Another Skip Bayless article, another opportunity to expose Bayless as a moron:
Let's start here:
LeBron and Kobe have both made it pretty clear they think they could one day be at least as good as Jordan. So fair is fair: Which one now has the best chance?
Wait, did I miss this interview?
So LeBron, what do you make of the comparisons to Michael Jordan?
"Oh, yeah, definitely. Those are totally fair. I'm the next MJ. Why do you think I wear 23?"
Now Kobe's the number one fan of Kobe, but unless I'm mistaken, both Kobe and LeBron have done everything they can to distance themselves from sports journalists' questions about MJ.
And next season, Kobe will wear No. 24, his first high school number -- although, knowing Kobe, you have to believe he privately loves that it's one more than 23.
Actually Skip, this never even occurred to me. Know why? Because it's a FUCKING NUMBER. I really doubt that this is the secret reason that Kobe is changing his number. But then again, I don't have the look into Kobe's psyche that Skip Bayless apparantly has.
Here's a lovely little run-on sentance:
He began to win back the media and fans by effectively turning off the 24-hour security system that made him so famously unknown pre-Eagle and letting the outside world glimpse the post-trial Kobe, who can poke a little fun at himself and see the bigger picture and come off as a pretty-human father of two, even after scoring 81 points in one game.
I'm sorry, I didn't...I couldn't, uh...WHAT?
It's called a period Skip. It allows readers to catch their breath and ask "What the fuck point was he trying to make?"
But after Kobe out-Jordaned Jordan in Game 4, hitting "Mission: Impossible" shots to send the game into overtime, then win it at the buzzer, Kobe appeared to decide he was now greater than Jordan.
Here, we have out-playing (or rather out-Jordaning) a player who's not even in the game, and an absolutely retarded movie reference. And to cap it off, he claims to be inside Kobe's head again, where he was busy deciding that he was better than Jordan. Of course, you would expect the following paragraphs to explain just how Kobe appeared to decide he was now greater than Jordan. Um, nope. This is Skip Bayless we're talking about.
That's what Nash has done with an entire roster. Nash hosts team dinners on the road. Nash constantly hugs teammates after they make big shots. Nash makes them believe they're far better than they have a right to be.
Wait, I thought this was an article about Kobe and LeBron (and MJ too, I guess). Couldn't resist a plug for Nash, could you? Nash hugs his teammates. That's sweet. Um, wait, what was this article about?
On the verge of maturing into a leader, Kobe turned back into a one-man show. What a disappointment.
In Saturday night's Game 7, Kobe basically tried to outscore the Suns by himself -- and you had the halftime feeling that he would at least make it crazy close. But the rpm was too hot, especially in Phoenix. Although Kobe had looked unstoppable in scoring 23 in the first half, Phoenix was on pace to score 120 and led by 15.
First sentance: Kobe did what was best for him, not his team.
Second sentance: Kobe's one-man show gave his team a good chance and at halftime had them in the game.
Third sentance: He didn't pull it off in the second half.
Fourth sentance: Oh wait, come to think of it, they weren't in the game at halftime.
But wait, it gets better...
So when the Suns came out even hotter in the third quarter, Kobe basically quit. For sure, he quit shooting. He scored one more point -- on a technical-foul free throw.
Jordan never would have done that.
Wait, weren't you criticizing him for taking too many shots like, a paragraph ago? Now you're giving him shit for NOT shooting.
Deep down, Kobe is still the spoiled brat.
Deep down? What about his so-called "one-man show?" To me, that seems pretty public. No need to dive into Kobe's psyche this time.
Now let's talk LeBron...
He's like an overgrown kid who doesn't quite know his own strength, ducking his head and freight-training down the lane. Actually, he has a better full-speed handle than Jordan did early in his career.
In other words: "Here's a great analogy, but it doesn't actually describe LeBron."
Skip's not even going to wait for bloggers accross the nation to point out his contradictions. He's beating us to the punch.
It took the pre-rings Jordan three tries to get through Detroit.
LeBron will figure it out, next year or the next.
But he'll never quite be Jordan. And Kobe won't even get close.
So you're whole article leads you to the same conclusion that everyone has always had and is therefore a complete waste of space...I hate you Skip Bayless.