|"Do your homework playboy and stop just repeating foolishness!"|
During my extensive career in the pharmaceutical industry, I've read countless medical journals and hundreds of clinical studies. What I learned early on was to never read the conclusion or results section before reading the study protocol, participants and analysis sections. The conclusion doesn't tell the complete story. It only tells the what and never explains the why! Results can be deceiving if you don't know how they actually came up with them.
Well, it's the same way when looking at sports especially when we're talking about Kobe vs. Lebron or Jordan vs. LeBron in terms of titles. The first thing people pull out are the results section of the clinical. Kobe's got 5 rings, Jordan's got 6 rings and LeBron has 1. By throwing those numbers out we're simply looking at the results of the study and not the entire process by which the study was performed.
Let's keep it real or all the way 100, which ever comes first! For the sake of this argument let’s compare Kobe vs. LeBron. LeBron was drafted #1 overall and Kobe was drafted 13th overall. That's significant because that tells us that LeBron was drafted by the worst team in the league whereas Kobe wasn't. Also the fact that LeBron played seven years for an organization that pretty much left him on an island without any help. Kobe on the other hand, was drafted by the 2nd best franchise in NBA history, the Los Angeles Lakers, that have won 16 titles overall. The best being the Boston Celtics that have won a league high 17 titles. Keep in mind that those two franchises have won more than 50% of all of the titles in the history of the league.
Surely, you couldn't have expected LeBron to show up in Cleveland and win a title when they've never had a history of winning. It's literally the worst franchise in the league. We'll until Jordan took over the Bobcats but that's another talk show. However, he did take the worst team in the league to the finals within 4 years. Kobe on the other hand was blessed to have had the opportunity to play for the best coach to ever walk the sideline in the history of the NBA and he played with Shaq while in his prime that's probably the best center to ever play the game. Therefore, giving him the opportunity to win his first 3 titles. Ya'll do realize that Kobe wasn't the first option while Shaq was with the Lakers, right?
Sure, he won two more titles with Phil, I might add, only after they all but stole Pal Gasol from Memphis to help them get back on top. Can you remember Kobe begging to be traded the year after Shaq left when they were terrible? Did you ever hear LeBron crying to be traded while he was in lowly Cleveland? Naw, he just went to work and played his heart out. So when you open up the clinical data bruh, Kobe has been put in a much better situation to win titles than LeBron has up to this point.
The only real opportunity that LeBron has had in his career to win a championship was his first year in Miami and they made it to the finals and the very next year he and his teammates won the joint. Do you really think Kobe or Mike would have won multiple titles playing without a superstar and without Phil? Ya'll do know that Phil was the only one that could have coached and coddled Mike, right?
Nobody has ever won a title playing alone playboy. Open up the data if you think I'm lyin'; Kareem had The Big O in Milwaukee before going to LA and later played with Magic and Worthy, Jordan had Pippen and Rodman, Bird had McHale and Parrish, Duncan had David Robinson, Shaq had Kobe or vice versa, D Wade had Shaq, KG had Paul Pierce and Ray Allen and so on and so forth!
So it's completely unfair to just look at the rings and draw conclusions that the guy isn't great or better because he hasn't won as many titles yet. Like I keep telling all of these cats with 3rd grade comprehension skills, Jordan didn't win a title until he was 28! LeBron is just now 28 and look at what he's been able to accomplish!
So when folks throw out titles it only tells me that they skipped all of the clinical data and just read the conclusion or results section. If championships are the standard then why do boyz keep talking about Jordan and not Bill Russell that has 11 on them joints? How in the world do you just disregard the O.G. and fall to Mike if championships is all that counts?
How do you not talk about the other 7 duns as well that have more titles than Jordan if we're using titles as the standard? Gotta talk about John Havlicek 8, Sam Jones 10, Tom "Satch" Sanders 8, Robert Horry 7, James Loscutoff 7, Frank Ramsey 7 before we even get to Jordan's neighborhood pimpin'! Then you got Kareem, Bob Cousy and Pippen living next door with 6 too!
So you mean to tell me that EVERY one of these duns are better than Larry Bird because he's only got 3? Tim Duncan has 4, Wilt Chamberlain only has 2, Oscar Robertson and the NBA Logo himself Jerry West only have 1? So the championship argument completely goes out of the window bruh! When you don't go to class it's easy to run with foolish information that some clown that was half paying attention sitting in the back of the room gave you!
So you're telling me that Elgin Baylor, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Walt Bellamy, Charles Barkley, Pete Maravich, Reggie Miller, Bob Lanier, George Gervin, Patrick Ewing and Allen Iverson weren't great players because they didn't win a title? Are you kidding me?
Stop reading the cliff notes and look at the circumstances by which these duns have been able to win or not. I'm not taking anything away from either Jordan or Kobe but they played for better coaches and organizations than LeBron or any of these other cats had the opportunity to play for. Let's sit back and watch his career as he continues to develop as a player and leader now that he's in a better situation.
Now after you've read the complete set of data and all you can still say is the only thing that counts is championships but you aren't talking about Bill then you're riding the short bus on the west side of Chicago with a Jump Man 23 warm up, some Jordan's and an extremely tight pair of Haynes underwear on watching Space Jam. I can't help you bruh.
Let me give it to you where you can really smell it homie. Kobe was born into a wealthy suburban family with two parents playing for the Lakers. His dad (Phil) was like the Steve Jobs of his industry. So he was supposed to win out the gate!
Whereas, LeBron was raised in the middle of the ghetto in the projects (worse team in the league) with no parents playing for Cleveland. He just recently got adopted by a wealthy family on Star Island and has just now been given the opportunity to shine. UNLIKE in real life, in the NBA you CAN NOT win without parents (good coaching), strong siblings (another superstar) and a strong organization around you! Stop me when I start lyin'!
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