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Olajuwon comments on Kobe passing him in scoring

Posted on: January 29, 2011 5:17 pm

Posted by Matt Moore

Before Kobe Bryant went 1-5 in "clutch time" last night (under 5 minutes, lead within 5) including two free throws, and before his Lakers lost to the lowly Kings at home, Bryant had himself another milestone in a career already filled with them.  He passed Hakeem Olajuwon for 8th on the All-Time Scoring List.  Here's how he did it. 

So that's pretty neat for him.  It's not every day you get to pass a legend like Olajuwon. Olajuwon is the kind of player you want to tell your kids about. We haven't seen a center like him in 12 years, a center with lightning quick footwork, perfect precision, and an array of offensive moves to make you dizzy. Sure, Shaq could just muscle you out of the way with his hind quarters, but Olajuwon was something else entirely. But don't take my words for it. Here's what Mamba had to say after the game. 

"In my opinion, he's the best post player ever," Bryant said. "With all due respect to [Kevin] McHale, Hakeem was phenomenal."
via Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant passes Hakeem Olajuwon for 8th on NBA all-time scoring list - ESPN Los Angeles.

Hakeem, humble, considerate guy that he is (he was not earlier in his career, but his deepening of his ties to Islam seemed to impact him significantly) offered to talk to about what Bryant, and his status in the game: 

People always compare Kobe with Michael Jordan, and that’s the highest level of achievement right there. Even being mentioned with MJ is the ultimate compliment. When Jordan retired, you just thought a player like that wouldn’t come along again. But then Kobe almost immediately drew those comparisons, and that says it all. He established his own identity as one of the best players to ever play the game.
via LAKERS: Hakeem Olajuwon on Kobe.

Pretty hefty praise from one of the all time greats, and on point too. 

Bryant and the Lakers face off against the Celtics on Sunday.

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 3:32 pm

Olajuwon comments on Kobe passing him in scoring

FINSREDSLAKERS...First, I was fortunate enough to watch Wilt Chamberlain (in person) and I will be the first to tell you he was far more dominating than Michael Jordan on both ends of the floor. And please don't give me that crap that he played against smaller guys. Wilt dominated everyone. When Wilt was 36 years old he averaged over 20 rebounds per game vs a 25 year old Kareem Jabbar. He did this in all of their head to head match ups. Didn't see anyone else do that.

Next, Robert Horry has 6 or 7 rings so I don't want to hear that ring BS. Rings are a team accomplishment. I admit Kobe Bryant is a great player and one of the best guards to ever play the game, still he is vastly overrated. He was never a terrific shooter during his career and certainly missed many clutch shots. Matter of fact, Kobe has missed more clutch shots (recorded) than anyone.

As for Penn State, you don't have to point out to me how bad they were this season because I'm well aware of it. The difference between you and I is the fact that I am able to handle it. 

Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 1:05 pm

Olajuwon comments on Kobe passing him in scoring

Crunch Time.  Do you watch basketball? Kobe is clearly one of the all time greats. Unless you didnt know statistics dont say everything, like how many championships does he have? That's 5, do you think that is a good statistic? I think it is.  Clutch or crunch time isnt just based on the last second shots either. If they are up 1 with 35 seconds left and he scores a basket and/or gets fouled and goes to the line and knocks down both free throws then that is clutch. I hate when people base there players solely on statistics.  In your case Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain > Michael Jordan. BY FAR.  And we all know that this isnt true.  BTW Penn State sucks. What was their winning STATISTIC  this year? 7-6. Winning is the most important statistic there is.

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:54 am

Olajuwon comments on Kobe passing him in scoring

Should be in jail?? For what? The Colorado incident? That s*lut had 3 different types of male 'specimens' on her panties!! She was/is a GOLD DIGGING WHACK JOB!!! Check your facts before you post slandering remarks. PLAYER HATER!!

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:26 am

Olajuwon comments on Kobe passing him in scoring

jltexas... 45% is far from stellar....and he's 44% in the playoffs.....definitely overrated....and he's missed more game winning/tying shots than anyone that's been recorded in history.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:53 am

Olajuwon comments on Kobe passing him in scoring

ChrunchTime .... Kobe is a 45.5% FG percentage in his career   try checking the NBA stats before posting.

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:43 am

Olajuwon comments on Kobe passing him in scoring

Doesnt mean much to me. Kobe should never have passed this. He should have been in jail. Where are our priorities as a nation?

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 7:52 am

Olajuwon comments on Kobe passing him in scoring

I don't care how many points he's scored. It all comes down to FG% and Bryant is only a 43-44% shooter for his career, meaning he's missed a ton of shots. He's a great player but definitely overrated. Among current players he's ranked all the way down at 25th for FG% for winning or tying shots. If case you don't understand the numbers that's HORRIBLE. Overrated especially in clutch moments.

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