L4L wrote:CL is hypersensitive to anything approach positive 'Bron exposure.
Good, post. Agree 100%Weezy wrote:L4L my first post in this thread said how pointless it is to care what ESPN thinks, but at the same time the things said about them are true so I have to laugh. I personally am irked by LeBron's personality more than Kobe's, and it's not just because he's a Laker. To me he has to much of a sense of entitlement, he's 'the chosen one', he won't participate in the Dunk Contest for the fans, it just irks me. He was already celebrated as one of the greats before he'd even done anything. Yeah, he's lived up to the hype, but he can also pretty much do no wrong and he knows it, which is why he gets a pass for not doing things like the Dunk Contest. I like LeBron's game, definitely think he's top 2 in the league, but I get kinda tired of hearing about him daily, he's not the greatest thing ever.
Weezy wrote:I get kinda tired of hearing about him daily, he's not the greatest thing ever.
BldngWine-CrvngGold wrote:if the finals come down to who has the better player, we have that. I can get into it all you guys want, and explain anything. this article encompasses some of my main points.
Lebron vs. Kobe:
First, I’m an unabashed Kobe homer. I have researched and argued the technicalities of certain provisions of the Colorado criminal code. Last week, I was teaching my two year old girl how to write letters for the first time and led with, “think of a word you really like, some person or thing you love and I’ll write that word.” Her immediate reply, unprovoked: “Kobe.” I’ve advocated for him endless times in mvp debates, his place among the greats of all time, his feud with Shaq, etc., etc. Yet, in this current debate, I must give way to clear reason and cry uncle. As a basketball player, Lebron is better. Than Kobe has ever been.
Random Lebron points:
• His PER this season is 32.0. That would be the best mark . . . ever. Jordan’s high was 31.7, Wilt’s 31.8, Magic’s 27.0, Bird’s 26.3, Kareem’s 29.9, Shaq’s 30.6, Duncan’s 27.1, and Kobe’s 28.0 (24.7 this year).
• To put his PER in perspective, Lebron uses 33.16 possessions a game. Those possessions result in 42.5 points. That means that if Lebron used all of his team’s possessions, they would end up with an offensive rating of 128.3 (LA leads the league at 110.4). Kobe uses 31.51 possessions a game and those result in 37.9 points, leading to an all Kobe offensive rating of 120.2. Both are off the charts, but the gap between the offense Lebron and Kobe create is huge.
• Lebron is more efficient in scoring the ball because he shoots a better percentage, which is primarily the result of both getting to the basket more and finishing at a higher rate when there. Lebron shoots 40% of his shots inside at a 74% clip; Kobe shoots 23% inside at 65%. Kobe shoots better on jump shots, but only by 5%.
• Lebron shoots 2.1% higher in true shooting %, assists on 5% more of his possessions, and rebounds at a 3% higher rate. He simply creates much more offense, more efficiently than Kobe, and uses the ball at about the same rate. And, remember, all of this comes in Kobe’s preeminent year in terms of scoring efficiency.
• Whatever the difference is between them on offense, it is bigger on defense. When Lebron is on the court, other teams score 97.9 points per 100 possessions; when he sits they score 105.9. When Kobe is on the court, other teams score 104.9 per 100; when he sits they score 104.2. Lebron makes his team 8.0 points per 100 better on defense; Kobe makes his team 0.7 worse. As a result, Lebron is 4th at individual defensive rating and second in defensive win shares. Lebron is the anchor of the league’s best defense. Kobe is a significant component of a strong, but far worse defense.
To me, these individual stats from Lebron reveal why Cleveland is so dominant as a team. When you first look at the team around Lebron, you see a lot of solid players, but nothing overwhelming. None of his teammates will be all stars this year, even in the weaker East; none will compete for all nba or all defensive honors; the bench is okay, but nothing like LA’s. Is Cleveland’s second best player (probably Ilgauskas) as good as LA or Boston’s fourth? Yet, Cleveland leads the league by a wide margin in both point and efficiency differential. They are having a historic season on both fronts. The reason is Lebron. Whatever you think of PER, he is having one of the single best seasons that any player has ever had – at both ends of the court – and is doing so in a way that directly translates to team dominance. And that’s not a point to glide past. He is putting up all time dominant individual numbers and helping all of his teammates have career years themselves. He is one part Michael and one part Magic. And he’s only 24.
Knowledge1776 wrote:Interesting numbers. However, I'm curious to see what happens now that Chicago and LA have exposed that there are much better methods of guarding James
kray28 wrote:A big part of Kobe's PER numbers come against West teams like San Antonio, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, Utah and Dallas.
A big part of LeBron's PER numbers come against an competitively abysmal East.
Think some of that "huge" difference in PER might be explained by that?
BldngWine-CrvngGold wrote:So then why have lebron's best games (aside from the lakers game) come against the best teams? Most noteably the celtics. And to say lebrons PER is high is because he has to play well has nothing to do with it (in case you didnt know it stands for Player EFFICIANCY Rating). With every touch that lebron has, he is more efficiant with the ball than Kobe. PER POSSESION he does more for his team than Kobe EVER HAS. Sorry guys, but i can win this argument all day long.
BldngWine-CrvngGold wrote:Kobe fans go into a shell when they have been beaten.
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