LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant: Can We Even Have This Debate?

July 26th, 2010 by Pat Mixon Leave a reply »
Can we even have this discussion, debating who is the NBA’s best player between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant? On the surface, the answer is a resounding NO. 

That’s because it seems there is a clear winner. The personal scoreboard reads 5 to 0, in Kobe Bryant’s favor. For many fans, that makes all the difference, regardless of personal stats or regular season hardware.

And, let’s dispense right out the gate with the usual arguments. We all know them by heart. Kobe has better players around him. Or, put LeBron on the Lakers and watch what happens. Or, send Kobe to Cleveland and see if he even makes the playoffs.

All possibly valid points but really, haven’t they been beaten to death? In the end, the cold hard fact is that the equation for the best player breaks down like this:

Talent + Rings = Greatness.

Fair or unfair, fortunately or unfortunately, that’s how it works, that’s how great players are judged.

All the legends have applied that formula. Kobe uses it today. And, given time, LeBron will, too.

But the real question to ask when comparing both Kob ...

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