As a LeBron James fan, it’s been a rough summer. The critics, the analysis, the Comic Sans font, the old heads. Pretty much, the guy has seen his image go from Barack in ’08 to Kat Stacks in 2010 in one offseason. Throughout the summer, I’ve found myself in a countless number of debates defending LBJ and the fact he’s still arguably the best player on the planet. That’s about the time when the wolves come out in defense of Kobe Bryant. True #24 supporters are a different breed of fans, you see.
They know what it’s like to have their favorite player be “Public A*shole #1.” They have no remorse for buddy (LeBron) and have no problem whatsoever reminding me that Kobe has five rings and is roughly 100 games away from his sixth. Fair enough, but what about one-on-one? In terms of pride and basketball, that’s what it all boils down to. Kobe’s cerebral assassin mentality or LeBron’s sheer God-given physical prowess? Never one to shy away from competition, the Mamba-man gave his answer while helping launch the London School of Basketball.
“I’d win, I’d win,” Kobe said. “That’s what I do. One on one is..that’s easy for me, you know. Playing 1-on-1 is how I grew up playing, it’s like my thing. LeBron is more like a Magic Johnson — he’s a great passer and plays an all around game. At the core of me, I’m a 1-on-1 player. I’d do that in my sleep.”
This NBA season cannot start quick enough. Thoughts?