How The LeBron James Signing May Enhance the Legacy of Kobe Bryant

If we can all agree that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player in NBA history, then he is the measuring stick by which all great players, such as Kobe Bryant, are measured against.

Speaking of Kobe Bryant (how is that for a segue?), just how should we measure his greatness as compared with His Airness ?

One way is by using statistics. But the most common argument in the NBA seems to always include the number of rings on their fingers.

By my count, Kobe currently has five championships, while MJ has six.

Of course, it is fair to assume that Jordan may have had a couple more if he hadn't retired to pursue a baseball career, and if the Bulls hadn't disbanded their team prematurely.

So, just how does an NBA fan truly compare the two?

Well, with LeBron James signing on to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach, The King may have inadvertently created the perfect scenario by which Kobe can truly outshine Mike. 

How so? By beating the three amigos in the NBA Finals.

Look, if the Heat's trio make them as historically loaded as most seem to think, beating them could be the crowning achievement in Kobe's great career.

Additionally, since Bryant will be just 32 when the season starts, and the James-Wade-Bosh act will be performing for at least five years in Miami, he will have multiple opportunities to slay this dragon.

Now, Jordan's Bulls defeated some pretty stacked teams too.

His first title against the 1990-91 Los Angeles Lakers pared Jordan against Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Byron Scott. Yet that Lakers team didn't even win their division that year and Johnson announced his retirement the next season.

Jordan's next title matched the Bulls against a Blazers team that included Clyde Drexler. Still, that Portland team included just the one Hall of Famer, while we already know that both James and Wade a...

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