NBA Buzz: Kobe Bryant or LeBron James; Is There Even A Comparison?

Lou GeorgalasContributor IJuly 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the forth quarter at Staples Center on January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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A five time defending NBA champion or a prima donna, egotistic, selfish player yet to even sniff the scent of a championship. Not sure if there even is a comparison to be made at this point. Sure some can argue that Kobe was very similar in his characteristics to LeBron early in his career, but here's the big difference:
He won three rings. He had the killer instinct to close out games from the minute he hit the hardwood floor. He showcased leadership abilities and stuck around for the post Shaq era, when he could have opted for free agency.

He remained with his original team (a notion seemingly lost in today's game), was influential amid the slight rebuilding process, and he elevated his game to MVP status and has been rewarded with two more rings. He has never asked for his own reality show or used his impending free-agency to create an outrageous circus. He has always gone about his business with the focus of one thing, and one thing only; WINNING.

While Lebron can publicly state that his decision to join the Miami Heat was based upon the chance to win multiple championships, realistically this was a cowardly act to cover up that he can never win as the main guy. He raised the white flag and declared that he would rather be a role player than a bona fide superstar. It's truly sad the way he left Cleveland. It's also sad that he slapped his home town across the face, with a national television audience watching.

Even if he wins ten rings in Miami, it will never be what one would have in Cleveland. Home will never be home again for the self-proclaimed King. Not only has he turned his back on his home town, but also to his legacy for which he will always be remembered as nothing more than a role player.

While Kobe continues to elevate himself to a Jordan like status, Lebron is heading in the other direction by elevating himself to a fraud status.

Kobe or Lebron? Not even a comparison.