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In the 1960’s, a study titled the “Milgram Shock Experiment” was performed. The point of the study was to gauge how far normal humans will go just because they are directed to do so by authorities.
In a nutshell, participants believed they were administering painful shocks to subjects. They assumed they were doing serious damage, but many participants kept administering shocks because they were told to do so. When it was over, everyone involved claimed to have learned a ton about human nature and the costs of demands by authorities.
Now the study is discussed in nearly every psychology class but with one important caveat: the study was so far out of bounds by current ethical standards that it is no longer appropriate to conduct due to long term consequences of participant’s mental health. Still, professor’s always close by saying “it was the most fascinating experiment of all-time.”
I’m starting to feel like we are approaching an experiment in the NBA that should never be conducted again. Eventually, there will be a rule in place to limit the number of obstacles all-time greats can endure towards the end of their career, and it will probably be called “The Kobe Bryant No Dumping Rule.”
Ponder all of the madness that has unfolded for Kobe since the Lakers’ collapse in the playoffs:
- Phil Jackson out. Mike Brown in.
- Knee surgery in Germany.
- Lamar Odom sent to Dallas for nothing.
- David Stern vetoed a trade that would have formed the best backcourt in NBA history.
- The Clippers landed Chris Paul.
- The Lakers are considered by some as the second best team in Los Angeles.
- And Kobe’s wife recently filed for divorce.
Seriously, how much can one guy handle? In a fair world, David Stern would have locked out the players again for “basketball reasons” so Kobe could have a few months to digest it all.