With a sliver of Kobe's work ethic, I think he would have been better than Kobe, Lebron, and I even dare say Jordan. Maybe the most gifted scorer ever, add with that the athleticism, length, IQ, passing skills, court vision, PG handles. No basketball player has ever possessed that kind of skill set (You could maybe make an argument for LeBron). And when he actually wanted to play defense, T-Mac was a good defender. the famous amazing 13 pts in final 35 secs vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXUfP7fUD5w The creativity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtpWVp07A14&feature=relmfu Taught Kobe this move http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMiGaKvd2hs Magic-esque court vision and passing creativity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iT1cVI007w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rfazfxrP6o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl7fpE3G7Rk Maybe the best playoff dunk of all time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vQD9CjVdoc&feature=related With all that being said, at the end of the day, T-Mac might go down as the biggest underachiever of all time. How dare I call a back to back scoring champion the biggest underachiever ever? Simple, the guy has never been past the first round. And it's not like he doesn't show up in the playoffs, the guy has career playoffs averages of 29 pts, 6 assists, 7 rebounds. Talk about the worst of luck, the injuries, his Orlando team was as bad as it can get. Yao could never stay healthy, and the one year he had a healthy solid team, he was beaten by Tim Donaghy. We all know the injuries took its toll and ultimately led to T-Mac's demise prematurely, but he was also widely known for playing with little heart and relying his entire career on God given talent. One of his last games in Houston, and as great of a talent as he was, unfortunately this vid pretty much sums up the other half of the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjbkXewxlGI As you saw, losing by almost 20, but 4 guys still playing their butts off. I do like to note he was hurt, and I don't doubt it was painful, but you need to take yourself out of the game if you're not gonna contribute. I hope T-Mac decides to give Grant Hill a call, a guy that was almost equally as talented in his short prime who has knee surgery every week. But damn, the guy's like 38, got back some of his athleticism, and is playing strong, and every team in the league would love to have his services...because Hill works his butt off and was able to put his ego aside.