Remember when ESPN ranked Kobe Bryant as the 25th best player in the league?
It sounds ridiculous, but what people didn’t realize was that the ranks had nothing to do with what the players did last season or in previous years. Rather, it was a projection of what the players may do in the upcoming season, with all things considered. In Bryant’s case, it was easy for analysts to bring down the expectations due to the unpredictability of his recovery from Achilles heel surgery in the offseason.
If you look at Bryant’s twitter avatar, it’s clear that he has seen the ranks, but we haven’t heard how he really felt about it. Until now, that is.
STORY OF THE DAY:
Bryant talked about the tension he had with Dwight Howard last season, where ESPN ranked him for the upcoming season and how public criticism can get to him at times, from Mike Bresnahan of Los Angeles Times: