The fact that King at 22 years old was able to take a franchise that had never been to or been back to a Finals since was and is a major accomplishment. And you're moving the goal posts as if winning a title in Cleveland is what he was expected to do 4 years removed from HS.
Kobe at 22 was not carrying teams the way LeBron was expected to, his 2000 NBA Finals #'s at age 22....
15.6 points per game
4.3 rebounds per game
4.2 assists per game
44.2 minutes per game
41.25 field goal percentage
Not impressive at all, he even had a 2 point game and an 8 point game in the series. He was a NON FACTOR. But with Shaq averaging nearly 40 points a game and 17 rebounds, Kobe's shitty Finals did not stop the Lakers from winning. Kobe could afford to play like poo and his team still win pretty handidly. And you Laker fans BRAG on this as one of Kobe's rings. LOL.
Kobe Bryant has never had a triple double in a playoff or Finals game in his entire career. Let me repeat that again, Kobe Bryant has never had a triple double in a playoff or Finals game in his entire career. LeBron posted a triple double in his very first NBA playoff game (something only Magic has done) and in his last (the last player to post a triple double in a Finals close out game since James Worthy & Tim Duncan).
Look I'm not going to sit here and bash LeBron and praise Kobe. This is LBJ's thread and I will respect that. LBJ is a great player, but as I've always said, I would take a prime Kobe over a prime LeBron. Now that is only my opinion and I really don't care if people happen to disagree. However, you guys are HORRIBLE when it comes to looking at this without bias. During that Kobe 2000 finals Jalen Rose intentionally tripped Kobe Bryant when he was shooting a jumper and caused Kobe to severely sprain his ankle. Kobe was VERY limited for a couple of games afterwards. Granted, Kobe's game 1 wasn't super impressive (38 MIN, 6-13 FG, 0-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 3 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 2 TO, 14 PTS), but he didn't need to do much as it was a blowout due to Shaq's dominance on offense and Kobe's dominance on defense (Guarding Miller almost exclusively, Bryant would force the Pacer guard in to one of the worst shooting performances in NBA Finals history. Miller would shoot only 1-16 in the game, for a career playoff-low 7 points). I think we can all agree that both are great players, it's just sad to see how many anti-Kobe people there are despite him being a top 10 player of all time.