Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers Still Super Team to Beat

Now that the nauseam that was "The LeBron Narcissistic Special" is over, we can get down to previewing the supposed "Super Team," which from now on will be known as "South Beach W.J.B."

The acronym reminds you of a cheesy private investigation television series with terrible acting, a predictable plot, and an ending that only surprises 65-year-old retirees with too much time on their hands.

It's been speculated for the better part of four years that Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and their sidekick Chris Bosh have been planning to make a mockery of team sports by joining forces to win multiple championships.

And yes, I said mockery.

Here's my reason. In response to Jim Grey's question, "...how will you fit in and possibly not be the headliner all the time?" James said, "It's not about sharing. It's about everyone having their own spotlight." That statement is a slap in the face to team sports. 

Basketball is a sport predicated on togetherness. Championship teams are comprised of interchangeable parts that synchronize with one common purpose or goal.

It takes sacrifice, commitment, great coaching, and a little luck to win a championship.

This latest coming together of a super team more closely resembles the 2004 version of the Los Angeles Lakers—that team featured Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton—than it does of Boston's 2008 "Big Three" squad of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.

That 2004 Lakers squad had too many spotlights to fill and not enough bulbs to fit.

Kobe was out to prove once and for all he was not Robin. 

Shaq was equally determined to keep his Batman status while allowing his waistline to rival his massive ego. 

Malone was too busy hitting on Kobe's wife and perfecting that awf...

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