and as far as Kobe being the better team leader and team player. Did his team not win it all this year? His TEAM not him his team? Was he not the leader of that team?
What about Lebron? What happened to his Team this year? Team leader and Team player to me means "As the Superstar of your team you lead them and elevate the players around you to another level." Bron doesn't get this concept yet. Kobe has finally grasped it. So, as the team aspect goes Kobe is the better Team leader and Team Player. You guys put Bynum and Ariza as go to players on the Lakers squad right? Lets see what happens to Ariza in Houston, Lets see how great of a player he is without Kobe. Maybe Ariza was an avg. NBA player that happened to elevate his game because he was playing with the Greatest player in the NBA today.
Same could be said about Verajo or any of the Cavs players had Cleveland Won the Ship, the Avg players are always look upon as being better. Scottie pippen was an above avg player(star, allstar) and yet Jordan elevated him to the position of demigod(kinda of stretching it but you get the point).
Until the King wins a Ship you will never ever be able to say he Elevates the players around him to be better. You look at his squad and say they suck and kobe has better players around him. Is that because Kobe makes them look better than they are? In reality Kobe had 1 other Allstar on his team Pau, Odom has starlike qualities but not allstar like. The rest are avg players Ariza, Bynum, Fisher, farmer, vuajic etc are all roll players nothing more.