Updated: June 13, 2010, 11:01 PM ET

Game 5: Halftime Highlights

Kobe: I'm No G.L.O.A.T.

By Andy Kamenetzky

Back on June 3, Brian wrote about a Land O' Lakers poll asking whether Kobe Bryant needed to beat the Celtics for a title to be considered the greatest Laker of all time (G.L.O.A.T.). In a surprising response, a whopping 71 percent of Lakers fans said Kobe can't take the crown without downing the Greenies. Honestly, neither of us expected this specific criteria to matter so much to Lakers fans.

Not that Kobe as the G.L.O.A.T. was a given. For example, I noted in January the tall order it could be for Kobe to pass Magic in the eyes of many. But I was referring to the emotional attachment many have toward Magic -- which reaches well beyond what he accomplished on the court -- as opposed to pure basketball credentials. Frankly, the idea that Kobe's career could maintain its present course yet still fall short based on one omission never dawned on me or Brian.

Well, Kobe was asked about this topic during Saturday's practice, and his answer runs counter to the majority opinion.

To read the rest of the Land O' Lakers blog entry, click here.


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