Kobe or King James: Who Is the Next Michael Jordan?

May 16th, 2010 by George Hariri Leave a reply »
Michael Jordan could take over a game at any moment. He would single-handedly control the contest, leading his team to a win in the process. Most NBA followers have said that no player will ever match Jordan's forceful dominance.

In the current NBA stratosphere, two players have come close to emulating Jordan's influence.

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James can do it all on the basketball court. They have both provided Jordan-esque performances. They have both been mentioned in discussions regarding the next Michael Jordan. But only Kobe Bryant truly resembles the great legend.

While there is no doubting James' dominance, he's won consecutive MVP awards, LeBron approaches the game differently than Jordan. LeBron sees basketball as a team sport. And through the first three-and-a-half quarters of the game, he distributes the basketball evenly to all of his teammates. LeBron still scores, but does so in short spurts, or at the free throw line.

James' game is geared toward triple doubles. James fits the prototypical NBA point-forward to a T. He led his team in rebounds (before the addition of Antwan Jamison), points and assists.

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