Kobe and LeBron: The Mamba and The King!

Frances White@WestEndGirl62Analyst IIMay 11, 2009

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)

One has a resume that includes three NBA championship rings and one Olympic Gold Medal; the other has several high school championships, and an Olympic Gold Medal. 

Both, according to the national media, will meet in the ultimate battle of wills; role-players be damned they are all that matter.

If they arrive at their pre-ordained destination, the TV ratings will go through the roof; possibly a greater rating then the Laker-Celtic match-up of the 2008 finals.

Kobe is being Kobe, carrying his team and letting them know in no uncertain terms that he wants to win and they need to get with the program.  Bron Bron provides a nurturing atmosphere for his team making them feel like they are a part of his coronation process.

The Mamba shed his skin, changing from number eight to number twenty four; The King just wants a crown to make his kingdom official.  Number 24 was last years' regular season MVP, number 23 is this years regular season MVP.

Kobe's Way: He has had to score thirty or more points in order for his team to win, let alone have a chance.  Last nights debacle in Houston showed that.  Odom was a no show and Bynum wasted his opportunity when the Rockets did not have Yao or McGrady. 

Fisher and Farmar cannot handle the road runner style of Aaron Brooks; Gasol, showed his toughness after the game was already out of reach. Meanwhile, the Mamba had to endure the defensive firm of Battier and Artest.  Kobe finished the game with fifteen points and the Lakers were left wondering what happened?

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LeBron's Lane:  LeBron's candy-land approach with his teammates has led them to a magical season and thus far a magical playoff run.  What! No competition, do not worry, be happy is all they are saying as they trounced the hapless Pistons and the misguided Hawks.  So far they have not been challenged as the King and his court strolls merrily down the lane.

There should be cause for concern though; it took  LeBron scoring 47 points for them to beat the Hawks in Atlanta.  Yes, the Hawks are a better team at home, however LeBron should not have had to be on the floor in the fourth quarter.  The Hawks primary players except for Josh Smith and Mike Bibby are injured.  Zaza got ejected and Horford did his best on an injured ankle. 

The King's supporting cast is averaging nearly identical point totals in the playoffs as they did in the regular season. Mo Williams who was chosen over Rondo for the all-star team has not lived up to the billing in the playoffs.

Delonte West is just a step away from major injury concern after getting scratched in the eye in game three. Boobie Gibson, Sczerbiak, and Pavlovic struggled mightily.

LeBron's court show they are great front-runners, which in my opinion puts their championship hopes in jeopardy. 

Irrevocably linked characterized by the same team dynamics, role players who have yet to step up their game in the post season.

Two great players with basically the same team issue, will they both reach their final destination and be taken over?

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