Kobe Bryant and LeBron James might be the greatest rivalry that never was. The two NBA greats ultimately never met in the NBA Finals, but their non-rivalry was fascinating because of the contrast between the styles in which they took the league by storm.
Bryant won five titles and accrued the third most points in NBA history over his 20-year career using a combination of phenomenal footwork and pure scoring ability. James' dominance was like the yin to Bryant's yang, with his feats of jaw-dropping athleticism combined with some of the best court vision in NBA history leading him to two NBA titles and win three MVP awards.
LeBron was always more of a playmaker than Kobe, a trait he has passed on to his children. In Bryant's mind, that's something that needs to be fixed. J.A. Adande of ESPN captured Bryant letting James' mother know he wants to get her grandkids on the Kobe system after his final showdown with James in Staples Center on Sunday night:
Kobe thinks he still has a chance to change the next James generation though. He saw LeBron's mother, Gloria, in the hallway outside the locker rooms and told her he'd been watching her grandsons' blossoming basketball talents. He had only one critique:
"They pass too much," Kobe told her. "Send them my way, and I'll fix that."
With Bryant retiring at the end of the season, he will need something to fill his time. I think "Kobe's Camp for Making Your Kids Pass Less" is an idea we can all get behind.
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