15. Kobe Answers Critics, Wins Without Shaq

Date: 6/14/2009

Regardless of how silly the criticism was, Kobe Bryant, always in search of motivation, was still driven by rumblings that he hadn't won a title without Shaq. So after an embarrassing Finals loss to the Celtics in 2008, Bryant was determined not to leave another Finals empty handed, averaging 32, 5 & 7 against Orlando, en route to his first Finals MVP award. Now whether we considered it his first title or his fourth, his place amongst NBA legends was undeniable.