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Kobe Bryant: From the Best, to Best Closer

Published by on June 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Whenever a great player is mentioned, people like to have a catchphrase or nickname to go with. Most players will carry their nicknames on forever, and there are usually two types of nicknames for each player.

One based on personality (this one usually lasts forever), and one that applies to their game while they are active, which they eventually pass on (think most dominant, best scorer, best rebounder, etc).

For Michael Jordan it is the "Greatest of All Time". He was the best in the game when he was playing, and retained the all-time moniker when he retired, and has since kept it.

For Jerry West it is "Mr. Clutch" or "The Logo", and for Bill Russell it was "Most...

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