thkthebest wrote:I agree with Roos on some level. A lot of the arguments/hate seem petty, and we all know petty. People found the most ridiculous reasons to hate Kobe. It reached unspeakably stupid levels, but there were still plenty of rational people that respected Kobe for his greatness. I used to be a big LeBron hater. I used to find the dumbest reasons to hate him, but I do respect his work ethic and his game right now.
Yup.... plenty of valid reasons to question his game but from an objective standpoint he's the best player in the game and has gotten even better in recent years. I didn't like the C's or Larry Bird but to pick apart his game or how the media covered him seemed silly. He was a great player.
LeBron is an amazing talent and his becoming a great player. I separate those two things because they are not exclusively metrics of greatness. We have our own fantastic talent who is still trying to become a great player so we should be fully aware of the differences. LeBron will never have the instinct to win that MJ or Kobe had but he's learning to develop it. His two turnovers the other night were eerily reminiscent of Laker games in recent years where the entire team just stands with their feet nailed to the floor waiting for Kobe to save them..... Kobe typically jacks up the impossible shot (a few go in) and LeBron tried to pass it to anyone who wanted it.... no one did. In both cases the reasons for the loss were not the misses or the bad passes.... it was a failure to play the game by the entire team.
.... my .02¢