Kobe is a lightning rod and has been the topic of a few animated discussions
I've had over a beer or two. His talent is truly immeasurable; if you don't see him play that often, it's difficult to appreciate.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvh9kEwekY8
On the other hand...on the other hand.
I think Lebron engages his teammates better, and it is a team game. With Kobe, often enough, teammates get caught up in watching him, and/or simply don't expect they may get the ball, because they usually don't. It's hard to stay in the flow when most of the time you're observing from a side-current, if you know what I mean.
At the same time, it's all about parts. You're right, for all that Ben Wallace does for the Bulls, he brings virtually zero offense, which, even with his great D, makes for a kind of void that can be difficult to overcome. (I think one reason they grabbed him was that he brings an energy that Shaq can't keep up with, and that's been shown.)
Speaking of Shaq, it obviously worked when he was a Laker. He gave Kobe the necessary "other," allowing Kobe a broader game than he can play now, when he doesn't have that support. They have a couple young Big Men but will they develop at the rate that allows them to blossom when Kobe is still so dominant? Is Kobe patient enough? (Probably not.) They have parts to play with, parts to trade for (hopefully) other parts that fit better. Right now, it's about what Mitch Kupchak does.
As electrifying as Kobe and Lebron and Arenas and Garnett, etc. are, I still get the biggest kick from watching Steve Nash play. He really "gets" it; he understands team basketball and makes every one of his teammates better. The Suns over-achieve because of him; I hope he gets the help he needs to get a ring. Doesn't hurt that he's totally unselfish, fiercely competitive and walks away from the spotlight rather than toward it.
Phoenix got screwed, btw, in that Horry-instigated end-of-game incident. The NBA doesn't know what to do with itself sometimes.