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I guess that makes sense when you consider just how much copying Kobe’s done of LeBron over the Lakers’ recent “resurgence” in the Western Conference.
Even when you throw in the Lakers’ ugly loss to the Michael Beasley-led Phoenix Suns, Kobe’s been a different beast as of late.
In his past four games, against the Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Hornets and Phoenix Suns, Kobe has averaged an incredible 17.3 points, 12 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game. And he’s done so all while shooting just 12.8 shots per game and hitting shots at an impressive 54.9 percent clip from the floor.
If you’d never watched any basketball before in your life you might think Kobe is the most unselfish “team player” in the entire game.
But in reality he’s just taking a page out of LeBron James’ book of efficiency, and hey, it’s working pretty well.
LeBron James has been dominating the basketball world with team basketball and efficiency from the moment he laced up his kicks in an NBA locker room.
With career averages of 27.6 points, 7.2 rebounds. 6.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game, LeBron is in a whole different level of dominance in the ranks of the greatest to play the game.
It’s not shocking that Kobe is starting to mimic LeBron, especially with his most recent success winning the 2011-12 regular season NBA MVP, the 2012 NBA title and the 2012 NBA Finals trophy. The only real question is why it took Kobe so long to realize that playing unselfishly would help the Lake Show and himself out immensely.
In reality it’s not that shocking because, well, Kobe’s a ridiculously selfish player. Sure, he’s good enough to be selfish. It’s just amazing that it took him 16 years to figure out what LeBron figured out when he heard his named called No. 1 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft.
Either way, the fact that Kobe is mirroring the way that LeBron has risen to dominance points to the scientific truth that LeBron is now the king of the NBA.
There should now be no debate regarding who’s the better player between Kobe and LeBron.
It’s clear that LeBron is leading the way because he’s played with efficiency and a team focus for 10 years now, whereas Kobe’s been doing it for just four games.
It’s LeBron’s world, Kobe’s just living in it. That has never been any more clear than right now and it’s time for LeBron supporters to bask in the greatness of that.
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