Sunday, April 26, 2009

Who's the Best Baller since Mike?

This question seems to pose an on going arguement; who is the best player in the NBA today? Most people would meantion either LeBron James or Kobe Bryant. I've been following LeBron James since he was a Junior in High School. Honestly, I couldn't wait to see him get to the point he's at now. And Kobe Bryant is definately one of the Greatest Players in the History of the Game. There's no question, they're both future Hall of Famers.. but who's better? If you go with this year's statistics, you would go with "King James" over Kobe Bryant. But what about Dwayne Wade? He had a better season than LeBron in almost every statistical category. I'll give the edge to LeBron James because of the overall Win/Loss record. However Kobe & Company's Win/Loss record is second in the league. Next to who? ...The Cleveland Cavaliers. Both players have a mutual respect for each other's game (check the NBA Unfiltered video I posted in an ealier post).I'll say this; LeBron James deserves MVP Honors this year. However, I think Season Statistics don't tell it all. Right now we are in the first Round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs. The Playoffs are different because players raise their level of intensity. I think in the end it will be a classic matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The only way I could describe this matchup is: Michael Jordan - Prior to the Rings vs Michael Jordan - with the Championships, lol.. Don't get me wrong in my opinion, neither Kobe nor LeBron is better than Jordan. Its just the Level of both of their Games are similar to Jordan's. LeBron James is like the Jordan before the rings. The high flyer, who's hungry for the Championship but is either not quite ready or is at the crossroads. Kobe Bryant is like the Jordan with rings. He's a bit more mature, more experienced, and he knows how to take over games. I mean, look at his performance last night... he literally looked like Jordan. It's to the point where Kobe literally don't have to see the basket to make a jumper. Lets not forget all those clutch performances and times he posted insane numbers (i.e. the 81 point game performance). And Kobe said last night, that he's going to be even more aggressive. "The Black Mamba" is the Best in the Game right now, bottom line. LeBron has a bright future ahead of him and will be the best in the league for a long time as soon as Kobe passes the Torch. Lakers over Cavaliers in an exciting 7 Game Series.

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