Kobe Bryant: Is Mahinmi Right About Him Being More Arrogant Than LeBron James?

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2011

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Dallas Mavericks backup center Ian Mahinmi had some interesting comparisons between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Although Mahinmi is best known as a reserve big man who doesn't have much of an impact regardless of what team he's playing for, he had no trouble comparing the game's top-tier talents against one another.

However, Mahinmi decided to focus on an area of juxtaposition that has been largely untouched upon to this point in time.

Mahinmi told Basket USA via a translation from HoopsHype that Bryant is second to none other when it comes to his arrogance.

Kobe is super arrogant but everybody loves him,” Mahinmi said. “To me, Kobe is more arrogant (than LeBron James).”

I have a really tough time believing this one, especially because Mahinmi seems to take a shot at Bryant out of nowhere.

Bryant is known to have one of the strongest work ethics in league history, while James has often relied on his innate talents in order to excel on the hardwood.

Bryant keeps his focus on winning championships, while James has a tattoo sprawled across his shoulders that deems him as the chosen one.

Which player seems more arrogant to you?

As if we needed further evidence to counter Mahinmi's claim, look no further than LeBron's infamous decision in the summer of 2010 and his post-game press conference in 2011 after losing the NBA finals.

James never uses the phrase "I need to work harder," or "I have a desire to win it next year," instead, he went with how everyone in the public will wake up to their same problems and life will move forward.

Technically, James is right. Life will move forward as it had before his Miami team lost the finals, and he'll continue to be a king still in search of a ring.

But how can you be royalty without any bling? How can you call yourself chosen without the work ethic to match the claim?

Arrogance. And it's clear that James is loaded with far more of it than Bryant.