Kobe Bryant and LeBron James: Why People Love One and Hate the Other

Ever since LeBron James signed with the Miami Heat, the East versus West fanfare has reemerged as if Biggie and Tupac were back on the scene. Kobe Bryant, of course, representing the Western Conference and coast, with LeBron doing the same for the eastern side.

Today's relevant Bird and Magic statement is over clichéd as there truly is only one Magic vs. Bird. Kobe versus LeBron does happen to be the closest thing we have to it today. It is a competition between two sides that we have been waiting to see in the NBA Finals.

Everyone has varying degrees of feelings toward the Heat and Lakers. Whether they are die-hard fans or bandwagoners looking for the newest, freshest thing on the block. They are looking for that team they can put their support in, not only from a presence in sports, but as an outlet for them socially.

They want a team that can represent the villain side as well. The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees would probably be the base examples of this in the NFL and the MLB. Speaking of New York or Gotham City, both James and Bryant have been seen as Batman at points in their careers.

A likable, enduring figure which people have become transfixed by from their play or actions. Similar to the Dark Knight. They have also each caused mind games for those who want to fully embrace them or what they resemble. They have taken on the role of Joker as well.

It's fine seeing Batman do his thing against most of his foes, but there is nothing like seeing him go toe-to-toe against the Joker. It heightens the value of each character in their singular state as well as comparatively.

It's not as much fun seeing two Batmans; we need that villain to justify the hero.

For some, Batman is acknowledged as the King. While for others, LeBron fits the role of the Joker for taking his talents to South beach and causing uproar by indirectly suffocating the breath of every Cleveland spo...

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