The King’s motive was clear!

February 5, 2009

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AP Photo

When Kobe erupted for 61, I wonder what was really going through LeBron’s mind?

Was it hate? Joy? Despise?

The one thing that we found out just two days later is that he couldn’t be outdone! He had to give us 52 buckets, 11 dimes and 12 boards in a 107-102, Cleveland Cavaliers victory over the New York Knicks last night in Madison Square Garden.

Prior to the game, James told the everyone everything they wanted to hear.

“Kobe Bryant’s performance was unbelievable. I watched every last second of it and he won the game,” James said Tuesday night. “But it’s not about individuals in this league — it’s about the basketball game. I’m not trying to out-do Kobe or anybody on their team. I’m just trying to win the game.

“I just go out and play my game,” he added. “I’m not a video game where you can expect me to go out there and score 60 or 70. I play the game and I’m not about individual accolades.”

These were great words but his actions clearly overuled them. His actions gave us a great performance (…very great one) but it still doesn’t mean as much as the Mamba’s performance when the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Knicks, 126-117, on Monday. 

The King’s efforts were forced and corny. Kobe’s was more smooth and virtuoso as he picked his spots and struck at just the right moments.

Kobe’s skill level is on another level and LeBron just has to look in the mirror and realize this. I respect his efforts and competitive spirit when it comes to outdueling Kobe but he’s just not there yet.

I have to admit it though, this is great for the game of basketball. These games have added more anticipation for their final head-to-head matchup of this season which will take place this Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

LeBron better have his ankle insurance.


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