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Could Kobe Bryant and Shaq really have won twelve rings together if Shaq had stayed on the Lakers?

No. I’m going to say something that seems like blasphemy to some people particularly Lakers fans: the Shaq-Kobe duo is overrated. There I said it.

Now, before you come at me with pitchforks, hear me out: Shaq and Kobe were a great duo, but many people tend to put them at their #1 or #2 spots all time in terms of all time duos. I think this is slightly overrating them. Let’s look at their actual accomplishments together:

1998–1999: the Shaq-Kobe duo got bounced out of the playoffs by the Jazz and Spurs.

2000: Shaq-Kobe got taken to 7 games by the Portland Trail Blazers (with aging Pippen / Sabonis). They took 6 games to beat the 2000 Pacers in the Finals – the 2000 Pacers is not one of the all time great Finals teams people bring up.

2001: This is probably their only dominant playoff run together. They swept every team in the playoffs and defeated the 2001 76ers (also not one of the all time great Finals teams) in 5 games.

2002: Shaq-Kobe got taken to 7 games – again – by the Sacramento Kings this time. In the infamous Game 6, they needed several and I mean several ref calls to really go their way in order to win the game. Then they swept the 2002 Nets (again, not one of the all time great Finals teams).

2003: Shaq-Kobe duo got bounced out of the playoffs by Duncan’s Spurs.

2004: Shaq-Kobe acquired Payton/Malone and went all the way to the Finals, only to lose to the 2004 Pistons (with only one all star, Ben Wallace) – in 5 games.

So – consider this – people name the Shaq-Kobe duo as the greatest of all time. In reality – they almost lost to the Blazers in 2000, almost lost to the Kings in 2002, lost to the one all star Pistons in 2004, got bounced in 1998/1999/2003 and in their Finals wins won against inferior East teams. They had one great playoff run which was 2001. Are they really as good as people think they were?

Personally, I think the Malone-Stockton Jazz were a better duo – an unpopular opinion because they didn’t win any rings – but they were up against Michael Jordan’s Bulls in the Finals, a team that would wipe the floor with the 2000 Pacers or 2001 76ers or 2002 Nets. They also easily beat Shaq-Kobe en route to the Finals. So why do people think Shaq-Kobe is so much better than Malone-Stockton?

tldr; to answer the question, no I don’t think Shaq/Kobe would win 12 rings together if they stayed together. I’m doubtful they would have beat the 2005 Spurs the next season.

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Why Lebron, Duncan is better than Kobe, why Magic is the greatest Laker

I previously made a post on how I felt Kobe Bryant was overrated. And I would like to add on to that, why Lebron and Duncan are better than Kobe, and why Magic is the greatest Laker ever. I am doing this because this is Kobe’s last season in the NBA, and he’s getting a whole deal of attention and the leading vote getter in the All Star game.. because he’s clearly the most popular player in the world. So let’s begin:

Kobe Bryant is overrated
-Career average: 25/5/5 45% 2P FG 33% FG 3P 83% FT. That is just average percentages for a guard.
-81 point game yes but also against the raptors
-Kobe in general takes a lot of FGA, 9 times in a game took over 40 shots
-Selfish player, ball hog, drove Shaq and D12 away from LA as well as other free agents, wouldn’t take a pay cut in his later years
-1 MVP only, and 2 Finals MVPs
-Had good teams for most of his career despite what people say: only 2005-2007 and 2013-present he has crap teams
-5 championships but he won all 5 coached by Phil Jackson and his first 3 rings with Shaq who dominated the playoffs with 30/14 averages
-Lebron has never played with a team as good as Kobe had except when he was in Miami. Duncan played with a washed up Robinson and some late round picks. -He had good role players but so did Kobe. Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Robert Horry. Plus hall of famers like Pau Gasol, Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Shaq, D-howard, Nash. Neither Lebron nor Duncan has had the arguably greatest coach of all time, Phil Jackson.
-closest to MJ but very far away from MJ still in terms of everything, stats, awards etc 8 less scoring titles 1 less ring 4 less MVPs/FMVPs lower career stats in every category
-lost 2 finals, one on a team full of hall of famers against detroit and one against the celtics losing by the biggest margin in NBA finals history.
-Statistically not clutch despite the popular perception that he is

Why is Lebron hated so much?
-Because he left to go a team full of other stars? In the salary cap era its hard to start on a team already full of good players like Magic and Bird did. Furthermore, only a few championship teams have ever had only one hall of famer. the 77 Blazers with Walton, 79 supersonics with Dennis Johnson and 94 Rockets with Hakeem come to mind. You could make a case for the 75 Warriors, 04 Pistons and 11 Mavericks as well.
-Kobe and Duncan didn’t have to do this because Kobe did start on a very good team with Shaq and Duncan started on a team with Robinson. Lebron started with nothing and had nothing in the years to come. The cavaliers management gave him nothing.
-His 2-4 record in the finals. first of all, we don’t count finals losses. Jerry West had 8 finals losses and no one calls him out for that. Second of all, only one of those finals is really Lebrons fault. the 2011 finals he should have won and came up short. That was his fault. But the 07 Cavaliers he carried that team to the finals, remember when he scored 29 of the last 30 points against Detroit that year? and the ’14 Finals D-wade was injured and the Spurs team was just superior that year. Same with last finals, Kyrie irving and kevin love were injured and Lebron took the Warriors to 6 games with averages of 36/14/9. We can’t really say Lebron didn’t try in the finals, cause he did. (except in 2011)
-Statistically beats Kobe in every way, FG%, points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, except for FT% the only area where he trails Kobe.
-Kobe has more rings but I already covered that it wasn’t Lebrons fault he lost 3 of those Finals. And he never had anyone like Prime Shaq or Phil Jackson to help him. He does have 3 more MVPs than Kobe does. There are those people who say that MVPs mean nothing and Kobe was robbed of MVPs when I say this, and imo thats just trying really really hard to be a Kobe fanboy. Kobe never even deserved the 2008 MVP; it should have gone to CP3. At no point in his career was Kobe actually the best player in the game if we look at WP48 and win shares. Duncan, Shaq and Lebron have held that title throughout Kobes career and arguably even Tmac and Dwade were better than Kobe at some point in their careers.
-More clutch than kobe; stats bear this out
-Finally, Lebron attracts free agents to play with him (ray allen mike miller etc) whereas Kobe drives away free agents (melo,aldridge, etc) and took a huge salary increase despite the fact that he was injured which gave the Lakers less salary cap to sign free agents; conversely Lebron took a pay cut while in Miami to play with Chris bosh and dwade

Magic is the greatest Laker of all time, period:
-People on the internet seem to argue that Kobe is the greatest Laker, even tho Magic is clearly the greatest Laker ever.
-Magic had 2 more MVPs, 1 more FMVP, shot 52%, while averaging 20/7/11. Kobe has only 1 MVP, 2 FMVP, shot 45% while averaging 25/5/5. The only thing Kobe is better at is volume shooting. Magic even has a higher FT % than Kobe, with 85%, and Kobe has 83%. This despite Magic being 6’9 and taller people having a harder time shooting FTs.
-Magic led the league in steals twice; Kobe never led the league in steals. Magic is a good defensive player despite not being on the all defensive team. Kobe’s defense is overrated.
-Magic/Kareem brought the Lakers to 9 Finals while Kobe only brought the Lakers to 7 Finals. They both brought 5 rings to the Lakers, but Magic did them all while being the leader of his team, while Kobe was a sidekick for his first 3 rings. You would never start a team with Kobe over Magic. If you do, you don’t deserve to talk about basketball anymore.
-Here are more arguments people make on the internet for Kobe: Magic played with a better team. Kobe didn’t so he’s better. This argument doesn’t make any sense. How does playing with a better team make someone less great? Maybe Magic was the reason why his teammates were better. Kobe on the other hand played with Shaq in his prime (Magic never played with prime Kareem), and having Gasol, Bynum and Lamar and Fisher those weren’t bad teammates either. He also played with Karl Malone and Gary Payton one year as well, as well as Nash and Howard one year. Kobe was the reason why the Shaqkobe Lakers couldn’t stay together and thats they couldn’t win any more championships. PLUS Magic had those MVPs during the 80s which validate his individual greatness. So this argument that having a better team DOESNT make that person any less great. Period.
-Kobe’s teams also played in a weaker era; they won against the 2000 Pacers, 2001 76ers, 2002 Nets, 2009 Magic and 2010 Celtics and lost against the 2004 Pistons and 2008 Celtics. The only all time great team there is the 2008 Celtics. Magic’s teams won against the 1980/1982 76ers, the 1985/1987 Celtics, and the 1988 Pistons, and lost against the 1983 76ers, 1984 Celtics, 1989 Pistons and 1991 Bulls. Those are all time great teams.
-Another argument that Kobe fans make: Magic said that Kobe was the greatest Laker so he must be the greatest Laker. Umm, since when did someone’s opinion make it fact? This plus the fact that Magic and Jerry West are known to be humble unselfish players, unlike Kobe, so would they ever say themselves as the greatest Laker? No of course not, they want to help Kobe out, so they said. It would be rude to say themselves as the greatest, when a current Hall of Famer is playing for the franchise and needs to make the Lakers more money. So that argument is stupid as well.
-Finally, how can Magic not be the greatest Laker when he’s ranked in the top 5 of most people’s greatest players lists. I’m not talking about current generation Laker fans who would probably rank Kobe right below Jordan, I’m talking about basketball experts who usually put Magic in the top 5 of all players along with Kareem, Russell, Wilt, Bird and Jordan in some order. Magic is always ranked in the top 5. Kobe however is usually ranked in the lower 5 of the top 10, almost always beneath Magic, so how can Kobe be the greatest Laker when Magic is the greater player?

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I’m not known to spend money wisely…and how I use my facebook

How bad is my spending habits? Well I logged into Mint.com, and took a look – and it ain’t pretty. Here’s where I spending went:

-Kickstarter projects: $1,849 (since 2014)
-Steam games: $2,747 (since 2014)
-Magic online: $333 (since 2011)
-Amazon: $24,751 (since 2011)
-Ebay/Paypal: $14,422 (since 2011)
-SFMTA (parking tickets + scooter towing): $3,987
-Diablo 3: $285
-iTunes (Hearthstone,movies,music,apps): $1,411
-Playstation online games: $400
-Nintendo online games: $350
-AT&T (phone bills): $6,564
-Comcast (internet): $1,718
-UPS (shipping): $1,265
-Management fee for condo (since 2013): $13,503

Yeah.. thats alot of money spent. Especially on phone bills and parking tickets. Yikes. I usually buy all my computer & guitar stuff and Magic physical cards on eBay so u have an idea of how much I spent there. And everything else on Amazon.

But yeah… 265 Steam games is way overkill. 60+ PS3/PS4 games is overkill. 1000+ magic cards, both physical and online, are overkill. PS Vita/DS games i never play are overkill. I gotta stop spending so much on things I don’t use…

One thing I want to say about me, is that I’m not afraid to share my opinions online, and I’m not afraid of people judging me. That may be the most un-korean thing about me, but I don’t care. I’m not Korean. I’m a mix of Korean thinking and Western thinking. I don’t want to cause any conflict or offend anyone, but since I tend to use my Facebook as my diary to write down my thoughts, some people take issue over that. The thing is I don’t only want to post “happy” things on my Facebook because thats not an accurate depiction of my life. Facebook tracks my life at certain moments in time, and certainly I’m not happy all the time. I want to remember all my emotions, happy, sad, depressed, lonely, etc. so that’s why I write everything online. That’s why I would rather have some controversial posts than to have it be devoid of nothing at all. And despite what some people say, Facebook is not a “public” place. It’s a private place! It’s limited to a circle of people that you let in. It’s not a public blog like this, where everyone and anyone can see it. Facebook posts are private to your friends only unless you make it public. So.. if some people take issue with the fact that I’m brutally honest with my posts, then I’m fine with that, because those people who matter, won’t mind, and those who mind, won’t matter.

All time lakers/celtics vs All time non lakers/celtics
Since the Lakers/Celtics have won approximately half of all the NBA championships I’ve decided to pit the all time combined Lakers/Celtics team against the all time non lakers/celtics players, and the matchup is pretty even according to my NBA 2K simulation runs.. each team wins about half the time against each other. Take a look here:

All Time Lakers-Celtics:
Magic/West
Kobe/Havlicek
Bird/Baylor
Russell/Mchale
Kareem/Shaq

All Time Non-Lakers-Celtics:
Oscar/Isiah
Jordan/Wade
Lebron/Erving
Karl/Duncan
Hakeem/Moses

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