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#1 BasketballIQ

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Posted August 26, 2013 - 08:46 PM

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Who is your favorite player in the league?

 

1: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers -- 21.2 percent

2: LeBron James, Miami -- 15.2 percent

T-3rd: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City & Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas -- 12.1 percent

T-5th: Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn & Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers -- 9.1 percent

Others receiving votes: Carmelo Anthony, New York; Vince Carter, Dallas; Tim Duncan, San Antonio; James Harden, Houston; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio; Steve Nash, L.A. Lakers; Dwyane Wade, Miami

Worth noting: LeBron won his second straight championship, but couldn't retain his spot as the rookies' favorite player. As Kobe nears the end of his career, he still gets love from the kids.



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Posted August 26, 2013 - 08:50 PM

Wow, pretty surprising list. Would've thought Lebron and Durant would have passed Kobe in that department.

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Posted August 26, 2013 - 08:50 PM

Recognizing greatness, smart kids.


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Posted August 26, 2013 - 09:23 PM

tim Duncan between vince carter and james harden?

 

okay....



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Posted August 26, 2013 - 09:48 PM

Best work ethic and most fundamentally sound (besides Duncan) player in the nba.



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Posted August 26, 2013 - 10:26 PM

I love it!


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Posted August 26, 2013 - 10:45 PM

Kids still got love for Kobe. It's always gonna be Kobe in this generation until he retires. 80's is Magic. 90's is Mike and 00's is Kobe.



#8 Majesty

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Posted August 26, 2013 - 10:58 PM

Kobe epitomizes work ethic, hard work, longevity and greatness.  

Lebron epitomizes athletic gifts and genetics.

That's how its perceived.


So naturally rookies would look up to Kobe more.


Edited by Majesty, August 26, 2013 - 10:58 PM.

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#9 last stand 2.0

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Posted August 26, 2013 - 11:57 PM

Lebron works plenty hard. The eye test and statistics prove it

Defensively and his jumper has improved massively, his post game is elite now
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#10 Majesty

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Posted August 27, 2013 - 12:23 AM

yeah but when you're idolizing how someone came into the league, that work ethic and how polished their game already was.  Kobe will forever trump LeBron. 

He came into the league with a mostly complete game and already had many ways to score on someone and was also ready for NBA speed because of his work ethic prior.

Where Kobe was at 18 is a place some people never get close to at 26. 

THAT is the guy you want to idolize.
 
Not everyone is gonna be as athletically gifted to come into the league with as many holes in their game as LeBron initially had.

You look at the guy who came in more complete and has lasted the longest and even after 17 years is still one of the top 3 best NBA players in the world.   And that's Kobe.


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 12:37 AM

Surprised since it seems most upcoming players jock Lebron in the media....



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Posted August 27, 2013 - 06:48 AM

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Posted August 27, 2013 - 07:39 AM

Lebron works plenty hard. The eye test and statistics prove it

Defensively and his jumper has improved massively, his post game is elite now

 

Compared to kobe? Kobe was 19 working on his post game, Lebron just stared that what at age 26? A lot of players in the league work hard, but compared to Kobe's work ethic they take too many days off.


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 07:49 AM

tim Duncan between vince carter and james harden?

okay....


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 08:07 AM

his post game is elite now

He dominates in there because of his pure brute strength & freakish athleticism creating mismatches like crazy, but it's definitely not the most polished nor skilled.


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 08:14 AM

Wow, pretty surprising list. Would've thought Lebron and Durant would have passed Kobe in that department.

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My thoughts exactly, thought LeBron would be first.


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 08:32 AM

These young dudes know the deal lol.



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Posted August 27, 2013 - 08:33 AM

I don't find it surprising that Kobe is still #1 on this list.  You won't see the shift to LeBron & Durant for another 2-3 years. All these rookies have been able to watch Kobe at an elite level. 



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Posted August 27, 2013 - 10:11 AM

Lebron works plenty hard. The eye test and statistics prove it

Defensively and his jumper has improved massively, his post game is elite now

 

Stop it.  His jumper didn't improve MASSIVELy ok?  His jumper is just a little better. Still suck. If it doesnt suck then how come coaches still reather see Lebron make jump shots than taking the ball in the hole?  And his post game is ok. The only issue there is Lebron hates playing in the post. He even said it.  You must be a lebron fan.


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 10:18 AM

Stop it.  His jumper didn't improve MASSIVELy ok?  His jumper is just a little better. Still suck. If it doesnt suck then how come coaches still reather see Lebron make jump shots than taking the ball in the hole?  And his post game is ok. The only issue there is Lebron hates playing in the post. He even said it.  You must be a lebron fan.

The guy has gone from a low/ mid 40ish percent shooter when he came into the league to the mid 50 something % last year.  If that is not "massively" how would you define it?  You just dont shoot in the mid 50% in the modern NBA with all the zone etc.  His improvement is pretty impressive.






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