LeBron one of best ever? A slam dunk!

LeBron one of best ever? A slam dunk!

There are 27 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jan 8, 2008, titled LeBron one of best ever? A slam dunk!. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

CLEVELAND: In the first quarter of Tuesday night's game between the Cavaliers and Seattle SuperSonics, Larry Hughes missed a driving layup.

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tmurda2240

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#21 Jan 9, 2008
hell, lebron at 18 and a rook would win titles with the shaq the lakers got...pre phil jackson at that.

“Serenity Now!”

Since: May 07

York Township, OH

#22 Jan 9, 2008
It's too early to say whether or not he's the best ever. One of my pet peeves about sports coverage nowadays is that everyone wants to compare the guys/teams of today to the greats of yesteryear. Why can't we wait until these guys' careers are over to make that judgment?

That being said, I do believe LeBron is the best player in the league right now. He's the only guy in the league that a GM would never trade for anyone else. Even the Lakers would trade Kobe to the Cavs for LeBron. That's the ultimate sign of an MVP for me -- not the best player on the best team, but the best player overall.(If the most valuable player of a team is its best player, why isn't the league MVP the league's best player? i.e., Nash, Nowitzki, etc. Even Jordan should have won the MVP every year he was in the league.)

Anyway, I digress. Is LeBron the best ever? Not at this point. The kid is only 23 and hasn't won a title yet. Is he the best now? Yes. Will he be the best ever? It's possible. Nobody that has ever played the game has had his combination of size, speed, passing ability, court vision, and playmaking ability wrapped in one package.

Since: Mar 07

Strongsville, OH

#23 Jan 10, 2008
TMurda- Nice analysis, but I am talking about LeBron, not Shaq. LeBron hasnt won any Finals MVPs or League MVPs either. The bottom line is this, you cant be the best at anything unless you have won championships. Ask Dan Marino and he'll tell you Montana is the best. Hell, go to youtube and type in LeBron on Kobe and he will tell you that Kobe is the best himself! Disagree with LeBron if you want. Charles Barkley was darn good but Kenny Smith and Magic laugh at him every week about not winning a ring.

Also, like I said previously, overall "game" between the two is up for review. Apples to oranges I know. I love LeBrons game too but I would take Kobe first if I was starting a team.

The one thing you need to buy into is the "killer instinct" aspect. No player carries that title like Kobe in the league currently. I know you are on the east coast, but subscribe to NBA TV and Kobe will show you this night in and night out. He has shown it on the ultimate Playoff and Championship stage as well.

Kobe the best of all time is in the same argument with Jordan being the best of all time. Im rooting for LeBron to bring Championships to Cleveland. He just isnt there yet.

Since: Mar 07

Strongsville, OH

#24 Jan 10, 2008
Buss would trade Kobe for LeBron because he is 5 years younger. Do your physical attributes make you the best player? I guess RoboCop could be the best then too right? We might have to do the apples/oranges thing here......
LeBron Fan

Cleveland, OH

#25 Jan 10, 2008
His accomplishments that he has acheived in his life and at his age put in him a class all by himself and I would say he is one of the best. We wouldn't be talking about him every day for the past several years if he wasn't.

“Serenity Now!”

Since: May 07

York Township, OH

#26 Jan 10, 2008
Big Buck wrote:
Buss would trade Kobe for LeBron because he is 5 years younger. Do your physical attributes make you the best player? I guess RoboCop could be the best then too right? We might have to do the apples/oranges thing here......
So that means that LeBron is the best and most valuable player in the league, right? If he would never be traded for anyone else, I'd think so.

Pick any player in the league, even the young stars. Wade, Howard, etc. Those GMs would trade those guys for LeBron.

Since: Mar 07

Strongsville, OH

#27 Jan 10, 2008
No Brittle, thats not what that means. Many things go into a trade. If Dr. Buss felt that strongly about Kobe's rape case, he would be gone Money is a factor, age is a factor. If Kobe was entering his down years in his mid-30s, for example, LeBron would still be going strong. Buss would trade him in a heartbeat. Depends who else you have on your team as well. Orlando only trade Howard for Jesus Christ himself. You cant teach what that young man has and Orlando has plenty of forwards. They wouldnt want to start Battie with 3 forwards and Nelson at the PG. Come on now. LeBron may be the best at his age that came into the NBA but not right now. Remember the Championship has to be won, I dont care what kind of skills you have.

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