Before these last two games, I've had people tell me a few times something to the effect of, "Now that Shaq's out we'll really see how Dwyane compares to Kobe and LeBron."
First thing I thought was, "Didn't Dwyane already do this last year?" But then I just started wondering who, right now, has the better supporting cast around him, Kobe, LeBron or Dwyane. Supporting cast includes the coach, in my opinion, because he's the one who has to devise the best possible plan for the team to win.
So right now I think it goes Kobe, Dwyane, then LeBron.
The Lakers have the best No. 2 option with Lamar Odom and have more quality depth than any of the three, with Phil Jackson obviously a quality coach. But I might be thinking too highly of guys like Luke Walton, Vladimir Radmanovic and Andrew Bynum.
The Heat has strong defensive options with Zo and Payton and Riley coaching it. Jason Williams gives the team a whole different dimension. Dorell Wright has proven to be a nice piece, not only because of his rebound and defense but he also doesn't get in anybody's way offensively. And when Antoine is playing well, he joins Posey and Kapono as guys who can score from the edges.
LeBron doesn't really have the point guard that can create tempo, unless you consider a healthy Larry Hughes that guy. And with the new offense the Cavs are running, they don't really have a post-up game to go to. They have some energy guys in Varejao and Gooden and some shooting with Damon Jones and Pavlovic. But on the whole it still seems like LeBron has to do most of the work. And their defense and coaching are kind of non-descript.