LeBron James Isn't Looking to Help Kobe Bryant Rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers

Art EddyContributor IIIJuly 22, 2013

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 10: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during a game  at American Airlines Arena on February 10, 2013 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Recently there has been talk of LeBron James teaming up with Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014.

Frankly, I can’t see that deal happening. Hell would probably freeze over first. There are also talks of Carmelo Anthony joining the Lakers as well, but Anthony would have a hard time playing third fiddle to both Bryant and James.

Can you imagine those three on the court playing together successfully? It would be a tough sell since all three players are used to being the main man for their respective teams.

I get the fact that the Lakers organization would not want to waste any time rebuilding. The Clippers are no longer the Lakers’ little brother to be mocked at. It is a no-brainer that the Lakers front office would want to sign the biggest name in the NBA to their team. Passing the torch from Kobe to LeBron would be heaven-sent.

One big issue stands in the way of James playing in Bryant’s city: ego!

Chris Fedor a writer from the website “Sports Radio Interviews” highlights the rivalry between the two players. Fedor transcribed a conversation between Kobe and the ESPN Radio Los Angeles hosts Mason and Ireland from this past February.

The hosts asked Kobe if James was as good as he is.

He replied, "Is he as good as me? I mean every time you start comparing players to some of the all-time greats then you have to put him in that same room."

From the water cooler discussions to the sports show panelists debating who the best player in the NBA is, James is most likely to come out on top.  Bryant is right up there, but James is now the face of the NBA.

When these debates of who is the greatest player of all time arises, championships are always a factor. James now has two coming off back-to-back NBA titles from the past two seasons. Bryant has five. As teammates, when one wins a title, the other one does as well. So let’s just say that Bryant wins a total of six titles, and James ends with just four. James wouldn’t be too happy with that math.

Does LeBron want to raise Bryant’s legacy while working on his own? I don’t think so.

To play devil’s advocate Bryant spoke with Serena Winters of Lakers Nation who brought up that very question.

"You don’t want to help someone else kind of increase their ring count," Kobe explained, "but he’s already increased Dwyane’s, so I don’t think it’s that big of a stretch."

That is very true, but Wade does have three rings, not five.

James can catch up with Wade easier than he can with Bryant, and that factor will be a huge selling point for LeBron.

Could you see Michael Jordan teaming up with Magic Johnson towards the end of Magic’s career to win a few titles together? No! MJ and Magic had such a competitive relationship that the thought would have never come up for discussion.

King James has won his rings with a big three already. He might want to prove to the critics that he can go somewhere like back to Cleveland and lead a Cavaliers team to a title.

Anything can happen, but LeBron ending up on the Lakers with Kobe is a long shot at best.