1. KOBE BRYANT
I believe that it’s most telling, when it comes to the career of Kobe “Bean” Bryant, that his entire body of work can always be summed up by his latest defining action. Viewing the whole career at once is nearly impossible – he’s done too much. But if you write about his most recent accomplishment, everyone already knows enough about his legacy to pay respects. As the youngest to reach 30,000 career NBA points (by a full two years), Bryant begs consideration to becoming a living legend of the game. While it’s clear that he isn’t on his last legs, the numbers he’s put up in his career show that it’s just about time to start looking at Kobe retroactively. If we don’t begin to do that, we may cheapen the overall impact he’s had on the game.
The four other people to have ever crossed 30,000 points are Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. There must be a saying out there somewhere about how being in the company of legends makes you a legend. Living legend status, that’s swag. That’s Kobe Bryant.
What is your definition of swag and who has the most of it?
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