Kobe Bryant is that guy that you love to hate. He has the endorsements, the hardware, the stats, and plays for one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. Kobe knows he's one of the all-time greats and he acts like it. People hate that type of shit. They hate his success, his fetish for Michael Jordan, and his pity tattoo. No player in recent memory has been more polarizing. When he caught that rape case in Colorado, folks rejoiced, "that's good for his ass!" While others said it was another case of the system trying to keep the black man down.

On the flip side, people love his unwavering confidence, his supreme skill, his work ethic, and the ice that runs through his veins. Bryant's been loved, hated, and then loved again (thanks to LeBron). Why is it either or with him? That's what we're here to figure out: Is Kobe Bryant a badass or a jackass?