Kobe or Lebron
My gut tells me Lebron. It always has. But it’s tough to deny Kobe’s mental and physical talents. He’s good. He’s very good. But given the choice, I’d still take Lebron. Many people give me dumbfounded reactions. We debate, discuss, and end up getting nowhere fast.
So I thought I’d do a little research. I’m convinced now more than ever that Lebron is the better pick. Evaluation of talent is such an subjective discussion. Let’s compare the results of previous seasons.
Kobe won his first title in his fourth season. It was his second season with Shaq, who at the time was a dominating post presence. They won 3 in a row. Then they lost in the playoffs with basically the same roster. The next year they lost in the finals with the addition of Gary Payton and Karl Malone. In 2004-2005, Shaq left, Payton and Malone retired, and the Lakers went 34-48 with Lamar Odom on the team. The next season 45-37. The next season 42-40. Then in 2007-2008 here comes Pau Gasol, and the Lakers made it to the Finals. The last two years, they have won it all.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have made it to the NBA Finals. They have had the best regular season record for 2 years in a row. Any guesses on the best player besides Lebron on the Cavs roster over those years? Drew Gooden? Anderson Varejao? Mo Williams? Antawn Jamison or Shaq (the oldest active player in the NBA)? Anyone want to engage in this discussion or debate?
Consensus would be that none of these players are as good as Pau or Shaq (in his earlier years). These players might not be considered as good Lamar Odom or Derek Fisher who are the 3rd and 4th best players on the Laker’s current roster. If you go back to the first three championships, you have names like Glen Rice, Robert Horry, Rick Fox, and Ron Harper on those rosters. Are any of the current Cavs players as good as those players at that time?
It’s pretty likely if Kobe and Lebron switched places, the Lakers would still win. The question is would the Cavs still have the best record in the league? Would they be in the playoffs? They would likely make the playoffs, but I certainly can’t see them with the best record or winning a ring.
Lebron wants to win. He went to the team with D-Wade, arguably the 3rd best player in the NBA. Chris Bosh, another top 15 player in the league, is there. He knows he’ll be measured by rings. Everyone knows he can play. He doesn’t need fame or money. He needs to win. If he can’t win with these two players and a few role players, then I’m wrong. I’m taking my chances.