Even the biggest Kobe Bryant stans will admit that his Achilles' injury, age, and the rise of LeBron James have made Bryant's chances of becoming the G.O.A.T. very slim. To even be in the conversation with Michael Jordan is an accomplishment any NBA player would be happy with. However, Kobe Bean Bryant isn't just any NBA player. Five NBA championships, two Finals MVPs, 15 All-Star appearances (including four MVPs), his 81-point performance, and many more accolades that we don't have time to mention define one of the greatest careers in NBA history. Anyone who has followed Bryant over his 17 seasons knows that he isn't satisfied with being known as "one of" the all-time greats, he wants to go out on top of that list.
This week the Lakers gave him a couple more seasons to add to that legacy with a contract extension through 2016. But at 35 years old is it even possible for Kobe to somehow catch MJ and go down as the G.O.A.T.? Possible? Yes. Word to KG. But likely? Not really. If there's an insane to-do list Kobe is keeping, it likely looks something like this: 10 Things Kobe Bryant Needs to Do to Surpass Michael Jordan as the G.O.A.T.