Asked Wednesday in El Segundo for his thoughts on the news Jerry West will be the next Lakers great immortalized in bronze outside Staples Center, Kobe Bryant had a similar reaction to most fans. "It's about time," he said. "Obviously his contributions to the organization have been phenomenal."
Then 24 decided to muddy the waters a little. "But you have to try to decide on which statue you're going to put up there. Him as a player, or him as an exec."
It's not a ridiculous question. While West-the-player was easily one of the greatest Lakers/basketball players of all time, setting a vast array of franchise benchmarks over his remarkable 14-year career and quite literally becoming emblematic of an entire league, he earned more hardware as a GM. West-the-exec was a guiding force behind the Showtime dynasty of the 1980's after taking the gig before the '82-'83 season, then constructed the Threepeat squad centered around Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal.
Which would Kobe choose?
"Both. Half and half."
Way to take a stand, man. That clears nothing up. So I'll ask you, in today's poll question...