7. Over the MVP in the playoffs (2005-06)
Smashing on Steve Nash isn’t anything special. He has as much bounce as a baseball. But putting one down on the MVP of the league during a year where there was debate on whether your own accolades were good enough? Priceless. Kobe dropped over 35 points a game in 2005-06 while being shouldered with assassins like Kwame Brown, Smush Parker and Brian Cook. That the team won 45 games and took Phoenix to seven in the Playoffs was incredible in itself. Without Kobe, how many games would that team have won? Nash was deserving of the trophy, but L.A. fans everywhere perceived this play as the ultimate face-slap. Sip on this, Maurice Podoloff.
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