he wasn't dominant in '09 and '10? oh you're one of those. if ppl like you, didn't have negative associations with him regardless of what he does, then you truly know what he's about. ask anyone, absolutely anyone who is unbiased. ask them if kobe bryant is the best player in the nba since mj, i'm sure majority will answer yes.
you say no shaq, no rings as if kobe was a bench player during the 3-peat. look at those numbers, not good enough for you? watch what he actually did during all of those games.
did you watch the finals in '09 and '10? he didn't shoot well and was basically carried over the threshold by the rest of the team. saying kobe is the best player in the league since mj is very subjective even to an unbiased spectator. he's up there, but there isn't as much separation at the top as it was when mj was dominating the sport.
there's no question kobe wouldn't have won those first three without shaq...what his numbers look like are irrelevant to that statement. unless you're saying lakers would have 3peat without shaq...?