Kobe Bryant helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five rings in two decades. LeBron James has won just one title as a Laker so far. So, why would people say that LeBron has more power than Kobe? That’s an interesting question, right?
This seems to be the main topic these days. The whole thing started when Eric Pincus mentioned the alleged cold war between LeBron and the franchise. The four-time NBA champion praised a few executives during the All Star weekend and many thought he was just criticizing Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. Pincus reported that LeBron’s agency, Klutch Sports, isn’t happy with Pelinka’s move at the trade deadline. They really wanted the Lakers front office to trade Russell Westbrook for John Wall. Rich Paul denied these allegations.
Analyst admits that LeBron has more power than Kobe
LeBron’s role in the organization made people compare him to Kobe. Bill Oram from The Athletic reported that LeBron probably has more power than the Black Mamba ever did during his time with the franchise. Oram’s report came like a shock. Yes, LeBron is the greatest basketball player of all time, but Kobe is the Black Mamba. The real Lakers legend.
“But for as important as Bryant was to the Lakers, sources inside the organization have long said that not even the legendary Black Mamba wielded as much power within the organization as James now has.
“Bryant was never able to strong-arm the Lakers to make a move like the one James helped orchestrate for Westbrook, which has proven to be an outright disaster.”
Oram also mentioned Shaquille O’Neal’s trade to emphasize Kobe’s dominance in LA. However, the front office didn’t got rid of Kobe in 2007. Phil Jackson joined the team and the situation wasn’t really “correct.” It was a good decision for everyone and the Lakers kept winning games. It was a good period for the purple and gold.
Enter reports suggesting that the Lakers may trade LeBron. Yes, that will be a bit strange for the team. Let’s see what happens next in LA. How will LeBron use this “power”?