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Happy birthday Kobe, here is his career Top 10 (VIDEO)

Aug 23, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant turns 35 today, and the well wishes have been pouring in.

I’m sure Kobe Bryant has spent his birthday rehabbing his Achilles for 12 hours, but hopefully he spends a few minutes to enjoy it.

For us, here is the NBA’s official Top 10 plays of Kobe’s career. It includes some great stuff — a dunk over Steve Nash, buzzer beaters and more. My favorite: the alley-oop to Shaq in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals that became the signature play of that team. Watch that play again — Kobe absolutely freezes a good defender in Scottie Pippen with a crossover and that gets him into the lane and sets up the play.

We’re lucky. We get to live in an era with some just amazing basketball talent on the court, guys with amazing gifts we get to watch. We — media, fans, society – can become too obsessed with rings, with celebrity, with all the periphery that we forget to really enjoy this great era of the NBA. We need to stop and just soak in the beauty of the game sometimes. Kobe is just a fun, entertaining scorer to watch. You don’t have to like Kobe (or LeBron or Durant or anyone else) but if you really are a fan of the game take a moment to savor just how fun it is to get to watch these guys do what they do in an era when the game is brought to us wherever we are on the globe.

Happy birthday Kobe.

  1. money2long - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    play number 6. so many moves in one play.
    it’s pretty hard for anyone in the nba to have a more tantalizing highlight reel than kobe.

  2. dirtydavis - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Kobe is one of the best to ever play the game.

    top 10
    1. MJ
    2. Magic
    3. Kareem
    4. Wilt
    5. Russel
    6. Bird
    7. Kobe
    8. Duncan
    9. Shaq
    10.Lebron ” King” James

    • cfutch - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Shaq in his prime was better than Duncan, Kobe, and Bird

      • kb2408 - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Shaq, in his prime, was the most dominant freak of nature the NBA has ever seen. However, dominant does not equal best. Shaq, similar to LeBron now, had a physical advantage over his opponents. But when it comes to “skills” the three players you mentioned were all far more skilled than Shaq ever was. And before LeBron fans get their panties all in a bunch, I’m not saying he doesn’t have skills. That’s what makes him such a unique player. He’s physically the size of a power forward but has the skills and athleticism of a guard.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        They aren’t playing “skill-ball” It’s basketball, and Shaq was better than Kobe. It’s not much help to have great footwork when you use it to make 43% of your jumpshots.

    • kb2408 - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      You have Russell ranked to high…regardless of the rings. 44% from the field and 16 pts a game for his career does not warrant such a lofty ranking. Hakeem was just as good defensively as Russell and light years better offensively, so why is he not in your top ten, sir?

      • dirtydavis - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        I know people hate the whole Ring argument but this guy was the focal point of that team. Sure he had Hall of Famers just like the names mentioned above. This guy put up numbers whether you agree with me or not and he won ttwo championship while he was a coach
        ( more than 28 active coaches).For crying out load the Finals MVP is name after him. Sure you can say ” he played before the merger” Maybe Black people weren’t mentally strong as he was( and Oscar Robertson). This guy belongs in the top 5. He has the most rings ( sorry Horry), has 5 MVPs and he made Wilt Chamberlain look human

      • kb2408 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        @dirty, I respect your opinion. However, you say Russell made Wilt look human but in 142 games against him, Wilt averaged 29 pts and 29 boards. His career averages are 30 & 23, so did Russell really make him look human?

      • dirtydavis - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:26 PM


        Compare Wilt to the rest of the Centers in that Era. Bill Russel did the most. He also did it man to man. Non of this Double team stuff.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        If defense counts the same as offense, and it should, Bill Russell is definitely top 5 all time. He owned the 10-15 feet from the basket in all directions, got all the rebounds and threw great outlet passes for his team to get back on offense before the D was back. Not to mention that Bill Russell punked Wilt Chamberlain on a regular basis, particularly in the playoffs.

      • spthegr8 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        What you said about bill Russell couldn’t be anymore…….. RIGHT!!! A great player but rated a little too high IMO!!

    • biasedhomer - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      How do you not have Hakeem Olajuwon on that list?

    • powellvd8 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      1. Kobe
      2. MJ
      3. Magic
      4. Kareem
      5. Bird
      6. Wilt
      7. Russell
      8. Olajuwan
      9. Iverson
      10. Shaq
      11. Duncan
      12. Sir Charles
      13. Elgin Baylor
      14. The Mailman
      15. Oscar Robertson

    • dgm50 - Aug 24, 2013 at 4:18 AM

      What about Dr. “J” Julius Irving, you can’t have a list like this without him; and I’m sure everyone on that list would agree.

  3. abchome - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM


  4. mp4philly - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Gotta agree with @cfutch
    Shaq had a ten year period where he was literally unstoppable. I’d take prime Shaq over prime Kobe any day.

  5. rosempaisant - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    You are a friend to many,

    You nurture family ties,

    You live your life by example.

    We cherish and value having you in our lives

    Happy Birthday!
    Rose P

  6. dirtydavis - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    93/94-02/03 sesons Prime Shaq- 28pts 2blk 3ast 11rbs 53% FT 57%FG .5 3pt% 654 games
    00/01-12/13Prime Kobe- 28pts .5 blk 5ast 5rbs 84%FT 45%FG 33%3pt 972 games

    How do we define Prime??? Shoud we base it on a season where they average more than their career average?

    Lets go by games… how about 654 games

    Kobe 28pts .5 blk 5ast 5rbs 84%FT 45%FG 34%3pt

    Kobe still had more ALL First NBA Team selections and ALL First NBA Defensive team selections. Shaq was never selected to an First ALL NBA defensive team. Never led the league in rebound or Blocks.

  7. vi3tguy415 - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    i have to give it to you kurt. you put your ego aside and recognize one of the greatest instead of just about LeBron LeBron. my English no good but in my country, we would call those people “youbunchofidiots” that would dare to compare LeBron to kobe. just watch and see in a few yrs, LeBron will become another vince carter. no skills.

  8. kb2408 - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Happy Birthday to a great, great LAKER! And, as I’ve said before, thank you Mr. Jerry West for giving us LAKERS luvers (see what I did there?!) the privilege of 17 years of mostly great basketball. We have had the opportunity to watch one of the greatest too ever do it go from a 17 year old boy…to a 35 year old man. Happy Birthday, to the Black Mamba!!

  9. onlyavoice - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Their Tweets Have To Feed His Ego,
    Instead Of Just Well Wishes.
    Suck Ups.

  10. rumar1989 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Mp4philly, You said that you would take Prime Shaq over Prime Kobe any day, Well you have a right to your opinion, but out of the two i think Kobe has had the better career, his averages, his post game, his 3 point shooting, and him winning without Shaq, since trading him, Kobe has done better.
    Not taking anything away from Shaq, he was dominant in his hey day, but Kobe i think gets the nod, because he’s more clutch, and more talented.

    • soopreme - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      rumar1989 “more clutch’

      LOL, Shaq had 3 of the most dominate finals series in nba history but Kobe is more clutch.
      , ok.

  11. unsportsmenmic - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
    This is when he was the Mamba, now he is Vino!

  12. losanginsight - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Happy birthday 5xChamp Kobe. Tomorrow LBJ will drop a tweet and say it was his bday too.

  13. 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Jay-z’s song “What More Can I Say” was playing in my mind while watching this.

  14. 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    But seriously, how do you do a career top 10 on Kobe Bryant? I can start a whole new top 10 from scratch with NONE of these plays in it and it would be even better.

  15. 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Happy Birthday Kobe!!!

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