LeBron James has laced his 16s and hit the road, mesmerised by LA’s bright lights, young blood, and the promise of some shiny new bling missing from his fingers.
But Hollywood’s already written their scripts: January 22, 2006: Kobe Bryant scores career-high 81 points vs. Toronto. June 4, 2000: Lakers recover 16-point deficit to take Game 7 vs. Portland. August 24, 2008: Bryant brings home first Olympic gold medal.
Can LeBron James find his own place in a town still stalked by the Black Mamba?
A few hours out from the NBA season opener, two of our writers went 1v1 over one question fundamental to both players' legacies: Who left a trail of better sneakers? Eight rings, 64,681 points and more than 50 sneakers between them, the battle for Tinseltown is on, and it sure as hell ain't big enough for the both of them.