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LeBron Is Rumored To Have More Power Than Kobe Did

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant at the Los Angeles Lakers game on Sunday night.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: Kobe Bryant embraces LeBron James during a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

The more we learn about the alleged power struggle between LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, the worse things sound. But one allegation presents a startling comparison between LeBron and the late-great Kobe Bryant.

According to the bombshell report by Bill Oram of The Athletic, LeBron is believed to have more power in the organization than Kobe did at the height of his powers. Oram said that while the Lakers did placate Kobe with some moves in the past, they rarely gave him what he wanted from a personnel standpoint.

But for as important as Bryant was to the Lakers, sources inside the organization have long said that not even the legendary Black Mamba wielded as much power within the organization as James now has.

Bryant was never able to strong-arm the Lakers to make a move like the one James helped orchestrate for Westbrook, which has proven to be an outright disaster.

Oram cited the Shaq trade in 2004 as one particular example where Kobe flexed his power in the organization. But they didn't trade Kobe in 2007 when he reportedly asked them to. They did, however, bring back Phil Jackson at a time where their relationship was strained.

It wound up working out and the Lakers won it all in 2009.

Obviously when you invoke Kobe Bryant in any way, the reaction is going to be fierce. Whether you believe that Kobe or LeBron was a better overall player, Kobe achieved far more for the Lakers than LeBron will.

It says more about the current Lakers brass that they're willing to give LeBron as much as they have. In his first three years in LA, LeBron delivered one ring to the Lakers.

But one year saw them bow out in the First Round while the other saw them miss the playoffs entirely. Things aren't looking great for this year either.

The Lakers will have some hard decisions to make at the very top with who they want dictating how things go. LeBron can't play forever, and some of the decisions he might make can influence the teams for years after he's gone.