Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James: Has the Torch Been Surrendered?

May 5th, 2010 by Samuel Bell Jr Leave a reply »
It is always tough to watch a young-gun snatch the stranglehold that one has on an industry and its participants, as their dominance is something both revered and admired by its followers.

Observing a superstar rise into the spotlight with an array of talent and mounds of perseverance, is something that we secretly clamor for.

That's why stars are stars. We pay to see them dominate the competition, and idolize their greatness.

Every star has their day, but what happens when that day comes to a slow demise based on diminished physical ability and the arrival of a successor?

Julius Erving's attack of Larry Bird after the young-gun dominated him is what happens. Shaquille O'Neal's public verbal attack on Dwight Howard and the Superman moniker is what happens.

Ego's get in the way, and the great ones don't concede easily.

Kobe Bryant has long been viewed as the NBA's best overall player after the torch was passed from the greatest ever, Michael Jordan.

Bryant came into the league a brash, talented, and wiry 18-year-old kid who had the moon as the limit of his talent.

Capturing three NBA titl ...

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