LeBron James: 2012-13 Miami Heat Have Potential To Be Better … “Scary”





MIAMI – After a summer spent alongside an elite collection of some of the other best basketball players on the planet, it takes a lot to impress LeBron James.

James capped his biggest year to date with his first NBA title, first Finals MVP and a gold medal won at the London Olympics. But if the Heat are as good as they could be, or as good as James thinks they can be, things could get “scary” around here this season.

With Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade healthy this time around and new additions in veteran stars, and former teammates, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, James sees the 2012-13 version of the Heat being potentially better than the crew that hugged that Larry O’Brien trophy in June.

“We have the potential to be better,” James said Friday during the Heat’s media day. “We have the potential to be a lot better. And that’s scary.”

Scary is the run James is on currently. His perch atop the basketball was secured during a dizzying nine-month stretch that saw him collect virtually every piece of hardware any player could dream of. Any notion that he would ease up and be satisfied with winning his first NBA title was squashed when he took all of six days to enjoy it before heading to Las Vegas for training camp with the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team in preparation for the Olympics.

Any notion that the Heat would be satisfied with winning just one title during the Big 3 era was washed away when the wooed Allen away from the Celtics and other teams that pursued him in free agency. There were clearly bigger and loftier goals in mind.

“LeBron has a great sense of legacy, not only his own personal legacy, but this team’s legacy,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This team was built for something bigger than just making a one-year run. Nothing is guaranteed. We know how difficult it will be … This is a different challenge now. And that’s what you should want is to continue to have an opportunity to reinvent yourself. How do we respond to success? Will it be as motivating and powerful a teacher as the pain and the failure of the year before. I love that. I’m looking forward to that, because we’ll find out a lot more about ourselves in this new journey.”

The journey for James began almost immediately after the last one ended. He wasn’t back from the Olympics for a month before he was back on the court in his hometown of Akron, working out with his rival from The Finals and gold medal-winning teammate Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Knowing that Durant and the Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and revamped Los Angeles Lakers (with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in purple and gold along with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol) chasing them from the other side of the conference bracket.

The Eastern Conference grind will be rugged as usual with the Celtics, Pacers, Nets and Bulls all looking to knock the Heat off of their perch. Every team claims they have come back from summer new and improved on paper, even if they haven’t undergone the massive facelift the Lakers did this summer.

But only the Heat come back with James in uniform. And again, if there was any doubt that his competitive fires might be doused by finally winning it all, Spoelstra points to his performance in London as the easiest answer.

“You saw him this summer, right?” Spoelstra said. “Yeah. That’s who he is. He is an ultimate competitor. And the ultimate competitors, the great ones, the historic ones, get greedy. And they want more. Success and winning and championships. [The title] doesn’t soften them, they steel them and give them more motivation to go after more. If anybody saw those six weeks in [las Vegas and] London. He would have had every opportunity — he had already won a gold medal in 2008, now the MVP and to finally get over that hump with this group under all of the circumstances we were under for two whole seasons and then for him to have a six-day rest and go right into Team USA training camp and have that sort of performance in the summer — I think that says enough about what he’ll bring this year.”

James has winning on his mind. Not a legacy or his place in the game among his contemporaries or any other miscellaneous activities that don’t include demolishing the competition on his way to that special feeling he had in June when all of his years of hard work came bubbled over in that championship moment.

The fact that there is a locker room full of guys, mostly veterans and including Allen, who won a title with the Celtics, who share the same feeling and know exactly what it takes to get it done, makes communicating his intentions that much easier for James.

There is no need for rousing speeches or public declarations of intent. The Heat spent the past two seasons as the team everyone else in basketball was chasing, even when they weren’t coming off of a championship season, so this year shouldn’t be any different.

“The unique thing about being here is that even when we didn’t have a championship, we felt like we were the hunted anyway,” Bosh said. “We’ve always had that ‘X’ on our back. It’s just bigger now. We need to leave last year where it was, and kind of move on from there. But yeah, we’d like to win more than one.”

There will be obstacles, of course. Wade, Bosh, Allen, Lewis and Mike Miller are all coming into camp having nursed offseason injuries (and recovering from surgeries for some). And there is the wear and tear that could be on James after such a big year.

Spoelstra will have to make sure he pushes just enough before easing up when need be.

One thing that won’t be an issue, though, is the desire James has make sure this Heat crew is no one-hit wonder, like their predecessors from 2006. Wade and Udonis Haslem are the only players on the roster who lived through that ugly 2007-08 experience. Spoelstra was around, too, as an assistant back then.

Maybe that’s why he refused to use the word “repeat” when talking about this current team. With a hungry James leading the way, however, it doesn’t matter how you categorize this season.

The fuel used to drive James and the Heat to the top last season isn’t recyclable (the ghost of the Dallas Mavericks is fading more and more by the day).

“I’m not satisfied with my career and what I’ve done so far,” James said. “I’ve accomplished a lot of things and a lot of goals. But I’m not satisfied with that. I’m going to continue to get better, continue lead this team the best way I know how. And continue to add more pieces to my game that can hopefully at the end of the day make us successful.”

Legacies, his or anyone else’s, do not concern him. His rank among the all-time greats is completely irrelevant in the here and now. That first title certainly wasn’t meant to be his last.

“I’m my own man,” James said, “and I have to make my own mark.”

159 Comments

  1. Lakers says:

    Lakers will beat Mia

  2. LBJ says:

    don’t worry… this will be settled once & for all next June… when Kobe is kicked out of Western Conf once again by OKC (guaranteed!!!) & LBJ lift his 2nd Larry O’ Brian trophy.

    Cheers!

  3. T!HEAT says:

    When I think of Lebron being the best I think of best all around player. Kobe does not even come close to fitting in that category. He’s good offensively but has never really impressed defensively. LEBRON give ‘um hell this season. Let’s go HEAT!!

  4. minister j says:

    listen it is what it is kobe is kobe mike is mike magic is magic labron is labron…..and the ball will keep on bouncing…and no matter who name you bring up they did not do it along cause with labron doing all what you said he did this past year it means nothing without miller hitting all them 3′s along with everyone one else that played so please stop acting like he’s a one man wreaking crew NOT!!! and labron still cant shoot

    • Alex214 says:

      Agree you know how many big shots robert horry hit in the playoffs with the lakers. I don’t remember people saying shaq or kobe did everything all the time. What i do remember was how the supporting cast of that team was there when needed. It just so happens that something similar happened with the heat last year and all you hear is that Lebron did everything on his own. He did work extremely hard to reach the ultimate goal for an NBA player and that to win a ring. However he didn’t do it alone, there were many times that chalmers played very well in defense and offense. People say that Lebron did everything because neither Wade or Bosh played at the level that they can play, so Lebron had to work harder than usual. Thats all there is to it and people just like to talk and make a big fuzz.

  5. Miguel says:

    I can’t believe that in every leBron article, there are always comparisons with another two greats of the game. Does it have to be like this? I love kobe, and i love Miichael, it so happens that currently leBron is my number one athlete. Don’t compare, just give these Three great athlets their respective value!!!
    If someone will state that for value there has to existe a mark to beat, i say WRONG!! Stats are there, and by it we can deterine our IDOL.

  6. Nando says:

    Hate it or Love it!! Kobe will retire with atleast two more rings, 2nd or 3rd all time score list, most all star apperance/ points, greatest Laker ever in francise history.. lbj, your not even halfway there son..

  7. jolas says:

    steve is better hehehe

  8. fan o greatness says:

    n b honest just like everything else n usa the nba is a market… n which franchise is the franchise of all franchises… pat became pat where???

  9. LA-Lakers@Manila says:

    There they are again.. The LHaters (Lakers Haters).. Wow, other NBA fans especially the heat fans are so worried about Kobe and the Lakers.. Don’t be so nervous heat fans.. We are here to take the what is ours.. The championships.. The topic is about Lebron.. Then the messages are about Lakers and Kobe.. I pity you francisco.. Play and watch basketball and you’ll know what you are talking about..

    • Alex214 says:

      I am a laker fan and i say it with pride however i am very realistic. Lebron is the most dominant active player and there is that but to go as far as saying hi is the best player is a different story. He will be up there with the big names no doubt about it. This upcoming season will be great and hopefully all predictions will lead to heat vs lakers finals. That way when either team wins people can shut the hell up and give props to the winning team. Then we can conclude the Kobe vs Lebron bs that is going on since ever.

  10. Kineticpower says:

    BIGWES95 you clearly dont know anything about basketball. also about that era of basketball. it was a time of skilled big men and lack of good point guards. there was some but not every team had a decent point guard. scottie carried the bulls when jordan retired the first time. but they werent good. jordan was a great scorer and a great defender. thats what his job was. scottie was a defender and point forward. scottie and jordan took up alot of ball time so having a point guard that requires the ball just wasnt realistic. but having someone who could knock down open threes was what they needed and they got. lebron joined a superstar team and yes he won a championship team but that means he really didnt work harder to get his championship. jordan is hands down the greatest player of all time but i have only watched basketball for the last 30 years. for all of you basing your opinions on numbers half of the things that win basketball games are not recorded in the stats. jordan is hands down the greatest of all time. lebron isnt even at larry bird status yet. he has alot more basketball to play before he is even considered. he needs to prove he can keep this up for a career.

    • Alex214 says:

      Totally agree. People don’t wan’t to admit the facts that lebron haven’t reach that level yet. No one is denying that he will be at that level of MJ, Kobe, Shaq, Magic, Bird and company but this people need to understand that comparing him with Kobe is pointless. The two are from different times & different position. If Kobe plays 3-4 more seasons and wins 2 or more rings with Nash & Howard then he will be the all time Laker great. In his time with Shaq he wasn’t the best player but he was the new up rising star that he is now and i don’t think that they would have win those 3 rings without kobe, maybe 1. Kobe stayed a laker and then won two more rings with Pau because laker management did everything to bring the right pieces around kobe. It just so happens that they did it again with nash and howard. Cleveland tried to do the same with lebron however they made poor decisions until he felt the need to go which he had all the right to do so but it was the way he did it that made a lot of people hate him. He could have chosen a team that did’t have a super star and bring along another one. That just made him look like a cry baby that needed help.

  11. BIGWES95 says:

    i think michael is overrated by a lot. lebron worked harder for his championship and actually helps his team. going by stats though, jordan is only better because we was VERY SELFISH and scottie pippen actually carried the team. thats why MJ never played with a true point guard, because they drive the lane and get spotlighted, and jordan couldn’t accept the fact that someone besides him was driving the lane and getting credit for it. Lebron doesn’t care as long as he wins, which i thik makes him better. he’s not the G.O.A.T though, and neither is jordan, but he has the potential to be the best ever without having to hog the ball. Everyone says kobe hogs the ball, and micheal jordan didn’t, then i see it as MJ was Kobe before Kobe, not Kobe being MJ.

    • Alex214 says:

      “i think michael is overrated by a lot. lebron worked harder for his championship and actually helps his team. ‘

      Nice joke lol. So basically you are saying that lebron did’t have help & he did everything on his own.

  12. disolution says:

    come on Man…. Le bron is chicken…. bring my talent to Miami…??? if there is no Wade and Bosh, he won’t get any ring…

    • dattebayo says:

      So what does that make Kobe, a little baby chicken? If there was no Shaq, no Horry, no Gasol, no Odom, he would not have won a ring either. Arguments like that are silly, Kobe had Shaq and they had accomplished a 3peat and James went to Miami and won a title.

  13. net surfer says:

    kobe fans, kobe haters, lebron fans, lebron haters.
    don’t you guys ever get tired bickering with each other? MAN!!!!!!!!

  14. DHAM says:

    OH YEAH WAS ANYBODY WATCHING THE PLAYOFFS LAST YEAR???. WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PLAYOFFS WHEN THE PUT DURANT ON KOBE??? TURNOVERS, COSTLY MISTAKES. WHAT HAPPENED WHEN LEBRON WENT UP AGAINST DURANT, DURANT GOT 30 BUT HE HAD TO WORK SO HARD FOR HIS POINTS CAUSE HE MADE DURANT WORK ON BOTH ENDS. STOP BEING SO BLIND WATCH THE GAME AND HATING LIKE THE MEDIA DID ON THE LEBRON. HE’S NEVER GOTTEN INTO TROUBLE ONLY BRUNG HIS FRIENDS ALONG MANAGERS AND BEEN A HUMBLE GUY. THIS IS NOT THE 90′S WHERE M.J. THIRVED THIS IS THE NEW ERA WHERE EVERY THING HITS THE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR LEBRON TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP UNDER ALL THAT PRESSURE IS AMAZING. JUST BE HONEST AND RESPECT HE’S THE BEST TO DO IT RIGHT NOW, WHETHER YOU LIKE HIM OR NOT.

  15. DHAM says:

    I BELIEVE LAKER AND KOBE FANS THAT KOBE WANTED TO BE TRADED AFTER THE 2007 SEASON WITH THAT SQUAD HE HAD LOL. YOU PUT LEBRON ON THOSE SQUAD’S HE’S AT LEAST GETTING TO THE EAST SEMIS OR FINALS ALA 2007-2010. KOBE AND M.J ARE GREAT I JUST TELL IT LIKE IT IS. 72-10 IS AN AWESOME RECORD BUT DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT BULLS TEAM HAS THAT RECORD IN THIS ERA THEN YOU’RE INSANE. STYLES MAKE FIGHTS IN THE NBA MJ HAD GREAT MATCHUPS IN THE FINALS LOOK AT THE CENTERS SMH=DIVAC, DUCKWORTH, OLIVER PIG MILLER LMAO!!!, PERKINS AND POLYNICE AND OSTERTAG TWICE!!! I WISH M.J COULD HAVE GOT HAKEEM THE FIRST RETIREMENT AND DUCAN AND ROBINSON THE SECOND. BOTTOM LINE GUYS KOBE AND M.J. ARE SUPERSTAR PLAYERS THAT NEEDED MORE PIECES. LEBRON IS THE PIECE TO YOU’RE CHAMPIONSHIP, MAGIC 2.0 MAKES ALL THE PLAYERS BETTER AROUND HIM!!!

    • W/E says:

      u dont even know what u are talking about,MJ had only pippen in his 6 rings,all his other teammates with the exception of grant kukoc and rodman were freaking horrible most of them averaging 5ppg..even grant and kukoc averaged around 13ppg,rodman 6ppg but he was great on rebounding,MJ made his team better because of his crazy scoring ability AND mainly cause of his competiveness and leadership..thats y his bulls teams seemed so good even though theere were no other stars except pippen

  16. Mark Felix says:

    let’s put it on a simple logic.. put MJ at his prime on cavs right now would he win a single ring?? Bulls on that era were great as a team, why would mj leave? another one, why would kobe leave a winning team? i dont even remember a single season that lakers didn’t make it to the playoffs.

  17. odraude says:

    I’m no kobe neither LBJ fan but for me fact says…

    LBJ is way better than kobe. Kobe can score but he can’t give the all-around game that Lebron gives to the table. And LBJ has been carrying his team his 2003 while kobe went piggy-back with Shaq during the 3 peat and after Shaq left. Lakers is no show not until they got Pau Gasol and Improve Bynum. Even Kobe avg 35 ppg 2005-2006 but LBJ has 31 ppg as a sophomore on that same year.

    also evident that LBJ wreak more havoc than kobe because of his gift of built and athleticism which kobe can’t compare.

    hence LBJ cavs went to lottery only once since LBJ came. and thats on 2004 (maybe that’s the reason CAVS mishaps) after that they are considered championship contender eventhough the cavs are not a strong and depth team. While Kobe Lakers are always been at the cellar not until Pau Gasol Joined.

    so to sum it up. Kobe is great but LBJ is just better in every aspect. I know even you guys would know that Prime Kobe can’t defeat LBJ.

  18. 2k13 says:

    Kobe is Kobe. Lebron is Lebron. Michael is Michael. dont compare them… they have different skills..

  19. usbuck says:

    IN A PHRASE, LEBRON IS THE BEST OF THIS GENERATION!

  20. Realist2012 says:

    Well all 3 are great players, just the whole going out and recruiting other super stars made the run seem more like a playstation or xbox custom team. I personally put jordan and kobe above Lebron as true competitors for that reason.
    Win or lose they stuck with the teams they started with and didn’t go out stacking a team. If they got a star in a trade that’s great but that whole Decision 2012 thing was ridiculous. I’m a Rocket fan so no i’m not biased in any way. Lebron has been dominant these past few seasons, As for Jordan…all i can say is 4th Quarter in 92 as far as “Beast Mode” goes. A 72-10 Record no one has even smelled and I don’t recall him losing any Finals I’ve seen him in. Chicago 4th quarter was give it to him and his teammates trusted him and he delivered every time. Kobe is arrogant as hell but a scoring beast as even lebron has actually said he’s the best “scorer” in the league. All 3 are good in their own right but keep in mind they can’t win it alone. Best Team Chicago bulls, Lakers second and Miami has so much fire power it makes you wonder how they can lose wheather they play team ball or not it’s hard to over come so many weapons.

  21. Last thing... says:

    Stop trying to fault James on leaving Cleveland to go to Miami… They fired his coach that got them the best record that year, and the team had no one on it.. They couldn’t get anyone in trades or what have you, so why not go elsewhere? Any one of you would’ve done it. He supposed to stay around Cle. as long as Garnett did?? It looks as though Garnett is only getting one… It was the right move. James now has the chance to get way more than one.. They fault him for making a big move for himself like the Lakers and Celtics do for big players!! LOL In these days and times everyone is athletic so some things are harder to do…This isn’t back in the day like when bird played where one person on every team is athletic… So James is doing pretty good for himself, oh and they have more “Spacers”! Scary indeed. Heat will be waiting for someone to come out of West.. In a full season at that. More gel time for guys that seem to be natural hoopers.. , for a team that had just been made up they got to finals in first year and second, without any real time together in camps and whatnot. Shortened season my A@!. They tried to say that about the Spurs too

  22. samir says:

    Lebron is not even close to Jordan and thats obvious. If you look at accomplishments lebron isnt even close to being on past what jordan did. i bet u Durant will be even closer watch him the next 5 years. Lebron = overrated

  23. theking0522 says:

    Nobody can guard Lebron one on one, and Wade is going to be healthy again. Nobody can guard Wade one on one either. If somebody wants to double team these dudes, well….good luck with Allen and Miller WIDE OPEN from the corners…good luck to the rest of the league

  24. Murdaone305 says:

    excuse me i have to put my two cents in this one…….. but Mr (SAN) Francisco……what in the world are you talking about????? you cant be serious with the stuff you writing….. you said that Lebron is the best active player……what exactly is this based off of????? you say Kobe choked big time in game 7……so how many times did Lebronze choke? you keep saying look at the stats….but you must not be looking at the stats….nor the games yourself!!!! there is no way in HELL you can compare Lebron to M.J., nor KB24 after just one ring or a few good seasons…… if you truly believe this garbage you talkin….then do us all a favor and kill yoself….. oh and Team No Sleep…..just delete yoself from the whole damn discussion….. no knowledge AT ALL!!!!!!!!!! yall some band wagon ducks!!!!!!!!!!

  25. "Not a Fan" says:

    You all need to stop even putting kobe in the convo. with Lebron! Kobe is a cheap imitation of MJ… This guy lived basically off all of MJ’s moves, the walk, the talk, everything!! There is no originality to him… He scored 80+ pts against a sorry Raptors team that any D3 school could have beaten that year.. James is an all around hooper, always gets team involved and can dominate without ball, that other guy can’t.. James is doing it his way, most importantly he is being himself… He’s grown up from “The Decision” and that past finals stint. There’s really nothing to knock this guy on….. Unless of course you are mad that he is original and not some cheap imitation like the other guy! I was lucky enough to see the MJ era. 24 smells of MJ’s jock strap! MJ is in a league of his own for now, no one had the “will” is this dude. Kobe did nothing but confuse the kids these days who never got to see His “Airness” play.(MJ) Lebron will make his own mark as he’s doing now, and he will be right up there with MJ over Kobe. Originality goes further………

  26. Lewis says:

    Lebron is the most dominant player since Shaq, in different ways of course, but he alone can change the game, a whole series, a team and the NBA championship. Is those kind of players that make 40/10 without doing anything special, and you wonder how far could the go on a given night…
    He is not yet a closer, as Kobe is.But give him time and credit. He´ll get better.
    Best of all time, sorry guys but Michael is WAY better than any Kobe, Lebron will ever be. He was dominant, a closer, unstoppable, controlled the game, made better his teammates and never hide himself behind excuses!! No. 23!!!

  27. Chow-time Eat-up says:

    Simple thing that is ignored. Strike-shortened season. Not saying that LeBrat would not have finally gotten his ring. Just that it goes with an asterisk.

    Oh, and Francisco, you must be a math major or something.
    You are ignoring some big factors of which you ought to know, but obviously are not tuned in upon.
    LeBron plays in the East .. a smorgasbord of weaker teams come out of the East in the past few years. While the West has been competitive and housed many of the powerhouse teams — The East had teams making the playoffs with near .500 records.
    Of course, LeBoo-Boo is going to have a feast on those teams.

    I am not knocking his ability .. I would put him on my team in a heartbeat & learn to love him. However, he is NOT clutch, is NOT a leader, does NOT have intensity, and is, at best, the 3rd best of all time.

    I would give him only one contingency…
    for his size, he is an amazing defender.

  28. Jowell Chua says:

    Kobe is nothing but a ball hog wake up you kobe fanboys! ballhog is not equivalent to greatness. i agree on comparing mj to lebron it should never be done, just like you kobe fanboys keep comparing the great mj to ballhog kobe. just compare kobe with lebron then now we are talking, dont parade kobes 5 rings, coz everyone with an IQ knows those 3 out of that 5 aint his making, it was shaq the man mountain whos unstoppable, put anyone who can score play alongside shaq in his prime just like in those 3 rings they would accompliah even more what kobe accomplished in those 3 rings. wake up blind fanboys. youre kobe is nothing but a ball hog. throw 40 shots a game and average 30ppg, how great even that 85points on toronto? comeon disgust is all over the league he just kept throwing shots after shots to attain that 85points even after long the games been already decided. crazy kobe fanboys blinded by their worship of their so called god.

  29. joe says:

    duh the heat won the championship. its not a story of great perseverance. They came together in an unprecedented manner. Its good that the lakers have become stacked (not as stacked as heat) so at least some other team can at least challenge the heat dream team. When LBJ wins something where hes not a complete dreamteam, then i will be impressed. Even just a mere great team would be more impressive then running away to win a championship like MJ joining bird and isiah thomas because he couldnt win one.

  30. W/E says:

    WEll ppl LBJ still has a long way to go to even be compared with LARRY BIRD,Larry was as good as a scorer, distributor and defender as LBJ and a BETTER rebounder by far,the only thing Bird didnt had was athleticism but the guy had better skills and a more efficient shooter than LBJ,LBJ has the potential to be as great as magic,larry or MJ but for the moment hes far behind, and BTW LBJ right now is in fact a better player than KOBE ever was….

  31. Kobe says:

    I cant believe lebron fans talk about kobe not winning titles on his own. Lebron had not 1, but 2 perennial all stars on his team when he won. Take away Kobe from that lakers 2000-2002 team and there was no way the lakers wouldve won anything. If you saw the games, Kobe had as big an impact in those series as Shaq did. Only one guy gets the finals mvp.

  32. adam says:

    WHY DONT THEY MIC THE PRESS?! I ALWAYS TURN OFF THE VIDEOS BECAUSE I CANT SIT HERE AND NOT HEAR WHAT THE QUESTION IS THEIR ASKING!! THATS AN IMPORTANT PART
    SO STUPID!

  33. lIl says:

    Of course Kobe used to be good a couple years ago. But now he’s old, and newcomers are rising. LBJ is most likely the top player at the moment, because of his age and skill. Kobe has skill, but doesn’t possess the agility of a young player.

  34. lb-jay says:

    To all the lebron james fans:

    Scalabrine won a ring before “the king” – that’s all you need to know about the “greatest player”

  35. jacknohara says:

    Let´s put it simple : The reason why people like to hate on LBJ is that, when he think´s he´s about to win or do something good, he starts shouting at everybody about how good he and his team will be. Remember when they formed the so called big 3, that would win not one, not two, not three (I don´t know where he ended this count) .This is arrogant and disrespectfull to other players, and everybody want´s a peace of him because of that, and when he fails, everybody loves it (I do).

    In my point of view, the Heat have a good team but it´s not like that. James is James, not as good as he thinks he is but he´s hanging in there. Wade is a shooting guard who can´t shoot and Bosh is an average PF, in Toronto he was just another example of the Shareef Abdur-Rahim efect. Ray Allen is an old shooter playing on cruches, the same for Rashard Lewis. That team might look good, but definitely not look “scary”.

  36. Amused says:

    Death…taxes…conflict in the Middle East…and the endless (and endlessly annoying, not to mention irrelevant) James/Jordan/Bryant comparisons. Why don’t all of the apologists and advocates just give it a rest and realize that, shock of all shocks, Lebron, Michael, and Kobe are DIFFERENT PLAYERS? You can, in fact, enjoy their individual accomplishments and excellence without all the incessant comparisons.

    • MHM 35 says:

      That’s what I think too. I think they are all most definitely in the top 10 players, and i think an argument can be made for top 5′s. the reasons why people say one is better than the other is ridiculous as well. lol. they have each been the best in their own primes and they each have such different styles of play lol

  37. BOxstOppEr says:

    MICHEAL??? KOBE??? STOP TALKING THOSE GUYS MEN…WHERE NOT IN OLD SCHOOLS…YAH YOUR RIGHT THAT YOU CAN’T COMPARE LEBRON TO THEM..NOWADAYS LEBRON WAS A GREAT PLAYER NOTHING CAN SAY ABOUT HIM.TRY TO UNDERSTAND DURING LEBRON WAS IN NBA KOBE NAME ARE LOST..MOST PEOPLE,MEDIA,HATERS ARE ALL EYES TO LEBRON…ANOTHER ISSUE THIS YEAR IF LEBRON AND TEAM HEAT WILL WIN ALL U LEBRON HATERS WILL SAY ”BECAUSE OF RAY ALLEN OR SOME OF HIS TEAMMATES…OF COURSE YOU CAN’T WIN THE GAME ALL BY YOUR SELF RIGHT???TRY TO COMPARE IF YOU DON’T AGREE WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT COMPARE LEBRON AND KOBE IN THIS ERA YOU WILL SEE….

  38. X says:

    wait for the return of D ROSE!that would be “SCARY”

    • W/E says:

      lol yeah right D.rose can only shoot lay ups,he was good only cause of his crazy athlesicm,now he got a bad knee how is he gunna be scary

      • MHM 35 says:

        Exactly I’m scared that D Rose will never get his ring because he can’t stay healthy long enough to make it through the playoffs.

      • bullsfan0218 says:

        lol, theres a lot more to rose than just his athleticism, he didn’t win the MVP because he can jump high. He may not come back as athletic as before but the mans a superstar and a competitor, he’ll be coming back strong

  39. Mark Felix says:

    @L.A. ALL DAY: Yea Lebron will leave his mark….On the Staples Center court at the end of the season when the Lakers hoist the trophy over that poor dome of his. Idiot Lebron fans still in denial. If lebron said the world was square would you paint a perfect picture and follow his lead?? What else is he going to say? That the Lakers are going to kick him and his teams @zz??? He can claim his team is better than last season, but so are the Lakers, the Celtics, the Sixers, even the Thunder got better with their steal in the draft. The Heat still have no center, the Celtics got a heck of alot better with their draft picks, free agent signings, and Green coming back from injury. You can talk all the talk you want Lebron and his queer folk fans, but walking the walk is a completely different story, whose outcome will look funny as hell when the Heat lose like the losers they always have been, and to who??? lmfao yea that’s right to the Lakers fools? Say all the garbage you want, but you know it I know it Lebron knows it and the Heat know it along with the rest of the league. Barring injuries, the sky is the limit for this years Laker squad. The Lakers will dominate. Kobe is still Kobe. Best closer of ALL TIME. ANd now that the load will be less stressful for him, he will knock down jumpers like he was taking your babies milk bottle. Lakers 2013 NBA champions. Deal with it.

    miami is a different team man. they may lack on size (no legit C) but watching last playoffs east semis/finals (against pacers then celts) they are OK getting small. i mean bosh was out most of the games man! but their defensive rotation was so fast. i can see dwight gettin doubled but no laker would be too open most of the time. plus, miami now have RAY ALLEN and RASHARD LEWIS in addition to THE BIG 3! just by the names, it’s a scary team. there’s no reason kobe isn’t scared too LOL. coz he watched game 6 of ’12 nba finals.. raining 3s!

  40. true nba fan says:

    lebron is three times better than kobe and mj combined. lebron has an all around game and can take over any game hes that good kobe can just score and has a pretty bad shooting percentage to be legend mj was great but retired three times and a true legend would not retire just to pursue a baseball career. lebron can dominate at any position in the game kobe and mj are just sg

    • W/E says:

      larry bird even though he couldnt jump was better than LBJ,if LBJ had the skills of Bird with his current athleticism yeah we would be talking about the best player ever by far,kobe is not in league of the top 10 players ever,MJ was 10 times better than lbj on the offensive end and pippen in his prime would shut down LBJ any time with his insane defence,and lebron is just a SF really,i dont think he can guard westbrook or D12…

    • killin it says:

      the fact that MJ retired 3 times and still dominated should be a testament to how much more amazing he was compared to others

      • DCJ says:

        heak of a point!!! no matter what lebron finishes wit MJ is the greatest by far your statement should resonate wit everyone on this blog real talk!!!!

    • MHM 35 says:

      By your own argument LeBron can’t be the best either because you’re knocking on Kobe’s shooting percentage. Kobe can hit a garbage shot anywhere on the floor. LeBron, although being the best in the game right now, still doesn’t have a reliable jump shot. His field goal percentage thrives because he’s the best in the lane. He can hit a deep three here and there yes, but let’s face it. A lot of LeBron’s 3 pointer attempts just bounce off the back of the rim. I’d much rather build an argument around LeBron being the best based on his court vision and versatility, not off the fact that Kobe has a bad field goal percentage lol

  41. Ezio says:

    yeah! Lebron might be a great player…but being so called “the greatest” is with winning titles (that’s how the majority would defined greatness)…and how he won it, he just got his 1st NBA crown cause he joined wade and bosh, that’s it…can he do it if he’d stayed with cleveland?

  42. drick says:

    KOBE is just a piece of the LAKERS to win championship the real KEY was the LAKER management, they easily made a move to improve there roster..

  43. chef chonoy says:

    MJ and KOBE has its own greatness STOP comparing them to LBJ they have their own uniqueness MJ is the greatest,KOBE is great and LBJ is the greatest all around(complete player) that ive ever see.

  44. Elviroman says:

    What is all this talk about Kobe winning titles on his own… WTF!? He didn’t win a title until Shaq and arguably the best coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson came on board!! And when he won wthout Shaq he had Pau! Stop idealizing Kobe! He’s a great player but not even close to Jordan… nor Magic! Not saying Lebron is either; long ways to go. In the end, when it’s all set and done, it’ll be Jordan and Lebron up there… end of story. Now Kobe has an All-Star team with Howard, Nash and Gasol… if they win Laker fans will say it was because of Kobe… BS!

  45. oyet says:

    Dude.. lets get to the reality.. Kobe is just a puppet of Oneal.. that won 3 rings…. and then again a puppet of Gasul when Shaq retires… Lets accept that guys….

    • MHM 35 says:

      Are your seriously saying that Pau Gasol, a player even realistic Lakers fans have criticized for being soft in some years, is Kobe’s puppeteer? Please. Don’t make NBA fans roll over in their graves. I think even Lakers Haters would acknowledge Kobe is a better all around player than Pau.

  46. GBaller says:

    DIDNT WANT TO COMMENT, @ FRANCISCO, LET ME TELL U, IM GON BE HONEST, I HATE THE HEAT, I HATE LEBRON, CUZ HE LEFT A TEAM WHERE HE COULD OF BE THE LOUD VOICE, TO GO TO AN ELITE TEAM FULL OF STARS, LETS NOT FORGET MICHAEL BUILT THE BULLS, KOBE, BUILT THE LAKERS, YES SHAQ DOMINATED, BUT HEY IT ALL STARTED WITH KOBE, KOBE WAS,STILL, WILL BE A LAKERS TIL THE END.. NOW IM NOT SAYING LEBRON IS DOMINANT, HE IS, AND A GREAT PLAYER, HE HAS A LOT OF TALENT BUT DONT FORGET WHERE HE HAD TO COME TO WIN A TITLE WHEN HE HAD THE CHANCE TO BUILD AN ELITE TEAM AROUND HIM EVEN IF IT TOOK HIM LOTS OF HIS ENERGY, DONT COMPARE HIM TO KOBE, EVEN MICHAEL!! LIKE ARE U SERIOUS DUDE? EVEN AT 34YRS OLD KOBE CAN STILL DOMINATE THE GAME, DUDE NEVER DISRESPECT A FATHER OF BASKETBALL AND A GRANDPA OF BASKET BALL (JORDAN) TO AN UPCOMING STAR OF BASKETBALL..TAKE AWAY WADE, MILLER, ALLEN, LEWIS JUST LEAVE HIM WITH BOSH TO SEE HOW THE HEAT GON BECOME..

  47. monstergigolo says:

    Kobe could not even bring the Lakers to the playoffs in his prime when Shaq left! He needed Pau Gasol to be relevant again. Le Bron brought the Cavs to the finals, With Z! I mean, what the hell! …as far as Basketball IQ, it’s obvious Le Bron has the higher one than Kobe. But with respect with Kobe, I think he is the best competitor. He has the best killer instinct in the game now. Le Bron has to win a few more rings to be one of the all time greats. Kobe is luck to be in a great organization like the Lakers. If they switch teams back then, the Lakers could have gotten the 3peat with Le Bron, but the Cavs would be a bottom tier team with kobe in it.

  48. HeatKingsOfEast says:

    don’t bother arguing with kobetard fans. lakers fans are the most retarded, delusional, denial fans of all time smh! they think that until kobe retires, he is the best player active in nba, and when kobe retires he is the goat. lol! just check on the stats, the only thing that kobe is better than lebron is rings and a dunk contest award and that’s it. that’s the truth

    • MHM 35 says:

      And he can shoot a 3 ball better than LBJ6 lol.

      And um, no we aren’t all delusional or insulting and bigots either. I think LeBron is better than Kobe at this point in KB24′s career. I also think KB deserves to be in the conversation of top 5. Certainly top 10. I’m pretty sure LeBron will be in that list as well though. Sorry to burst your bubble of all Lakers fans are delusional and ignorant. There’s a few out there who know Kobe is getting up there in years and he’s not the KB of the 00′s. From 2011 forward the greatest in the game vote is between LBJ and KD in my opinion, unless Kobe explodes and has a year like he did in his prime. I’m hoping my Lakers can get the chemistry together, but I have my doubts. If they can get it fixed, I’m counting on one of 2 Finals setups: LAL/MIA. OKC/MIA. I have yet to know if I can say whether the updated Nets and C’s are worth taking seriously. And I think as long as D Rose keeps going down with injuries he won’t get a championship with his supporting cast. Sorry Bulls fans. MIA is the only hardcore threat in the East I see that my Lakers and the Thunder may have to answer to.

  49. Just facts says:

    Everyone had a batman and robin. Mj and scottie, magic and kareem, shaq and kobe. Of course kobe is more decorated than lebron. His played for 16 years. And when you have a beast down low who is the true leader and dominate force behind your team, averages nearly 60 percent shooting and 28 points a game…yea your going to get some trophies. Shaq carried the lakers. Why do laker fans not defend or prasise him? Three finals mvp and a season mvp while kobe was simply the side kick. Granted kobe did shoulder the load on his recent repeat and finals mvp repeat. that was well deserved. He carried that lakers team…but not the 00 01 02 bunch. Lebron still has work to do but he led the heat all the way. he was the batman and dwayne was his scottie. Fact is kobe didnt dominate an era..just a couple years. Shaq dominated the lakers era. Kobe simply benefited from his hardware. Lets just wait til the dust settles on James and see where he is at. if he gets 3(very likely) or 4(maybe) more rings then that would give him 4 maybe 5 to go along with probably 5 or 6 season mvps and 4 or 5 finals mvps. Kobe will finish with 5 maybe 6 rings but only 2 finals mvps and 1 season mvp. Then all you guys can talk facts and not opinions. Fact is kobe is higher on the all time greats, above lebron but below shaq…for now at least. the ball is in lebrons hand.

  50. BLACKBURN says:

    WHO WAS MORE DOMINATING? KOBE’S 5 CHAMPIONSHIPS (2 FINALS MVP) OR SHAQ’S 4 CHAMPIONSHIP (3 FINALS MVP)?

  51. benjie says:

    Do the heat got LBJ AND wade AND bosh hell yeh.
    Do the heat have 3 point threats with Mike miller,shane battier ,ray allen,rashard lewis hell yeh.
    Do they have athletic skill to run and gun hell yeh.
    Do they have low post game with LBJ And wadeAnd Bosh hell yeh.
    Do they have chemistry as a team hell yeh.
    Do they have the heart to come back and win the title 2012 hell yeh.
    Do they have Bench player ?real bench player hell yeh.
    Do they out rebound OKC in finals even they are small hell yah.
    Now to all Heat haters compare your team.maybe the flaw is the center position but bosh could go center position and LBJ as power forward /point guard thats how they defeated OKC in the finals.

  52. Romasdf says:

    Lebron is his own man. Let him enjoy entertaining us fans. Let his game worry and write his place in history.

    Michael is the greatest
    I respect Kobe’s place in the greatest
    Lebron’s greatness is in the making

  53. Romasdf says:

    Lebron is his own man. Let him enjoy entertaining us fans. Let his game worry and write his place in history.

    Michael is the greatest
    I respect Kobe’s place in the greatest
    Lebron greatness is in the making

  54. Yolo says:

    I dont get it guys… why you argue whether lbj or kobe is better when the heat already have the best SG in the game right now?

    • MHM 35 says:

      D Wade is too injury prone for me to take that comment seriously. He and Kobe are the only one who can hit unbelievable shots night in and night out. This past season wasn’t a good one for D Wade to make that argument though.

  55. much respect an love 4 king james. an im a diehard Lakers fan. but i dont like or believe that u all went out there and played after the Treyvon Martin incident. your way better than me.

  56. hah! says:

    Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate… you should move on guys…
    Lakers Bandwagon 2012-13! Funny how everybody is a Laker again suddenly.. I don’t hate, just sayin’ that stuff is pointless – when the Heat came together u were hatin’ and now that the Lakers aquire big names you’re fans…

    • QuestionMark says:

      Its just how the “Laker’s fan” are.

      • MHM 35 says:

        And then there’s Heat fans like that “lbj” tool who always says that free agents have to go to Miami to win lol. smh. That guy ruins it for every real Heat fan out there.
        Pretty sure Lakers fans in general always make a lot of noise. I am a Lakers fan, and I’m counting on them going to the Finals against the Heat if they have the chem to make it past OKC this season. I’m also expecting one more ring out of Kobe and at least two more out of LeBron. But heck I’m also expecting KD to have something to say to that, I don’t doubt that OKC will have an O’Brien trophy in the next few years. Regardless of what team you’re a fan of, you gotta give respect where respect is due. LAL really dropped the ball the past playoffs and Bron played like a boss. I think OKC will do better than they did last year in the future too.
        Kobe’s a legend on the court, but his window for championship is closing, but I think he’ll get it done at least once more.

  57. Alex214 says:

    I don’t know why people always want to compare great players even if they aren’t the same position. From my point of view i wouldn’t do such thing because both Kobe & Lebron are great players however its pointless to compare them. Kobe is the best active shooting guard and Lebron is the best active small forward. Also, Kobe is 34 and Lebron is only 27 therefore we have to wait for him to reach 34 and see if he end up with the same numbers and tittles that Kobe have as of right now. That is the only thing that we should be comparing if anything. Another thing is that this upcoming season is going to be really exciting because many teams have improved like the ones that were already good like OCK, MIA, LAL,LAC,NYK,BKN,PHI among others.

  58. Neutrally one sided. says:

    The Lakers fan are like the Heat fans during the 2010-2011 Season. Just because you’ve got a super team, doesn’t automatically mean you deserve a championship nor you will get that championship. Remember the Pistons-Lakers Matchup of 2004? Malone, Payton Kobe and Shaq failed to get what was coming to them. I don’t really want to argue. but @Patty i just laugh at your posts about the Lakers. When the Lakers fail i’ll be laughing at you. Have a good day. can’t wait to start the Season. :)

  59. im a heat fan, wait i am NOT says:

    you dont need to join a superstar to win a title e.g LEBRON, he dont have the patience to get his ring on his own. though lebron is a GOOD player and still going better but he isnt yet on the part where we can tell ourselves “it’s LEBRON’s ERA” coz quite frankly, there are ALOT of players right now competing for that…. plus MJ,KOBE and LBJ are all in a different league, MJ and KOBE has already made their ERA, LBJ is yet to be still doing his best to make his own ERA right now,

  60. drick says:

    LAKERS w/ KOBE but w/o O’NEAL, PAU and other SUPERSTAR they’re not even getting to the west finals, but CAVS w/ BRON leading the team w/o any superstar they reach the NBA FINALS,,,so clear that BRON is more dominant than KOBE,. i say D’ROSE is better than KOBE but i’m a huge WADE fan so WADE is my best player of all time more than MJ…

    • gh33 says:

      eastern conference is a weak. thats why cavs made it to the finals. then swept by the spurs

      • LM15 says:

        the east is not that weak but obviously the west is the better confrence but eastern conference is getting stronger now theres bulls,heat,pacers,celtics,knicks in the east maybe the knicks

    • johnz says:

      that’s because during the 2007 season the eastern conference are very much weaker conference than the west imagine the toronto who only got chris bosh as a scorer made the playoffs then look at the western conference team..Hell even the phoenix suns who eliminated kobe and the lakers with “Kwame Brown” can defeat Cleveland in a 7 game series…BITCH

    • Realist Laker's Fan says:

      Lebron took his Cavs team to the finals in the EAST….ARE U KIDDING ME!! Spurs showed the LEBRON LED CAVS how the WEST IS. Spurs took out a BROOM and Gave it to LEBRON to make sure their LOCKER IS CLEAN.
      0-4 against SPURS. real Dominant.

      Cavs went 50-32 in the WEAK EAST. That would have placed them 6th in the west (if they were actually in the west they would have vs’ed more west team = lose more games). They would have vs spurs in the 1st round that yr. Meaning, they would have been swept in the 1st round if they were in the WEST.

  61. king wade says:

    heat all the way..multiple championship is coming..

  62. Isaac says:

    How do they have a chance to be better than last year if they have the same squad adding Ray Allen. Ray will be the only player to make a difference. Lewis is done. His shooting has been lost since the Finals with Orlando. Ever since he has been terrible and full of injuries. Same squad as last year and still lost when they see a 2-3 zone.

  63. JohnFil says:

    Who cares about what Sekou Smith says? He’s a Heat fan and all he do is disrespect people back there in the Western Conference. I just hate these writers who loves to compare people from different era’s and primes. Please be hypothetical and think again and be fair and square.

  64. Francisco says:

    I started watching basketball when kobe entered the league and honestly I did not notice him, his first 3 year he was a nobody
    I notice a lot of people trying to excuse kobe by taking about him in his prime, STOP IDEALIZING THE PAST, the numbers are there, the stats show that kobe was not better than what he is now.For instance last season he scored 27 ppg above his 25 ppg career average, he shot 43% against his 45% career . he is still the same kobe , NUMBERS DO NOT LIE, PLEASE.
    KOBE NEVER HAD , HAS AND WILL HAVE A SEASON LIKE LEBRON LAST YEAR.

    a team of 6 jordans(six man) based on stats 30 ppg and 50% shooting will beat a team of kobes 25ppg 45% by 30 points in a
    game

    a team of 6 lebrons 27.5ppg and 48% will beat a team of six kobes by 15 points in a game based on stats

    • Realist Laker's Fan says:

      Hey Francisco.
      U can use Stats to prove anything U want. Stats PROVE WILT CHAMBERLAIN IS BETTER THAN JORDAN. Stats PROVE OSCAR ROBERTSON is BETTER THAN JORDON.
      When Stats prove all this, Why do ppl think JORDON IS G.O.A.T. when STATS PROVE OTHERWISE??

      Stats dont tell u how the player was defended or what kind of defensive schemes teams put in place for specific players.

      Obviously U didnt NOTICE KOBE IN HIS FIRST 3 Yrs. Even though he is the YOUNGEST ALL STAR STARTER in NBA History (All Star in his 2nd yr). That just proves U werent watching NBA until Lebron came into the league.

      • pakyaw says:

        KOBE is OVERRATED!…he’s popular coz he s playing in the big market team..put him in small market team he’ll end up like vince carter…1 MVP in 16 yrs in the league?..COME ON NOW!..and still calling him next to M.J.. Pfft…

  65. DOMEDO says:

    Stop comparing LBJ and MJ. I think its much better to compare him to player like OSCAR ROBERTSON one of the greatest point forward in the league or is the greatest point forward in the history.LBJ has won a his first championship at 27 I dont think that he can catch up with MJ and KOBE with 6 championships, or should he again team up with another star studded team at his 30′s to do that . Just like Drexler when he joined a star studded rockets but it did’nt happen LOL.!

  66. Patty says:

    Lebron James,

    You should stop trying to put pressure on Kobe Bryant to retire. You want Kobe out of the league. stop bothering Kobe. Kobe knows when he is going to retire and if he wants to play for the Olympics again.

    You want desperately to take over the league, but you want ever have the statue that Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson.

    You really are no friend to Kobe Bryant. Kobe, stop trying to walk on egg shells with Lebron.

    Kobe are the very best in the NBA League!!!

  67. theking0522 says:

    With Wade and Bosh totally healthy and Mike Miller 100%, there is NOBODY stopping the Heat. Give the trophy to the Heat already. Can we fast forward to the NBA finals already. Everybody knows, just like last year, that the Finals is Heat vs Thunder..Get ready people

  68. KG21 says:

    Celtics Vs Lakers

  69. Sniper says:

    I agree that Lebron is the best player right now and there is no need to disrespect Kobe because he was amazing in his prime as well. For all you Lakers fans, Kobe’s skill level has gone down significantly. He does not have the athletic ability that he used to. If you watched Michael in his prime he dominated games like no other player that I have ever seen. He single handedly won titles for the Bulls. He did not have the supporting cast that Lebron or Kobe have had when they have won titles. Sure Pippen was good, but not as good as Shaq or Wade and Bosh. That is a relative time period because I’ve only been watching for approximately 30 years.

    • Patty says:

      Sniper,

      You must be kidding. Kobe Bryant is the closest to Michael Jordan than anyone in the NBA League.

      Kobe Bryant & Michael Jordan are the Very Best that ever played the game.

      • QuestionMark says:

        Patty, MJ’s career is over, Kobe’s is almost over. Lebron still has about 11 years left in the league. Lebron is already great, won 3 MVPs, 1 Finals MVP. Kobe’s career is almost over, 1 MVP, 2 Finals MVP, yes he has 5 rings, but that just shows he has a great team, example, he had Shaq, Gasol, Bynum Fisher, Horry, etc. Lebron played for a really terrible Cavs team, other than Lebron and won 66 games. Lebron played for the Heat, he won with the help of Wade, Battier, Bosh and Chalmers. There is no doubt in my mind Lebron will win minimum 4 rings before his career is over.

    • W/E says:

      pippen was AWESOME mainly cause of his defence….the guy was a freak on the defensive end and a very good point forward ,decent scorer,TEAM PLAYER..to me MJ and scottie always go together,no pippen no rings for MJ and vice versa,there is nothing close to these 2 guys playing together

  70. Rossi says:

    Damn… I get really warm up watching and reading this stuff LD

  71. Rahiq The Baller says:

    Miami Heat will have a TWO PEAT, WADE AND LEBRON AND BOSH, THE BEST IN WHAT THEY DO, LEBRON STILL AT THE SUMMIT OF HIS GAME, WADE KEEPING UP GREAT PERFORMANCE, AND BOSH THE BOSS.. Miami will wreck the overy hyped Lakers. PERIOD END OF DISCUSSION

  72. hell says:

    you really didnt saw michael kobe and other great players

  73. Brian says:

    Please!!! Don’t start now to compare him with Jordan. I have to admit that LBJ is the complete player I’ve ever seen. Even Better than magic Johnson by far. I really love how to play this man and how great is he. He is currently the best player in the league without any doubt for the last 4 min years. But don’t compare him to Jordan.

  74. Hunter says:

    Unfortnatley, i agree with Lebron. They will be scary. Never the less, I have faith in the MAVS and I feel they will be a darkhorse this year in the west.

  75. LOT OF BS says:

    comparing here, comparing there, comparing all over, MJ is MJ, LBJ is LBJ, KOBE is KOBE!

    • Patty says:

      KOBE BRYANT & MICHAEL JORDAN ARE IN A LEAGUE BY THEMSELVES!!!

      STOP SAYING LBJ. LBJ HAS ONLY WON ONE CHAMPIONSHIP AND I DONOT SEE ANOTHER TOO SOON.

  76. LeBron James, a much much better NBA player than Michael Jordan. He is already better, just wait what he’ll do in the upcoming years !

  77. wtf u serious? says:

    u comparing to LBJ to MJ is like saying 33.3333 = 100

  78. W/E says:

    Dude lebron still havent reached the greateness of MJ,MJ was already a top 3 player in the nba BY HIS ROOKIE YEAR his second year was ruined by injury and by his third year till he retired he was by far the best player in the league.. most importantly LBJ and his team have still a long way to go to reach the greatness of the 90s BULLS,basketball is a team game,MJ and Pippen were Legendary back at their championship days, best duo ever,Lebron is great but the hard part is to make a dynasty with the heat and leave his mark along with D wade just as MJ and pippen and the rest of the crew did in the 90s

    • W/E says:

      correction,basically he was the best player in the league by his rookie year…

    • dattebayo says:

      I’d love to answer, but my comments are censored :/

      Jordan was 6th in the MVP voting in his rookie year, but he was not the best player in the league at the time. The best were Magic and Bird and there still were a lot of other great player likes Wilikins, Erving or Moses.

      Jordan had several years in college and had the guidance of Dean Smith. Kobe and Lebron came into the league as immature 17 year olds who went from playing a game to the most competitive league on the planet. Each of the three has developed himself into a great player in their own right, each has done things the others have not. The questions who is the best among them is legitimate and for me atm it would be Jordan > Lebron > Kobe and that is by no means a shot against Kobe on my part.

      • Camp says:

        Well guys and guls if you all check your achives Kobe was never the main focast on any of the champions teams to me he was the Pippen to Micheal,with all due respect to Kobe. Mr James is and will be the main focast ,and he will be the one to change the game and determains who gets the last shot so to me he is better than Kobe, I dont think rings makes you a great player, is what you can do to change the game.

  79. You know IT! says:

    “You saw him this summer, right?” Spoelstra said. “Yeah. That’s who he is. He is an ultimate competitor. And the ultimate competitors, the great ones, the historic ones, get greedy. And they want more. Success and winning and championships. [The title] doesn’t soften them, they steel them and give them more motivation to go after more. If anybody saw those six weeks in [las Vegas and] London. He would have had every opportunity — he had already won a gold medal in 2008, now the MVP and to finally get over that hump with this group under all of the circumstances we were under for two whole seasons and then for him to have a six-day rest and go right into Team USA training camp and have that sort of performance in the summer — I think that says enough about what he’ll bring this year.”

    “I’m my own man,” James said, “and I have to make my own mark.”

    • L.A. ALL DAY says:

      Yea Lebron will leave his mark….On the Staples Center court at the end of the season when the Lakers hoist the trophy over that poor dome of his. Idiot Lebron fans still in denial. If lebron said the world was square would you paint a perfect picture and follow his lead?? What else is he going to say? That the Lakers are going to kick him and his teams @zz??? He can claim his team is better than last season, but so are the Lakers, the Celtics, the Sixers, even the Thunder got better with their steal in the draft. The Heat still have no center, the Celtics got a heck of alot better with their draft picks, free agent signings, and Green coming back from injury. You can talk all the talk you want Lebron and his queer folk fans, but walking the walk is a completely different story, whose outcome will look funny as hell when the Heat lose like the losers they always have been, and to who??? lmfao yea that’s right to the Lakers fools? Say all the garbage you want, but you know it I know it Lebron knows it and the Heat know it along with the rest of the league. Barring injuries, the sky is the limit for this years Laker squad. The Lakers will dominate. Kobe is still Kobe. Best closer of ALL TIME. ANd now that the load will be less stressful for him, he will knock down jumpers like he was taking your babies milk bottle. Lakers 2013 NBA champions. Deal with it.

  80. pakyaw says:

    the HEAT is gonna be an EAST TITLE HOLDER on the next 3 to 4 yrs…. idk on WEST..

  81. Francisco says:

    Greatest active player, nobody still active has had his peak, Kobe fans please be honest , kobe greatness is relative to longevity and being in a winning team. may be michael(i did not follow his game) got lebron magnitude at some point in time

    • Matt says:

      LOL at the Lolbron Shames lover

    • Jeff says:

      Throughout his career, Michael was just as good or better than Lebron. How long have you watch basketball, & Kobe from 2002-2008 was simply dominant, go look at his stats and accolades. If Lebron wins this year then that is a true testament to his dominance in this era. However do not disrespect Kobe Bryant, & Michael Jordan because they both dominated their respected eras.

      • Francisco says:

        sorry dude numbers do not lie, kobe never has been dominant, his averages are good 25 ppg and 45 % shooting , but dominant
        he was not even the best laker in the 3 peat.STOP IDEALIZING THE PAST. The only reason he has 5 rings is because he has been a Laker.last season his ppg were 27 against 25.3 his career averages, he never has shot over 47 in any season, LOOK I am not saying that 47 is not good, YEAH he got 35 ppg in one season but taking 27 shots pg.Yeah i have to accept he has a great foot work, SOOO WHAT , his averages stats are not and will never put him above LBJ or Michael.

      • AlexanderW. says:

        Dude your name is Fransisco… Just shut your mouth.. Disrespecting legends like Kobe just makes you look weak… nobody has more haters than kobe… and you’re just one more in a stinking pile of kobe haters…. you’re irrelevant bro.. insignificant

      • MIGO says:

        Look AlexanderW. not to justify Francisco or take a shot on you but your argument has no essence, YES!!!! Kobe is one of the greatest player of his time probably top 5 in Lkaers history, and this not said by me ask Charles heck even Magic, the reality is that 1 he came in @ 18 years old and and remember that he was not a starter back then he rarely played, first couple of years he was nothing not till they got rid of Jones then he made the starting line up but Kobe takes too many shots and not all of them good looks most of them 1 on 1′s and forced shots, again im not saying he does not deserve what he has but butrealisticly speaking he is not that great, had He been on any other team other than the lakers or maybe celtics, He would’ve done probably the same points wise but not the history he wrote for himself on the Lakers, He is a great player but not quite up there to what lebron is doing or mike did, and then theres the trade probably he’ll win 1 or 2 more rings but not because of him, he’ll be part of but not the reason for….think about it

    • NELLY says:

      @FRANCISCO Sorry bro i have to dissagree with you. kobe is the best activeplayer in the league. granted at this point in time lebron is the most phsically talented, but i would say thats due to the fact that kobe is 17 yrs deep. kobe has a eye of the tiger thatthat lebron will never posses. i believe he has a much higher basketball iq and at 34 yrs old is still an elite player in a league of stars dominated by 20 something year olds. but i think we will see the battle everyone has been waiting on in the finals this yr. miami vs lakers- lakers in 6 just my prediction

      • Team NO Sleep says:

        kobe in is prime is no where near where lebron has been the past 3 years lebrons more efficient than kobe and lebron has proved he has better iq than kobe cus he makes game changing plays and makes everyone around him better cant say the same with kobe cus he only plays for himself and tries to jack up bad shots continuosly and if the heat would to face the lakers in the finals its the Heat in 5 hands down we got the defense to guard everyone and we have the experience and the constant match up problems for every team that we cause kobe isnt better than lebron and dwade he hasnt ever been the best player in the leauge and shaq has led the lakers to 3 championships not kobe and gasol and bynum did all the heavy lifting for the 2 peat while kobe played just a scoring role cus thats what he can only do and be

    • Kobe says:

      lol even lebron fans first think about kobe in lebron articles.
      kobe greatness is relative to longevity and being in a winning team.

      kobe was the reason his team won. If you saw him at his prime, you would know he was great. Lebron is the best now but last decade was Kobe’s just like jordan had the 90s.

      • Patty says:

        KOBE,

        KOBE IS STILL THE GREATEST PLAYER.

        LEBRON JAMES IS A GREAT PLAYER BUT CANNOT COMPARE TO KOBE BRYANT AND MICHAEL JORDAN.

        KOBE HAS 5 RINGS AND MICHAEL JORDAN HAS 6 RINGS. LEBRON JAMES HAS ONE AND PROBABLY WILL END UP WITH TWO RINGS BEFORE HIS CAREER WILL BE OVER.

      • Francisco says:

        wrong, SHAQ WAS, PLEASE CHECK, HE CHOKED BIG TIME IN A GAME SEVEN IN GASOL ERA 6 OUT OF 24 DUDE,

        EVEN WADE HAS BETTER NUMBERS

      • Francisco says:

        LEBRON HAS BEEN THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LAST 5 YEARS, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WIN TO BE THE BEST PLAYER IN A TEAM GAME, LBJ HAS BEEN THE MOST EFFICIENT PLAYER 5 YEARS IN A ROW IN THE LEAGUE , PLEASE CHECK

      • Realist Laker's Fan says:

        Hey Francisco.
        U can use Stats to prove anything U want. Stats PROVE WILT CHAMBERLAIN IS BETTER THAN JORDAN. Stats PROVE OSCAR ROBERTSON is BETTER THAN JORDON.
        When Stats prove all this, Why do ppl think JORDON IS G.O.A.T. when STATS PROVE OTHERWISE??

        Get off LEBRON’s ‘u know what’ and WACTH SOME BASKETBALL.

      • jball says:

        I am so sick of the ring debate with Kobe, he has 5 good for him. I keep hearing look up statistics??? PLEASE DO!! Lebrons are way better than Kobes every year! Statistically Lebron has better overrall number than even Michael Jordan. They did all time fantasy rankings before, for even retired players, and lebron was ranked higher statitically than both. However, Michael Jordan is the greatest ever unless Lebron wins more rings. Michael definitely ran the show in Chitown as lebron did in Miami this year. Kobe STATISTICALLY did not for the three peat and as someone else pointed out has less proficient numbers than Wade in the playoffs.

      • QuestionMark says:

        @Patty, if you comparing rings, that means Fisher is just as good as Kobe, and Horry is better than Kobe and Jordan, rings don’t prove anything except you have a great team. If your looking to see who is a better player INDIVIDUALLY, look at scoring titles, MVPs, DPOYs, etc. Lebron is great, and is still in the prime of his career, and I think will eventually be better than Kobe due to his good all-round stats.

      • MHM 35 says:

        Haha funny how Francisco thinks the larger his type font, the more right he is.

        LeBron is the best active player right now. I have to agree with that. Kobe is slowly declining on his career, but he is still Kobe Bryant, and still has a competitors mindset, unbelievable footwork, and the ability to make haters throw stuff around the room when he hits a shot no one else can. He takes a ton of shots because that’s what Los Angeles has always asked him to do. So stop knocking on him for taking too many shots. Same with R. Westbrook haters. They shoot so much because they’re asked to. So stuff it.

        That being said, while LeBron has a much higher field goal percentage, has made a career about being a steel nosed competitor who doesn’t have to have the ball in his hands to make an impact, let’s face the facts. While you all are knocking on Kobe for having under 50 percent FGP, LeBron has always been a below average shooter and thrives the best with his head down and his feet in the lane. So that makes it kinda easy to have your field goal percentage to go up if you’re taking the majority of your shots from 15 feet or closer.

        I’m a Lakers fan, and I acknowledge Kobe is in his 30s and doesn’t have the explosiveness and energy he used to. But he’s still a champion, and I believe if the Lakers can get their chemistry together, they’ll go far. I think the Heat are better now too. It should be a great season. I don’t agree that LeBron will only get two rings. I’m counting on at least three, unless KD’s game explodes even bigger than it already is and the Thunder stand in LeBron’s way if this Laker experiment doesn’t work.

      • Califan says:

        @RealestLakerFan, if you know anything about basketball you wouldn’t be comparing Wilt or Robertson to Jordan. Now Kareem would be a legitimate argument and I don’t understand how anyone saying they are the REALEST Laker fan wouldn’t put that name out there.

      • Califan says:

        “Kobe was the reason the team won”…ever hear of Shaq?

      • JKID says:

        Sorry but I have to let you know that Kobe wanted out of Lakers if they didnt get Pau Gasol.. He requested it!! Pau Gasol was the reason why they won back 2 back. Sure Kobe was the top scorer on those back 2 back championship but it wouldnt have happen if it wasnt for gasol. Before they acquired Gasol, Lakers actually didnt make it to the playoffs =/

      • nbafan says:

        there is one common denominator why MJ and Kobe got muliple rings….. it’s Coach Phil Jackson mentorship… the winniest coach in NBA history.. 6 with MJ and Bulls, and 5 with Kobe and Lakers…

    • THE GUY in next door says:

      reason why there are lebron haters coz they are kobe fans… Rivalry for both opposing fans… I get that… however, it is better to like them both and appreciate their game – they are both great and I am a fan of them…. I really love NBA and I don’t feel that hate or whatsoever on other teams…

    • spoonercam says:

      Your comments are too inconsistent dude. Plus as soon as you said you didn’t watch Jordan, says to me that you aren’t a true fan and don’t have a researched and informed opinion.

      Jordan was great, Kobe is still great and LeBron (and Durant) is great.

      Just shut up, you are obvious a bandwagon LeBron/Miami fan.

    • bronbron says:

      francisco i wasnt suprised with ur obssesion with lebron. ur name sounds lame and gay.

    • Califan says:

      Take away Kobe’s titles and what does he have? A MVP, a dunk title and a 82pt game. Does that deserve to be compared to Jordan? Heck no!

    • MJ says:

      Ohhhh lebron fans you should be ashamed of yourself.. lebron james should be 10 times better than kobe but hes not. kobe is 34 years old and still averaging 28 plus points in the nba. i have yet to see lebron score 2800 plus points in a season and average 35 ppg like kobe did in 2005-2006; career wise.. as far as active players JUST STOP IT… everyone knows kobe bryant is the best One on one player in the league…the black mamba will not be stopped..