^^^ I think you fail to realize these superstars are also showmen. Since you love to point out how Lebron is stat-padding and gunning to break records, I'll give you a counterargument. I personally went to a game at Staples in 2003 against the Sonics. It was a game in which Kobe was looking to break MJ's streak of 40+ games. It was ssoooooooo obvious that Kobe was trying to break MJ's record. He was taking alot of bad shots and really forcing the action. Now he got his 40 pts , but I think he was like 13-34 or something. Now I remember seeing the look on Shaq's and Phil 's face after the game, they were not happy he was just gunning for a record. I mean it was so obvious I couldn't believe it. Shaq was in the game too and they had no answer for him, yet Kobe was still going for his record. And while most people jumped on Kobe for what he did, I realized that he like the top tier players of the NBA are all showmen. They say they don't like to break records, they say they don't get up for matchups against one another, but it's all BS. So don't give me this crap about Lebron's seeking to break records. If anyone's career has been marred by showboating and gunning for records, it's been Kobe. I personally have zero problem with it, makes for wayyyy more entertaining basketball. If you are a Lebron hater, just admit it !