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*Sports* Kyrie Irving Challenges Kobe To $50K One-One-One Game


 

With a full season under his belt ,Former Duke point guard and NBA Rookie Of The Year Kyrie Irving is wasting no time making his presence felt amongst the league veterans. Namely, the leagues most decorated player, Kobe Bryant. After a bit of trash talking Kobe and Kyrie shake on a bet to play one on one for $50,000.

Who you got?

 

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The Dream


The NBA is such a guard oriented to league now, thanks in part to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. But there was a time when big men ruled the land…and the paint.

So here’s to Hakeem who was sort of the MJ of big men. He did on defense (All-Time Blocks Leader) and always did his thing on offense, word to the “Dream Shake.” There’s a reason why Kobe works out with this guy in the summer.

Kobe v LeBron


Around this time last year I posted a thought about Kobe Bryant as he rather silently makes his case as the best player in NBA history not named Michael Jordan.

I say that Kobe is on a silent mission because despite that fact that he could be appearing in his third consecutive NBA Finals, most of the historical comparisons have been reserved for that guy in Cleveland who hasn’t won anything.

I’ve had this discussion in many places, most recently on the internet and I’ve come to the conclusion that Kobe Bryant is one of the most under-appreciated and underrated players in NBA history.

Sound crazy? I’m sure it does. I also believe that Jay-Z is underrated but I digress.

I say that Kobe is underrated because, in my opinion, the skill and grace in which he plays with is lost on the average basketball fan.

It doesn’t take much basketball knowledge to be able to appreciate a high flying dunk or a spectacular block.

It does, however, require a certain amount of understanding to appreciate the subtle nuances Kobe’s game. The spin moves, the pivots, the mid-range, the jumper, the ability to close a game, and not to mention the leadership.

There’s a reason that when Sporting News assembled  Hall of Famers, major award winners, executives, current players and coaches and other basketball experts to vote on the top 50 greatest players in the league, Kobe received 62 first place votes to LeBron’s 34.

That’s almost twice as many. This wasn’t a fan vote. The names on this list of voters reads like a who’s who of basketball dignitaries that includes: Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Joe Dumars, Hubie Brown, Dr. Jack Ramesy and others.

The Kobe/LeBron discussion shouldn’t be a matter of personal preference. Unlike a Jay-Z/Nas argument, there are actual and quantifiable determining factors in the discussion.

Just watch the video and try to see why NBA players, coaches, executives and writers overwhelmingly vote Kobe over LeBron.

*Video* Kobe Gets Gangster With Dwight Howard


Shut the fuck up and play.

I have to say I’m really tired of all the Kobe hate floating around, especially on Twitter. A lot of people have been calling Kobe soft. Where is that coming from?

He’s the ultimate competitor.

And what’s up with Dwight Howard’s happy go lucky ass trying to communicate with Kobe after the skirmish. This ain’t that Dwight and Kobe let him know.

*Classic* Jordan The God


Poetry in motion.

As I was watching last night’s Lakers/Magic I came to the conclusion that all of the talk about either Kobe Bryant or LeBron James possibly being considered the best to ever play the game is ridiculous.

Don’t misunderstand me on this one. I’m not taking anything away from Kobe or LeBron. But to even compare them to the original #23 is just disrespectful.

Most people just put them through the simple eye test and think that’s all there is to it.

No.

Do the mathematics.

The Calculation:

0 Rings + 0 Finals MVP’s – 1 Finals Series loss = LeBron James

3 Rings + 0 Finals MVP’s + 1 Three Peat – 2 Finals Series losses = Kobe Bryant

6 rings + 6 Finals MVPs + 2 Three Peats – 0 Finals Series losses = G.O.A.T.

(No shots @ Bill Russell, but that was a different league)

History Time For Kobe


kobe-bryant-mvpThose Nike puppet commercials with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant weren’t all about jokes.

Just imagine if Jordan’s puppet was was in the crib chilling while Kobe bragged to LeBron about his three rings.

A commercial like that would put it all in perspective.

It’s about history.

Even though there would be more MVP drama added to this series if LeBron wouldn’t have gotten thumped by the Magic, history is still there for the taking for Kobe Bryant.

Defeating Lebron in this year’s Finals would have been a major notch on Kobe’s belt. A year removed from winning his first MVP trophy, the Black Mamba could have killed a few birds with one stone.

Of course in all the interviews he’s going to say  that playing against LeBron wouldn’t add anything to his preperation and a ring is a ring no matter who you play.

And that’s what he should say. But as far as the arguments I’m hearing in the street? Kobe is losing most of the arguments in the barbershops and shoe stores and especially with the kids.

While a lot of the cats I hear talking  basketball wouldn’t know a down screen from a v-cut, they wouldn’t be able to deny the results of a head to head match-up.

A Kobe win over LeBron would have been what i’ll call a ‘sonning’ moment. With that win, he would be on record as having officially sonned Lebron.

If he defeats the Magic for his fourth ring, he’s going to need a fifth just for the numbers. In order to make history, you have to seperate yourself from even the greatest of you contemporaries.

And right now, both Shaq and Tim Duncan have four rings.

So regardless of who he’s playing, he still needs that trophy this season which will put him only two behind Jordan and tied with the greatest of his era.

One thing I’ve learned from  the G.O.A.T. conversations I’ve had with older people who know the game is this: If you’re not the greatest from your era, you can’t be in the discussion as the greatest of all time.

michael_jordan_trophy_rings

So Kobe needs to lock in and snatch this ring up and add to the collection. Because the homie to the right doesn’t care about those three cookies.

He’s a grown man drinking a six-pack.

But back to the prediction at hand, I’m riding with the Lakers in six. For the record, I wouldn’t be surprised if Orlando won it in seven. But I can’t see Kobe losing two NBA Finals in a row.

Jordan never even lost one Finals series and a loss in these Finals would make Kobe’s third which would give him as many series wins as losses.

Not a good look.