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Kobe Bryant: The Opposite of Soft!

He’s clearly bigger. He’s clearly stronger. He has more publicity. His image is better. His overall statistics are better.

Why should there even be a question about if LeBron James is better than Kobe Bryant?

He lacks that killer instinct! Until the King gets that, he will forever be carrying Kobe’s jockstrap.

Last night at the Staples Center Kobe Bryant went so opposite of soft and showed the world why he is the best player on the planet by outdueling LeBron. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-88, with Mamba dropping 20 buckets, 12 dimes, and grabbing six boards.  Even with a dislocated finger, Kobe had the burning desire to check the King for almost the entire game and take on the challenge personally.

Put it like this…LeBron was rather normal with Kobe on him. He only connected on 9 of his 25 shots for 23 points with four assists and nine rebounds. Why isn’t Kobe considered for the Defensive Player of the Year award?

As indicated in his Christmas interview with Magic Johnson, Kobe had to show the media that he was still the best in the game and he doesn’t look like he will be passing the torch anytime soon. Kobe had to show the world that he seeks basketball perfection. Kobe had to show the world that he wants to go down as the “greatest basketball player of all time.”

It was apparent from the jump that Kobe had an agenda. After losing two straight games, he had to up his level of intensity.

Despite his pre-game quotes where he said that he thinks LeBron is the MVP at this point, by the end of the night he may have been forced to eat his own words. Although one game may not be enough for the general public to decifer who’s the better player, all Kobe did in their first battle of the season was to solidify my argument that he is the best in the game…hands down!!

2 responses

  1. kos

    LeBron definitely has a ways to go to even think about dethroning Kobe. I keep hearing folks say that LeBron has improved his defense this year. Yet, I never see LeBron guarding the other team’s best player like Kobe does. Yes, LeBron gets a lot of steals and blocks, but those are all a result of help defense. LeBron has learned to take the last shot, and make a fair amount of them, but it’s still not ingrained in him like it is in Kobe to want to do it more than anything else. Kobe will never get universal love because folks are still on MJ’s jockstrap and the events in Colorado, but there is simply no one better in the NBA right now.

    January 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm

  2. Eric Woodyard

    I couldn’t have put it any better! Great comment!

    January 21, 2009 at 4:43 pm

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