That's right, I said it! Now can everyone else please, finally admit that LeBron is better than Kobe? If you don't care about NBA basketball, you can stop reading now.
The Lakers have won their last three consecutive games, decidedly, without Kobe Bryant in the lineup due to injury. They blew out three quality teams, by almost 15 points per game, without their supposed MVP candidate. The Cavs would be lucky to win three games out of 10 without LeBron in uniform. Oh, and by the way, LeBron had 32 points, 13 assists, and 8 rebounds in tonight's win over the reigning Eastern Conference Champions, the Orlando Magic, making that 13 wins in a row for Cleveland.
LeBron has single-handedly carried that team deep into the playoffs every year. Any time Kobe's won anything, he's had a ridiculously talented supporting cast. Give LeBron Shaq and Fisher in their primes; give LeBron Odom, Gasol, and Bynum. The NBA would be a joke and the season a formality.
In the 1o games before Kobe's departure, the Lakers only won six of 10, and of those six wins, five were against crap-ass, joke teams like the 76ers, the Wizards, the Clippers, the Pacers, the Bobcats, and my beloved, pathetic, Scott-Layden-Isiah-Thomas-eviscerated Knicks. All of those teams are way below .500 except for the Bobcats. The only decent team they beat during that stretch was the Celtics, who are ravaged by injury, and the Lakers only won that game by one! Then Kobe leaves...and the Lakers dominate against good teams.
Another thing, LeBron's teammates actually enjoy playing with him. Kobe's (not that) secretly hate him because he stifles ball distribution and snuffs out team chemistry by constantly berating his own guys.
I'll credit Kobe with being an extremely talented player and possessing that killer, competitive instinct that Jordan had, but he's no Jordan...and he's no LeBron. It's hard to fathom, but I think LeBron, somehow, still manages to be underrated.