Kobe Bryant has never been one to shy away from being the villain. Over the course of his 20-year career, there were many times that people were rooting against him and even now, there are villain-like narratives being thrown around about his career.
Kobe has always embraced that role as another challenge for him to overcome. Despite the narratives being thrown his way, Kobe has always found a way to win and succeed, both during his career and his life after it.
Ironically, even the internet seems to recognize this fact.
In a filter dedicated to finding his "Harry Potter" wizard house, he wasn't named with the famous and prestigious Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff groups. Instead, Kobe bean was put with the Slytherins: the bad guys. A group of the worst and most powerful wizards.
Sam Quinn of CBS Sports shared the most glaring similarities between Bryant and Slytherins' most powerful member, Voldemort:
Albus Dumbledore once claimed that Voldemort never had a friend, nor did he want one. Bryant literally told GQ that he was incapable of high-level friendship.
Both were prodigies. Bryant entered the NBA Draft as a teenager. Voldemort was already capable of controlling his magic before attending Hogwarts.
Voldemort took extreme and unnatural steps towards immortality by creating Horcruxes. Bryant undertook a number of unusual treatments in the name of prolonging his career, including traveling all the way to Germany for plasma rich platelet therapy not allowed by the FDA.
There you have it. The similarities are quite stunning.
And though that type of classification might seem disappointing to some, Bryant seemed thrilled. And why shouldn't he be? It's nothing new for him and something he has embraced his whole life.
It's just who he is.