wow.. I didn't get to see the allstar game but I did just read every post in this thread for the last 7 pages.
A couple of points:
1. For those saying Lebron doesn't try: I say, WTF are you talking about? If Lebron is anything, and I mean anything, like the greats of MJ, Kobe, Magic etc then every game he wants to win and every challenge he wants to dominate. It isn't like it was some rookie or journeyman like Earl Clark coming out and D'ing him up, no, it was Kobe Bryant. Lebron cared, period.
2. Neither Kobe nor Lebron needs other to be hyped up or knocked down to make them look good. LBJ is a great player and has earned his fame (maybe not as much as ESPN is giving but a great deal anyway). Kobe is still one of the best in the game today and has been easily the best in basketball for over a decade. Their talents stand on their own merrit plain and simple.
3. Stop feeding the damn troll.
4, For those who don't care about the Allstar game: Don't comment on it. It really is that simple. Everyone knows that the final 5 minutes (or entire 4th in some cases) of the All Star game matters to everyone on the floor. That is when the "D" happens and you see the best of the best go at it. Today's best in the game got schooled by yesterdays best in the game.
5. I am going to be sad to see Kobe call it a career.
6. I really think that those who say Lebron could thrive in the 80's never watched 80's ball. I am not trying to insult anyone but the fouls that LBJ gets today that he finishes on a regular basis aren't even "touch" fouls in the 80's. LBJ hasn't shown me that he can play when guys beat him up. Others might say he has shown but I haven't seen it. LBJ has the size, speed and athleticism to play in any era but so did Brian Bosworth when he went into the NFL. Yes, he got hit by Bo Jackson and "The Boz" wasn't a bad man no more. No one knows for sure if LBJ or any of the guys from this era could really deal with the rules of the 80's. In my opinion, I don't see it.
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.