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LeBron vs. Kobe – I’ll take the King

Bringing it HomeJoelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

For two guys with so much in common, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant couldn’t be more opposite.Both were No. 1 draft picks straight out of high school, both are phenomenal players and both are on a first name basis with America.The major difference lies in their atmospheres and attitudes. I know it almost sounds like a Jimmy Buffett song, but it’s true. LeBron entered a struggling franchise in Cleveland with determination to work with his teammates to get the team its first championship in its 35-year history. With his 48-point lights-out performance on Thursday night, he’s one win away from getting a shot at that title.Then there’s Kobe, who entered one of the NBA’s most renowned teams – the Los Angeles Lakers, the Yankees of the NBA. They had 13 titles before Kobe got there and he’s helped to add three.Or should I say Shaquille O’Neal helped to get three. Without his go-to big man, Kobe hasn’t been able to add to his ring collection. Kobe wanted to be the franchise player, the center, the star. He got his wish, the Lakers have made the playoffs the last two seasons, but have been dismissed in the first round.I guess that’s not Kobe’s fault, though. That’s because the Lakers’ front office misled him. But if you ask me, it’s Kobe who’s misled the Lakers.Kobe’s whined his way to a confusing, he wants to be traded, then he guesses he’ll stay, attention-grabbing debauchery even though he’s at home sitting on his couch watching the NBA playoffs.Who wants that on their team?This is LeBron’s fourth year in a league and he’s emerged as a leader on the Cavaliers. At 22 years old, the man is leading his 14 teammates, and only two are younger than him.Kobe is just now talking about leadership and about helping his teammates. It took him 11 years in the league to figure that out.This season Kobe averaged 31.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. LeBron averaged 26.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.4 assists.Pretty similar wouldn’t you say?Then think about this. The Lakers paid Kobe $17,718,250 this season while the Cavs dished out $5,828,089 for LeBron. Talk about the same bang for less bucks.If I were an owner, if I were a coach, if I were a teammate and as I am a fan, there is no doubt in my mind that I would rather have LeBron playing for me than Kobe.LeBron’s a guy who’s going to give his all and not point fingers if things go wrong. Things have gone wrong in L.A. and Kobe will point the finger in every direction but his own.Contact Joelle Milholm at 384-9124 or jmilholm@postindependent.com.

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