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Friday, June 18, 2010
LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant, already

By Henry Abbott

I'm not sure I'm quite ready to renew the Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James thing so quickly after a cathartic Finals, but Cavs: The Blog's John Krolik is there with the needle, popping balloons at Bryant's title party -- and he makes a point:
LeBron, Game 6: 27 points, 8-21 shooting, 19 rebounds, 10 assists. Satan.

Kobe, Game 7: 23 points, 6-24 shooting, 15 rebounds, 2 assists. Champion.

LeBron did have five more turnovers than Kobe, but still. For a couple of minutes there, I dreamed about how if Kobe lost while playing like he did, the LeBron/Kobe article would have to become about basketball. The whole “Kobe is a better sports human” thing would sort have melted after a historic choke in game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Celtics.