Better All-time, Kobe Bryant vs. Lebron James?
Kobe "Black Mamba" vs. Lebron "King James"
"Better all time, Kobe Bryant or Lebron James? Is Lebron better or is Kobe better? And are either Kobe or Lebron better than Michael Jordan? " These are topics that must be answered. A lot of discussion and arguments are listed here for you, and of course my opinion will be detailed.
Ever since Lebron James started to challenge the king of the jungle, Kobe Bryant, the same question has been coming up but has never been answered. Who is Better? Who will be better? And which one will be known as the best ever the play? Coming straight out of high school everyone knew James was the next big thing. "The one who can change history", people used to say. Setting records everywhere he went, everyone knew LeBron James would come out a huge star, but who thought he would be this good? All over the world this guy is being called "The King", in my opinion that explains enough. James will be in the league for many more years and the records will keep shattering, only one man stands in his way.
Kobe Bryant is that mysterious man, the guy who came off the streets and proved everyone wrong. Bryant is one of those players who makes the stadium shake and the fans get up on their feet. People buy tickets just to see this legend in progress play. It is pretty outstanding how well known this guy really is, he has billboards all around the world. And considering he is the only guy named "Kobe" its hard to even imagine this player will be forgotten. With all his rings and fame, no one seemes to be better than Bryant before James came along, but is he still the best or did James steal the title?
Lebron James Vs. Kobe Bryant
Who is the Better Athlete?
Over the years LeBron James has shown extreme athleticism with his ability to literally fly through the air and make the basket look like a toy. LeBron James hands down has to be one of the most amazing athletes out there. LeBron had the choice to play either football or basketball, but given the choice I would go with basketball also. The reason for this is the damage football can really do to the body, and it also turns out James is not doing to shabby in the NBA. Yes, Bryant is a great athlete but James has the edge with his speed and "hops". James has the ability to jump 44" in the air and once ran a 4.4 40 yard dash. At 6'8 and weighing at 250 pounds, it almost sounds impossible, which is why James gets this one.
Who is The Go To Guy?
Bryant has proved himself in the league as one of the best go to guys ever. He has made a record breaking 4 game winning shots in the playoffs. Even though he is tied with LeBron with these playoff game winning shots, Bryant's percentage is 50% with these shots which is absolutely outstanding. Also as a more experienced player I would rather put the ball in Bryant's hands to win the game. Kobe has also proved he can win. The Lakers have been and always will be a dynasty, and a huge factor is because of Bryant's time with the Lakers. Bryant has 4 championship rings, while James is still struggling to win the big game. Even though James is younger and still has time, James just doesn't seem like the guy who can get the final job done. I do think James will eventually win a championship, but not four. In the end the ball goes to Bryant in the last 24 seconds.
Lebron James Blocked Shot
Who is The Better Team Player?
Many people might think Bryant has the team like characteristic in him, but James shows it on the floor. In the 2009 season James is not only recording about 30 points per game, but is also producing 8 assists per game. In 2008 James totaled 587 assists, his career high, and is on pace to beat that high with a predicted amount of 650 assists. He doesn't only get assists though, the guy is a defensive machine producing almost 2 steals per game and one blocked shot. LeBron knows how to play with the guys around him, and is why he helps a mediocre team like the Cavaliers make the playoffs every year.
Kobe is also a great team player, but he does have teammates that actually help out to win a ball game. Bryant has Gasol, Bynum, and the newly added Artest helping defensively and offensively. It almost sounds like an all star team. While Bryant is passing to guys who average double-doubles every game, James is passing to guys who can barely average 10 points. Which is why, on the floor, James is the better team-player.
Who is the Better One-On-One Player?
Kobe has proven himself to have one of the best shots in the game. He displays his shot with such ease and pose that it is literally impossible to stop. If teams get lazy and leave this guy open there will be a deep burn when they read the newspaper the next day saying he scored 81 points like he did against the Toronto Raptors. His percentages are threw the roof, making a three point shoot 35% of the time and stabilizing a shooting percentage of 50%. When Bryant gets hot the opposing team should save their self time and start the buses. Bryant is automatic and is sometimes described by critics as watching a video game because of how perfect the pro can really be. When a guy like Kobe is shooting over 7 foot guys and all that come out on the other side is a buttery swoosh sound you know he has to be one of the best to ever play the game.Of course James is a dominating offensive tool, and the Cavilers would love to have one-on-one matches with Lebron determine the game. But with Bryant shooting the way he does I'd call isolation all day.
Lebron vs. Kobe One on One
Who Is Better James or Bryant?
With James's ability to cut through the air, his outstanding athleticism, and his great team-work it is almost easy to say that he is better than Bryant. Bryant is a great player but the road is coming to an end for the future Hall of Famer. Bryant has the abilities to shot the game winning shot, win in a tight match up, and has the sweetest shot in the NBA, but all this stuff comes with time. LeBron James still has time to develop that great shot, make determining shots, and learn how to get around and over guys.LeBron James has only been playing in the National Basketball League for 6 years now, and has already started to form these attributes that Bryant holds. James will just be getting better and better and soon take away Bryant's name as Mr. Clutch and having the perfect form shot, but the road is coming to an end for Bryant. Bryant will not be getting much better as the next couple of years approach. If anything Bryant's numbers will be falling because of older age, just as it did to Allen Iverson and the other greats players, its just natural. As I said before, James still has time and with this time he has James could become the best to ever play. Yes, even better than the almighty Jordan. Jordan and Bryant had guys to feed the ball too, and to help out on the court, James never had this. In 2009 James will get the chance to overcome this deprived situation when his contract runs out with the Cleveland Cavilers. A perfect place for James to go to increase his potential to be the best to play is New York, where they are desperate for a dominating guard and have solid post players like David Lee and Al Harrington. James has an extremely bright future and can conclude his career to be the best ever if played with better guys around him. For now he can be named as the better player in the NBA, but more importantly better than Kobe Bryant.
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