The Kobe and Lebron Saga Continues: Is MJ More Powerful Than Money?

Rodge CorreaSenior Analyst IAugust 11, 2008

Fact or fiction...Kobe and Lebron crossing the pond? Most likely the only thought roaming through the minds of sports maniacs, well, besides the historic breathtaking comeback by the American men's 4X100 freestyle relay team.

Call me crazy, but I think its the Olympic buzz buzzing their heads, or quite possibly the opinion of many Bleacher Report freaks:

They're just  pressuring their teams and the league into something more tempting, mouth oozing.

However, all the money, all the fame in the world, at least in my eyes is shattered with the shout of one simple name...and that’s...Michael Jordan.

Yes, I said it!

I sincerely believe MJ’s presence in the league will keep super stars that dream of being the best ever, to hit that weight room and run up-and-down those wood floors on North American soil, for good!

Take your Josh Childress and Carlos Arroyo. There's many more where that came from, but a Lebron, Kobe, Duncan or even an Iverson, who have the possibility of becoming the best ever would completely damage their shot. Not only will their image in the eyes of all North Americans be shattered, but their image with past greats as well.

I heard from a lot of radio talk show hosts that leaving to play for another league for the estimated amount of 50 million a year is no problem. Why not? You’d be leaving the league for just a year and at a ridiculous price.

Oh, and the inevitable: "You'd take the money and run too!"

My answer to you is, yeah, probably, but I’m not on the verge of becoming the best of all time.

Talking in this case for Kobe who is definitely in the top 8 and with his young, chemistry driven team and the inevitable dynasty factor and the possible coronation of 2 or 3 three more MVP's and Finals MVP, why risk it?

So you can stuff more money into your oversized, scrooge-like bank account!?

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind when Kobe means "Testing the waters" he's referring to money and not the basketball IQ of players in, in this case, Italy.

Kobe would dominate with much ease!

Seems like the Kobe & Lebron saga is not over and like Favre's, I'm getting kind of sick of it.

I put in my two cents.

What’s yours?