To many, this may not seem like a reason for Kobe to be better than Wade. But just hear me out.
The Los Angeles Lakers, along with the Boston Celtics, are the two most celebrated franchises in NBA history. The Lakers have had some of the greatest NBA players to ever touch the hardwood. They were a franchise that won 11 NBA titles before Kobe was brought in.
So when this little-known high school player was brought into the Lakers organization and declared the next Michael Jordan, that comparison coupled with the spotlight of playing for the Lakers just made pressure that much worse for him.
Every move, every breath he took would be publicized and overanalyzed to the max. If he didn't start winning, the Lakers organization, fans, and teammates would have been finished with Bryant a long time ago.
But thanks to the addition of Shaquille O'Neal, the Lakers were able to win three straight NBA titles in the early 2000s. The rest of his career was history. He went on to win two more titles, win league MVP, score 81 points in a game, and lastly, tally a total of 25,790 points to date.
Whereas Wade is playing for a less publicized team in the Heat, who until this offseason have had no real expectations since the 90s when the team consisted of Mourning, Rice, and Hardaway.
No disrespect to the Heat franchise, but when you guys were an expansion team in 1988, the Lakers already had 11 NBA titles.
When Wade came into the league back in 2003, he did not have the big expectations on his back like Kobe had.