According to Wikipedia, the Black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is considered the world’s deadliest snake. The Black mamba is the longest venomous snake in Africa, averaging around 2.5 metres (8.2 ft), and sometimes growing up to 4.3 meters (14 ft). It is one of the most feared snakes in Africa due to its potent venom, large size, and the ferocity of its attacks. Its name is derived from the black coloration inside the mouth; the actual color of the skin varies, from dull yellowish-green to a gun-metal grey. It is one of the fastest snakes in the world, capable of moving at 4.5 to 5.4 meters per second (10–12 mph).
This nickname appropriately is given to the most venomous player in the league, Kobe Bryant. Like him or not, you must respect what Kobe does on the court. Call him what you want, but you have to appreciate what the man does within the stripes of the 94 x 50 feet arena. When the situation gets thick, Kobe owns it. He steps up and does whatever he needs to do. When the Lakers need a bucket, he turns into the mailman and delivers. When the Lakers need inspiration he takes over the huddle. When the Lakers need him to dominate a playoff game he goes for 40 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Everyone is ready to pass the torch to the King, and rightfully so. The King is worthy of the title, however, it is fair to say that LeBron James is a big game player, while Kobe is a series assassin. There is a difference between the two.
If you were to compare them to elite players in another sport, I would say Lebron is Peyton Manning and Kobe is Tom Brady. LeBron gets it done all season and looks spectacular doing it. The King nearly slays his opponents on a nightly basis almost averaging a triple double throughout the year. Then the playoffs start and then Kobe goes into a zone and looks like he has a proverbial influence on his team. Kobe has the knack for making everyone, including bench players that no one remembers, look like Troy Brown did in those Patriots Super Bowls.
Take it for what it is, Kobe is what we hope LeBron will become. I am not taking anything away from the King, he is my favorite player in the league, but I am just calling it like I see it. Everyone keeps asking who is going to be the next…. They should probably just appreciate what the Black Mamba keeps bringing to the party now, and when the next does evolve, the fans will be the real winners if it is nearly as lethal as the Mamba has been.
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