To paraphrase Herm Ewards, one of the great things about sports is the never-ending, and often unresolved, debates over “Who’s better?” Brady or Manning, Magic or the Big O, Boggs or Gwynn, Emmitt or Barry, Russell or Chamberlain. Even though we have plenty of numbers to support our opinions, the answer to who’s ‘better’ generally resides in the eye of the beholder.
These days, that debate rages on over LeBron James or Kobe Bryant. This weekend, we got a little closer to answering that question.
In Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, Kobe was unstoppable, scoring 37 points, pulling down 14 rebounds, garnering his record-tying fourth All-Star Game MVP award and leading his Western Conference All-Stars to a five-point win. Even though LeBron recorded only the second triple-double in All-Star Game history, his efforts came in a loss.
Perhaps more significant, at least for a moment, is that LeBron, who is usually the one dunking on those less aerial than he, was posterized by the Black Mamba himself. Let’s just say rumors of Kobe Bryant’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.
So to celebrate the fact that we have finally made some progress in the Kobe-LeBron debate, I present a picture that tells a thousand words. Captioners, Kobe fans and BronBron haters alike, show me what you’re made of.
The winner of this week’s caption contest must not only provide me with a witty entry, but must also explain in vivid detail why they think which baller… is better.