ESPN is ranking NBA players from 500 to one, and although some of them are debatable, there is one that is more than just debatable, it’s absurd! Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon at the end of last season and missed all of the playoffs because of it, but he is still a top 10 NBA player. At this time, he said himself that he could play if it were a playoff game, so clearly he is getting his legs back under him and will be back on the court sooner rather than later. With that said, I am completely baffled how anyone can say there are 24 better players in the NBA than Kobe.
This isn’t the first time ESPN has taken a shot at Kobe. While they were doing huge NBA preview articles, they managed to rank Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers 12th in the West, putting them behind even the New Orleans Pelicans! Bryant took to twitter and was short and sweet with his response when he tweeted “12th I see..” The four players ranked right in front of the Black Mamba are Chris Bosh, Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert and John Wall. Let’s break it down a little bit. What this tells me is that Kobe isn’t even good enough to be one of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade‘s role players on the defending champion Miami Heat team. Two players known for their defense and lack of offense are better than Kobe, and a player who hasn’t reached his total potential is better than a man who reached his potential years ago. It’s things like this that make this whole situation laughable because if you put any of those four players on the Lakers’ current team, the record would be no better or even worse than what they’ll have with Kobe.
Yes Kobe is coming off a huge injury and yes the Lakers will not be anywhere close to as good as they have been the past few seasons, but Kobe will be back on the court and he will be ready for whatever this season brings at him. At the end of the 2013-14 season, Kobe will be able to sit back and laugh as he reclaims his top 10 spot in the NBA which he should have never lost to begin with.