Kobe or LeBron? by Ashley Wright

There’s no debate that Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are two of the greatest players the NBA has ever seen. However when current Hall of Famer and NBA great Michael Jordan was asked who is better between the two he stated [in a report by MIKE CHIARI] … 

“Would I rank LeBron over Kobe in terms of best of all time? No. There’s something about five that beats three. Now he may be better than that, but Kobe won five championships. LeBron won three.”

… Granted LeBron’s career average of 27 points, 7 rebounds and, 7 assist is better than Kobe’s 25 points, 5 rebounds and, 4 assists, Kobe holds a 5-2 record in the NBA finals which is not only better than LeBron’s 3-5 record but that also means Kobe has won more titles than LeBron in less games. LeBron averages are slightly higher than Kobe’s but isn’t the goal to win championships rather than average more points than the player across from you? LeBron is obviously below .500 in the finals whereas Kobe has a winning record. Some may argue that Kobe needed Shaq to win his first three and after Shaq’s departure the help of Pau Gasol to win his last two. Other’s may rebuttal that argument and claim LeBron needed to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to win his first two and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to win his third. It’s true both players had a hand in winning their championships but didn’t Jordan have the help of Pippen and Rodman? When it comes to Jordan’s statement of Bryant being the better player than James, it is almost inarguable because almost every NBA player will agree the common goal is to be crowned the NBA champions at the end of the season. LeBron James is still an active player in the NBA and has the opportunity to win more championships, and perhaps pass both Jordan and Kobe.

What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts below!

Ashley Wright

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Comments

  1. Joe Parisi says:

    Superstars MUST have a supporting cast!

    Think back to the Russell vs Chamberlain… Russell had Cousy, Havlicek , Howell, Jo Jo White etc.
    Chamberlain was more of ” the guy in Philadelphia “, and didn’t have team success until he moved to LA. .. Jerry West and Co.

    If Lebron stays in Cleveland, a few more pieces and he will match/ surpass Kobe in Rings

    • Ashley Wright says:

      Absolutely I agree. It’s a bit contradicting when some people bring up the fact that Kobe played alongside Shaq and claim it’s “different” that LeBron joined the Heat. Even outside of those 2 when the Spurs won in 2014 Kawhi had the help of Duncan l, Parker, and Danny Green. So that argument is totally thrown out the window.

  2. K Monique says:

    The “Great” Debate!

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