Kobe Bryant is the best player in the NBA and will remain so. It doesn't matter what Lebron's stats are. Lebron James could never dream of hitting the impossible shots that Kobe consistently knocks down.. Nobody in the NBA can even come close to making the shots he does. Lebron's field goal percentage comes primarily from layups, close range shots as opposed to Bryant's shots which are 20 foot fade aways with 2 people in his face.
People are so caught up in the media hype of Lebron James that they are blinded. He has many aspects of his game that desperately need work. His post game and free-throw shooting are very weak. As for being a jump shooter, he's streaky at best. Obviously Lebron has an advantage on Kobe purely because the guy is built like a freak of nature and was blessed with crazy athleticism. Lebron relies on his body to get him his points and numbers, but eventually his body will wear down and you'll see a decline (that being conditional on whether not he improves his shooting of course.) As for being a better pass, I'd have to disagree. I don't think Lebron is necessarily a better passer than Kobe, he just has better court vision. I've seen Kobe make some truly incredible passes. A big reason why Kobe doesn't average as many assists as Lebron is because of the different style of offense that the Lakers run. Also, Lebron James has better outside shooters than Kobe does on his supporting cast (Mo Williams, crazy with those three's..did you guys see the suns game??)
Lebron has disappeared in elite team games.. I saw a post on here with stats, so I won't go into detail on that.
People say Lebron is a "great defender" just because he's improved so much.. He's gone from awful defender to good defender, but is still not able to completely lock a player down like number 24 can. end of that discussion.
Finally, one more final thought.. Lakers are definitely a more talented team than the Cavs, not by much, but still better. Since Kobe is playing with a future hall of famer in Gasol, that requires Bryant to contribute less to the team. Lebron needs to put up his insane numbers.. We've already seen Kobe's insane numbers.. I guess some people forget what he's done in the past as well as what he's doing now.. Somebody on here mentioned that if Lebron was on the Lakers they'd be better than with Kobe... No..epic fail. Kobe and Lebron play different positions, number one. Also, Lebron's type of play wouldn't work with triangle offense and there would be a dilemma with Andrew Bynum clogging the lane for Lebron.
Kobe has a killer instinct that will never be matched by any player out there right now. the world will not see another Kobe Bryant for a very, very long time. Lebron is an outstanding player, but Kobe is Kobe and you just can't get any better than that.
Edited by sammi24, March 13, 2009 - 07:08 PM.