It’s strange indeed to hear an icon say he sucks. It’s stranger still to see the proof right there in front of everyone, undeniable and clear as day

Yet that’s the point we’ve arrived at with Kobe Bryant, three games into his 20th season of an NBA career that will go down among the very greatest of all time

“I suck right now,” the 37-year-old Bryant said on Sunday night. “I’m the 200th-best player in the league right now.”

When he said that, Kobe’s Lakers had just lost their third game in three tries this season and the aging superstar had turned in the latest in what’s become an alarming trend of god-awful performances. Against Dallas on Sunday night, Kobe was 3-15 shooting (including 2-8 on three-pointers) for 15 points. He had five fouls in 31 minutes of playing time Read more…

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