LeBron vs. Kobe
New-look Lakers challenge Heat?
Since the Boston Celtics signed their "Big 3" (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen) in 2008 and proved how effective it can be by winning it all, other teams have followed in their footsteps.
Two years ago, Lebron James made a decision that made him a villain in the NBA as well as his home state of Ohio. Lebron took his talents to South Beach, home of the Miami Heat, to join Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh to start a "Big 3" of their own. Their first season together was good, not great. They were dominant in the Eastern conference and made it to the NBA finals to face the Dallas Mavericks. They lost and Lebron James had a meltdown, and the subsequent downfall made him the player he is today.
Lebron led the Miami Heat to a championship this year in magnificent fashion. Some say he can be better than Jordan. That's a bold statement, but if Lebron keeps playing at this rate, he may be.
James joined Michael Jordan as the only two players to ever win a Finals MVP, Olympic Gold Medal, NBA championship, and regular season MVP all in the same year. James should dominate the league again this year and most likely will lead his team back to NBA finals. This year though, it could be much tougher to win it all.
The Los Angeles Lakers have noticed the newest trend in the league and raised the bar, creating a "Big 4." The Lakers, led by Kobe Bryant, acquired some dangerous players this year.
Arguably the league's best center in Dwight Howard and one of the best point guards to ever play the game in Steve Nash decided to join Kobe, making the Lakers even more dangerous than they already were.
With Howard and Pal Gasol down in the paint, and Nash running the offense and passing it to Kobe on the outside, the Lakers are looking dangerous.
Remember though, Lebron isn't even at the top of his game. He is just now figuring out that he is the most dominant player not only in the NBA, but in the world, and he proved that this year.
Lebron may be the best, but Kobe is still Kobe. He has won multiple MVP titles, NBA all-star MVPs, five NBA championships, and a couple of scoring titles. Kobe is great, but his age is starting to show, and even he will admit as much. That's why Howard and Nash will be a very key addition to the Lakers.
Not to be outdone by the Lakers, the Miami Heat picked up the best 3-point shooter ever in Ray Allen and a very talented Rashard Lewis.
With Lebron leading the team, D-Wade being explosive and picking his spots, Bosch cleaning up the board, and Ray Allen draining 3-pointers all night, NBA fans should be in for a good season.
If the Heat end up facing the Lakers in the NBA Finals, it will be the most exciting finals series ever played.
Can Lebron keep playing like a king? Can Kobe lead his all-star team to another title? This NBA season will definitely be something to watch.
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