Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown has coached arguably two of the most talented players in the past ten years in the NBA in Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Yesterday, he contrasted the two players, saying that Bryant is far more serious than LeBron.
"There's just a different feel to the two guys," Brown told the Orange County Register.Under Brown’s tutelage James claimed a scoring title and two NBA Most Valuable Player awards while they were both members of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization. In Brown’s first season in Los Angeles, Bryant currently leads the NBA in scoring while averaging 30.3 points per game.
It was clear from what Brown suggested that there's a harder edge to Bryant (and even James' contemporaries Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant) that James still lacks.
"LeBron is a guy who is still learning and still growing, and the reality of it is that being down there with Dwyane Wade has helped him," Brown said. "They're different personalities. LeBron, he's a guy who likes to laugh and joke. He knows obviously there's a time to be serious, but he's youthful.
"Kobe is not as much. Kobe's more serious-minded and so on and so forth. But Kobe knows how to have fun in his own way, too."