Controversial sports writer Jason Whitlock: Kobe benefits most from LeBron hate

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Controversial sports writer Jason Whitlock: Kobe benefits most from LeBron hate
 

 

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 Controversial sports writer Jason Whitlock: Kobe benefits most from LeBron hate


Hatred of LeBron ó more than even Kobeís five championship rings ó is the primary reason Kobe is allowed to delude himself with the notion that he is on equal footing with Magic and Bird and in hot pursuit of Michael Jordanís legacy.

We sell the false Kobe narrative because it fuels and justifies our disdain for King James. The closer Kobe is to NBA royalty, the more distance James must travel and the more people he must pass to get a seat at the table reserved for Jordan, Magic and Bird. LeBron haters donít want him anywhere near the NBAís Lord, Savior and Holy Ghost. LeBron is Judas, in the hatersí mind, the man who betrayed Cleveland. Kobe is Peter, Jordanís most trusted disciple.

Sunday, inside Staples Center, Kobe spread more of his false gospel. He dropped 33 points in a 93-83 victory over the visiting Heat. His congregation loved it. It was more proof that Kobe is unrivaled in this era, that James and Dwyane Wade are young stars with a long haul if they ever want to be in the same class as Kobe the Great.

ďWhat I have left to accomplish, those players retired a long time ago,Ē Bryant said Friday night. ďAt this point my rivals, in terms of what I have left to accomplish, (left the game) when Magic and Michael retired.Ē

Yep. Thatís the delusion LeBron hate empowers.

Well, I donít hate LeBron or Kobe. I love basketball. I donít care if Kobe wins eight championships, heís not on the same level as Jordan, Magic, Bird or even the title-less King James. Thatís not hatred of Kobe or the Lakers. Itís an objective statement of fact.

In baseball terms, Kobe Bryant was born on third base and weíre allowing him to act like he hit a grand slam. There is no bigger competitive advantage in sports than playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Because of the weather, the beach and the entertainment options, an indoor professional sports franchise operating in Los Angeles has no excuse not to stock its roster with the best talent money can buy. Itís not a coincidence the Lakers have been home to Wilt, Kareem and Shaq.

While the Lakers have patiently waited for the opportunity to acquire Dwight Howard, Kobe has had to make do the past few years with two very good 7-footers, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, rather than a once-in-a-decade big man.

Playing alongside mammoth space-eaters, lane-cloggers and rim-defenders the overwhelming majority of his career has given Kobe the freedom to be a one-dimensional all-time great. Kobe is a scorer. Period. He canít touch Michael Jordan as a defender. Kobe is not in the same zip code as Magic and Bird as a creator and teammate-elevator.

When you compare Kobeís all-around game to the Lord, Savior and Holy Ghost, heís completely outclassed. Kobe is a scorer. Period. Thatís all he did Sunday. He put 33 points on Shane Battier, a terrific defender. Kobe had a great game. But he also did little else. He had three rebounds, one a.ssist, zero steals or blocks.

Meanwhile, on a day the Heat played without Chris Bosh and on an afternoon when Wade was off his game and fouled out in 31 minutes, LeBron James played the entire 94 feet. He scored 25 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, passed out seven a.ssists, nabbed three steals and blocked two shots.

Given Boshís absence and Wadeís miserable play, the Lakers shouldíve won by 25. The Heat had no size and James had little help. He defended Gasol, holding him to 11 points. James single-handedly kept Miami in contention.

You put Bynum and Gasol around LeBron James and everyone in the league would expect that team to win a championship. Kobe wants the roster blown up. Heís still upset David Stern stopped the Lakers from acquiring Chris Paul.

You give Wade the same rosters Kobe has played with throughout his Los Angeles career, and I guarantee you the Lakers win the same number of titles ó if not more. If you look at their career numbers, Wade is a better all-around player than Bryant. Wade bests Bryant in field-goal percentage, a.ssists, steals and blocks and is in a virtual tie with Bryant in points per game (25.4 to 25.3) and rebounds (5.3 to 5.2).

Donít even waste your time comparing Kobeís averages to Jordanís, Birdís, Magicís and LeBronís. Kobe isnít on their level.

I donít hate Kobe Bryant. I love watching him play. He played a beautiful game Sunday. Kobe is the Jerry West of this era. But letís stop the blasphemy of elevating Bryant to the same level as the Holy Trinity. Donít let your hatred of LeBron convince you that Kobe is something heís clearly not.
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 6 years ago '05        #2
DaDon23 65 heat pts65
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Jason Whitlock writes an article hating on Kobe what a surprise
 6 years ago '06        #3
authenic 6 heat pts
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People be dumb
 6 years ago '07        #4
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whitlock is the biggest troll in all of sports media.
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we all know if bron was on this lakers teams instead of kobe. they would be a 1 seed easily.
 03-05-2012, 10:23 AM         #7
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 portis187 said:





we all know if bron was on this lakers teams instead of kobe. they would be a 1 seed easily.
you forgot to add THEY WOULDN'T HAVE ANY RINGS TO SHOW FOR IT EITHER

 6 years ago '04        #8
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People think Whitlock is an idiot until he writes something that they like..
 6 years ago '05        #9
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trolling at its best everyone wants to shock jock there way to the top. controversial is the new s3xy. even if you sound like an idiot
 6 years ago '11        #10
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Goddamn he sh*tted on kobe
 6 years ago '08        #11
portis187 29 heat pts29
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 Nate187um said:
you forgot to add THEY WOULDN'T HAVE ANY RINGS TO SHOW FOR IT EITHER

please you know bron would pass it to an open artest to win the game vs the suns, instead of shooting a double team fade away airball and getting rescued by artest by grabbing kobes horrific shot and putting in the winning layup. And phil jackson wouldn't have to yell at bron during game 7 of the finals against the celtics saying "kobe trust your teammates pass them the ball" And people have the audasity on this forum to mention kobes name in the same breath as jordan.
 6 years ago '10        #12
quan3106 88 heat pts88
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So now that Whitlock says something u like he is credible...he is a troll b...if he praised my team i wouldnt giva a fu*k cuz he is a chocolate dipped Skip Bayless...
 6 years ago '04        #13
A.G 27 heat pts27
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 portis187 said:
please you know bron would pass it to an open artest to win the game vs the suns, instead of shooting a double team fade away airball and getting rescued by artest by grabbing kobes horrific shot and putting in the winning layup. And phil jackson wouldn't have to yell at bron during game 7 of the finals against the celtics saying "kobe trust your teammates pass them the ball" And people have the audasity on this forum to mention kobes name in the same breath as jordan.
When did this happen? I've got this game on bluray, so I'll wait. Unless it's another one of those made up anecdotes people seem to perpetuate on the forum.

Second, how about you watch the video of the Suns game winner and see where Kobe got the ball and where Artest came from to get the rebound. Artest WASN'T OPEN. He hustled his a.ss off and got to the ball before Jason Richardson did. Show me how he can pass to Artest in this situation without getting the ball tipped or stolen.

And a pass to Odom is the only option, but considering there's 3.5 seconds left on the clock and he's getting trapped close to the sideline, there'd also be a good chance the ball gets stolen or tipped.


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And it's not just people on this forum comparing Kobe.

It's Jordan himself, his teammates, his opponents, his coaches Phil Jackson, Tex Winter, Jim Cleamons, Frank Hamblen and Doug Collins.

Get your head out of your a.ss.


Last edited by A.G; 03-05-2012 at 10:39 AM..
 6 years ago '04        #14
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I saw this on msn, Jason Whitlock is worse than Skip Bayless, dude is a complete idiot, I'm not reading this sh*t, it's probably just a bunch of hypothetical bs, dude has no credibility, he sounds just like somebody on here hatin.
 6 years ago '05        #15
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 A.G said:
When did this happen? I've got this game on bluray, so I'll wait. Unless it's another one of those made up anecdotes people seem to perpetuate on the forum.

And it's not just people on this forum comparing Kobe.

It's Jordan himself, his teammates, his opponents, his coaches Phil Jackson, Tex Winter, Jim Cleamons, Frank Hamblen and Doug Collins.

Get your head out of your a.ss.
What does Jordan know? The same Jordan that drafted kwame brown? And Phil Jackson was just trying to play mind games.. The rest of them, fu*k those old a.ss dinosaurs...


 6 years ago '04        #16
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 Rubix said:
What does Jordan know? The same Jordan that drafted kwame brown? And Phil Jackson was just trying to play mind games.. The rest of them, fu*k those old a.ss dinosaurs...


 6 years ago '05        #17
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Kobe with them mind games who else to learn then from the master zen master
 6 years ago '06        #18
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masterpiece!
 6 years ago '11        #19
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lebron benefits most from kobe hate.
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Damn. This n*gga came wit pure facts.
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