You never discredit someone based on titles, but you don't judge them on the titles either.
Kobe should be seen for exactly who he was throughout his career: An exceptional scorer. An above average defender. And a poor crunch time performer. http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/pos...in-crunch-time
Kobe's selfish nature, or his desire to be Michael Jordan, (I think he wanted to be him more than beat him), definitely kept from being an even better player. He could have won more, and ended up considered truly one of the top 10 players in NBA history. (and that is by people who know what they're talking about). But he's not. Which is fine.
He's probably one of the 25 greatest to ever play the game and he has had simply an exceptional career that he should be proud of, and his fans should be proud of.