Originally Posted by Craig
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.
I don't see how it is being held against him. We recognize that he was important to those titles, but he wasn't the main option. That's all I am saying.