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Game Recognize Game: Putting An End To The Kobe-LeBron Debate

Kobe Bryant dawns the cover of the current issue of GQ magazine, in which his interviewer artfully and systematically delves into the heart and mind of a mad scientist.

But far more than any psychological profile, for me the piece served as further—perhaps even final—affirmation of an ironclad, hardwood belief I've had now for the last seven years. For those of you a bit slow in translation, that would be the season LeBron James came to be, at least on the NBA stage, exacerbating the still side-dividing, gut wrenching inquiry of who you wit: Kobe of LeBron?
For me, that would be Bryant. And more than any of the magic both of them ooze on the regular, I turn to a passage in that aforementioned GQ expose to detail the level of mind-over-matter dominance Kobe yet holds over a LeBron.

Think back to a two-weeks before Christmas, during a ho-hum beatdown the Lake Show was inflicting on the Timberwolves when Bryant broke a finger on his shooting hand, prompting longtime L.A. trainer Gary Vitti to reflect: “We been through a lot of shit, but if you can play with this, all the pain? That's some shit.”

Kobe being Kobe, not only did he play, he went on to finish the night with 20—playing left handed. Word is Bryant's digits are still so mangled, he and and Shaq stand a better chance of being championship-swilling buds again, or even collaborators on a remake of Shaq's 'Kobe How My Ass Taste' before his hand is expected to be even partially healed. But nonetheless, he's averaged 27 and five (assists) in the mishap's aftermath to easily keep L.A. on track in its quest for back-to-backs.

That's the legacy and legend on which Bryant stands. Sure, in this time, at this moment, The King clearly reigns as the more physically gifted of the two men. And he may yet be better at the oft- bantered-about attribute of making all his teammates better. But admit it, aren't there still times when the game remains in the balance that you'd simply rather see LeBron—as unquestionably the best player on the floor—just do the damn thing?

And that's what catapults Kobe Bryant ahead of him. Somehow Kobe has become Jordan (think circa '98) without never really quite measuring up to him. Even as his body is beginning to show signs of perhaps breaking down, his indomitable spirit continues to will him to dimensions no other baller displays a set of skills capable of reaching.

It's that will and determination that largely accounts for this year's historically unprecedented six—and still counting—game winning buckets. It's why most of the smart money and nearly all the pundits are back on the L.A. bandwagon as they seek a return to the promise land.

LeBron, you're still my man. It's just that when it comes to the NBA, there can really be only one king. And he just so happens to be the same guy he's been for the last seven years. —Glenn Minnis

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"The set, which was released on Dec. 7 via Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE, is XXXTentacion’s second No. 1, and it earned 132,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 13, according to Nielsen Music," reports Billboard of the news. "Of that sum, 52,000 were in album sales."

Skins is the first posthumous number one album since Prince's The Very Best of Prince, which catapulted to the top of the charts after his death in April 2016. XXX's album ? went No. 1 back in March 2018, and his first studio album 17 debuted at No. 2 in 2017.

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Cardi B Gets Driving Lesson, Performs For Senior Citizens During 'Carpool Karaoke' Segment

Cardi B was the latest guest on James Corden's Late Late Show segment, "Carpool Karaoke," and as expected, it was a helluva time.

The Grammy nominee ran through some of her hits with Corden, such as "Bodak Yellow," "Money," "Be Careful" and more. She discussed her transition from stripper to MC, which Corden attributed to "grinding and hustling for a long time.”

“A lot of these deejays was sleepin’ on me… they was frontin’ on the kid!” Cardi exclaimed. Cardi also discussed her childhood growing up in the Bronx, which included keeping a razor blade in her cheek just in case some crazy sh*t goes down, as well as her affinity for ASMR videos. She also performed at a senior citizens' home at the end of the clip to a rousing response.

Perhaps the best part of the segment was her attempt to drive. Facilitated by a conversation in which the two discussed her five luxury cars, Cardi hit a few cones and flags while trying to maneuver in and out during a lesson. She said that the car (a Range Rover) was a bit big for her, but her lack of driving skills period resulted in her hitting a camera during her attempt at parallel parking.

“I couldn’t rap about these cars because I didn’t own them,” she laughed before adding, "[Driving] is scary.”

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“Right now, my family is going through a tumultuous time,” he wrote in a group for the brothers of the Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha fraternities. “What you see in the media is only the tip of the iceberg. Social media is a powerful tool, but certainly no place for family situations; however, our youth, specifically my son’s wife doesn’t understand that. She seems to want to take everything to social media without regard to the devastation it has on others, past present and future or specifically what it does to the other children.”

While Offset's father admits that his son has done his "fair share of dirt" and isn't innocent in the recent divorce situation, he says the "whole scenario is a never-ending drama session." He also calls out Cardi for posting a picture of Baby Kulture "out of spite," going against the wishes of Offset and the family.

"It's a tic for tack, mudslinging situation fueled by jealousy, envy, insecurities, psychological issues, drugs, etc, etc, etc," he continued. “While he ain’t perfect, he is mine and as a parent I have a duty to protect him. Right now, I cannot do that."

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