Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Bad Advice In All-Star Games

Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan — By on May 2, 2012 at 4:00 am

This article is probably two-and-a-half months late, but this is the result of watching way too many old clips of NBA All-Star games and talking with fellow basketball fans. That All-Star game would be the 2001 edition, and that fellow basketball fan would Justin Tinsley.

Tins and I spend way too much time talking about a player’s legacy. If you’ve read Tins long enough, you know that the man’s number one focus is the legacy of Mr. LeBron Raymone James. The man is slightly obsessed, but that’s okay, because that’s his favorite player. Its the type of thing we all do with “our” guys. Of course, legacies are remembered in time, and Tinsley shared a gem of a Youtube clip which highlights the 2001 All-Star game. Who knew a certain five-time NBA champion’s legacy would be sullied by bad advice he’d give 11 years later?

We all remember what happened in the 2012 All-Star Game. LeBron had the ball in his hand, got the ball to Deron Williams wide open off a stagger screen, and Deron missed. The ball gets deflected up in the area, and the ball gets back into LeBron’s hands. LeBron’s doubled, he dribbles and sees Dwyane Wade flash open in the corner. LeBron’s 35-feet away from the rim with two folks around him, so LeBron whips the ball late and Blake Griffin intercepts. Game over.

Of course, who’s got something to say to LeBron for his decision making? Kobe Bryant, that’s who.

Kobe chastises LeBron, pleading with him to shoot the damn ball. Even LeBron’s teammates looked on with confusion, not sure to make of what just transpired.

Oh, Kobe. You realize we got you on camera, right?

Lets step back in the time machine to 2001, West down one, with ten seconds to go.

Kobe. You passed the ball after a double team came your way, right? Hell, it’s understandable. You got Dikembe Mutombo flying at you; pass the ball. I mean…you could’ve shot it, yes. But you didn’t. Why? Because it’s not the smart basketball play. Thus, you passed it to the best power forward of our generation.

Yet, you have the unmitigated gall and audacity to chastise LeBron for passing the ball from 35 feet away? No, man. Go sit down, stop telling people how to play the game, and focus on doing what people who used to wear #8 and rock afros do. Go hard and just play the damn game.

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    11 Comments

  • JAG says:

    Exactly, and if LeBron had shot and missed, folks would have questioned why he took a 30 footer when double teamed. Preposterous.

    How do you feel about the NFL suspending the Pro Bowl? I think it makes sense. Contracts aren’t guaranteed in football; you can’t expect players to take the risk.

  • Ryan says:

    As a Lebron apologist, obviously I appreciate this piece. Thank you sir

    *adds Kobe clip to favorites for future reference*

  • beens says:

    But…like u said Kobe had a double-team, Lebron didn’t…Lebron is a repeat offender of not closing a game. Make or miss, if u the man (Lebron, bout to be a three time MVP) be the man. Kobe may take some questionable shots, but no one will question him leaving it all out on the court.

    • No, I said the opposite. Kobe had a 7-footer running at him from the top of the key. LeBron was 35-feet from the rim. LeBron’s only had this question of closing the show for the last few years, everyone acts like his play pre-2009 didn’t happen. We’ll see, none of this matters, the post-season is now and they’re both balling out right now.

      BTW, Beens…how the hell you been homie???

      -Ed.

  • You know what the difference is between Kobe’s pass and LeBron’s pass? Kobe’s pass wasn’t intercepted. He didn’t try and throw a cross-court pass off one leg from 35 feet out. Might as well just take the damn shot especially considering he made TWO RIDICULOUS SHOTS from WAAAAAAYYYYYYY OUT in the ASG.

    There is no correlation between the two. Cut the revisionist history out. Like Beens said if you’re the man, then be the damn man.

  • Aaron says:

    So by the laws of “hero ball” you should take the shot under ANY circumstances right?? If Kobe wants to be all up in LeBron’s face about that then he should ALWAYS take the final shot regardless of what the defense does. You can be critical of LeBron’s decision making more from the standpoint of who he passed it to (a cross the court with defenders in between) more so than the fact that he passed it.

  • Joe Simmons says:

    Don’t know how I missed this one. Good post. Until Lebron gets that 800lb gorilla off his back, he is going to get accused of everything. Kobe wanted a defining moment, Lebron didn’t give it to him so he let him know he should have.

  • srekal says:

    I would say excellent find… but there is a huge distance between both clips…. kobe looked to shoot was in the motion of shooting before having his shot altered at the last minute….lebron never once looked at the rim, never once pump faked, never once gathered his feet to shoot, never left his feet period. He’s a passer and always will be.
    It’s not a knock, he is magic johnnson than michael jordan, he is oscar robertson rather than kobe bryant. Except all four of thos gentleman have adjectives lebron doesn’t killer instinct, selfishness, and heart. if you punched anyone of those four dudes and onlly had 1 leg 1 arm and 1 eye they would kick your ass the same. lebron would shrug his shoulders and keep it moving.

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