ESPN Ranks Kobe Number 25

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Kobe’s offensive abilities are suddenly massively underrated.

When I first heard about this, I almost started laughing. I wasn’t surprised, considering the source and their undisputed reputation as “the worldwide leader in sports” the biggest trolls in the sporting industry. I had absolutely no intention in addressing this, uh “story”, but the reaction that it produced made it somewhat relevant. I won’t go into the details as to how contradictory it was of them to use the “Well Kobe is coming off an Achilles injury blah blah blah” excuse when last year they ranked Derrick Rose in their top 10 and ended up not playing a single second last season. Instead, I want to point out that ESPN knows exactly what it is doing in terms of creating (and also tarnishing) its brand.

I don’t know how to word this, so I’ll just say it: Sports journalists are, typically, the dumbest of all journalists out there. Sure, we get some great ones like Roland Lazenby, Bob Costas or Chick Hearn. But in terms of sports media, we have some God-Awful ones out there, ranging from Steve Kerr to Bill Simmons to Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. I want to explain myself here; I’m not calling them themselves dumb. I’m calling their work dumb. Either they are instructed to attempt to be controversial to create conversation (and then only respond to the extreme opposite on twitter to somehow validate their point of view) or they try to make the story about themselves rather than the athletes to somehow validate their importance.

Call me old fashioned, but I much preferred it when journalists took a step back and were objective, and the stories developed naturally based on facts and not opinions.

What we saw with the Kobe rank was as blatant of an attempt to create hype as we’ve ever seen, and as I said before, I wasn’t surprised one bit. But what did throw me back a little bit was the reaction of certain people that I follow (not randoms) on twitter who were arguing vehemently against it. Well fucking duh! That’s what ESPN wanted you to do, to react. There’s no substance to it whatsoever. And yes, in the short term, it does make their brand better known. But in the long run, how many of you are like me and are completely sick of them? A lot, I’m assuming. This number grows each time (which is quite often) they do this kind of a story/ feature, and in the long run, actually kills off their brand because they lose their legitimacy.

If you think that I’m overreacting to this, just think back to one thing: Kobe Bryant was ranked 25 by these clowns. Twenty- Five!

That kind of stupidity has to be intentional and contrived. If it is, why would you pay attention to a network that insults your intelligence that badly? And if it isn’t intentional and contrived, why would you pay attention to a network that has such little knowledge about sports?

Actually, come to think about it, I don’t know which one it is. I’m just glad I got rid of cable years ago and am no longer subjected to that garbage.

And here’s my list of top 25 players in the NBA right now

  1. Lebron James
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Carmelo Anthony
  4. Kobe Bryant
  5. Tony Parker
  6. Russell Westbrook
  7. Chris Paul
  8. Derrick Rose
  9. Dwyane Wade (Take that, Durant.)
  10. James Harden
  11. Steph Curry
  12. Dwight Howard
  13. Rajon Rondo
  14. Tim Duncan
  15. Kyrie Irving
  16. Paul George
  17. Joakim Noah
  18. Marc Gasol
  19. LeMarcus Aldridge
  20. Dirk Nowitzki
  21. Kevin Love
  22. Chris Bosh
  23. Roy Hibbert
  24. Paul Pierce
  25. Ty Lawson