LeBron or Kobe? A never-ending debate…

kbljESPN: This month, I’ve realized two things are overrated: New Year’s resolutions and determining who’s better between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

We put so much emphasis on the start of a new year without thinking about just how random the date is. All it marks is a point on the Earth’s orbit, and if we’re not going to use in our everyday lives the days the Earth is closest to or farthest from the sun, one day is really no different from any other day. To us, nothing really changes on Jan. 1. Where is the start or finish on an ellipse? Someone (apparently, Julius Caesar) happened to pick Jan. 1, so that’s the date after which the waiting times for the treadmill at your health club increase thanks to all the extra people who resolved to lose weight. It’s arbitrary.

Maybe the paths of Kobe and LeBron are circular, not linear, so we’ll never really know who’s ahead. The common assumption was that LeBron was chasing Kobe, owner of three championship rings by the time LeBron reached the NBA Finals and the first between them to win an NBA Most Valuable Player award. But in the past couple of seasons, in the category that matters most — postseason accomplishments — LeBron has held the edge. LeBron was the first to take a team to the Finals on his own as the primary star. And LeBron’s team took three games from the Boston Celtics in last season’s playoffs, one more than Kobe’s team managed.

The data at 82games.com suggest LeBron is better in the clutch, but why is it so much easier to call up the litany of Kobe’s late-game heroics?

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  • Lakers 24 7

    One Word: Kobe

  • Lakers 24 7

    [Comment ID #58946 Will Be Quoted Here]
    wtf? Kobe’s been makin’ Steve Nash look like Steve Trash, lately. lol

  • Mr. Juan_YOURWARLOC

    Lebron is the king and I am the Queen. Make way for the King because the Queen is Waiting.

  • chaunceyp

    Beijing ’08, who stepped up?

  • imfasterthanur

    Pointless argument in my opinion. Michael Jordan is Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant is Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James is Lebron James.

    It’s like comparing apples, to oranges, to bananas. Unless you’re allergic, all 3 are GREAT in their own way. Comparing is useless.

    Jordan was great in his era with his reliable jumper, but would it work against this generations awesome athletes and zone defenses?

    Kobe is the most dynamic scorer in history, he can hit you in every way – but he won 3 championships with the help of the most dominant center in league history – both of which, Jordan and Lebron never had.

    And Lebron is a freak of nature, no one has had the physical prowess he possesses. But he still doesn’t have what Jordan and Kobe have: a reliable jumpshot and an NBA championship – on top of that, hes a SMALL FORWARD, not a shooting gaurd. Is it plausible to compare Tim Duncan to Wilt Chamberlain? or Jerry Rice to Barry Sanders?

    Leave it alone guys, this is a waste of time. Greatness is greatness.

    GO LAKERS

  • Fred A.

    Super dumb question. Labron can’t even hold a candle to KOBE, even the whole entire league. KOBE has been the leagues true MVP for the last past 6 or 7 years, or after JORDAN retired.

  • Lakers 24 7

    [Comment ID #58946 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Kobe ball hog?????

    12 assists on the night..for his third straight double digit assist game…

    Kobe averaging 29 points and 7.6 assists in the month of January

  • MR JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    People should understand there are a couple of “Ghosts” / “Fakes” haunting and trolling The Nation these days… Very peculiar, not to mention happy type dudes, if you know what I mean! …LOL

  • mena

    [Comment ID #58956 Will Be Quoted Here]

    BEST ANSWER I HAVE EVER HEARD

  • Milo

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    thank you the way i recall the game vs Spain it was Kobe and Wade steping up and Le’Bron looked scared he didnt even know what to do with the ball, but i bet a lot of the losers on here didnt even watch the game that is why they dont know…

  • circulohvol

    Can’t compare the two – Kobe’s not 24 years old
    You don’t see him driving as much anymore
    Lebron is more athletic but that’s due to age
    I’d rather have Kobe a couple years ago but the way he shares the ball now

  • warriors

    kobe is the best, lebron is just lucky, nobody is better than kobe, i just wish the warriors picked up kobe like they should have when he was drafted. lebron has no chance

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