Originally Posted by Orangejello727
Lets be honest here , NO player wins a titles if you take any player away from a winning team
This is one of the best statements I've read in this thread, and it's something that tends to get lost in the discussion.
So many people want to say Kobe only won this first titles because of Shaq, or that he couldn't win again until he had Gasol et al to help the second time around. But if that's to be held against him, then can someone tell me the last team to win a title with only one star player on the team? The '80s Celtics and Lakers, through to Jordan/Pippen, Wade/Lebron, Olajuwon/Drexler...it's a lengthy list. I don't understand how having Shaq to help win titles is held against Kobe.