Sometimes it's worth the redundancy, to point out that Adele can sing, and San Clemente sunsets are world-class, and Kobe Bryant is possibly the most inexhaustible natural resource in sports.
Sometimes the obvious needs to be stated, because the state of the Lakers would be obviously comatose if Bryant were the typical 17th-year NBA superstar.

What he did to the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter of this 99-98 victory Sunday night was so familiar and yet so stunning.
He got 11 points, including six in the final 2:17 after the Hawks took a one-point lead. On the final play of the third quarter he stepped back for a buzzkill three-ball, as Atlanta's DeShawn Stevenson and Devin Harris carped at each other for failing to cover.
Bryant has left the whole league muttering like that since the days of Netscape. But this was the year the Lakers would remove the yoke from Bryant's shoulders.
With Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard around, Kobe would not need to play 39.1 minutes per game (a high since '07) or score 27.2 points a game, or get to the foul line 7.3 times a game, or shoot a career high .471 from the field.
Remember that theory? Instead his supply seems as deep as the demand.
Josh Smith of the Hawks was in the chamber with him throughout much of this one. Smith can guard centers or point guards, and has to handle LeBron James and Kevin Durant, too.
"Kobe's the one that's been doing it the longest," Smith said. "He's an assassin. He wants that moment."