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“LeBron can’t do what I can do, being a bust is better!” - Kwame Brown makes controversial LeBron James comparison

Kwame Brown recently stated he prefers his career over LeBron James'.
Kwame Brown & LeBron James

Kwame Brown and LeBron James

Former number one overall pick Kwame Brown has controversially claimed he prefers being a bust to having the career of NBA icon LeBron James.

Brown likes the simple life

During an appearance on "The Pivot Podcast", Brown made perplexing comments about his career in comparison to "The King".

"I think it was better. Being a bust is better. LeBron can't do what I can do. They take pictures everywhere he go. I was a bust, ain't nobody taking pictures of me everywhere I went," he said.

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Comparing apples and oranges

Brown's statement is likely to raise eyebrows among basketball fans, as James is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time. He's won four NBA championships, four MVPs and four Finals MVPs. He is also an 18-time NBA All-Star and about to be the all-time scorer in league history.

In contrast, Kwame's career was considered a disappointment by many. He averaged 6.6 points per game in his 14 seasons in the league and never lived up to the hype that accompanied being the top overall pick.

Is there merit in his comments?

In his defense, there are underlying truths to his words. It's true LeBron cannot live a normal life as a household name, as he would be stormed by fans just for walking down the streets of L.A.

While the Los Angeles Lakers superstar has had an incredibly successful career, he has also faced a great deal of criticism and pressure. The expectation to win at all times can be incredibly stressful, and the constant scrutiny of one's every move can be exhausting.

Nevertheless, to not trade his career for one of the most recognizable athletes of all time is a bit of a stretch for anyone, let alone Kwame who is widely considered a laughing stock among die-hard Lakers fans.

In the end, it's clear that everyone's perspective is different, and what one person considers to be a successful career may not be the same as another person's. Brown's statement may be controversial, but it also highlights the different ways in which people view success and the different paths that individuals take to achieve it.

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