nothing wrong with that, all the greats fade away as they get older, no one beats father time. It is not Kobe hating it is seeing things as they are and not through rose tinted glasses.


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Tempy wrote:
I don't understand why people get upset about it, Kobe has not been healthy, has been poor statistically the past 2 seasons when he has played and he is 37 years old. The NBA and sports in general are a younger man's game. Kobe is not the player he was, and there is nothing wrong with that, all the greats fade away as they get older, no one beats father time. It is not Kobe hating it is seeing things as they are and not through rose tinted glasses.
I don't think people care about the ranking. I think they're....


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Dumb thread is dumb


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Tempy wrote:
I don't understand why people get upset about it, Kobe has not been healthy, has been poor statistically the past 2 seasons when he has played and he is 37 years old. The NBA and sports in general are a younger man's game. Kobe is not the player he was, and there is nothing wrong with that, all the greats fade away as they get older, no one beats father time. It is not Kobe hating it is seeing things as they are and not through rose tinted glasses.

You're right, nobody beats father time, but even at 37, I'd still take Kobe over some of those players ranked right ahead of him.


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Let's see... Jahlil Okafor and Karl Towns are ranked higher than Kobe. Luol freakin Deng is rated higher than Kobe.... a lot of these types of players are absolutely ridiculous to be ranked higher than Kobe. If Kobe keeps playing the way he is in the pre-season then he'll be back to top 15-20 player by all-star break. Until then, not much else we can do about the rankings now.


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Post I made on a Laker's Facebook page. My thoughts on the players they put ahead of Kobe. I have no further comments..


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AChad92 wrote:
Let's see... Jahlil Okafor and Karl Towns are ranked higher than Kobe. Luol freakin Deng is rated higher than Kobe.... a lot of these types of players are absolutely ridiculous to be ranked higher than Kobe. If Kobe keeps playing the way he is in the pre-season then he'll be back to top 15-20 player by all-star break. Until then, not much else we can do about the rankings now.
Lets look at the rankings that everyone has disagreed with. 2013 he was 25th. 2014 he was 40th. 2015 he is 93rd. In 2013 Kobe proved them wrong by playing 6....


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This would be great for April fool's. To bad it ain't April.....lol & smh both at the same dam time.


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userpete1037 wrote:
This would be great for April fool's. To bad it ain't April.....lol & smh both at the same dam time.

As I pointed out above, Kobe has played pretty bad. But just like the video game thread are you going to refuse to explain why he should be ranked higher? Or is this just your opinion again.


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AChad92 wrote:

Post I made on a Laker's Facebook page. My thoughts on the players they put ahead of Kobe. I have no further comments..

I'm with you. Funny as hell.


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The ranking wasn't who's best. It was who would have the biggest impact on their team, W's vs L's. I'm no way a Kobe hater, quite the opposite. I am however a Jim Buss hater. And this is one of those insane things we will no doubt talk about for a long time, and should. This is something we should never forget. The impact it has had and will continue to have on this team is immeasurable.


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Tempy wrote:
Lets look at the rankings that everyone has disagreed with. 2013 he was 25th. 2014 he was 40th. 2015 he is 93rd. In 2013 Kobe proved them wrong by playing 6 games averaging 13.8 points per game shooting an effective field goal percentage of 44.5% the worst in his career. In 2014 Kobe proved them wrong by playing 35 games averaging 22.3 ppg shooting an effective fg % of 41.1% even worse than the season before while using a usage rate of something like 34%. That is bad, like really really bad. His true shooting % was 47.7% (TS%: True Shooting Percentage -....


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