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Versus: Kobe v LeBron – Who Had More Help?

As LeBron James enters his sixth NBA Finals competition, the comparisons and contrasts with his superstar peers are made. Kobe Bryant has 5 rings with the Los Angeles Lakers, but many analysts do not credit his first three (2000-2002) as being a part of his individual accomplishments. Still, LeBron clearly joined Dwyane Wade and Chirs Bosh in Miami because he grew weary of trying to win it on his own, and collected back-to-back titles with the Heat.

Here is a statistical breakdown of Kobe’s three trips to the NBA Finals (without Shaq) and LeBron’s first three trips to the Finals along with their supporting casts numbers.

 

Celtics 2008 NBA FINALS CHAMPIONS (CELTICS 4-2)

Kobe 25.7 4.7reb 5.0asst

Gasol 14.7 10.2reb 3.3asst

Odom 13.5 9.0reb 3.0asst

(Bynum Didn’t participate in series)

 

Lakers 2009 NBA FINALS CHAMPIONS (4-1)

Kobe 32.4 5.6reb 7.4asst

Gasol avg 18.6 9.2reb 2.2ast

Odom 13.4, 7.4 reb 0.8ast

Bynum  6pts 4reb 0.6 asst

 

LAKERS 2010 NBA FINALS CHAMPIONS (4-3)

Kobe 28.6 8.0reb 3.9asst

Gasol 18.6 11.6reb 3.7asst

Metta World Peace 10.6 4.3reb 1.3 asst

Bynum 7.4 5.1reb


SPURS 2007 NBA FINALS CHAMPIONS (4-0)

Bron 22.0 7.0reb 6.8asst
MAVERICKS 2011 NBA FINALS CHAMPIONS (4-2)

WADE 26.5 7.0reb 5.2 asst

Bron 17.8 7.2reb 6.8asst

BOSH 18.5 7.3 reb 1.0asst

Chalmers avg 11.8 2.7reb 3.5 asst

HEAT 2012 NBA FINALS CHAMPIONS (4-2)

Bron 28.6 10.2reb 7.4asst

Wade 22.6 6.0reb 5.2asst

Bosh 14.6 9.4reb

Battier 11.4

Chalmers 10.4 2.6reb 4.0asst

 

LeBron James’ No. 23 Makes History In Cleveland

According to sales from Adidas and NBAStore.com from October 2014 through December 2014, LeBron James’ No. 23 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey is the most popular in the NBA.

James is yet to deliver a championship to the City of Cleveland, but the Cavaliers are No. 1 for the fist time in franchise history on the team merchandise list. It’s only the second time since his rookie season that LeBron James has had the most popular NBA jersey.

Western Conference All-Star vote leader and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry made the leap from No. 5 to No. 2. The top 5 is rounded out by Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Chicago’s Derrick Rose.

For the first time in their careers Portland Trail Blazers’ explosive guard DamianLillard (No. 11) and New Orleans Pelicans’ phenom Anthony Davis made the list.

1. LeBron James, Cavaliers
2. Stephen Curry, Warriors
3. Kevin Durant, Thunder
4. Kobe Bryant, Lakers
5. Derrick Rose, Bulls
6. Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers
7. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
8. Tim Duncan, Spurs
9. Dwyane Wade, Heat
10. Blake Griffin, Clippers
11. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
12. Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks
13. Chris Paul, Clippers
14. James Harden, Rockets
15. Anthony Davis, Pelicans

 

Adam Silver: Abide By Our Rules

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver won many fans over with his response to the former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s audio scandal. From the Players Association down to the common fan, Silver was being heralded as a modern day Civil Rights hero.

But his reputation may have taken a hit with his first official response to NBA players wearing #ICantBreathe T-Shirts before NBA games.

“I respect Derrick Rose  and all of our players for voicing their personal views on important issues but my preference would be for players to abide by our on-court attire rules,” said Silver. “Players are required to wear attire from Adidas, the league’s official apparel provider. But the players will not be fined.”

Eric Garner died in July after repeatedly gasping for air when an officer placed him in a choke-hold. There have been numerous protests around the country in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the NYPD cop.

NBA stars from LeBron James to Kobe Bryant have been outspoken about the murders of unarmed Black men, and the justice system which is yet to hold anyone accountable for their deaths.

The question now is how will the players who this past summer congratulated Silver on his swift response to the Sterling fiasco respond to this soft, yet clear stance against their method of protest? For all that he’s done right thus far, it only takes a moment to be on the wrong side of history.

Players have worn extras such as shooting sleeves and compression shirts which were banned until the NBA licensed them out to apparel companies. Silver may be experiencing corporate pressure from the companies who have paid to have their logos in lights on game-night.

We may soon see “Official” Adidas #ICantBreathe shirts if it means enough to the players to continue sending a message.

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World-Peace Still Defending LeBron James

Former NBA strongman Metta World-Peace took to social-media to defend Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. He mentioned ESPN Analyst Stephen A. Smith’s name specifically, and asked a question of the media in general about LeBron sacrificing his scoring for team basketball.

James is by far still playing like a superstar who is miles ahead of everyone. But there have been moments this season where his athletic ability has seemed to wane. Most notably in a 102-100 loss to the Utah Jazz where Gordon Hayward got a chase down block on James followed by a transition dunk.

Much like Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, LeBron James has been playing in the NBA since the age of 18, and has spent a significant portion of his career making deep playoff runs with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. LeBron may be dealing with fatigue rather than the declination of his game.

This Generation Got Next

NFL great Jim Brown excoriated Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in a 2013 interview where he said Bryant was “confused about African-American culture,” and explicitly stated he would not be a part of a current roundtable discussion with Black athletes:

“In the days when we had a summit and we called the top black athletes together to talk to Muhammad Ali about his status with the armed forces, there were some athletes we didn’t call. If I had to call that summit all over, there would be some athletes I wouldn’t call. Kobe would be one of them.”

Ten years earlier, Kobe Bryant accepted a Teen Choice Award for Favorite Male Sports Figure. During the speech, Bryant said “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Fox television network omitted Bryant’s speech from its broadcast.

Kobe Bryant’s statement about injustice went ignored. Instead of earning credibility with the elders, his gleaning from Dr. King was viewed as an act of disrespect.

Following the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, Kobe Bryant spoke at a peace walk in his honor at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California. The move caught the media off-guard because Bryant’s people did not inform them that he’d be in attendance.

“Players such as myself and others who have the platform, our responsibility is more than putting the ball in the basket but helping them have the platform to tell their story,” said Bryant, referring to Trayvon Martin’s parents.

When former Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks were exposed, Bryant was one of the first NBA superstars to call for his ousting.

After a grand jury acquitted Darren Wilson for the murder of unarmed teenager Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant swiftly took to Twitter:

Bryant didn’t call for peace. He used his pulpit to shed much needed light on the current state of systematic lynching.

NBA All-Stars LeBron James, Derrick Rose, and Kyrie Irving have worn “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts over their uniforms before recent games in response to a grand jury not indicting officer Daniel Pantaleo for choking Eric Garner to death. Los Angeles Dodger owner Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson praised James taking a stand while risking business relationships with corporate sponsorships.

To Mr. Brown: Have Kobe Bryant’s actions earned him a seat at the summit? What makes his words about injustice any less valid than Muhammad Ali’s? Will the elders finally accept that the younger generation gets it?

Whether it be blacking out profile pictures on social-media, or voicing opinions that others may find controversial , today’s athletes are showing that they posses the consciousness and courage to bring about change.

Vita Coco Named the ‘Official Coconut Water of the Los Angeles Clippers’

After watching LeBron James cramp up in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, many teams are paying closer attention to their players forms  of hydration.

That may explain why the Los Angeles Clippers have forged an innovative partnership which makes Vita Coco the Official Coconut Water of the Clippers organization.

“We’re proud to partner with The Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA’s most exciting franchise, on our first-ever pro team relationship”, says Jeff Rubenstein, Vita Coco’s Senior Vice President of Marketing.  “Los Angeles is one of Vita Coco’s fastest growing markets, and the Clippers provide a meaningful platform to educate basketball fans on Vita Coco’s natural hydration benefits while strengthening the brand’s increasing connection to the Los Angeles community.”

Vita Coco participated in the Clippers Feed the Community event in South Los Angeles on October 25. Head coach Doc Rivers and the entire Clippers roster distributed Vita Coco, non-perishable food, personal care items, school uniforms and shoes to 1,600 South Los Angeles families at the Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth & Community Center. Vita Coco will continue to play a role in select Clippers community initiatives throughout the 2014-15 season.

About Vita Coco:

Vita Coco is the country’s best-selling coconut water brand, sold at over 100,000 retailers nationwide, including Kroger, Safeway, Albertson’s, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven, Circle K, Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Costco, Amazon,com and hundreds of airports, universities and other food service locations. For more information about Vita Coco visit www.vitacoco.com.

Rose out with minor ankle sprain

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will sit out the next game against the Minnesota Timberwolves as a precautionary measure. Although X-Rays taken came back negative, Kirk Hinrich will start in Rose’s place.

Bulls fans took a collective gasp when Rose tweaked his left ankle in Fridays 114-108 loss to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose has missed almost two season of play while recovering from two knee surgeries.

The Knicks Crash LeBron’s Homecoming

LeBron James left Cleveland in part due to their lack of championship personnel.
He no longer has that issue to prevent him from bringing a championship to his home state.

Kevin Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving scored a Cavaliers high 22 points in a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks in the highly anticipated return of LeBron to Cleveland.
The slimmed downed James went 5-17 for 17 points.

Everyone from Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber to the once banned Cavs fan James Blair was in attendance. Usher sang the national anthem, and Nike’s ‘Together’ LeBron ad ran on the jumbo-screen before tip-off.

The Cavs will have the best starting lineup in all 82 games this seasons, but the reserve unit will not boast that same advantage. New York’s bench outscored Cleveland’s 41-12.

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points for the Knicks who bounced back from a 24 point drubbing in their home opener, and being deemed “Not ready for prime time,” by Phil Jackson.





P.A.GE. 24 with Special Guest Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times

Lakers’ fans have dealt with frustrations over the past few seasons, and the Summer of 2014 represented a chance to reboot. But after failing to land marquee free agents, and a seemingly elongated coaching search, for some, that optimism has morphed into disappointment.

L.A. Times Sports and BasketballInsiders.com Senior Writer,Eric Pincus, gave RunTheTriangle.com an exclusive interview about the Lakers’ off-season moves.