Lebron Vs. Kobe: A Study in Contrasts
Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins has a wonderful piece on the differences between Lebron James and the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, arguing that "the ascent of James and the descent of Bryant was a fascinating subtext in the NBA playoffs last week." She writes:
'...it couldn't be more obvious why their careers are going in opposite directions. One guy holds his team together, while the other guy divides his. One guy builds his franchise up. The other guy -- make no mistake about it -- has torn his down...While James was giving more, Bryant was demanding more. More attention, more support, more consideration from Lakers management and, finally, a trade. Bryant's performance during this season, in its own way, was every bit as career defining as James's was on the court.'
After reading this, I'm moved to formally revoke the blanket aspersions I recently (and foolishly) cast on female sportswriters. Though it's interesting that, like the NYT's Selena Roberts, she, too, notes that Lebron is "not the most elegant player who ever lived." But then of course, he's got so much more than mere elegance. Lebron, she says, has "inner grace."