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Why Batman Beats Superman in the NBA

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The world we live in always presents us with choices. There are individual rivalries that present different sides which we all stand on, and will be quick to tell everyone why one particular side is much better than the other. The examples are endless, Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson, Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird, Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning, and of course Kobe vs. LeBron. However, the rivalries extend far beyond the reaches of reality and stretch into the world of imagination. Perhaps the most popular of these fictional rivalries is the constant debate regarding Batman and Superman.

Both are fictional characters that everybody in America is familiar with, and many of us have a personal preference on which one we side with. Unlike great rivalries between heroes and villains, the quarrel between these two super heroes is strange because both stand for good and against evil, they just approach their enemies differently. This is very similar to the great debate regarding Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, and we saw a clear connection between both NBA players and one of the above mentioned super heroes.

When comparing the NBA debate to the super hero debate it is quite simple which two individuals should be paired together. LeBron James is a physical anomaly, a combination of brute strength and pure bodily dominance that is unlike anything we have seen before. Kobe Bryant has a regular sized physique and was not given outrageous physical gifts, but has propelled himself to legendary status using his wit, mind, and willingness to adapt to his surroundings. In this situation Bryant is the clear Batman representation while James will send Dwight Howard to the bench and don the Superman cape.

Next: What are the differences between the two?

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  • http://LakersNation.com Jeff

    The Superman/LeBron – Batman/Kobe analogies are awesome, but there is one thing I think you didn’t touch on: public perception.

    With Superman, it seemed that all of Metropolis loved him and expected him to save the day. Whereas with Batman, half of Gotham City saw him as a menace and the other half thought he was a savior.

    You can make the case that LeBron is again Superman, the NBA superstar everyone loves to love. Writers fawn over him, announcers kiss the ground he walks on, fans worship him. Even though he’s from a different planet, he understands how to interact with people better than most of his earth-born counterparts. He is the Man of Steel.

    Then you have Kobe, the most polarizing figure in all of sports. Love him or hate him, you definitely have an opinion of him. He has both friends and enemies in the press, he doesn’t know how to fit in with his peers, he has been known to rub fans the wrong way. He’s a misunderstood hero. He is the Dark Knight.

    So who is the greater superhero? I guess that’s in the eye of the beholder.

    Great article, bud. Well done.

  • http://LakersNation.com Jeff

    The Superman/LeBron – Batman/Kobe analogies are awesome, but there is one thing I think you didn’t touch on: public perception.

    With Superman, it seemed that all of Metropolis loved him and expected him to save the day. Whereas with Batman, half of Gotham City saw him as a menace and the other half thought he was a savior.

    You can make the case that LeBron is again Superman, the NBA superstar everyone loves to love. Writers fawn over him, announcers kiss the ground he walks on, fans worship him. Even though he’s from a different planet, he understands how to interact with people better than most of his earth-born counterparts. He is the Man of Steel.

    Then you have Kobe, the most polarizing figure in all of sports. Love him or hate him, you definitely have an opinion of him. He has both friends and enemies in the press, he doesn’t know how to fit in with his peers, he has been known to rub fans the wrong way. He’s a misunderstood hero. He is the Dark Knight.

    So who is the greater superhero? I guess that’s in the eye of the beholder.

    Great article, bud. Well done.

  • http://twitter.com/Viol8torMode James

    I need that Batman / Superman pic in wallpaper size NOW PLEASE!!!!!!

    Oh yeah, Dark Knight >>> Sups, Anyday.

  • http://twitter.com/Viol8torMode James

    I need that Batman / Superman pic in wallpaper size NOW PLEASE!!!!!!

    Oh yeah, Dark Knight >>> Sups, Anyday.

  • Marcus

    Jeff you really touched on that well. I had the same thinking about public perception. Great article and great video too. Oh and just saying, in a couple comics, Batman does indeed defeat Superman ;)

  • Marcus

    Jeff you really touched on that well. I had the same thinking about public perception. Great article and great video too. Oh and just saying, in a couple comics, Batman does indeed defeat Superman ;)

  • Jay Reimenschneider

    i thought this was amazing… the first video you posted was exceptionally professional. The extensive reaches into the similarities of the 4 make this article simply incredible; the amount of time and research you put into making this is quite evident.

  • Jay Reimenschneider

    i thought this was amazing… the first video you posted was exceptionally professional. The extensive reaches into the similarities of the 4 make this article simply incredible; the amount of time and research you put into making this is quite evident.

  • Pac

    Who said Batman(Kobe) will play Superman(Shaq), the Finals will be Batman vs Celtics,Shaq need to retire .

  • Pac

    Who said Batman(Kobe) will play Superman(Shaq), the Finals will be Batman vs Celtics,Shaq need to retire .

  • Brittney

    Lakernation always hits a subject right on target but what I don’t understand is that its always the lakers fans or Lakers blogs that always make the unbiased arguments cause maybe I have missed it but I have never seen cavs fans or cavs blogs making unbiased arguments between the two stars. Besides that good piece of writing.

  • Brittney

    Lakernation always hits a subject right on target but what I don’t understand is that its always the lakers fans or Lakers blogs that always make the unbiased arguments cause maybe I have missed it but I have never seen cavs fans or cavs blogs making unbiased arguments between the two stars. Besides that good piece of writing.

  • Jose

    Great article. I thought the analogy between Batman and Superman were terrific. Hopefully the media will recognize that Batman is way better than Superman. At the end of Kobe’s career, he will be known as the greatest basketball player that ever played.

  • Jose

    Great article. I thought the analogy between Batman and Superman were terrific. Hopefully the media will recognize that Batman is way better than Superman. At the end of Kobe’s career, he will be known as the greatest basketball player that ever played.

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  • http://www.belrus.org Kevin Vlasick

    LOL! That was an odd viewpoint. I am sure I disagree.

  • http://www.belrus.org Kevin Vlasick

    LOL! That was an odd viewpoint. I am sure I disagree.

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