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Top 15 NBA Stars Kobe Bryant Prevented From Winning A Championship

Kobe Bryant is one of the most significant athletes of the last two decades. Drafted at the age of 18, Bryant was selected out of high school as one of the rare star athletes that decided against going to college and straight into the NBA. After a couple of seasons of growing pains, Bryant became one of the brightest stars and most popular players in the league. Bryant was the first iconic superstar after Michael Jordan retired and was arguably a bigger global star as his star power and skills helped the NBA grow all over the world.

As with most legendary athletes, one of the factors in which Bryant is judged in is his ring count. Bryant has won five NBA Championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010) with 2 NBA Finals MVP awards for the Los Angeles Lakers. The first three titles were with Shaquille O’Neal, as they formed arguably the most dominant duo the sport has seen. Bryant’s ego would get the better of him and the two would clash thus ending the relationship despite the potential titles that could have been. Something that irked Kobe was that he was viewed as the second best player on the team as O’Neal was NBA Finals MVP all three times.

Bryant would prove his doubters wrong and win another two titles without Shaq as his new big Pau Gasol was clearly the sidekick in the new team’s dynamic. Despite the five titles, seven Finals appearances and many other countless playoff games, Bryant has never faced LeBron James in the postseason. The two biggest stars in the sport never had a showdown in the most pivotal of times and that’s a shame. Despite missing James, Bryant has played a large role in preventing many superstars from winning a NBA Championship and these are the top 15.

13 Chris Paul

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12 Mike Bibby

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11 Jalen Rose

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10 Kevin Durant

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9 Deron Williams

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8 Amar'e Stoudemire

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7 Yao Ming

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6 Carmelo Anthony

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5 Dwight Howard

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4 Steve Nash

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3 Reggie Miller

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2 Allen Iverson

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1 Chris Webber

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The player who most felt the heartbreak of Kobe Bryant’s playoff success has been Chris Webber. C-Webb’s Sacramento Kings were eliminated from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers three years in a row. In 2002, the Kings looked like the better team before losing the final two games after holding a 3-2 series lead. Despite the back and forth close games that felt like NBA wars, the questionable calls by the referees in Game 6 and the historical significance the series had, the most memorable image was the anguish and despair on Webber’s face as the Lakers won again. The star forward will go down as one of the most underrated players in the league because of Bryant and the Lakers stopping him from winning a championship.

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