Does Kobe Bryant Deserve All The Criticism He Has Received From The Media This Season?
During a media session on Monday afternoon, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant was asked to provide his thoughts on Kobe Bryant’s recent decision to retire at the end of this season. Tons of other NBA players were asked the same thing on Monday, and most of them responded with pretty generic answers about how much Kobe has meant to the game of basketball. But KD decided to go in a different direction. Rather than simply praising Kobe, he also took aim at the media and criticized reporters for being too hard on Kobe this season.
“He was our Michael Jordan,” KD said. “I’ve been disappointed this year because you guys treated him like s—. He’s a legend, and all I hear is about how bad he’s playing, how bad he’s shooting, and it’s time for him to hang it up. You guys treated one of our legends like s—, and I didn’t really like it. So hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after this year.”
KD raises an interesting point, because the media has been hard on Kobe so far this season. But do they deserve to be shamed for doing it?
The truth is that Kobe is a living legend and deserves a lot of praise for what he has done in the past. But in the present, he is not a very good basketball player. Furthermore, he is still trying to be the lead dog for the Lakers and, unfortunately for both him and all of us, he’s failing at it. He’s not shooting well. He’s not playing defense like he used to. And he looks like a shell of his former self. So while he may be a legend, as KD says, he’s not playing like a legend when he steps on the court this season. It’s why the media has been so tough on him and why, frankly, the media should continue to be tough on Kobe if he struggles.
The funny thing is that Kobe probably doesn’t mind. He has come out and ripped himself this season for playing poorly and never shies away from criticism. So if he’s willing to criticize himself, why shouldn’t others be allowed to do it, too?