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The King Is Dead, Long Live Kobe

2010 May 14

• dEDGE Post Scriptum •

King James was ousted from the 2010 NBA Playoffs with little to no fanfare. There were no trumpets blaring, or procession full of followers and groupies. There were no congratulations or tears of joy. Worse yet, fingers were directed at him for Cleveland’s failures in the postseason even though he had no idea what went so painfully wrong. The ageless Boston Celtics handed the Cleveland Cavs their second consecutive unceremonious exit after a season full of championship posturing to go along with the best record in the league. And while the city of Cleveland sits on pins and needles with unrestricted free agency looming for the exalted one, the undisputed “King of the Courts” quietly goes about his business preparing for the Phoenix Suns in the upcoming Western Conference Finals.

Anointed to royalty before actually ascending the throne, Lebron was thrust into the spotlight before he even took one dribble as a professional. Heralded as the “next coming of you-know-who” only bigger, stronger and more physically gifted, James is charismatic and a truly phenomenal athlete in a league full of talent-laden individuals. Sitting atop his lofty perch as the Superstar of superstars, James’ only tarnish is that he has yet to win it all. Success in the NBA is not judged by the amount of points you score, the quantity of rebounds snared or assists dished out, but rather by the number of rings you own. And as puppet Kobe can attest, the current scorecard reads 4-0, and hopefully, soon to be 5-0.

The debate is over. You can’t make an argument when one doesn’t exist. Even pundits for Lebron James must now admit that Kobe Bean Bryant holds center court and is clearly head and shoulders above the rest. Kobe, brush the dust off your crown and polish it back up to its regal shine, because your descent was premature and unwarranted. The MVP may eventually be known as the Most VANISHING Performances. Take a look at Dirk Nowitzki, and Steve Nash, and now Lebron James. Of the past 6 MVPs (2-Lebron, 2-Nash, 1-Nowitzki, 1-Kobe), guess which player took home a championship to go along with the regular season hardware?

Where ever Lebron ends up next season, be it back in Cleveland, or off to Chicago or New York, or perhaps even Sac-town where they can host the royal couple (King and Queen), you can count on James leading the league in scoring and ESPN highlights. He’ll come back stronger, better prepared and rejuvenated with a new twist added to his already impressive arsenal. But he’ll be sorely lacking in one important category. And that remains the sole measuring stick for the KOBest Player in the league.

10 Responses leave one →
  1. Brent Deveaux permalink
    May 18, 2010

    King Kobe , yea that sounds wonderful

  2. Brent Deveaux permalink
    May 18, 2010

    Lebron will be another ringless so call king , lets face it his time is not now and if he does make it to the championship next year and win that is it , join the band wagon of those who never won a championship ring.

  3. Brent Deveaux permalink
    May 18, 2010

    I am sorry for the so call King ,better luck next year , KOBE is the man once again

  4. Brent Deveaux permalink
    May 18, 2010

    The lakers will be champions once again ,

  5. Lakers4Life permalink
    May 17, 2010

    King Kobe… I like the sound of that.

  6. Lake_Show permalink
    May 15, 2010

    Are Laker fans relieved that Cleveland is out? I for one wanted to see Lebust fail against Kobe and the Lakers. But I guess I’ll have to settle for a rematch with the Orlando Tragic or the Boston Smelltics.

    • STEVE-O permalink*
      May 15, 2010

      Lebron vs. Kobe would have been an intriguing match-up. The two best teams from each conference. The defending champs vs. holders of the best record in the league. The reigning MVP vs. the best closer in the league. A chance to go one-up on our old pal, Shaq.

      It’s almost anticlimactic now that the Cavs are out. And I’m not sure Boston can make it out of the East against the Magic. But if they do, we can all hate the green together once again.

    • Ocho_to_24 permalink
      May 16, 2010

      I’m not relieved, I’m laughing.

  7. Mike_R permalink
    May 15, 2010

    Maybe Lebron could team up with Tayshaun Prince and the Sac Queens and assemble a royal court…

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