Thoughts on LeBron James?
March 12, 2010 2:17pm CST
Do you think LeBron James is the best player in the NBA today? While I think you can make an argument that he is, I'd take Kobe Bryant over him right now. As for down the road, LeBron has the ability to be the best ever. What are your take on it?
• United States
12 Mar 10
Right now I would still have to say Kobe because he has more basketball smarts and experience on a professional level. Here are some points to ponder Kobe Bryant's father played in the NBA his team the Lakers has had some good team mates for him to be associated with plus kobe played a lot of one on one with his father and got some basketball lessons in real life experiences. LeBron James he comes into the NBA drafted out of High School just as Kobe but to a team Cleveland that did not have that great of a record and now after that first year with Cleveland we start making comparisons to him and Michael Jordan. The Cleveland team picks up on this right away so Lebron James has the weight of coming in and being the Leader of the Cleveland Cavilers and having them to build the team around him as Chicago did with Jordan who played guard and small forward when normally the team is built around a big guy usually in the center position. So Lebron James has a lot of wanted or unwanted expectation placed upon him from the start that is a lot of pressure to handle for an eighteen or nineteen year old. P.S. Michael Jordan had at least 4 years of college Basketball experience when he came into the league in his early twenties.
31 Mar 10
well, we can't compare lebron to kobe because of their age and experience. 5 years from now, kobe may retire. but 5 years from now, we will see the best of lebron james. i have my vote for kobe because of one thing, experience. i would prefer lebron james at 25 than kobe at 25, all kobbe does is score. he did not even care to pass even though 3 guys are guarding him. lebron may be a hog at times but he gives assists nonetheless. he can rebound and he is one hell of a defender. boke lacks those categories during his 20's. he blossomed to a complete player at his 30's when he learned from his mistakes. also i didnt like kobe's attitude at his younger years, he shook up the lakers in 2004. lebron's got a bad attitude as well but its bearable. he loves being with the guys as well. kobe wants to be the guy. but that was the old kobe, he is wiser, smarter and better compared to his old self and to lebron as well.
19 Mar 10
Whilst LeBron James has the better stats and looks set to win the MVP Award I would still go with Kobe Bryant over him. Kobe has broken another record this season with his seven game winners, more than anyone. Kobe is still averaging 27.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.9apg and has had several injuries which would cause other players to miss a lot of time but Kobe's only missed five games this season.
• Hong Kong
12 Mar 10
I'm sorry to say that I would have to disagree with you. Right now, Lebron James is a good, correct that, great player. But I think that sometimes, people over react and praise him for everything he does. A normal dunk by Lebron in a game can be the 2nd best play of the day! Also, although his stats are great, if you watch him play, you'll know why he gets such great stats. It becomes very clear when you compare him with other great players like Kobe, Dwyane Wade [my favourite] and Carmelo Anthony. During the course of a game, Lebron will hogg. He will hogg the ball, making the PG more like a shooting guard. Then he will hogg the boards. What I mean by that is when his teamate say Antawn Jamison is going for a wide open defensive rebound, you can see James swooping in, slightly pushing his teamate away and grabbing the board. That's his secret to getting great stats, taking them from his teamates. That is why even though Cavs are the team with the best record, they're also the team which is most dependant on their superstar. Of course I've got to say he's done a great job of winning games all by himself. But if you look at other great players or legends, they don't try and do EVERYTHING in games. Jordan tries to score the most, Kobe and Wade both score and set up their teamates and Carmelo both scores and tries to help with the rebound. Another thing I don't like about Lebron is his playing style and attitude or rather sportsmanship. His playing style is exciting, but unrealistic, charging in and out of the paint for the whole game. If it wasn't for his great build, he won't be able to do that. As I mentioned above, his sportsmanship is very bad. Before most of the home games, the Cavs do these ridiculous acts such as pretending to be taking photos, playing bowling and such and such, lead by Lebron. Also, when leading by a large margin, Lebron always mocks the other team by dancing around and making other players angry. The last is his unwillingness to lose. Yes, I understand that nobody likes losing, but you've got the accept that you've lost right? Well, not the case for 'Queen' James, thinks he's so good, can't lose, and if he does, he can just storm off without addressing the public in a conference. What a loser. Well, enough ranting, I'm just trying to say that I think he's great, but there are many areas of improvement if he wants me cheering for him.