Kobe Bryant: Introducing the New King, Sorry LeBron James

Brittni MichaelisContributor IIJune 18, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Five rings, let me repeat, five rings. One for each finger. Kobe Bryant, leader of the back-to-back NBA champions, the Los Angeles Lakers, has been spectacular all season.

When the playoffs rolled around, he was phenomenal. Not only did he play great defense, but he got the job done offensively as well.

Sure, he didn’t score 45 points a game or have shockingly good highlights, but what he did have was a consistent gameplan over seven games which enable him to win his fifth NBA championship.

Granted he is no LeBron James who is ridiculously athletic, makes the top 10 plays on ESPN at least once a week, and who is crowned the King. 

But you know what sets them apart?

Kobe has five rings and LBJ has zero. Sure, Kobe has been playing longer and you can argue that he has a better supporting cast, blah, blah, blah, but the fact of the matter is that Kobe doesn’t get enough credit.

Comparing the two teams is like night and day, but comparing the two players isn’t. 

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They are both athletically gifted. LeBron is bigger, more explosive, and a better defender. Kobe has a better shot, is a better leader and a veteran—although by now LBJ should be too, after all, he has been in the league for seven years.

LeBron has Jamison, O’Neal, Williams, and West.

Kobe has Gasol, Bynum, Fisher, and Artest.

Yeah, the Lakers do have bigger names that are listed on their roster, but that doesn’t change the fact that for the past three years, Kobe has been to the NBA finals. 

A King according to the dictionary is, “A person or thing regarded as the finest or most important in its sphere or group.” 

Where have you seen Kobe for the last three years come June?

In the finals.

Who scored 81 points in a single game?


Who has won five rings with different rosters and a different supporting cast each time?


Where was LBJ?

Sitting watching the games on TV or in the stands perhaps.

Granted the Cavs did have the best record behind LBJ during the season, but they floundered when playoffs came around.

Don’t get me wrong, as much as I don’t like LBJ, I have to admit he is an outstanding athlete with sick moves, he is fun to watch. Especially his highlight reels of his outta-this-world dunks, impossible last-second buzzer-beaters, or just plain, stingy defense.

But he isn’t the King.

I think Prince James would be more fitting.

A prince is, “A man or thing regarded as outstanding or excellent in a particular sphere or group.”

LBJ is an outstanding athlete and excellent player, but he isn’t the finest or most important thing—Kobe is, as has been seen increasingly over the past three years.

LeBron can dominate a game, but Kobe and his squad have been dominating the league.

Congratulations to the new king.

Kobe, you have deserved it with all your hard work and perseverance. Five rings, one for every finger. Kudos to the guys that helped you reach this point. Without them you couldn’t have done it.

I hope you relish this moment and your new title as king and here is to hoping you will keep it for quite some time. 


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