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Goodbye Kobe, Hello LeBron? Reviewed by Momizat on . There has been an unbelievable amount of speculation concerning the upcoming 2010 free agent class in the NBA, and for very good reason. The bulk of NBA power m There has been an unbelievable amount of speculation concerning the upcoming 2010 free agent class in the NBA, and for very good reason. The bulk of NBA power m Rating:
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Goodbye Kobe, Hello LeBron?

There has been an unbelievable amount of speculation concerning the upcoming 2010 free agent class in the NBA, and for very good reason. The bulk of NBA power might be shifted dramatically in just a matter of weeks, resulting in an NBA power landscape that is completely different from the one we have become accustomed to over the years. With the main pillars of power residing in Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Boston, the rest of the NBA is forced to be nothing more than moats around the elite’s castles. However, due to the salary cap and free agency, the competitive playing field is supposed to be able to level itself out over a period of time. The upcoming free agent class has the ability to shift the NBA superpowers in a way we have never seen before, as high class superstars may be jumping ship for a chance at smoother sailing.

Everybody knows the most high profile free agents to be as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. For the past few years people have speculated where each of these players will end up, but as of right now none of us have any idea. While James, Wade, and Bosh may get all the attention in the upcoming class, there is another one who is sailing under the radar because nobody expects him to land anywhere else other than Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant chose not to opt out of his current contract at the end of last season, meaning it will run out at the end of the season, immediately dropping him into the free agent pool with James, Wade, and the rest. While everybody is expecting Bryant to re-sign with Los Angeles without much dispute, there may be several reasons why the Lakers, not Bryant, might want to reconsider.

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Daniel is the former Editor-in-Chief of LakersNation. He has also written for SLAM, ESPN and other various publications. Follow Daniel on Twitter @danielbuergeLA

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  • SK

    Are you kidding me! No way!!

  • SK

    Are you kidding me! No way!!

  • Wade

    LeBron’s stats are extremely misleading, the only reason he has better stats than Kobe is because the Cavs offense runs entirely around him, but the triangle offense gives Kobe’s supporting cast opportunities to make plays, and on some possessions Kobe does not even touch the ball. Why would the Lakers do this when Kobe is at the top of his game? We should worry about the present and not the future,LA will always be a place where star players want to play, there will be life after Kobe, but for now we should just worry about winning as many championships with this group as we can. Kobe is the best playoff performer by far,he simply has the will to win that LeBron will never have and this is why Kobe will go down as one of the all-time greats, and LeBron will be a flash in the pan once he loses his athleticism and has to rely on his awful mid range shooting.

  • Wade

    LeBron’s stats are extremely misleading, the only reason he has better stats than Kobe is because the Cavs offense runs entirely around him, but the triangle offense gives Kobe’s supporting cast opportunities to make plays, and on some possessions Kobe does not even touch the ball. Why would the Lakers do this when Kobe is at the top of his game? We should worry about the present and not the future,LA will always be a place where star players want to play, there will be life after Kobe, but for now we should just worry about winning as many championships with this group as we can. Kobe is the best playoff performer by far,he simply has the will to win that LeBron will never have and this is why Kobe will go down as one of the all-time greats, and LeBron will be a flash in the pan once he loses his athleticism and has to rely on his awful mid range shooting.

  • Kobe24..

    no thanks lebronx!!! Kobe 4 life!

  • Kobe24..

    no thanks lebronx!!! Kobe 4 life!

  • http://twitter.com/joshuwagarcia Joshuwa Garcia

    It is crazy to think about Kobe in LA but also makes alot of sense to let him go and bring in a young hot shot. But I seriously don’t think it will happen.

  • http://twitter.com/joshuwagarcia Joshuwa Garcia

    It is crazy to think about Kobe in LA but also makes alot of sense to let him go and bring in a young hot shot. But I seriously don’t think it will happen.

  • http://www.richardsonshops.com RockitD

    Heck to the NAW!!! Kobe is by far the best closer in the game. He is a true champion who fights through injury and has proven himself to be a leader for this team and city. 4 rings prove it. What has LeBron won?!?

  • http://www.richardsonshops.com RockitD

    Heck to the NAW!!! Kobe is by far the best closer in the game. He is a true champion who fights through injury and has proven himself to be a leader for this team and city. 4 rings prove it. What has LeBron won?!?

  • Haddonfield

    To get LeBron, the Lakers will have to gut the team like they did to sign Shaq in 1996. No way the Lakers will go through that kind of rebuilding now.

  • Haddonfield

    To get LeBron, the Lakers will have to gut the team like they did to sign Shaq in 1996. No way the Lakers will go through that kind of rebuilding now.

  • Daniel

    Even when the Lakers offense was nothing but Kobe he didn’t put up as good of numbers as LeBron, at least not all around. James averages much more in terms of assists, and he does it with a very dismal supporting cast. While I don’t think the Lakers would ever do this to Kobe, it is certainly something to consider. Of course Kobe has carried the Lakers for years, but wouldn’t LeBron be able to carry them as well?

  • Daniel

    Even when the Lakers offense was nothing but Kobe he didn’t put up as good of numbers as LeBron, at least not all around. James averages much more in terms of assists, and he does it with a very dismal supporting cast. While I don’t think the Lakers would ever do this to Kobe, it is certainly something to consider. Of course Kobe has carried the Lakers for years, but wouldn’t LeBron be able to carry them as well?

  • Wade

    Dismal supporting cast? I’d take Mo Williams and Big Z over Smush and Kwame any day. How could Kobe get assists in that era when Kwame couldn’t even catch the ball? Would LeBron be able to hit the big shots that Kobe has in the playoffs? Is LeBron the leader that Kobe is? Both answers are a resounding no

  • Wade

    Dismal supporting cast? I’d take Mo Williams and Big Z over Smush and Kwame any day. How could Kobe get assists in that era when Kwame couldn’t even catch the ball? Would LeBron be able to hit the big shots that Kobe has in the playoffs? Is LeBron the leader that Kobe is? Both answers are a resounding no

  • Daniel

    LeBron got to the finals without Mo Williams. When LeBron took Cleveland to the Finals against the Spurs his best players were Eric Snow, Larry Hughes and Big Z. Kobe had Lamar Odom, Caron Butler (albeit for only a season), and Vladimir Radmanovic. While that is not very much talent, it is about as much as LeBron had in Cleveland. Also, big shots in the playoffs, how about Game 2 against Orlando last season? Sure they lost the series, but so did the Lakers the year Kobe hit the game winner against Phoenix.

  • Daniel

    LeBron got to the finals without Mo Williams. When LeBron took Cleveland to the Finals against the Spurs his best players were Eric Snow, Larry Hughes and Big Z. Kobe had Lamar Odom, Caron Butler (albeit for only a season), and Vladimir Radmanovic. While that is not very much talent, it is about as much as LeBron had in Cleveland. Also, big shots in the playoffs, how about Game 2 against Orlando last season? Sure they lost the series, but so did the Lakers the year Kobe hit the game winner against Phoenix.

  • Eric

    Sure you can kinda say thats an equal amount of surrounding talent, but Lebron plays in the East, which is still rather weak aside from the top 3 teams, and was MUCH MUCH worse when Lebron made it to the Finals. So…sure he made it there, but he faced no real competition on his way there and then got demolished by the Spurs haha. not too much of an amazing accomplishment if you ask me

  • Eric

    Sure you can kinda say thats an equal amount of surrounding talent, but Lebron plays in the East, which is still rather weak aside from the top 3 teams, and was MUCH MUCH worse when Lebron made it to the Finals. So…sure he made it there, but he faced no real competition on his way there and then got demolished by the Spurs haha. not too much of an amazing accomplishment if you ask me

  • Wade

    You have to remember though Big Z was an all star before LeBron got their and Larry Hughes was putting up very good numbers in Washington before he went to Cleveland. Also the season you are talking about the Lakers did get off to a nice start despite all of the roster moves, but injuries to Kobe and Lamar, plus Rudy T having to step down led to a poor season. LeBron made the finals in an era in which the east was pitiful at best, all they had to beat were the Pistons and that season was the beginning of the end for them. Hell you put Kobe in the east, even with Kwame and Smush and I am sure that he could get to the Finals, and I guarantee he wouldn’t have gotten swept like LeBron did. If you want to come up with a plan for life after Kobe, here is a more sensible one. Play it out with this team and try to collect as many rings as you can, then when Kobe calls it quits make a play at the likes of Carmelo, OJ Mayo, ect. . . LeBron doesn’t have what it takes to lead a team to a championship and he is far from a good leader. When he’s winning he tries to show the other team up by dancing like an idiot and he gets offended when people call him out for it. Yet when he loses he refuses to shake hands and refuses to talk to the media like a baby. Also, we have seen Kobe’s athleticism drop to a degree, yet he still works endless hours in the off season and becomes a better player, can you see LeBron doing that? I don’t. I think I can speak for many Lakers fans when I say that the idea of getting rid of someone who may go down as the greatest Laker or even greatest player ever for a classless asshole like LeBron is a terrible idea.

  • Wade

    You have to remember though Big Z was an all star before LeBron got their and Larry Hughes was putting up very good numbers in Washington before he went to Cleveland. Also the season you are talking about the Lakers did get off to a nice start despite all of the roster moves, but injuries to Kobe and Lamar, plus Rudy T having to step down led to a poor season. LeBron made the finals in an era in which the east was pitiful at best, all they had to beat were the Pistons and that season was the beginning of the end for them. Hell you put Kobe in the east, even with Kwame and Smush and I am sure that he could get to the Finals, and I guarantee he wouldn’t have gotten swept like LeBron did. If you want to come up with a plan for life after Kobe, here is a more sensible one. Play it out with this team and try to collect as many rings as you can, then when Kobe calls it quits make a play at the likes of Carmelo, OJ Mayo, ect. . . LeBron doesn’t have what it takes to lead a team to a championship and he is far from a good leader. When he’s winning he tries to show the other team up by dancing like an idiot and he gets offended when people call him out for it. Yet when he loses he refuses to shake hands and refuses to talk to the media like a baby. Also, we have seen Kobe’s athleticism drop to a degree, yet he still works endless hours in the off season and becomes a better player, can you see LeBron doing that? I don’t. I think I can speak for many Lakers fans when I say that the idea of getting rid of someone who may go down as the greatest Laker or even greatest player ever for a classless asshole like LeBron is a terrible idea.

  • WAZ

    HEEEELLLLL NAW!!!!!

  • WAZ

    HEEEELLLLL NAW!!!!!

  • Facebook User

    Sorry Dan, but the year Lebron made it to the finals was when the East was extremely weak. Nothing like what Kobe faced in the West.

  • Facebook User

    Sorry Dan, but the year Lebron made it to the finals was when the East was extremely weak. Nothing like what Kobe faced in the West.

  • brian

    Even with all the talent on team usa. lebron couldnt lead them to a gold until kobe came. kobe has that killer instinct that lebron doesnt have.
    all that talk that lebron would win if he was on the lakers is trash. 24 over 23 anyday.
    also i hate how everyone makes lebron to be this basketball god. he hasnt proved anything.

  • brian

    Even with all the talent on team usa. lebron couldnt lead them to a gold until kobe came. kobe has that killer instinct that lebron doesnt have.
    all that talk that lebron would win if he was on the lakers is trash. 24 over 23 anyday.
    also i hate how everyone makes lebron to be this basketball god. he hasnt proved anything.

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  • Robert

    I don’t know what the right word to use but we should not pull off an NBC on Kobe. American people are supposed to be the most compassionate and people’s reaction to NBC’s late night fiasco backs that up. Look, if we have to rebuild after Kobe retires then so be it but we will not sell our souls to the devil. Kobe has meant so much to this franchise and the city of Los Angeles and dropping him in favor of Lebron is a totally heartless and sell out of our collective souls. It’s like letting Magic go for Larry Bird, dropping our hero for years for an enemy who is much much younger seems like the greatest betrayal in the Legend of the Lakers.

  • Robert

    I don’t know what the right word to use but we should not pull off an NBC on Kobe. American people are supposed to be the most compassionate and people’s reaction to NBC’s late night fiasco backs that up. Look, if we have to rebuild after Kobe retires then so be it but we will not sell our souls to the devil. Kobe has meant so much to this franchise and the city of Los Angeles and dropping him in favor of Lebron is a totally heartless and sell out of our collective souls. It’s like letting Magic go for Larry Bird, dropping our hero for years for an enemy who is much much younger seems like the greatest betrayal in the Legend of the Lakers.

  • TK28

    I hear you SK!!!…….This is the most dumbest thing I’ve heard yet!!….I’m sure even La Bron is laughin’ at this one!!!

  • TK28

    I hear you SK!!!…….This is the most dumbest thing I’ve heard yet!!….I’m sure even La Bron is laughin’ at this one!!!

  • Jojo

    I can just see Kobe torching the Lakers for 82 the very next season if they ever let him go.

  • Jojo

    I can just see Kobe torching the Lakers for 82 the very next season if they ever let him go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/DaVion-Lee/676335694 DaVion Lee

    Am I the only one who understands that the Western Conference is much tougher than the Eastern Conference? The East is lucky to have 5 teams above .500 in a season, while the West has at least 10 teams battling all year. So its much easier for LeBron to reach the finals in the East. I feel like that debate is misleading when not considering the levels of competitiveness within both conferences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/DaVion-Lee/676335694 DaVion Lee

    Am I the only one who understands that the Western Conference is much tougher than the Eastern Conference? The East is lucky to have 5 teams above .500 in a season, while the West has at least 10 teams battling all year. So its much easier for LeBron to reach the finals in the East. I feel like that debate is misleading when not considering the levels of competitiveness within both conferences.

  • Jeff

    You can’t make the case that Lebron is better than Kobe because he took Cleveland to the Finals in 2007 when Kobe lost in the first round. Let’s be real, the Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns, a team head and shoulders better than every team in the East.

  • Jeff

    You can’t make the case that Lebron is better than Kobe because he took Cleveland to the Finals in 2007 when Kobe lost in the first round. Let’s be real, the Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns, a team head and shoulders better than every team in the East.

  • http://bernardcaballero.com dem_kab

    Amen, it’s been like this for quite some time. It’s pretty sad when you know going into the season in the Eastern Conference that as a team you have about 20-25 guaranteed wins as long as you show up and are breathing. Basically the top teams have to play .500 ball to get 50-55 wins in the East. How can the Raptors be a 5 seed? Them the Bulls, Bobcats and Heat are really below average teams.

  • http://bernardcaballero.com dem_kab

    Amen, it’s been like this for quite some time. It’s pretty sad when you know going into the season in the Eastern Conference that as a team you have about 20-25 guaranteed wins as long as you show up and are breathing. Basically the top teams have to play .500 ball to get 50-55 wins in the East. How can the Raptors be a 5 seed? Them the Bulls, Bobcats and Heat are really below average teams.

  • Daniel

    LeBron single-handedly beat the Pistons though, and that Pistons team beat Kobe, Shaq, and the rest of the Lakers in the Finals. While the lower end of the East was definitely garbage, that Detroit team certainly wasn’t.

  • Daniel

    LeBron single-handedly beat the Pistons though, and that Pistons team beat Kobe, Shaq, and the rest of the Lakers in the Finals. While the lower end of the East was definitely garbage, that Detroit team certainly wasn’t.

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  • derrick A

    its cause lebron played a weak eatern conference division…trust me lebron wouldnt have made it pass the suns either. they probably would have been swept, cause for sure lebron would have missed that shot kobe made.

  • derrick A

    its cause lebron played a weak eatern conference division…trust me lebron wouldnt have made it pass the suns either. they probably would have been swept, cause for sure lebron would have missed that shot kobe made.

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