Kobe Bryant .vs. Lebron James Essay

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Kobe Bryant VS LeBron James The National Basketball Association (NBA) has produced some of the greatest men’s basketball players who all have put a mark in the record books based off their performances. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat’s star LeBron James are both the face of the NBA toady. The ultimate goal for both players is to win championships. However, their approach to the same goal is different. Through exploring their early life, style of play and team/individual performance, there was a dramatic difference to reaching one common goal; winning championships. Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and started playing basketball at tender age of three. At six years of age his family moved to Italy where he learned to speak two different languages. He returned to Philadelphia where he attended Lower Merion High School where he would excel as a member of the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team from his freshman through senior years. He led his high school team to its first State Championship in fifty-three years. Kobe would go on to forgo his college years to enter the NBA Draft where he was selected 13th overall. LeBron James was born in Akron, Ohio as the only child to a single mother. His mother put basketball into his life at a young age to help keep little LeBron focused and out of surrounding trouble. He attended Saint Vincent and Saint Mary High School where he prospered as a football and basketball player. Like Kobe, LeBron finished high school and gave up the opportunity to play college basketball to enter the NBA Draft. In contrast to Kobe, LeBron was drafted number one. Both players are outstanding performers but their style of play is different. Kobe is more of a skilled player while LeBron is more of a finesse type player. LeBron stands at 6’8” and weighs 250 lbs. while Kobe measures 6’6” and 205 lbs.

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