This is my Facebook comment - yes, a
LONG one I know....to a post about the "verdict being in" on who's
better, Lebron or Kobe - from something Kelly Dwyer - Yahoo's Ball Don't
Lie had on Facebook. Let me preface this by saying this was not directed at Kelly...I actually don't read his stuff quite enough to know where he stands...and I think, if my recollection is right, that he was saying Lebron is better than Kobe...but there might have been a contradictory close to his conclusion that reverted back to something about still choosing Lebron if you wanted to win or something like that, which I thought was sort of nonsensical and ridiculous because when it comes to actually "Winning"...let me stop ;)
I am so sick of all you non-basketball IQ people who continue to make idiotic arguments that loom in ambiguity. BE clear. The word 'better' completely makes any of these stupid Kobe / Lebron arguments sway one way or the other if you don't clearly state the context of the word and stay consistent with it when evaluating the variables by which you measure it. Secondly, for all of you who MUST have missed freshman year science...you have no awareness of controlled experiments or variable analysis whatsoever (ie. comparing things like Lakers losses when Kobe takes over at the end, not mentioning the fact that most of them were due to the team not playing as well as they typically do in the first 3 qtrs only to be down before Kobe even starts to take over). And - If you give someone more touches OF COURSE they're going to score more. If I race two racing cars and one clearly is moving faster...but the other one is slightly behind yet conserves its tires only to require one less of a tire change, thereby beating the seemingly faster car then even IF the first car was faster - does it even matter? I'm sure if the Lakers said "hey Kobe, we want you to take X amount of shots a game." He could easily do so and score in a plethora of ways that the amazingly talented Lebron couldn't even think of. BUT he's trying (and successfully so based on the last two rings w/o Shaq) to work within the framework of one of the most complicated offenses in basketball, which has shown him MUCH success and FIVE rings - I wonder if Lebron could even learn the "Triangle" in the first place? Finally, Lebron takes more shots than even Wade overall, yet most nights Wade actually ends up with more points - so is Lebron superior to Wade too? UNDERSTAND the game people. PLEASE. Ugh. Yes, Lebron is a freak of nature talent...and MAYBE, just maybe a better athlete or scorer (you'd have to let Kobe completely off the leash to ever find this out and even still we know certain things exist in Kobe's arsenal that we've never seen in Lebron's - Has Lebron ever had an 81 point game? Didn't think so.), but a better athlete is totally different from a better player. The measure of points is purely coincidental and driven off of a coaching scheme. So you take Lebron - he'll have 35, 10, and 8...and I'll take Kobe who'll have 27, 5, 4 and most importantly the win...and the championship. Being a great player encompasses WAY more things than scoring. IF ANY of you actually played any quality basketball I guess you would know that - guess you also haven't noticed most teams this year have realized that when Lebron scores more it totally takes most of his team out of their game, enough to completely make them vulnerable - hence their struggles. Please stop these stupid arguments. Until Lebron does something more with that amazing talent he shouldn't even be uttered in the same sentence as Kobe Bryant.