Why LeBron Doesn’t Compare to Kobe…or Jordan

February 20th, 2010 by Chad Smith Leave a reply »
The Kobe and LeBron debate started during James' second year in the league. There are many people who have already dubbed him the "next Jordan."

There are others who say Kobe is a better comparison to Jordan. Those people would be correct.

Kobe grew up idolizing Jordan, and patterned his game after MJ's. Kobe has even gone as far as making himself as the next MJ off the court as well.

From the fist pump, to the locker room celebrations after winning another title, there is a little bit of Jordan in every Kobe moment.

I caught myself listening to ESPN radio last week, and I thought it was Kobe talking...but it was MJ himself. I wouldn't have known it if they never told me.

As far as playing style and competitiveness goes, I will always place Kobe right next to Jordan. Who does LeBron most remind me of? The other MJ.

Magic Johnson, like James, was drafted with the first overall pick in the NBA draft. During Magic's rookie season, he averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. In LeBron's rookie season, he averaged 21 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds per game.

Magic was a 6'9", 255 pound player for ...

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