NBA: What Makes Kobe Bryant’s Legacy Any Better Than LeBron James’?

July 24th, 2010 by Brett Napier Leave a reply »
There have been two words floating around the NBA this entire offseason—loyalty and winning.

Many people believe LeBron James has shown no loyalty to his hometown of Cleveland, and frankly, I have to agree with them.

While he had every right to leave through free agency, the way he did so was disrespectful and, well, pretty cruel. I think the images of the burning jerseys shows what regard the Cleveland natives hold him in now.

But what I don't get is the number of people who say he will forever be overshadowed by the likes of Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Kobe Bryant.

Wait, what? Kobe Bryant? Let me take you back to the offseason of 2007, when Kobe Bryant was demanding a trade from the Lakers. 

Let me refresh your memory, with a few paragraphs from an article on from 2007.

"When you love something as much as I love the Lakers its [sic] hard to even imagine thinking about being elsewhere," the message on his Web site,, read. "But, the ONE THING I will never sacrifice when it comes to basketball is WINNING."

The two-time scoring champion also wrote: "The ...

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