With LeBron James expected to pass Kobe Bryant in all-time points within the next game or two, does this officially mean that the comparison will come to an end? More importantly, does it mean that LeBron is once and for all better than Kobe?
We can all have opinions on “who’s better,” however, it doesn’t mean that we have to sit here and disrespect these greats when comparing them.
With that being said, the media companies will tell you that James is better than Bryant. But most former and current players will tell you that Bryant is better than James.
So let’s dig in. Who’s better?
In my unbiased opinion, I believe that Kobe is still better than LeBron in terms of all-time ranking. Sure, LeBron is the better rebounder, and you can also make the argument that he is the better passer. But given the talent and size, it’s no surprise.
I prefer Kobe over LeBron because I prefer skill over talent. That’s not to say that LeBron doesn’t have skill, and that’s also not to say that Kobe didn’t have talent.
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Both players had different ways of emerging as superstars. For LeBron, he was the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. He relied mostly on his talent and athleticism to get through the league.
For Kobe, who was the No. 13 pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, he had to rely more on his skill than his talent and athleticism.
In his first few seasons, he was a bench player. He didn’t receive many minutes from his head coach at the time, and had to prove doubters wrong by improving on his skill.
That said, here’s five reasons why I believe Kobe is STILL better than James.