LeBron James Is a Legend: Diligence In Disguise

Krishna DhaniCorrespondent IJune 23, 2010

CLEVELAND - MAY 22: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers takes the court during warm ups before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 22, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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As we all know, Kobe Bryant received the fifth Championship ring of his career in the NBA this month. For LeBron James, he has yet to reach that level of success. Kobe seems as if he is one of the more diligent players, as people say, but if you look at both situations, who is really the better player?

Kobe Bryant has more rings than LeBron James, only because of the anonymous fact that LeBron had a torrid team. LeBron James has lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to so many opportunities of hopes and chances. But if he is the only one scoring for his team, who is there to help?

How can LeBron lead a team and obtain the ultimate victory off a one man army? Sure, he had Antwan Jamison and all that, but that is not a real good supporting cast compared to Kobe’s or others. It was just the same as the 2008-09 season, where LeBron still had to lead the Cavs all by himself. And he got 60 wins out of that. But not a NBA Finals ring or even an appearance.

This is where Kobe Bryant comes in and has the point of having a well and successful team that has some of the best players in the league. If you have some of the best players on your team, you should be able to compete against the best teams in this league.

But if you have a team like LeBron’s, how do you expect to possibly come back against the others? How do you, in any matter, expect one man to beat loads of others in a war?

LeBron consistently leads this team to the playoffs and has not failed them. If Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant has to really go with a one-man army or one-on-one with LeBron, The King would be the winner any day. I have my bet on it.

Kobe, on behalf of his team, doesn’t deserve all those rings. Also, now that he is oh-so famous because of his legitimate support, he is now being considered better than Michael “Air” Jordan, to some. Fouly, fake, and phony in my opinion. Even statistically, Michael Jordan is way too much overwhelming of a player to have Kobe even come in his range.

Kobe is only Kobe because of Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Shannon Brown, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum, etc. and other previous supporting casts with his earlier championship squads that included Shaquille O’Neal and Rick Fox among others.

If Kobe was in LeBron’s situation, then he would be the "loser". And, in fact, with all the independence and X-factors of the game, LeBron would have around eight rings right now. Okay, not that much, but about in the range of 3-5 rings. He would be the generation of real diligence and he would be considered the next MJ. At least he would at least kind of be in the range.
With his ability to diminish other teams one by one, he would be LeBron: the greatest of now, and the greatest of all (soon). He would be helping his team and, like the mark of a great player, he would improve the play of his teammates as well.

He would be the savior, the great and amongst all “amazing.” Well, at least in my opinion and most others.

So now the question is, will LeBron head to free agency in hopes of finding a team that will allow him to reach that next level of greatness?

Well, in fact, that is a possibility and he has high chances in any matter of time and place. He has made a great decision, too, by doing this. If he stayed there, his reputation wouldn’t have changed and neither would Kobe’s

He will stay as a great player, a superior player to Kobe in many aspects. Kobe is too manual, he is automatic, and then grabing a couple extra rings because of his generally amazing team.

But no matter what happens to LeBron, legitimately and for a fact that is almost unanimous we know that LeBron is a great player and that he has led the Cavaliers to many opportunities. This is his next step to a great and much more inviting level of success in his career.
Forever, he is a legend.

And in any anticipation of success he gets…he will do it!

He is LeBron James.