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The Lakers Win Their 15th NBA Championship…Kobe Named Finals MVP

Kobe Bryant Finals MVP

I’ve spent a lot of timeduring this years playoffs unnecessarily defending Kobe Bryant. From my fellow writers and readers of my articles on Sportsscribes.net, to people on the street, Facebook and Twitter. It just blows my mind the way people view his basketball ability and I personally feel like I shouldn’t have to defend him at all. Who he is as a player and what he brings to the game should be obvious to even the casual basketball observer, but it isn’t.

So last night LA won its 15th NBA championship putting them two behind the Boston Celtics. The sad part about the Lakers win and Kobe’s Finals MVP award is he will have even more haters now. There will be even more people who will come out of the woodwork and try and find ways to say that he’s overrated. Oh well…I guess you can’t please everybody.

Throwing Rocks At The Throne…Again

The King In Defeat

We were all witnesses; but he’s done this before. November ’06 in a game against the Atlanta Hawks, LeBron James walked off the floor as the Hawks were dribbling out the clock, wrapping up a regular season win against the Cavs. Last year in the playoffs against the Boston Celtics, he walked off the court without acknowledging or congratulating any of the Celtics players after they eliminated them in the Eastern Conference Semis. And then this past Saturday after being eliminated by the Orlando Magic, he was the first player in uniform to walk off the floor without congratulating any of the Magic players, including fellow Olympian Dwight Howard. This is what you call a pattern of behavior.

As the MVP of the greatest professional sports league in the world, you have a responsibility to behave graciously in victory and in defeat. If you can shake hands and hug the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks after you swept them out of the playoffs, then you’d most certainly better show the same kind of grace in defeat at the hands of the Orlando Magic. Sending a text message to Dwight Howard the next day doesn’t count for anything. And then you have this quote:

“It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them. I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’m a competitor. That’s what I do. It doesn’t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody’s hand.”

If he were just in a street fight then I’d certainly understand his point. But this is basketball. This is professional sports. It’s lights, camera, action and all eyes are on you. But this is the fault of those who are so in love with LeBron James. This is what happens when you crown someone the king before they’ve done anything to deserve the the throne. This is what happens when athletes start believing their own hype. This is what happens when you forget that LeBron James is still a kid. He probably used to take his ball home when he lost on the playground knowing there wasn’t another one around to play with. Calling him a prima dona would be an understatement.

The way the Cavs cruised in the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs, I guess they thought that teams were going to just lay down when they came in the gym. They started to walk around with an entitlement complex. Like the championship was already theirs. But you still have to play the games and the Cleveland Cavaliers got exposed, it’s just that simple. They were old, slow, and they just didn’t match up well with the Magic. It doesn’t matter what happens in the regular season, the playoffs are totally different. Adjustments are what make playoff basketball so intense and the Cavs were never able to adjust to what the Magic were doing. So it doesn’t make sense to get mad and pout, that’s just basketball. Sure it sucks to lose, but you don’t go out like that. Especially not as the leader of your team and the new face of the NBA. They still show clips of LeBron and Tim Duncan talking in the hallway after the Spurs swept them out of the Finals; so LeBron saying it doesn’t make sense to congratulate someone after they just beat him is nonsense.

Michael Jordan congratulated and shook hands with the Pistons every time they knocked the Bulls out of the playoffs. I’m sure he didn’t want to do it, I know that it hurt him to do it, but he did. That’s why to this day people are still talking about the way the Pistons walked off the court with time still remaining on the clock as the Bulls finally beat them to advance to the NBA Finals. No class. Magic Johnson after losing to the Pistons in the Finals walked off the court without congratulating anyone, but he made his way into their locker room and shook hands and congratulated Detroit on the win. That showed real class right there. LeBron James just needs to grow up and hopefully this experience and the negative backlash from it will help him do just that. No matter how good you are and no matter how good you think your team may be, the NBA championship isn’t promised to anyone. All you can do is work hard, continue to make your team better and go out and give 110% each and every night. And if you do all that and you still don’t win, congratulating the team that beat you and giving handshakes isn’t asking too much. Not even for a “King”.

New MVPuppet Commercials

Might as well put these up…

The Great Debate – Kobe Bryant vs LeBron James

LeBron and Kobe

Everybody’s talking about it. Slam Magazine just devoted a cover and a feature article to it. Jerry “The Logo” West gave his two cents on it. Nike and Vitamin Water have pumped a ton of advertising dollars into it. But is there really a debate on who’s better between Kobe and LeBron? I don’t think so, at least not yet. I’m of the opinion that for as good as LeBron James is, until he wins at least one NBA Championship the issue isn’t even up for discussion and he’d have to beat Kobe for the trophy at least once to even make the argument a legitimate one.

What are we comparing anyway? Kobe Bryant is 30 years old and has been in the league for 13 years. He’s already been where LeBron is trying to go. LeBron is 24 and has been in league 6 years. He has many, many more years ahead of him and his future is very bright. Physically, LeBron is unlike any athlete we’ve ever seen on the basketball court. A very unique combination of size, speed and quickness with a skillset that can cover all five positions on the floor. A virtual walking triple double on any given night. So does that make him better than the most dangerous scorer we’ve seen since Michael Jordan and a guy who is one of the most complete basketball players of all time in terms of offensive and defensive ability and overall basketball IQ? Absolutely not. Not to mention the fact that Kobe already has three NBA championships under his belt. That accomplishment alone speaks for itself.

LeBron James is probably the most dominant player in the league right now. Dominant on the same scale as Shaquille O’Neal during his heyday, but in no way is he better than Kobe. Especially not after watching the playoffs this year where Cleveland is down 3-1 and would’ve — and probably should’ve — been swept out of the playoffs by Orlando had it not been for his miraculous shot to win Game 2. So while this argument is good water cooler talk and as Kobe said in a recent post game interview “good banter”, I think the body of work of the two players so far speaks for itself. It seems as if people are trying to move Kobe out of the way and force him to pass the torch and make way for LeBron, but KB24 still has a lot of gas left in the tank and a few more years to play in the league so I know he’ll have none of that. He’ll pass the torch to LeBron when he’s ready and not a second before. Besides you can’t have a debate on who’s better when one party doesn’t even have a ring yet!

In the 80’s, the debate on who was better between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird was a lot more legit because both had championships and they actually had to play and beat one another for the trophy. So maybe Nike and Vitamin Water should’ve waited until the Lakers and Cavaliers were actually in the NBA Finals to start this discussion because the way it looks now, even though the ads are entertaining, it seems like a colossal waste of money at this point. King James is good and he’s going to dominate in the league for a long time to come there’s no doubt about that, but he has a long way to go and a lot more to do before he can be considered better than the Black Mamba.

LeBron’s Game Winner

We were all Witnesses…