Do you have the NBA Lockout blues? We feel your pain and have a cure for you. The Hoops Manifesto has gathered together Bloguin’s best basketball writers for a new feature called: The Jump Ball. We toss two current NBA players into the air and ask the simple (yet complex) question: which of the two players would you choose to play for your fictional team next season. You only have this player for one season and one season only. So, who ya got: Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade?
Consensus: Kobe Bryant
I’m shocked at my choice, because I originally thought I’d be leaning towards Dwyane Wade here. But the more I thought and looked into it, I (shockingly) would be more comfortable with Kobe on my team. He might be older and more banged up normally, yet he never misses a game. And in the playoffs, despite last season’s dismal performance, he’s golden. At least for another season, I’m taking Kobe over Wade.” – Jeff Fox
“Dwyane Wade. Last season D-Wade was healthy, and right now a healthy Wade is more explosive and just all-around better than a semi-hobbled Kobe. Plus he’s infinitely more likeable.” – College Wolf
“Kobe: Even if you strip both players of rings and any individual awards, Kobe is still the better player to build a team around to win a title over Wade. He’s bigger, more skilled, more intelligent, better ball-handler, better shooter, more creative scorer, smarter defender, mentally tougher, stronger and a much better killer. While Wade is most effective attacking the rim and against defenders around his size, Bryant is effective anywhere and anyway. No player today is more complete than Kobe.” – Ezra
“Now? For one season only? I go Kobe. Sure, D-Wade’s younger but Kobe’s got the points on the boards. It’s – overall – a bit of a wash on offense and Kobe’s a better defender (no, taking lots of chances in the lanes does not equate to “good defense”), and is more durable. Better leadership qualities too.” - Don