Look I'm just as pissed at the D-Whistle from the 2005 finals as anyone. That being said, to suggest Wade & Lebron wouldn't be superstars without those extra FT's is absurd.
Kobe has been the beneficiary of many calls in his time. I agree though, as of late not only is he not getting superstar calls, but the refs are drawing less fouls for Kobe overall. We really ought to send the league some tape of him getting defiled.
But come on, LBJ & Wade would be superstars without 4 points. Would Wade have won the 2005 NBA title?
Probably not. There might be some truth to the "NBA creating stars".
Well if they didn't allow LeBron to initiate contact and get the call, especially earlier in his career when he was basically a level 5 starter pokemon, there's no saying what would have happened. He could have remained unchanged, he could have actually worked on his game much earlier, or he could have gotten a career ending injury from trying to get a call too agressively. Back on topic, just the general officiating in the NBA is really fishy, with the fouls they call on one end for Harden, LeBron, etc, and what they allow on Kobe.