It's pretty funny to listen to two multi-million dollar athletes take questions about who has it worse. In the NBA's most recent theater of the absurd moment, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James talked about their teams' rough treatment by the media.
While the Los Angeles Lakers were in the middle of a six-game skid, James scoffed at the notion that they could relate to what the Miami Heat went through just two years ago (via Joseph Goodman of The Miami Herald):
No one will ever be able to compare what we went through. Even though they're not winning and they're losing a lot of games, it's still nowhere near what we went through.
Yeah, right. That level of magnitude was nowhere near where ours was two years ago. Nothing. Nothing compares to it.
The Black Mamba doesn't subscribe to such sentiments. Actually, he doesn't care about them at all.
Per Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com, Bryant brushed off LeBron's comments and mocked him for placing stake in such musings:
Kobe on LeBron saying the Heat had it harder 2 seasons ago: "What does it matter? What does he want, a cookie for that?"— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 16, 2013
Only Bryant could shift the conversation from comparable trials and tribulations to cookies. This is the same Kobe who demanded Pau Gasol start sporting some big boy pants, after all.
It comes as no surprise that the Lakers star couldn't care less about what the Heat went through two years ago. He's concerned with what his team is going through now. Engaging in a game of "who had it worse" isn't going to make things better in Hollywood.
Does it honestly matter whether or not the Lakers have it worse than the Heat did?
And downplaying what the Lakers are facing right now in favor of what the Heat once went through isn't going to get LeBron another shiny piece of hardware to add to his collection.
As Kobe makes clear, the question of who had it worse shouldn't even be posed. Not because there won't be those willing to answer it, but because it doesn't matter.
There's really only one question worth posing at this point: Does LeBron prefer oatmeal or chocolate chip?