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Just Saying, Is All… | If Kobe Bryant Catches Michael Jordan

April 29th, 2010
There are no rational debates. Kobe Bryant haters love statistical analysis. They also, more fundamentally, hate Kobe Bryant. For years, critics of the Los Angeles Lakers guard have argued that he can’t be counted among the all-time greats until he matches Michael Jordan’s six career NBA championships—which would be ...

Just Saying, Is All… | The Real Conspiracy Against Kobe Bryant

March 25th, 2010
Pity the victim of his own imagination. Kobe Bryant fans are fiercely loyal. They’re also mildly paranoid. Whenever an anti-Kobe article is published anywhere on the Web, supporters of the Los Angeles Lakers guard rush to his defense crying “Media conspiracy!”—which would be better news if they didn’t so often misread ...

Just Saying, Is All… | The Worst-Case Scenario for LeBron James

February 25th, 2010
Familiarity breeds disinterest. LeBron James is a ubiquitous icon. He’s also an oversold commodity. In seven NBA seasons, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward has securely won the hearts of American advertisers—which would be better news if American advertisers hadn’t long since jaded the minds of American consumers. Marketability means maximizing your personal wealth. Maturity, ...

Just Saying, Is All… | Michael Jordan’s Lost Decade

December 31st, 2009
Sometimes your own shoes are the hardest to fill. Michael Jordan is a living legend. He’s also, lately, a bit of a letdown. In the 11 years since his second Chicago Bulls retirement, Jordan has struggled to stay relevant in the new NBA—which would be more disheartening news if it weren’t ...

Just Saying, Is All… | Why I Pray to LeBron James Instead of Michael Jordan

December 24th, 2009
Second Comings are overrated. LeBron James isn’t Michael Jordan. He also isn’t bothered by it. Try as he might, James will never match the mystique of the Legend That Was—which would be worse news if he weren’t so comfortable playing the part of the Hero That Is. Imitation means living in the ...

Just Saying, Is All… | Why I’m Thankful for Kobe Bryant

November 26th, 2009
The most authentic Pilgrim is the one who never stops sailing. Kobe Bryant is a hopeless perfectionist. He should also be an honorary Puritan. When our forefathers came ashore at Plymouth Rock, they sowed the seeds of history’s mightiest civilization—which would have been better news if they’d taught their children how ...