Don’t get mad. We didn’t ask the question. But in honor of 24 Hours of LeBron, listen to Rick Kamla’s take and let us know what you think.
Paul Pierce is better than both combined.
Rick Kamla is a Douche….. But he does make interesting points in his breakdown.
Let the discussions begin!
I didn’t listen and really don’t plan on listening to Rick.
Kobe is the best still. The gap is really close but still Kobe.
I would compare LeBron and Wade before I compare him and Kobe.
That is just GEE though.
Rick Kamla should also compare who has the edge in Rape charges haha
Kobe is better now, but Lebron will be by next year.
Pau Gasol “donation” haha. Pretty good line.
He makes some great points…at the starting of the season I would have said Kobe, but I think at the end of the season it’s going to be Bronbron.
Didnt watch the full vid either but are we talking better basketball player or better fantasy player?
LeBron is better statistically, but the most interesting aspect is that he’s dominated the last few meetings between the two.
Stephen A. Smith might cry about it, but LeBron is clearly the best, and there really isn’t much need to discuss it in all honesty.
Of course Lebron will rebound more…he’s 3 inches taller!
Kobe will relinquish his “Best basketball status” when he retires..2015
when the fuck is d-wade gonna be put in the conversation? and you know what…people have been saying for years that lebron has been doing a lot with not much in the way of complimentary players, and now, all of a sudden, he’s winning because of the players around him. WTF? it’s basically the same f’in people!!!! or did adding wally world and mo williams make that huge of a difference.
yeah, maybe i am being a hater, but everytime i see lebron doing his ‘dick swinger’ walk down the court with his mouthpiece hanging out…i just wanna smack the taste of his mouth!!!!
ok, i’m out!
I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again…
If you try to ask if Kobe’s better than MJ, you’ll get (and rightly so), a giant list of MJ’s accomplishments, and they’ll tell you Kobe isn’t better because he hasn’t accomplished nearly as much as MJ. I believe this is true.
So for the SAME REASON, Bron has much to do before it can be said that he’s better than Kobe.
Valid points I guess, but Kobe did get after it on “D” in the Olympics.
LBJ did pick up his defense this year. Give someone on Gasol’s level to LBJ and the Cavs would be a problem.
Kobe, and I hate that dude, by a small margin.
Kamla is usually an idiot, but he was on point with most of his arguments. Only beef I have is with the defense argument, he basically just used stats to make his case for LeBron. Kobe definitely is the better defender between the two, but the gap is definitely closing.
Also, when you put it in categories like that, it’s easy to make it seem like LeBron is better. But you don’t consider the fact that the biggest knock on LeBron (and Kobe’s best advantage) is shooting, and LeBron is waaaayy behind Kobe in that area.
All in all, I’d have to agree that LeBron is better overall than Kobe. But, time winding down, score tied, there is nobody I’d rather have the ball in his hands but Kobe.
i just think this debate is so stupid. both play completely different positions really. lebron plays playmaker with the ball in his hands at all times. literally he had the ball in his hand the whole game, every game since he’s been in the league.
kobe plays shooting guard. he’s shorter, he shoots better because that’s what he is needed for. to score, much more than lebron. that’s why when we discuss what kinda players are needed around each player, it’s completely different. lebron needs shooters, kobe needs a post player.
i can go on and on about this but it’s just a ridiculous argument that will never be settled because they’re just different players completely.
ps. rick kamla kept on saying how he would propose the facts and let us make the decision in the end, yet his proposition was completely biased.. like always. “it would be naive for me to say steals and blocks numbers make a good defensive player, however… lebron has higher numbers in both catagories so he edges kobe in this category.” what an idiot.
@ Kermit – great point.
Wow, I am usually a big Rick Kamla fan, but he needs to stay in the virtual world of fantasy basketball.
Bron better defensively? Kobe is the one with the All-Defensive honors, Bron is just good for the highlight swat per game.
Hunger? Lebron? Really? Kobe is the only player on the same level with MJ in terms of tenacity and competitiveness.
Getting to the finals? LeBron lucked out and had the easiest road to the finals in recent memory. Kobe and the lakers dismantled the west – you cant complain about teammates and trades.
Leader of team USA? I just rewatched this game YESTERDAY, no question it was Kobe who took over with 8 minutes to go and willed the team to the Gold.
LeBron is certainly more physically gifted, but in terms of basketball skills that go overlooked (use of left-hand, amazing footwork) and intangibles (clutch, competitvenesss), Kobe still remains superior.
Ben Wallace and Charles “The-Mound-Round-Of-Rebound” Barkley were both very short for their positions, yet they managed to out-rebound nearly everybody on any given night.
It’s not how tall you are, it’s how much you want it on a constant basis.
Kamla is an idiot.
Lebron was the leader of the olympic team? really?
i think the question you have to ask is:
if both players are playing their best- (ie bron’s 42 point outting against detroit 06 playoffs, kobe’s 81 pt game against tdot) who would rather have? interestingly in both cases the opposing team decided not to double team both players…i didnt see kobe’s performance live, but i saw brons…and as amazing as it as, id have to say id rather take kobe at his best than bron. and for me that decides the “whos best” debate.
but as everyone else is saying- by the end of the year i think bron takes it.
Who’s worse? Rick Kamla or Stuart Scott?
Who’s better: Rick Kamla or a big, heaping pile of shit?
A big, heaping pile of shit.
I take exception with several points.
1. Defense – Kamla says Kobe is a better one on one defender. No shit! Lebron is covering small forwards while Kobe is clamping down on the quickest perimeter players in the league in SG’s and PG’s. Stats in this area don’t proof the argument.
2. Rebounding – I’ll agree Lebron is a slightly better rebounder but again, position and opportunities play a major factor. 6’9″, 260 lb. forward versus a 6’6″, 225 lb. guard.
3. Hunger – Are you kidding??? Know way can Lebron be compared to Kobe. If he was as hungry as Kobe, he wouldn’t have such an incostistent jumper. Kobe works his ass off to get better every year. No sign of that from Lebron yet.
4. Leadership – Unless you’ve played with both players, how can you speculate who is the better leader?
5. Playmaking – The triangle limits an individual player’s ability to generate large numbers of assists. Magic or Kidd couldn’t average 10 assists in this offense because it relies on movement and everyone to pass to the open man.
I think Lebron is awesome and really look forward to watching him for the next 14 years, but Kobe is still the best player in the game! Suck it Kamla.
If the game is on the line, I want Kobe to take the shot not Lebron. That is the difference, folks!
i can’t stand rick kamla. he is way worse than your local sports anchor, or i would go as far to say worse than the guy that covers sports for your community college. it’s such an embarrassment to the nba. when i first got the nba channel a few years ago, i thought it was a joke or some prize that a dork won to announce for nba tv one day. the folks at the nba channel need to learn from the nfl channel and get real talent (ie rick eisen).
Lebron is better than Kobe for one simple reason: in the past year or so, he has never been stopped. Every once in a while someone is able to slow him down, but no one has ever stopped Lebron.
Kobe has been stopped two times in the last 2 finals he was in. The Celtics made him look like a straight up punk when he couldn’t “will” his team to win game 4 after being up big in the second half. I would put all the money I got on Lebron never, ever, letting his team give up a 20 point lead at home in an important playoff game. It’s impossible bc he will get points regardless. With Kobe, close the lane and he shoots fadeaways and takes his teammates out of the game. He’s one of the top players in the L, but at this point in his career he can’t touch Lebron.
( I should rephrase, Lebron did get bitchsmacked by the Spurs in the finals. But since then no one has stopped him)
Being the best brings rewards and Lebron only has an Eastern Conference Championship to his name..
And honestly Kobe would’ve won ONE game in the Finals..
3 Rings, 1 MVP and and a couple of ALL TEAM Defense awards and we still have this conversation.. lol i love the disclaimer Dime.. “we didnt ask it”.. lol
But people will always have a Arguement because Lebron is like Nique with the highlights.. But this past summer summed it all up.. Dwade held it down but the BEST PLAYER ON THE PLANET showed up when it mattered most.. If Lebron wanted to do ANYTHING to dispute that HE would have brought home the gold..
He disappeared.. Sorry.. But in another 5 years when Kobe is sliding Lebron will be filthy..
Regarding the Olympics, Kobe took over at the end, but throughout everyone reported LeBron was the unmistaken leader of the team, and all kinds of reporters have said as much since.
Kobe taking over in the fourth qtr doesn’t equal leader of the team.
LeBron says to go ask Vanessa who is better … she knows.
Kobe!…….did anybody see D-wade a few years back? he owned that championship run! all the carrying a certain 300lb weight on his back
Dude if you put today’s Lebron on those Lakers team with in his prime Shaq they may not lose a game all season. AND since lebron isn’t a prick like Kobe they would not have broken up after just 3 chips.
Kobe is the best right now period. Magic Johnson even said it in their interview and none of you have the credibility of Magic. However Lebron will be considered better when its all said and done he’s a freak. He still has a lot to prove though.
this is a bunch of bullsh*t. Fantasy player yeah lebron is better. But who took leadership over team usa? it was kobe who was assigned to be to locked down their opponents best scorer, not lebron. who took the shots when it mattered most, not lebron. i would expect out of lebron if people claim he is 6’9” 274. he should be averaging at least 10 rebounds.
Ain’t no doubt that Lebron James is the better baller y’all. Cat’s got nasty ability to dish dope dimes and got them mad hops. Kobe’s a tight balla forsho, but he ain’t like the King ya’ll.
True thugs NEVER lie.
Kobe Now… LBJ in 2 years!
Lebron is the most athletic..
Kobe is the best closer..
And Dmitry.. Bitch smacked aint the word for it.. He got SLAUGHTERED in those FINALS.. And no one is unstoppable.. hes had a couple of bad shooting nights THIS YEAR.. Dont watch sportscenters top tens ok??
Heres a quick example.. Opening night 15 pts, 6-15 shooting.. Not stopped but checked pretty hard.. And if Kobe got “stopped” in the finals, which is pretty funny because i never heard Kobe getting flack for being soft,
Lebron got his ass slammed backward in that Finals with the Spurs..
But lemme guess you took the Cavs that year because of that “filthy” dunk Lebron had on Duncan right??
Lebron is almost a perfect mix between MJ and Magic. Except for the fact both were better shooters than him. As soon as he fine tunes his shooting, he’ll be the best for about 10 years.
Kobe’s still the man though.
In other news: Dikembe just re-signed with the Rockets
“Of course Lebron will rebound more…he’s 3 inches taller”
really please bro is not about height
that was kinda dumb taking one game for each
so i guess jamison is better than lebron also because he scored 50 once hey tony delk is even better. in fact lets go with ur argument u really think scoring 81 on the raptors on the regular season is more impressive than droppin 41 on the piston in the playoffs and i swear to god those 41 were the final 41 the cavs scored on that game. pleaseeeeeeeeeee check your post.
lebron is my pick both are top 4 players (yes wade is in there he lead his team to a ring and second round as a rookie blue im with u on this one)
really a kamela fan what????????????
Its Kobe. LBJ even said KB is the best in the world this summer.
I think it’s Kobe. I’m in line with Kermit’s reasoning.
Kobe defends better, shoots better, makes better on-court decisions, and has a greater body of work…NOW.
I disagree Eric that Lebron doesn’t match Kobe (who you said was the only 1 to match MJ) in tenacity and competitiveness. And, I believe, at this point in his YOUNG career he’s been CLUTCH enough.
“…lebron has been doing a lot with not much in the way of complimentary players, and now, all of a sudden, he’s winning because of the players around him. WTF? it’s basically the same f’in people!!!!” See Below.
No it’s not. Boobie, Andy, Z and Pavlovic are the only ones left (disregarding Snow) That’s all I say about the above statement.
Anyways, I think Kobe’s a better player now. I think Lebron will be the better player…eventually.
LATE 80’S to 90’s — MJ
LATE 90’S TO 00’S — KOBE
LATE 00’S TO ? — See Below.
AFTER KOBE :: Lebron and Wade and Howard will be the face of the NBA and the discussions about who’s better will surround those three in particular. Kobe might still be in the discussion by then…
Kamla’s whole take was to get the convo ignited.
And whoever said Lebron had an easy path to the Finals…must not remember him single handedly defeating the Pistons in the Conf Finals or how he almost did the same to Boston (w/ a lil’ more help)
When Kobe had the team all to himself with just complimentary players…LA missed the playoffs.
On the hand, I believe Lebron started his play-off run with ‘nobodies’ beginning his 3RD year…that says sumptin
u missing the point bringing out the resume
its like sayin kidd is better than paul or something
and 5 years???? lol a 35 year old sg he the slide starts before that
i rather have reggie miller take the final shot of a game over anyone all time is he better than jordan because of that??
I’m just glad people have finally come around. Kobe is great, but he lacks some things that are very important to be an all-time great. He’s never been able to balance his scoring with distributing the ball so that his teammates actually get confidence. Lebron is better in almost every single way. I didn’t even watch this video because it is unnecessary.
Many of the people that still think Kobe is the best player in the NBA are also Laker fans. I’ve watched a lot of Lakers games this year and I honestly think they would be better off with Joe Johnson. He’s done more in clutch situations in the past 2 years. And if you switch Lebron and Kobe, the Lakers would easily get 70 wins.
Some of you guys just need to watch the Cavs every now and then. Lebron is getting close to being the most complete player the NBA has ever seen.
singling out one bad shooting game is stupid. I’m sure i can find some games by Shaq from the Laker years when he shot 6-15 in some early season game but still ended dominating the league overall. that’s just a sad, weak argument.
Secondly, Lebron got bitchsmacked in the finals of what was his first deep playoffs run. you almost expect that as a rite of passage, especially in a year when no one was picking the Cavs to go that far. Kobe, on the other hand, got his ass handed to him LAST YEAR, well into his reign as supposedly the best player in the NBA.
Anyway, you missed the part where I was saying Lebron today is better than Kobe. 2 years ago is 2 years ago, but last spring Lebron lost to the Celtics by an inch while that Lakers series wasn’t that close, especially after Kobe laid a giant egg in game 4.
I don’t care about dunks and don’t watch sportcenter so nice try trying to win an argument with name calling. I watch basketball. in the last playoffs Lebron almost took his team past Boston while Kobe didn’t even get close. What else is there to argue about? .. especially since Lebron has gotten even more dominant this year.
“Magic Johnson even said it in their interview and none of you have the credibility of Magic”
oh sure not biased at all not the great magic
u know what a liked about the finals lebron was talkin shit about having a poster of the dunk for inspiration for shot of the finals he got blocked by timmy
The announcer is a clown….there is no right answer thats just me…
late 90s to 00s kobe hahahahaha
its shaq or duncan
lol kobe was the pippen on his team please all the lakers fans here are making good points u sir are talkin nonsense
He really scored the last 41?? For Really?? And you swear to the big boss??Shit fellas..
pleassssseee check your stats.. it was 25.. which i could never knock and look smart.. but still..
Who did they even play in the previous two rounds that year?? And didnt Detorit always fizzle right before the finish line.. riiiiggghhhhtttt..
This discussion is like comparing apples and oranges. They play different positions so the guard different types of people. Mamba deals with shooting and point guards while Bron takes slower small forwards and power forward. Bron position enables him to get more rebounds because he is closer to basket, not on wing or top of key like Mamba, being 6’8 and 276 doesnt hurt either. There is no hunger like Mamba’s right now. Defense isn’t quantified by steals and blocks, everyone jumps passing lanes now a days. Bron might have been the leader of USA team but Mamba guarded the best players and we all know that everyone stepped back and watched Mamba bring the gold home in the final minutes. That makes him better.