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Chris Dempsey: LeBron James
LeBron presents flawless front NBA needs
The Face cannot have blemishes.
This means no news conferences on other people's time talking about your problems. No instances of bashing teammates, demanding trades, slamming management or otherwise shady behavior.
Thus, Kobe Bryant cannot be the face of USA Basketball. During a critical moment in the tournament, can we really be sure he won't snatch the ball from Carmelo Anthony's hands, call play 2-4 and take over? Will he wave off a Coach K play, clear out the side and "take this inferior player to the rack?"
Anyone think that's out of the realm of possibility? No. That being the case, Bryant can't be The Face.
Expectations of class, humility, on- court excellence, sportsmanship and leadership go into being the face of USA Basketball. By my count it's Le- Bron James 5, Bryant maybe 2 in those categories. Will there be more media present at a Kobe news conference than a LeBron news conference? Absolutely. But media clamoring to hear what you have to say doesn't mean much if the words are, "I'll talk about that later" or "I didn't say that" or "I shouldn't have said that."
When have we heard that from James?
The 22-year-old star is wise beyond his years and arguably the best player on Team USA - and he does it all without toting a bunch of personal baggage. He dances on stage at the ESPYs, will host "Saturday Night Live" and meshes all of it with basketball in a seemingly effortless way. And we like to see him - not in train-wreck Kobe fashion - but because we actually like to see him.
No Clearasil required.
Marc J. Spears: Kobe Bryant
Talent says it all, so Kobe only choice
I asked 10 NBA all-stars last season who they would choose as the league's most talented player. Eight picked Kobe Bryant.
KOBE BRYANT: His superstar skills are too much to ignore. (NBAE via Getty Images / Noah Graham)
if Bryant is considered the most talented player in the NBA, the best league in the world, he has to be considered the face of USA Basketball.
Bryant proved his staying power by overcoming a sexual assault accusation and regained his popularity among the most heralded athletes in the world.
When he displayed a distaste this summer for the direction the Lakers were taking, the NBA world stopped and listened.
Bryant led the league in scoring last season. He has three championship rings. LeBron James is just getting started. While "King James" truly is a talented player, he has a long way to go to match Bryant's résumé.
While the Nuggets won a game against NBA champion San Antonio in the playoffs last season, James couldn't lead his Cavaliers to even one victory in the NBA Finals. As great as the Spurs are, Bryant could have willed the pitiful Lakers to at least one victory.
James has yet to show an all-around game that can transfer to international play. He averaged six points fewer than the Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony for Team USA last year in the world championships.
Kobe? At the FIBA Americas Championship tournament next month, expect him to lead Team USA in scoring and get the last shot in clutch situations.
Bryant not only is the most talented basketball player, his jersey is the hottest seller in the NBA. Expect his USA Basketball jersey to be the hottest commodity, too. He simply has greater fan appeal