Bryant’s legacy is as golden as the jersey he’ll be wearing in Game 7. He could retire during the national anthem Thursday and they’d still build him a statue outside Staples Center.
His career needs more validation like Lamar Odom needs more shampoo. Eight times he has been on the All-NBA team. Eight times he has been on the All-Defensive team. He has been MVP of the All-Star Game, the Finals and the league.