Between the “Check My $tats” shirt, “The Decision,” the cartoon about the four parts of his personality, wanting to be a global icon, considering himself a brand, bankrolling a marketing conglomerate that has no clients or experience, and a host of other things, LeBron James is widely considered one of the most arrogant players in the NBA. He has certainly earned it, so congratulations on his victory.

But according to Ian Mahinmi, despite LeBron’s reputation, he’s not the most arrogant player in the league. Second maybe, but definitely not first. From Basket USA as translated by HoopsHype:

“Kobe is super arrogant but everybody loves him. To me, Kobe is more arrogant (than LeBron James).”

Another second place finish for LeBron James. Typical.

Zings aside, I think Ian Mahinmi got some bad information here. Not everyone loves Kobe Bryant. In fact, before “The Decision,” he was easily the most hated player in the league. Just because everyone respects Kobe’s work ethic, continued effectiveness and killer instinct, that doesn’t mean people love him. Loads of people hate him, maybe even most. Because he’s arrogant, which Mahinmi totally nails.

And that’s what’s worrying about this. Ian Mahinmi just won an NBA title, and now he’s called out Kobe Bryant. If he’s trying to get Kobe to destroy him, he’s doing a pretty good job of encouraging that. This might be the last we hear of Ian Mahinmi. It was fun saying his name while it lasted.