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Why is everyone STILL arguing Kobe VS Lebron??

by Candido Hernandez

Kobe VS Lebron. A tale as old as, well only about five or six years old. This has been a debate between fans of both superstars that seems to always go thru the same little roadmap. Here let me draw it for you.


Lebron Fan: MVPs, statistics.

Kobe Fan: Five rings.

Lebron Fan: But…but….Cleveland was terrible when Lebron left. Like super terrible.

Kobe Fan:  Um, uh….uh….Five rings.

You know where that argument comes from?

Team Accomplishment VS Individual Accomplishment

Insert head slap here. You see that is the one clear argument-ender for all Kobe fans. Apparently the formula is something like (Star Athlete w/X # of rings) > (Star Athlete w/X-1 # of rings) or something like that. Sorry, my math is rusty. According to this argument Robert Horry is better than Kobe, Lebron, and his “Airness” Michael Jordan. It’s hard to make an argument for who the better player is when one person is tossing in team accomplishments as the players doing. Yea I guess Shaq and Gasol have nothing to do with any of those rings. What was the closest thing Lebron had to either of those? Antawn Jamison? Mo Williams? Carlos Boozer? Old Shaq??? Seriously it’s not even an argument.


Look don’t get me wrong here, I think Kobe is still a top star in this game and one of the most well accomplished player of all time. Obviously he is an instant Hall of Famer. Even before that “Sh*t don’t stink” smirk leaves Kobes face after his last game in fact. That is not debatable. Career wise Kobe reigns over Lebron but the answer to why that is the case is so simple most of you have probably already figured it out before I even get to type it. Lebron is still in his prime and has a long way to go before his jersey goes up in the American Airlines Arena rafters. Kobe has had a whole career to work on his shooting and his post moves, while Lebron is already more well-rounded a player than Kobe ever was. Lebron is ninth in career triple doubles with 29 in eight years in the league. Michael Jordan had 28 in 15 years. In 15 years Kobe has 17 triple doubles.

More Stats!

That is just one stat out of many that Lebron has over Kobe, including more MVPs, which you can attribute to a players skills. A few others? Ok, sure check out this nifty table I made, which may or may not contain accurate information. I will let you be the judge of that. Just kidding, this is accurate.


Candido’s fun table of stats. (Stats, you know. That thing that goes past people s biased opinions. Stats)

Kobe .454 .339 5.3 4.7 1.5 25.3 23.53
Lebron .479 .329 7.1 7.0 1.7 27.7 26.91
Winner Lebron Kobe Lebron Lebron Lebron Lebron Lebron


So the stats are clearly in favor of Lebron and PER being the most accurate portrayal of a player, but it is hard to compare careers when Kobe has 7 years extra playing time, not to mention the many playoff games he’s played in so let’s look at something else. Something a little more telling of a single players worth to his team. When Shaq left the Lakers and Kobe to their lonesome the Lakers missed the playoffs entirely the following year. The year after that? Lakers lost in the first round to the Phoenix Suns. The year after that? Lost to Suns in first round. Déjà vu anyone? The second that Kobe Bryant lost the most dominating center in the game, the Lakers spiraled into complete garbage, meanwhile Shaq helped bring a championship to the Miami Heat in one of his last effective seasons and when some fella named Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr went bananas in  the playoffs. After that the Lakers traded the bag of turnips that is Kwame Brown for one of the best big men in the game in Pau Gasol. A lot of the league went up in arms over this obviously one-sided trade, kind of like watching this matchup…


How about Lebron? His first two years Cavs went from door stop to one place out of the playoffs. Year three? They made it to the semi-finals where they lost to the Detroit Pistons. Year four? It was the NBA Finals. All this with a cast of nobodies. Let me explain that when I say “nobodies” I mean that nobody goes to play in Cleveland. They get drafted by Cleveland. Lakers are a big market team that could land any player it wants. When Cleveland recruited a player to try to come play there, all they did was drive them by Lebrons house a few times. When Lebron left Cleveland they quickly went back to door mats. Not even door mats, they became the wee wee pad that my dog eliminates on every morning.

Career VS NOW

Lebron VS Kobe NOW is an easy question to answer and ESPN thought the same as they ranked Lebron #1 in the NBA while Kobe is way down at #7 (a little low in my opinion). Lebron VS Kobe Career? Well, that is something that will have to wait to be answered in about the year 2018. Then, and only then can you really hold the two players side by side. Championship rings should be taken into account, but that is a team comparison and I cannot give credit to Kobe for being drafted by the Lakers while penalizing Lebron for Cleveland landing the number one pick that year and getting him.


So we move on to the 2011-12 season where Lebron will undoubtedly beast all over the NBA. Well, if the NBA even comes back. Expect another two weeks of games, or roughly about 6 more games, to be cancelled. Yawn, wake me when 2018 gets here.


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NBA Lockout Update

by Candido Hernandez

Saturday marks day 100 of the NBA lockout and the last week has had me riveted. While the preseason has been officially cancelled by David Stern since a deal was not reached by the deadline that the commissioner gave, the NBA owners and the players association are inching closer to a deal. Seems like the sides have agreed in principle on having the current soft cap continue bringing an end to all that hard cap end of the world scenarios people have been floating around. They will be raising the luxury tax on those teams going over the cap with an escalating scale. The higher you go the more you will be paying on the dollar. Sounds like some kind of Obama socialist plan to me, or at least that’s what Republicans want me to believe. I call it fair and balanced. The one major stick up right now is the revenue split between players and owners. The old CBA called for the players to get a 57% to the owners 43% split in the revenue and after months of bickering back and forth the owners have put a 50-50 split on the table. The players have apparently drawn the line at 53% so the posturing continues. I believe they will meet in the middle or some kind of deal that makes both sides look good. Now that you’re caught up let’s get to the other interesting thing that happened during the meetings.

A week ago the players and owners had a contentious meeting where voices were raised when both sides were at a breaking point. According to reports, David Stern while admonishing the players did the most unspeakable thing. The NBA commissioner had the nerve to point, or wag depending on the reports, his finger at the players. This was obviously the gauntlet being thrown down and one player in particular was not going to stand for it. Dwyane Wade reportedly yelled out “You’re not pointing your finger at me. I’m not your child”. This led to the players nearly storming out. I would have loved to see Dwyanes face when he realized David Stern was wagging his finger disrespectful like. I imagine it was something like this.

The owners were said to be a little taken aback by the way the players rallied around Wade and it showed they were united. Yea, whatever, how about you guys just get to bouncing that orange basketball and the owners get back to sitting in their suites sipping on kimono dragon blood or whatever it is millionaires do. It looks like the NBA will be back in session very soon giving me a good escape from having to watch my terrible Miami Dolphins and the Suck for Luck-a-thon that is their NFL season. Sigh. Oh, and if you guys are thirsty for some basketball there will be a charity game taking place at FIU on Saturday night which will be televised locally in Miami and streaming online. Check it out for your fix. Until next week.


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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Basketball, Candido Hernandez, Sports


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What to expect from the NBA season

by Candito Hernandez


This morning I got a text message from a friend of mine. Not just any friend,  my “doom-and-gloom” friend. We all recognize that friend. The one that needs to be talked off the ledge time and time again. Well today my “D&G” friend was worried about the NBA lockout and the season being canceled. The same way he was worried about the NFL season being canceled. When my friend sees the news stories about Commissioner David Stern threatening to cancel the season his palms sweat and his teeth grind. This is where I stop him and tell him to relax. There is little chance of the NBA season being canceled. In fact I went as far as to tell him there is absolutely no way it would happen. It’s all posturing and fear tactics being used against the players. Look, I am not saying that they will play 82 games. I can see games being taken off the schedule, but the whole season canceled? That is just bad business. The NBA is already feeling the pinch of the economy and they know that a lockout will only serve to alienate fans. Now the NFL could have lost a game or two of the season and still been fine. Sure there would be some bitterness but football is sports king. The NBA on the other hand has had problems with fan support the last few years and the strong interest this season is something they cannot afford to squander. Will they cancel a few games? Possibly. Will the season itself be canceled? I think not.

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