Let’s take a look at their career accomplishments so far, starting with:
Kobe’s case: Won four titles in the last decade (three with Shaq). More importantly, he finally won his first title without Shaq last season and was the league MVP a year before that.
He is the player most often compared to Michael Jordan(arguably the Greatest Of All Time). Also, the Lakers might be favored to repeat this year simply because Kobe is still the Laker’s leader and they are the defending champs.
Shaq’s case: Won his first three titles with Kobe, then won another in 2006 with D-Wade in Miami. It could be also argued that he is the most dominant big man during his prime. He is already considered one of 50 Greatest.
However, the knock on Shaq is that he demands a trade (or makes a reason for him to be traded) when things don’t go his way. First, when the Lakers lost in the 2004 Finals to the Detroit Pistons. Then when Miami has one of the worst season in franchise history and then lastly when the Phoenix Suns didn’t make it to the playoffs last season.
Most people might admire him because of his entertaining personality and because of his longevity. I mean the guy has been in the league for 17 years and is still playing decent basketball.
Timmy’s case: Won four championships, (three titles in the past decade) all with the Spurs and with different supporting cast around him. Arguably the best power forward to ever play the game.
It’s a mystery why this guy has never won a Defensive Player of the Year award despite being named to the All-Defensive honors since he entered the league.
Also, It is important to note that the Spurs have never missed the playoffs since he entered the league and haven’t lost an NBA Finals series. That can’t be said to either Shaq or Kobe.
So who is the Player of the Decade? It seemed pretty even right? These guys have been so dominant that it’s as if they just need to take turns to win the title.
If you guys can’t decide clearly, maybe what happens this season will help us determine who is really the best. Whoever gets first to title number five might seal it. I know it’s a new decade but it only shows that these players have been so good for a long period of time.
And the great thing about it? These guys have a great chance of being right there in the mix of winning yet another crown.