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Michael Jordan proclaims that Kobe Bryant is better than LeBron James

All it took was a one-word answer for Michael Jordan to settle the Kobe Bryant-LeBron James debate. When he was asked at a basketball camp who the better basketball player was, Jordan simply said, "Kobe."

You can counter that Jordan's talent evaluations leave a lot to be desired. He did draft Kwame Brown, you know. But his reputation as the game's all-time greatest player speaks for itself. This is hardly a new revelation. When James won his second best most valuable player award, I presented in detail why Bryant is still the NBA's best player. But as James continues to be rightfully derided for how he went about making "The Decision," The Times' Mark Heisler correctly observes that Bryant's reputation has improved as James' has fallen.

And to think, the storyline appeared much different only one season ago. Former Lakers General Manager Jerry West, who acquired Bryant out of Lower Merion (Pa.) High in 1996 in trade to Charlotte for Vlade Divac, and has remained one of his most ardent supporters, argued that James surpassed Bryant as a basketball player. When Cleveland made the Finals and the Lakers endured another first-round exit in 2007, the conventional thinking said James had proved he could lead a team while Bryant hadn't. In reality, neither person has really changed. James' one-hour special served as the latest example that he has looked out for No. 1 with little regard for anyone else. Bryant's tempered attitude has coincided with the Lakers adding more talent around him and winning championships.

But as of right now, Bryant is prevailing in the court of public opinion, a notion that's further cemented with Jordan's endorsement.

-- Mark Medina
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Well, I suppose Kobe can smile during surgerical consults this summer.

Mike

wow Jordan said this???? WOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
guess what this means to Heat fans ahahahhahaha

you know why michale said it???? BECAUSE HE KNOWS ITTTTTTTT!!!

I DONT CARE HOW MUCH CREDIT YOU GIVE TO LEBUFFON JAMES, KOBE IS BETTER THAN HIM ANYDAY OF THE WEEKKKK!!!

ONCE JORDAN SPEAKS ITS OVER!!!!!!!!!!!! he is one of the greatest BBALLER ever in history of NBA. so if he says it people.... ITS THE GOD DAM* TRUTHHH!!!!

GO LAKERSSSSSSSSSS!! im glad to see jordan not being washed away by Lebuffons popularity contest, because thats all he ever be a popular kid with no ring hehe

GO LAKE SHOW!!! i hope jordans idiot son dosnt go around tweetering that kobe is nothing like his dad or Lebuffon... i mean JOrdan is an OG if he speaks you listen...

Props to Jordan and now if only Kobe can renegotiate his contract to allow Fish to be back and were in businesss...

LEWSTERS, where you at bro...

3PEATTTTTT!!!!

.. but didn't the profits from the one hour special to go to the boy's club? I'd hardly say that's little regard for someone else.

>>>Michael Jordan proclaims that Kobe Bryant is better than LeBron James

That has to be one of the most f*$#$d up things I've ever heard.

Not that I don't agree with it, but it's gotta be like a slap to LeBronze's face to hear it coming from that source.

pfff, tell us something we don't know already for the last 7 years.

I'm a Kobe fan, and believe the statement to be true, but to be fair.... This video is 2 or 3 years old.

Don't you guys think it's weird that the only reason Kobe's getting so much love now is because the princess screwed up so bad? Kobe hasn't changed. He's still the same uber-competitive 5 time champ. Perception's a funny thing.... I want thank a lot of you on here for keeping it real. Our glasses may be purple & gold tinted, but we can still call a spade a spade.

LTLL - think the princess will still want to have Jordan's number retired from every NBA arena? Cuz now I'm thinking NO. LMAO!

oops - sorry - I meant LTLF!!

Most basketball fans believe that Kobe is a better player than Lebron James.
You wanna ask that question after Kobe has just won another championship ring and of course the answer will be Kobe. Michael Jordan has to say Kobe cause Kobe has all of the rings. If Lebron wins a ring people will switch back to him being the best. This debate is kinda ridiculous when you think about it cause it is not really about who is the best basketball player but more of a popularity contest that the media plays with its viewers.

They both will always be number 2 to jordan. No one will ever top his airness. number 2 haha

That's because Kobe is better than LeBron.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

If Michael says it, then damn, must be the truth huh. No matter how old the video, I'm sure if he said Kobe then it def is Kobe now and always will be that way....coming from the greatest NBA player of all-time. SIGNED,SEALED, DELIVERED. Must be a nice smile on Kobe's face, and a slap in lebron's...I agree with Mike.

Blitz,

You seem to be a vinyl guy in a digital world ....

Tell us old man is there any young players you would want
to see on the Lakers?

Seriously, Kobe has an iron will. LeBron does not. Things are going to start unravelling... and soon.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

Duh

of course jordan will try to downgrade the only serious threat to his greatness; lebron is a more talented player than kobe. he has ten great years ahead of him. he played for cleveland, kobe played for the lakers. Now he has an opportunity to play with a great team (like kobe) and people are blaming him for that.

LTLL - think the princess will still want to have Jordan's number retired from every NBA arena? Cuz now I'm thinking NO. LMAO!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 12, 2010 at 12:41 PM


LMAO justa, my thoughts exactly...he may want to take back that #23 hoopla. Too funny, and you're right...we knew all along.

ESPN says Fisher will be announcing his decision today.

Howdy fellahs, been on vacation for a time and just wanted to weigh in on a cou0ple of things:


THE TRIUMVERATE


The Wade/James/Bosh combo is fearsome, take their averages from last year and they're capable of putting up close to 90 points all by themselves, average over 20 rebounds and close to 20 assists. If they keep Haslem, sign Mike Milller and then go out and get an Erik Dampier or some other underachieving big who they just need to play D all they'll need is a starting PG. Fill out the bench and what have you got? 5 quality players (with Bosh still stuck at the center position when he wants to play PF) and a good 15 solid minutes of basketball with a summer or D league team running around out there. You can soften that blow by always having either Le Bron or Wade on the court, I suppose, but that essentially eliminates the need for teams to play solid man-to man, now youcan load up in the paint, shut down the post game and dare one superstar to hit jumpers.


Tactically, it will be a challenge, in EA Sports 2011 it will be a blast. I see this team doing pretty dang well in the regular season. Boston will most likely coast to a 2-4 seed, Atlanta should be up there in the top four. I look for NY & NJ to boot Charlotte & Cleveland out of playoff spots and we'll see if Brandon Jennings is a one hit wonder and if Bogut can stay healthy. With so many superstars on one team in an already watered down Eastern conference it will really be a three horse race (Orlando, Boston and Miami) with a couple of dark horse picks to make it interesting (Atlanta, Milwaukee) with a couple of scrappy teams that will fill out the playoff bracket and be fodder for the better seeded teams.


What I wonder is how Miami will be able to beat either Boston or Orlando in a 7 game playoff series. I just don't see it. After riding three guys like Shadowfax from Helm's Deep to Minas Tirith and not having the recuperative powers of a Mearas, I see one or more of the Triumverate either being severely hampered (see Le Bron's elbow, D. Wade's always pulled groin or Bosh's legs in general) or being out altogether come the EC finals. Also, Miami really ought to acquire some above average defensive minded players or it won't matter how much they can potentially score, three versus 5 on D is going to make a man tired.

LE BRON - JERK OR SAVY BUSINESS MAN


Neither, he did what was perfectly allowed under the league's current tampering rules in the CBA (there are pratically none for players). He took less money, helped facilitate a sign and trade and has put himself in a position where he feels he has the best chance to win a ring. My personal choice would have been Chicago, better team not in the same conference as Orlando and not in the same conference as Boston so you are pretty much guarantted to be seeded third (at worst) in the playoffs and you stay in the watered down Eastern Conference so the road to the Finals doesn't pass through LA first.


I missed his one-hour special (I actually had something better to do that being camping), I found that to be strange. But let's face it, this is the era of over-exposure, over-saturation and there was an obvious interest (pulled down the highest ratings for a non-NFL broadcast on ESPN, that's freaking CRAZY) so from a business standpoint it was brilliant. Did he do the city of Cleveland and the state of Ohio a disservice by not telling them prior to his announcement about the decision, maybe.


But had he informed Dan Gilbert before he went to air, Gilbert would have started his attack then and there. An email, tweet, internet blitzkrieg of a scoop would have happened and what was already going to be painful for 5 out of 6 teams would have been even more messy, emotional and strange. Dan Gilbert is a sore loser and had he signed better players, kept more athletes and less aged vets (Ilgauskus AND Shaq...really?) this might be a different song we're singing today.


Look, Le Bron James has shown on numerous occaisions that he is primarily about winning. He is also all about money, icon status and global reach...but at the end of the day he felt he had the best chance to win rings in Miami. Some agree, some don't. Bottom line, he'll have to do it soon or we'll really see some fireworks!

Howdy fellahs, been on vacation for a time and just wanted to weigh in on a cou0ple of things:


THE TRIUMVERATE


The Wade/James/Bosh combo is fearsome, take their averages from last year and they're capable of putting up close to 90 points all by themselves, average over 20 rebounds and close to 20 assists. If they keep Haslem, sign Mike Milller and then go out and get an Erik Dampier or some other underachieving big who they just need to play D all they'll need is a starting PG. Fill out the bench and what have you got? 5 quality players (with Bosh still stuck at the center position when he wants to play PF) and a good 15 solid minutes of basketball with a summer or D league team running around out there. You can soften that blow by always having either Le Bron or Wade on the court, I suppose, but that essentially eliminates the need for teams to play solid man-to man, now youcan load up in the paint, shut down the post game and dare one superstar to hit jumpers.


Tactically, it will be a challenge, in EA Sports 2011 it will be a blast. I see this team doing pretty dang well in the regular season. Boston will most likely coast to a 2-4 seed, Atlanta should be up there in the top four. I look for NY & NJ to boot Charlotte & Cleveland out of playoff spots and we'll see if Brandon Jennings is a one hit wonder and if Bogut can stay healthy. With so many superstars on one team in an already watered down Eastern conference it will really be a three horse race (Orlando, Boston and Miami) with a couple of dark horse picks to make it interesting (Atlanta, Milwaukee) with a couple of scrappy teams that will fill out the playoff bracket and be fodder for the better seeded teams.


What I wonder is how Miami will be able to beat either Boston or Orlando in a 7 game playoff series. I just don't see it. After riding three guys like Shadowfax from Helm's Deep to Minas Tirith and not having the recuperative powers of a Mearas, I see one or more of the Triumverate either being severely hampered (see Le Bron's elbow, D. Wade's always pulled groin or Bosh's legs in general) or being out altogether come the EC finals. Also, Miami really ought to acquire some above average defensive minded players or it won't matter how much they can potentially score, three versus 5 on D is going to make a man tired.

LE BRON - JERK OR SAVY BUSINESS MAN


Neither, he did what was perfectly allowed under the league's current tampering rules in the CBA (there are pratically none for players). He took less money, helped facilitate a sign and trade and has put himself in a position where he feels he has the best chance to win a ring. My personal choice would have been Chicago, better team not in the same conference as Orlando and not in the same conference as Boston so you are pretty much guarantted to be seeded third (at worst) in the playoffs and you stay in the watered down Eastern Conference so the road to the Finals doesn't pass through LA first.


I missed his one-hour special (I actually had something better to do that being camping), I found that to be strange. But let's face it, this is the era of over-exposure, over-saturation and there was an obvious interest (pulled down the highest ratings for a non-NFL broadcast on ESPN, that's freaking CRAZY) so from a business standpoint it was brilliant. Did he do the city of Cleveland and the state of Ohio a disservice by not telling them prior to his announcement about the decision, maybe.


But had he informed Dan Gilbert before he went to air, Gilbert would have started his attack then and there. An email, tweet, internet blitzkrieg of a scoop would have happened and what was already going to be painful for 5 out of 6 teams would have been even more messy, emotional and strange. Dan Gilbert is a sore loser and had he signed better players, kept more athletes and less aged vets (Ilgauskus AND Shaq...really?) this might be a different song we're singing today.


Look, Le Bron James has shown on numerous occaisions that he is primarily about winning. He is also all about money, icon status and global reach...but at the end of the day he felt he had the best chance to win rings in Miami. Some agree, some don't. Bottom line, he'll have to do it soon or we'll really see some fireworks!

Howdy fellahs, been on vacation for a time and just wanted to weigh in on a cou0ple of things:


THE TRIUMVERATE


The Wade/James/Bosh combo is fearsome, take their averages from last year and they're capable of putting up close to 90 points all by themselves, average over 20 rebounds and close to 20 assists. If they keep Haslem, sign Mike Milller and then go out and get an Erik Dampier or some other underachieving big who they just need to play D all they'll need is a starting PG. Fill out the bench and what have you got? 5 quality players (with Bosh still stuck at the center position when he wants to play PF) and a good 15 solid minutes of basketball with a summer or D league team running around out there. You can soften that blow by always having either Le Bron or Wade on the court, I suppose, but that essentially eliminates the need for teams to play solid man-to man, now youcan load up in the paint, shut down the post game and dare one superstar to hit jumpers.


Tactically, it will be a challenge, in EA Sports 2011 it will be a blast. I see this team doing pretty dang well in the regular season. Boston will most likely coast to a 2-4 seed, Atlanta should be up there in the top four. I look for NY & NJ to boot Charlotte & Cleveland out of playoff spots and we'll see if Brandon Jennings is a one hit wonder and if Bogut can stay healthy. With so many superstars on one team in an already watered down Eastern conference it will really be a three horse race (Orlando, Boston and Miami) with a couple of dark horse picks to make it interesting (Atlanta, Milwaukee) with a couple of scrappy teams that will fill out the playoff bracket and be fodder for the better seeded teams.


What I wonder is how Miami will be able to beat either Boston or Orlando in a 7 game playoff series. I just don't see it. After riding three guys like Shadowfax from Helm's Deep to Minas Tirith and not having the recuperative powers of a Mearas, I see one or more of the Triumverate either being severely hampered (see Le Bron's elbow, D. Wade's always pulled groin or Bosh's legs in general) or being out altogether come the EC finals. Also, Miami really ought to acquire some above average defensive minded players or it won't matter how much they can potentially score, three versus 5 on D is going to make a man tired.

LE BRON - JERK OR SAVY BUSINESS MAN


Neither, he did what was perfectly allowed under the league's current tampering rules in the CBA (there are pratically none for players). He took less money, helped facilitate a sign and trade and has put himself in a position where he feels he has the best chance to win a ring. My personal choice would have been Chicago, better team not in the same conference as Orlando and not in the same conference as Boston so you are pretty much guarantted to be seeded third (at worst) in the playoffs and you stay in the watered down Eastern Conference so the road to the Finals doesn't pass through LA first.


I missed his one-hour special (I actually had something better to do that being camping), I found that to be strange. But let's face it, this is the era of over-exposure, over-saturation and there was an obvious interest (pulled down the highest ratings for a non-NFL broadcast on ESPN, that's freaking CRAZY) so from a business standpoint it was brilliant. Did he do the city of Cleveland and the state of Ohio a disservice by not telling them prior to his announcement about the decision, maybe.


But had he informed Dan Gilbert before he went to air, Gilbert would have started his attack then and there. An email, tweet, internet blitzkrieg of a scoop would have happened and what was already going to be painful for 5 out of 6 teams would have been even more messy, emotional and strange. Dan Gilbert is a sore loser and had he signed better players, kept more athletes and less aged vets (Ilgauskus AND Shaq...really?) this might be a different song we're singing today.


Look, Le Bron James has shown on numerous occaisions that he is primarily about winning. He is also all about money, icon status and global reach...but at the end of the day he felt he had the best chance to win rings in Miami. Some agree, some don't. Bottom line, he'll have to do it soon or we'll really see some fireworks!

Howdy fellahs, been on vacation for a time and just wanted to weigh in on a cou0ple of things:


THE TRIUMVERATE


The Wade/James/Bosh combo is fearsome, take their averages from last year and they're capable of putting up close to 90 points all by themselves, average over 20 rebounds and close to 20 assists. If they keep Haslem, sign Mike Milller and then go out and get an Erik Dampier or some other underachieving big who they just need to play D all they'll need is a starting PG. Fill out the bench and what have you got? 5 quality players (with Bosh still stuck at the center position when he wants to play PF) and a good 15 solid minutes of basketball with a summer or D league team running around out there. You can soften that blow by always having either Le Bron or Wade on the court, I suppose, but that essentially eliminates the need for teams to play solid man-to man, now youcan load up in the paint, shut down the post game and dare one superstar to hit jumpers.


Tactically, it will be a challenge, in EA Sports 2011 it will be a blast. I see this team doing pretty dang well in the regular season. Boston will most likely coast to a 2-4 seed, Atlanta should be up there in the top four. I look for NY & NJ to boot Charlotte & Cleveland out of playoff spots and we'll see if Brandon Jennings is a one hit wonder and if Bogut can stay healthy. With so many superstars on one team in an already watered down Eastern conference it will really be a three horse race (Orlando, Boston and Miami) with a couple of dark horse picks to make it interesting (Atlanta, Milwaukee) with a couple of scrappy teams that will fill out the playoff bracket and be fodder for the better seeded teams.


What I wonder is how Miami will be able to beat either Boston or Orlando in a 7 game playoff series. I just don't see it. After riding three guys like Shadowfax from Helm's Deep to Minas Tirith and not having the recuperative powers of a Mearas, I see one or more of the Triumverate either being severely hampered (see Le Bron's elbow, D. Wade's always pulled groin or Bosh's legs in general) or being out altogether come the EC finals. Also, Miami really ought to acquire some above average defensive minded players or it won't matter how much they can potentially score, three versus 5 on D is going to make a man tired.

LE BRON - JERK OR SAVY BUSINESS MAN


Neither, he did what was perfectly allowed under the league's current tampering rules in the CBA (there are pratically none for players). He took less money, helped facilitate a sign and trade and has put himself in a position where he feels he has the best chance to win a ring. My personal choice would have been Chicago, better team not in the same conference as Orlando and not in the same conference as Boston so you are pretty much guarantted to be seeded third (at worst) in the playoffs and you stay in the watered down Eastern Conference so the road to the Finals doesn't pass through LA first.


I missed his one-hour special (I actually had something better to do that being camping), I found that to be strange. But let's face it, this is the era of over-exposure, over-saturation and there was an obvious interest (pulled down the highest ratings for a non-NFL broadcast on ESPN, that's freaking CRAZY) so from a business standpoint it was brilliant. Did he do the city of Cleveland and the state of Ohio a disservice by not telling them prior to his announcement about the decision, maybe.


But had he informed Dan Gilbert before he went to air, Gilbert would have started his attack then and there. An email, tweet, internet blitzkrieg of a scoop would have happened and what was already going to be painful for 5 out of 6 teams would have been even more messy, emotional and strange. Dan Gilbert is a sore loser and had he signed better players, kept more athletes and less aged vets (Ilgauskus AND Shaq...really?) this might be a different song we're singing today.


Look, Le Bron James has shown on numerous occaisions that he is primarily about winning. He is also all about money, icon status and global reach...but at the end of the day he felt he had the best chance to win rings in Miami. Some agree, some don't. Bottom line, he'll have to do it soon or we'll really see some fireworks!

Howdy fellahs, been on vacation for a time and just wanted to weigh in on a cou0ple of things:


THE TRIUMVERATE


The Wade/James/Bosh combo is fearsome, take their averages from last year and they're capable of putting up close to 90 points all by themselves, average over 20 rebounds and close to 20 assists. If they keep Haslem, sign Mike Milller and then go out and get an Erik Dampier or some other underachieving big who they just need to play D all they'll need is a starting PG. Fill out the bench and what have you got? 5 quality players (with Bosh still stuck at the center position when he wants to play PF) and a good 15 solid minutes of basketball with a summer or D league team running around out there. You can soften that blow by always having either Le Bron or Wade on the court, I suppose, but that essentially eliminates the need for teams to play solid man-to man, now youcan load up in the paint, shut down the post game and dare one superstar to hit jumpers.


Tactically, it will be a challenge, in EA Sports 2011 it will be a blast. I see this team doing pretty dang well in the regular season. Boston will most likely coast to a 2-4 seed, Atlanta should be up there in the top four. I look for NY & NJ to boot Charlotte & Cleveland out of playoff spots and we'll see if Brandon Jennings is a one hit wonder and if Bogut can stay healthy. With so many superstars on one team in an already watered down Eastern conference it will really be a three horse race (Orlando, Boston and Miami) with a couple of dark horse picks to make it interesting (Atlanta, Milwaukee) with a couple of scrappy teams that will fill out the playoff bracket and be fodder for the better seeded teams.


What I wonder is how Miami will be able to beat either Boston or Orlando in a 7 game playoff series. I just don't see it. After riding three guys like Shadowfax from Helm's Deep to Minas Tirith and not having the recuperative powers of a Mearas, I see one or more of the Triumverate either being severely hampered (see Le Bron's elbow, D. Wade's always pulled groin or Bosh's legs in general) or being out altogether come the EC finals. Also, Miami really ought to acquire some above average defensive minded players or it won't matter how much they can potentially score, three versus 5 on D is going to make a man tired.

LE BRON - JERK OR SAVY BUSINESS MAN


Neither, he did what was perfectly allowed under the league's current tampering rules in the CBA (there are pratically none for players). He took less money, helped facilitate a sign and trade and has put himself in a position where he feels he has the best chance to win a ring. My personal choice would have been Chicago, better team not in the same conference as Orlando and not in the same conference as Boston so you are pretty much guarantted to be seeded third (at worst) in the playoffs and you stay in the watered down Eastern Conference so the road to the Finals doesn't pass through LA first.


I missed his one-hour special (I actually had something better to do that being camping), I found that to be strange. But let's face it, this is the era of over-exposure, over-saturation and there was an obvious interest (pulled down the highest ratings for a non-NFL broadcast on ESPN, that's freaking CRAZY) so from a business standpoint it was brilliant. Did he do the city of Cleveland and the state of Ohio a disservice by not telling them prior to his announcement about the decision, maybe.


But had he informed Dan Gilbert before he went to air, Gilbert would have started his attack then and there. An email, tweet, internet blitzkrieg of a scoop would have happened and what was already going to be painful for 5 out of 6 teams would have been even more messy, emotional and strange. Dan Gilbert is a sore loser and had he signed better players, kept more athletes and less aged vets (Ilgauskus AND Shaq...really?) this might be a different song we're singing today.


Look, Le Bron James has shown on numerous occaisions that he is primarily about winning. He is also all about money, icon status and global reach...but at the end of the day he felt he had the best chance to win rings in Miami. Some agree, some don't. Bottom line, he'll have to do it soon or we'll really see some fireworks!

Howdy fellahs, been on vacation for a time and just wanted to weigh in on a cou0ple of things:


THE TRIUMVERATE


The Wade/James/Bosh combo is fearsome, take their averages from last year and they're capable of putting up close to 90 points all by themselves, average over 20 rebounds and close to 20 assists. If they keep Haslem, sign Mike Milller and then go out and get an Erik Dampier or some other underachieving big who they just need to play D all they'll need is a starting PG. Fill out the bench and what have you got? 5 quality players (with Bosh still stuck at the center position when he wants to play PF) and a good 15 solid minutes of basketball with a summer or D league team running around out there. You can soften that blow by always having either Le Bron or Wade on the court, I suppose, but that essentially eliminates the need for teams to play solid man-to man, now youcan load up in the paint, shut down the post game and dare one superstar to hit jumpers.


Tactically, it will be a challenge, in EA Sports 2011 it will be a blast. I see this team doing pretty dang well in the regular season. Boston will most likely coast to a 2-4 seed, Atlanta should be up there in the top four. I look for NY & NJ to boot Charlotte & Cleveland out of playoff spots and we'll see if Brandon Jennings is a one hit wonder and if Bogut can stay healthy. With so many superstars on one team in an already watered down Eastern conference it will really be a three horse race (Orlando, Boston and Miami) with a couple of dark horse picks to make it interesting (Atlanta, Milwaukee) with a couple of scrappy teams that will fill out the playoff bracket and be fodder for the better seeded teams.


What I wonder is how Miami will be able to beat either Boston or Orlando in a 7 game playoff series. I just don't see it. After riding three guys like Shadowfax from Helm's Deep to Minas Tirith and not having the recuperative powers of a Mearas, I see one or more of the Triumverate either being severely hampered (see Le Bron's elbow, D. Wade's always pulled groin or Bosh's legs in general) or being out altogether come the EC finals. Also, Miami really ought to acquire some above average defensive minded players or it won't matter how much they can potentially score, three versus 5 on D is going to make a man tired.

LE BRON - JERK OR SAVY BUSINESS MAN


Neither, he did what was perfectly allowed under the league's current tampering rules in the CBA (there are pratically none for players). He took less money, helped facilitate a sign and trade and has put himself in a position where he feels he has the best chance to win a ring. My personal choice would have been Chicago, better team not in the same conference as Orlando and not in the same conference as Boston so you are pretty much guarantted to be seeded third (at worst) in the playoffs and you stay in the watered down Eastern Conference so the road to the Finals doesn't pass through LA first.


I missed his one-hour special (I actually had something better to do that being camping), I found that to be strange. But let's face it, this is the era of over-exposure, over-saturation and there was an obvious interest (pulled down the highest ratings for a non-NFL broadcast on ESPN, that's freaking CRAZY) so from a business standpoint it was brilliant. Did he do the city of Cleveland and the state of Ohio a disservice by not telling them prior to his announcement about the decision, maybe.


But had he informed Dan Gilbert before he went to air, Gilbert would have started his attack then and there. An email, tweet, internet blitzkrieg of a scoop would have happened and what was already going to be painful for 5 out of 6 teams would have been even more messy, emotional and strange. Dan Gilbert is a sore loser and had he signed better players, kept more athletes and less aged vets (Ilgauskus AND Shaq...really?) this might be a different song we're singing today.


Look, Le Bron James has shown on numerous occaisions that he is primarily about winning. He is also all about money, icon status and global reach...but at the end of the day he felt he had the best chance to win rings in Miami. Some agree, some don't. Bottom line, he'll have to do it soon or we'll really see some fireworks!

Secondly, I'd like to go on record that if all Miami can offer is what the Lakers have already offered to Fish, I still think he signs here.


Jordan Farmar's choice of NJ is probably a result of the best offer on the table within the window Farmar and his agent felt comfortable waiting for and a chance to get some serious run when Devin Harris breaks down (it's gonna happen). He can opt out after one season, point to what can almost be guaranteed as a better record and say, "Look what I helped do, imagine me as starter" Good money, smart contract, not too sure why a player who chaffes at criticism would want to play for Avery Johnson but it might work out. Good luck, Farmar.

Kobe doesn't have the refs call...never
Kobe shots were harder shots than LBJ (and even MJ, according to PJ)
Kobe wins.
Kobe has rings.
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I believe this question was answered years ago.

Lastly, like we really needed Mike to tell us Kobe was better? Kobe's one ring away from you, Mr. Jordan, pretty soon people will be asking Scotty who's better you or him.


Seriously though, it is nice to hear Jordan give Kobe a compliment. I think he has a chance to get to 8 rings as a player if he and Gasol stay healthy. Lamar and Artest will contribute and Steve Blake (and hopefully Fish) will provide some outside shooting all we need is a few points off the bench some rebounding and our defense to stay solid and I like our chances, regardless of the coach after Phil's Swan Song.

Jon K.

"Things are going to start unravelling... and soon."

Yup, the Miami 3 are not going to cakewalk over everyone, things will pop up, only one ball and 3 players, and Miller and 1 chump, Bosh will find himself at center more than he wants, things will unravel, just as Jon K. says.....the maturity is not there, LeBron needing all the attention of the one hour show, talking about reeling off 7 rings in a row....As far as I know, Wilt Chamberlain did not rise from his grave in peak playing condition and sign with Miami for veterans minimum, and all the other greats in the league did not suddenly find themselves with congenital heart condtions.....They'd better have the largest locker room in the league because of egos and commotion. First option, Lebron will probably say they're like 1a, 1b, and 1d......oh then someone will remind Lebron that c comes after b....the doof....

I agree with Michael Jordan, there is no comparison Kobe have 5 rings Le Princess have none.
Three peats

Oops, one more thing...Phil's Swan Song. Anyone think he might get presents during pre-game ceremonies like Bobby Cox and Kareem? I hopem so, for a coach as awesome as he is he's only ever won one Coach of the Year, so some gifts for him giving the rest of the NBA a fighting chance is the elast the league can do.

Well...Duhhhhhhh...
Kobe has proven records that he is a better player overall with the championship rings. Who knows, If (Big IF) Miami Heats win the champtionship for the next several years, Jordan and the rest of the sports fans may change their opinion. So I will take Jordan's comments as a reasonable for now.

Jon K.

"Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever"

you forgot about "Yesterday"....

so it's Lakers Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and Forever.....

Bill,

>>> he has ten great years ahead of him. he played for cleveland, kobe played for
>>>the lakers. Now he has an opportunity to play with a great team

That is true. Kobe never actually had both another superstar (Wade) and another All-Star (Bosh) on his team, as LeBron does. He did have another superstar (Shaq) and with a different squad he had another All-Star (Gasol).

So presumably LeBron should be able to earn at least 5 rings.

If he does, then we can talk about him in the same sentence as Kobe.

If he doesn't, then there's no comparison, because he would fail to succeed with more talent around him than Kobe had.

So while Kobe is already in the discussion as a top 10 all time player (and no, he's not in Jordan's level to this point), LeBron has got some work to do if he even wants to crack the top 50.

No matter how many rings LeBron wins in Miami, D-Wade will always be The Man on that team AND have one more ring. D-Wade had a great finals in his one championship and carried his team to victory. Unless Wade goes down with an injury and LeBron takes Miami to the Larry O, he will never be able to be be considered better than Wade in this situation. Or so goes my humble opinion.

Popularity contest? Jordan is trying to degrade the person closest to his status? Ahhhh...NO! Why is it that closet Lebron supporters can never just come out and call a spade a spade? If Jordan had said Lebron...then your popularity contest comment would have sounded something like this. "SEE...JORDAN SAID IT...NOW IF YOU'RE A TRUE BASKETBALL FAN...YOU HAVE TO EXCEPT THIS!" Look...for me, it's great and all that Jordan is giving Kobe the thumbs up, but his opinion doesn't change my mind one way or the other. From where I come from, you're not the man, until you remove the man from his throne. Kobe has been (again..this is my opinion) the best player in the NBA for the last decade, and has the hardware to back it up. Lebron has the same thing in common with Derrick Rose, Carmello, Kevin Durrant (who I think will take over for Kobe once he retires) and a slew of other NBA stars. They have great stats, entertaining to watch on Sportscenter, and are All-Stars...BUT...they have no rings. When the Cavs were winning (reg season), everyone was saying...they have the best team in the NBA. When they lost (when it mattered), Lebron lovers started saying...he didn't have enough help. Soooooooo....how do you go from having the best team in the NBA to not having any help? Maybe if he stopped worrying about his game celebration dances, he'd have that extra energy to hit bigger shots.
Lebron should try catching up to D Wade, before he can Kobe, Jordan, Magic...hell, even DJ McBenga.
YEAH...I SAID IT!

fuck the LA fakers....kobe is a rapist...lebron is the best....if jordan could judge he wouldn't draft kwame brown....STFU FAKER FANS...LEBRON JAMES OWNS UR NIGGA ASS ANYDAY....FUCKT HE FAKERS...FUCK THAT SHIT NIGGA...

fuck the LA fakers....kobe is a rapist...lebron is the best....if jordan could judge he wouldn't draft kwame brown....STFU FAKER FANS...LEBRON JAMES OWNS UR NIGGA ASS ANYDAY....FUCKT HE FAKERS...FUCK THAT SHIT NIGGA...

Ebanks ranked 1st, Caracter 2nd, John Wall 3rd BEST PLAYER IN SUMMER LEAGUE... Wow! Mitch Kupchack and Jim Buss deserves a STATUE of their own outside the Staples Center.


LBJ (ill)advisers are a bunch of amateurs who destroyed the King's reputation and reduced him to the Jester. They tried to soften the expected rage from Cleveland fans by donating the show's proceeds to the Girls and Boys scout organization. LBJ could have donated that w/o doing the show and quietly informs the Cavs he would not comeback and evidently that was too classy for the King. And now comes the report Michael proclaimed Kobe was better than the formerKing/current jester, that would be a slap in his face. Actually he needs more than 1 slap, he needs to be slapped silly and deservely so.

F The Fakers............Tell us how you really feel!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blank The Lakers = 10 year old kid from Coconut Grove who's daddy just bought him a LeBron Heat jersey.

fuck the LA fakers....kobe is a rapist...lebron is the best....if jordan could judge he wouldn't draft kwame brown....STFU FAKER FANS...LEBRON JAMES OWNS UR NIGGA ASS ANYDAY....FUCKT HE FAKERS...FUCK THAT SHIT NIGGA...

Posted by: fuck the fakers

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Someone needs to wash their mouth with soap! Fakers yeah we keep faking 16 rings... C'mon tell us who you really are coward,... Lebron is that you???

I thought the messages were moderated?

Don't get it twisted Bill! Lebron is a more athletic player, but no way is he more talented than Kobe.

Michael WHO? This is LakerLand. Who cares what Bacon Neck Hitler 'Stache thinks? Miami is still on MJ's jock since they "retired" the number 23. That was dumb. You don't see MJ's name up in Staple Center, do you? DO YOU?! "Michael Jordan To The Max" is still pretty awesome to watch, though. Oh, and "Come Fly With Me", too.

LBJ is by far the better athlete. Kobe, however, is the superior basketball player. Light years ahead. That is all.

DBDH!

...they don't make 'em like they used to...

this applies to people, too. Today we are the land of excuses instead of the land of excellence...

The real King has spoken!!! Eat this LeJudas James!

Bless you Michael! Kobe you know what to do buddy. Cheers.

Mike Jordon knows best & I agree. Lebron is invading Wade's turf relying on two other superstars to help get his first ring! If you substituted Kobe for Lebron one-for one last year on the Cavs team they could have swept the Celtics and beaten the Lakers with Lebron taking Kobe's spot and no other changes!!! All Kobe needs to do is emulate what MJ did to keep Pippen, re-negotiate his contract to allow Lakers to get a Brad Miller type backup for Bynum & Raja Bell/T-Mac/Mike Miller & Brown/Jabeer to round out the bench with D Evens & Character.

Sedale Threatt has been in contact with the Lakers. He would be an excellent addition under the MLE.

Pig Miller has officially retired. Antonio Harvey has no phone, so he's off the list. Reggie Jordan was seen working at the Blockbuster on Slausen.

DBDH!

Sedale Threatt has been in contact with the Lakers. He would be an excellent addition under the MLE.

Pig Miller has officially retired. Antonio Harvey has no phone, so he's off the list. Reggie Jordan was seen working at the Blockbuster on Slausen.

DBDH!

Sedale Threatt has been in contact with the Lakers. He would be an excellent addition under the MLE.

Pig Miller has officially retired. Antonio Harvey has no phone, so he's off the list. Reggie Jordan was seen working at the Blockbuster on Slausen.

DBDH!

LOL, I think they are all over rated and way full of themselves.

Lou
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even if the heat when several championships, kobe will always be better then lebron bcuz kobe proved he can lead a team to multiple championships as the team leader. people dont forget the heat is dwyane wades team and hes the team's #1 leader and won a ring already. so lebron is his sidekick and to me kobe and wade are both better then lebron because the proved they can lead there team to a championship and wade will always have more rings then lebron. we shouldnt be talkin kobe vs lebron anymore, we should be discussing kobe vs wade now.

The notion that no one will EVER top MJ sounds stupid because how can you predict the future? The only reason why that statement might pass is because the league has changed so much even since Jordan's days. The league is full of even more talented and highly competitive athletes now, it might be hard for one player to shine as Jordan had. But still, (and having grown up a huge MJ fan), there was a great before MJ, and there will be another one down the line. Fact of life, deal with it.
Second, I don't get the criticism to Lebron's one hour special to air THE DECISION, when the proceeds were going for a charitable cause. He knew all eyes were on him and he used that opportunity to once again help the kids. He's always brought nothing but good publicity to the NBA so I really don't get all the negative attention he's getting now.
Finally, Kobe might be the better of the two not because solely some former basketball player whose credentials include drafting Kwame with the 1st round pick in a draft that included Pau Gasol and Tyson Chandler (albeit THE greatest basketball player of all time (up to the present)) but because it seems to be majority of people's opinion. But in all fairness, Lebron hasn't had his Phil Jackson of a coach along with his "Scottie Pippen" and "Dennis Rodman" yet, like Kobe has (Pau Gasol, Fisher, etc.)

Just my thoughts.

about the proceeds from "the decision", the money donated to the boys and girls club was a small amount compared to what the show made after all. they didn't donate everything to the club. as far as the debate, lebron will never be considered the greatest because to be one of the greats, it's the intangibles that matter, such as leadership. with all of the physical skills that lebron has over kobe bryant, he cannot trump kobe's desire to win and his willingness to do whatever it takes to help his team win. the game 7 final vs. boston was an example. he was shooting like crap, yet still tried to do what he could by snatching 15 rebounds. bottom line, the guy sacrifices himself to win.

Youngin on his grind...youngin on his grind. All bout da paper coz da youngin on his grind! Ya Heard

Jordan only said what I already knew. It's still nice to hear, though.

The rings are the things! Think Wilt Chamberlain couldn't be higher regarded? How about if he'd earned the same number of rings as Bill Russell? James is a helluva player who deserves to be considered in discussions about who is the best player in the league. But in the NBA, it's all about the bling. You can't be the King if you ain't got that ring!

Why do people act like Pippen and Gasol were these mega superstars before they teamed up with real greats? Even Shaq hadn't won a title before Kobe? Truth is, Shaq couldn't do it without a superstar like Kobe or Wade. What James is doing is the equivalent to Jordan teaming with Reggie Miller and Patrick Ewing. Weak.

Bron just going by the old saying, "If you can't beat em, join em." Funny how he gets compared to a Kobe past his prime (yet still winning rings) hahaha gay.

Rings will also get you more praise, generally. Maybe Lebron can be the best ever in ten years. Right now, he hasn't done squat.

So the I didn't notice the "little hands" on Kwame Brown, has an opinion. Well like they say opinions are like AH's, everyones got one. First I know Mr. Medina didn't compare the Cleveland franchise with the " Historic Lakers." There is no comparison....The Lakers along with the Celtics are like the Yankees are to baseball. Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberland, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and a host of great role players. The Lakers have been in 28 championship contest and won 15. Phil Jackson has passed the legendary Red Aurbauch. Mike is the greatest player of his era. But don't forget Wilt who for a season average 50 points and 25 rebounds a game. For his career he averaged 30 points and 20 rebounds. The "Big O" averaged a triple double for 5 years. Bill Russle , 11 Championships and his last as a player coach. Yeah, Mike was great...the greatest ever?....WHATEVER!!!
Where are the Mike Coopers , A.C. Green , Bob Macadoo, Gail Goodrich....There's really no comparison to what the Cleveland org built around Lebron.

I love Kobe, but in all fairness, Kobe is 31, while Lebron is 25. Kobe's been in the league 7 more years than Lebron, and was lucky enough to be on the same team as Shaq for the first 8 seasons or so in his career. Lebron has always been the #1 option in his team, and he's never had anyone close to a Shaq-in-his-prime on his team, let alone guys like Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, clutch role players like Fisher, or even inconsistent stars like Ron Artest. Cleveland has been an awful team besides James the past 7 years, yet he was able to take them to the Finals in 2007 and have the best record in the league the past two years. Lebron definitely does not have Kobe's competitive drive at the moment, nor his killer instinct. Don't forget that Kobe has quit in the past as well, namely the 1st round against the Suns a few years back. But talent-wise, Lebron is better than Kobe ever was. If Lebron is able to mature in the next few years, and if Pat Riley is able to build a team around those 3 guys, they will be contending for years to come.

im sorry "bill"

- "of course jordan will try to downgrade the only
serious threat to his greatness; lebron is a more
talented player than kobe. he has ten great years
ahead of him. he played for cleveland, kobe played
for the lakers. Now he has an opportunity to play
with a great team (like kobe) and people are
blaming him for that. "

are u actually suggesting that Lebran is BETTER than JORDAN? ROFLMFAO u are high man!!! im a die hard Kobe fan and i dont even consider him greater than Jordan... u got a lot of learning to do and u need to give respect where its due... Lebron has a loooong way to go before he can reach Jordan... before he can even reach Kobe... please dont open ur mouth without know whats coming out of it... only threat to him. lol ur funny. thanks for the good laugh

I love LeBron, but I hate how he just doesn't have that killer instinct that Kobe does. So what does he have to do? He goes teams up with someone who has a desire to go in for the kill at the end of games (albiet not at Kobe's level) in Wade, so he then will have that pressure of having to make a game winning shot far less. I think what's gonna happen is, LeBron will become Pippen to Wade's Jordan. Whoever said LeBron isn't in the top 50 all time is incorrect, however.
And of course, Kobe is clearly better, in skills and intensity.

LEBRON IS THE QUEEN OF ALL MEDIA!

I wouldn't say that MJ is a bust as a talent scout. I mean didn't Joe Dumars draft Darko Millic? Anyway, I'd take Kobe because of his one minded focus to win rings. That is something that The Duke doesn't have. LeBron can escape to south beach, but that's like a dope fiend who moves to another town in an attempt to ditch his or her addiction, not thinking that the addiction will follow them where ever they go until they make the decision to kick that habbit. We'll see what happens when both of their careers are said and done

The GOAT has spoken; KOBE IT IS.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

BTW, we all know that. MJ/ The GOAT merely validated it.


Yeah, the money went to the boys and girls club....but that obviously was set up because Lebron's camp new a BACKLASH was coming.....so, the donation was a form of damage control...a way for Lebron's representatives and the media to SAVE Lebron from being completely VILIFIED.

It's very funny that Lebron had TWO major announcements....the first being that he is taking his "talents" to South Beach...wow....the way he phrased it his announcement...That's one thing....

Secondly, at the end of the program, he proclaims the donation for the boys and girls club...

So yes, Lebron cares about others...AS LONG AS THEY DON'T STEAL THE SPOTLIGHT HE HAS TO CREATE FOR HIMSELF...

JORDAN IS D GREATEST OF ALL TIME AND HE'S THE GOD OF BASKETBALL THAT'S MY OPINION, HOWEVER... IF HE SAID THAT I DISAGREE WITH HIM AND I THINK HE'S MAD CAUSE LEBRON WORE HIS #23 AT CLEVELAND!!! LEBRON IS BETTER THAN KOBE ANYDAY, ANYTIME, ANYPLACE ON D COURT AND OFF!!! FOBE CRYANT U CRY ON THE COURT ALL THE TIME UR A PUSSY!!!! FOBE BRYANT D PUSSY!!

If LeBron had Phil Jackson as a coach he'd rack-up 5+ rings too. Kobe has never won an NBA title without Phil Jackson and he probably never will.

Neither has Jordan. But Phil doesn't shoot the ball.

Here's why: LeBron has to pass up open jumpers sometimes because he isn't a good enough shooter. You can't be the best player if you can't shoot an open jmuper.

JeBron Lame is the real deal as a basketball player, but not a winner. It takes more than the dumbest hour on tv to make a champ. Kobe is so good its SICK! Bryant & Gasol(the human octopus - seriously, have you ever seen anyone, lately, go up & get te crazy rebounds & putbacks that guy gets??) are the best 1~2 combo in a LONG TIME!! Before we, Jordan, anybody can compare James & Bryant, Jebron has to play a LOT longer, win a LOT more, and get a few rings(and just think of how many GREATS - players people agree are WAY better than LBJ - don't have rings...no easy feat), then we can have the "whose the better player" debate! C'mon, as of now, & maybe/probably forever, the answer is KOBE, rings down!!!

He said it because Kobe has more National Championship! The question wasnt who had more talent. So don't add stuff onto the article.

Best: Kobe, has the kill instinct to win!

Listen, Lebron definitely has more athletic, jump-out-the building-talent, but to say he has more talent than Kobe when we argue he can't make an open jumper? Hows that work?

But that said (and I'm saying this as a Laker/Kobe fan) Lebron James is the best player in the NBA. Right now. But more talent than Kobe, especially an aging Kobe. This whole whos better thing works if the two are the same age. Maybe we should start talking about DURANT V. LEBRON.

Bottom line, Kobe is better because he has a deep resume, and with his 5th ring over Boston cemented his place in history. The fact that he's being compared to his previous great (Jordan) and now the next great (Lebron), says more about Kobe's legacy than about James. Just stop the hating and excuses and give KOBE his due and move on. Kobe owned 2000s-2010. Lebron he'll win rings with his mini-dream team. So what. We'll make the comparisons when he's done his work.

Ask Pippen who's better Lebron or Michael. The answer and the EXPLANATION would shock you!. For all u MJ23 d**k riders, when u ask the question who's a better basketball player, u have to decide if your talking about the actual player or the player's legacy. A great player can play for 15 yrs and never win a ring! Bball is a team game and if a superstar doesn't have the right supporting cast, he wont get out the 2nd round of the playoffs. Ask Dwayne Wade!! When ur talking about a player's talent, was Kobe ready for the League @ 18? Was MJ ready for the L @ 21? NO!! Did Lebron have the world champion Detroit Pistons TRIPLE TEAMING him in the first round of the playoffs @ 18 years old fresh out of HS? So ask yourself again. Seperate legacy from player talents and you'll realize there has never been a player in NBA history with the overall talent package that Mr. James has! The closest were probably Magic and Oscar Robinson. Jordan played during an era dominated by big men. He had no peers aside from Drexler. Players today have a lot more competition to deal with, more players with similar skill levels. Without Pippen, Rodman, Kerr, Grant, Paxson, how many rings would MJ have? If he was playing today would he be as dominant? In the 1991 Finals MJ couldn't even defend an old Magic Johnson, so Phil put Pip on him!! In today's game against 2 guards who are 6'7"-6'9" how dominant would MJ be?! Im not knocking Kobe or MJ's games but as far as pure talent, Lebron takes the cake. As far as Legacy MJ is king and Kobe's a very close 2nd. But realize Legacy and Talent r 2 different things!

If lebron had shaq in his prime, cleveland would have probably have at least 3 or 4 rings in the last 7 years. u cant base championships on 1 player. Bball is a team game!!

Shane, for your info Kobe never went to college so he has no National Championships!!

okey let's settle this.

talent i'd go for lebron

but skill, men he'd beg to have some of kobe's skills.

most people confuse talent with skill. talent is more inborn than anything else. look at lebron, he is a freak of nature, he does this freakish guard thing in his 260 body frame. he's literally a freight train. nobody, and i mean nobody's going to block lebron's dunk attempt face to face. he leaps like vince and runs like bolt. he is our nba's version of an overblown video game character.

on the other hand you can't say that to kobe though he may well be as talented as anyone. there are more talented guys in the past than kobe. But what kobe did is what few of the legends did during thier haydays. legends like jordan. kobe magnified his not so over the top talents to mercurial skills, he seasoned his back then obvious ball talents into skills that today we are so blessed to ever witness. his post up game is as finessed and beautiful like juwon, take it to the top with a crossover move like the great AI, shoot jumpers from anywhere inside or outside the gym, and seems to make most of the most ridiculous shots ever, under pressure, with four guys draped over him. his footwork is unmatched to this day, i'd love really love to let mj and kobe go for it. he is literally mj(of the dark side) when mj retired. Men, have you ever saw Mark Cuban shake his head in disbelief over a play by anyone not in Mav's uniform? Have you ever saw Dwade shake his head in astonishment over a player's that's-his-sixth-straight-field goal made?

But it's early, Lebron has a chance to nurture that out of this world talent of his to the skill set of MJ and Kobe. He has a lot of years in front of him. But for now, he's not even close to the skillset of Kobe, much less his teammate Dwade. And we shouldn't forget that Oklahoma guy who's made up of Kobe's competitive dna, he's doing his thing under the radar.

Back to the topic. Who is really better in terms of the whole package?

This is how I put it, when you see Lebron highlights you cry out loud with"Damnnnn!!!"(with a thug), with kobe's you don't utter a word you just shake your head in silence.

with all do respect michael about kobe being better than lebron well i think you need to really retire from basketball cause people thought the same when kobe started in the nba saying that kobe was the next jordan.to me there is'nt a ball player yet that can fill michael's shoes.so as far as kobe being better than lebron i don't think so.......

I'm a Lebron fan and Kobe hater, and even I have to agree with MJ.

It's amazing how quickly people forget about Kobe's shortcomings as a person/teammate. He still doesn't trust his teammates, and he still screams at coaches and teammates. LeBron's "Decision" was classless, but he is still a great teammate and an outstanding leader. Legacies are measured in championships, but LeBron is the most talented individual player in the NBA.

Also, why are you so quick to forgive Kobe's trade demands in 07? Everyone looks out for themselves first, including Kobe Bryant.

Lebron is way better then kobe but now i have no respect for him so i like kobe better now

Go Lakers

I'm going to settle this debate once and for all. Kobe Bryant is the better basketball player and overall leader of his team than LeBron James. Kobe Bryant has demonstrated this in reflection of his five NBA championship rings. Kobe is a better performer in the clutch. This past NBA season, he led the entire NBA league in game-winning shots with six. At the end of a basketball, game tied with ten seconds left and Lakers ball, I wouldn't want to be on the opposing team. In the playoffs, Kobe has that killer instinct that is compared to that of Michael and what spectators say, LeBron James lacks. Critics say that Kobe cries on the court too much or complains a lot, but I look at that as passion for the game and his eagerness for his team to win. Some claim that the only reason Kobe Bryant won his first three championships was the fact that he had a healthy Shaquille O'Neal in his prime who was one of the most dominating centers in NBA history. While that may be true, it is also true that Shaq had never won an NBA championship before Kobe and luckily once after Kobe. It takes a superstar guard or forward to give the big man the position to work in. Kobe Bryant was that guy and Dwayne Wade was that guy after Kobe. Some argue the fact that if LeBron James had a team with Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom, and Pau Gasol like Kobe had, then LeBron would have won a championship by now but my argument against that is the fact that LeBron James' teams for the last two NBA seasons, have won an average of sixty six games in an eighty two game season. His teams have been the number one overall seeds in the playoffs and have had the best record in the NBA both years. He has had the supporting cast but has just not performed when it mattered.

forget kobe bryant, just because he has 5 rings he is still not a great player to me. it is still lebron james. I am really getting sick and tired of people hating on lebron james

If it based on championship rings then Kobe has the edge. If it based on this season's performance then give the edge to LeBron...By the way I found a website that give you prizes for your opinions and 4 play games here is the topic about this NBA Players:
http://opinion.ezwingame.com/topics/who-is-better-kobe-bryant-or-lebron-james

kobe all day....leBron is shyyt .... TEHEE


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