The problem is he wasn't a kid when he blew up the championship team, he wasn't a kid when he raped that girl. or during his constant eruptions in the press.
These things don't make him a bad basketball player. But these things are definite negatives when trying to say he's one of the greatest of all time....
- His on the court statistics and awards don't support GOAT consideration.
- His off the court behavior doesn't support it.
- The way he approaches the game and his team doesn't support it.
Kobe Bryant is a great player... compare him to other 1 time MVP's though, not to other 5 time NBA Champions. I see him much more like an Isaiah Thomas than a Tim Duncan;
much less a Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, or Larry Bird.