Who Would Win in a 1-on-1 Matchup Between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James?

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIFebruary 8, 2013

In this video Shaquille O’Neal breaks down the Kobe Bryant versus LeBron James debate. It isn’t about who is the better overall NBA player, but about who will come away the winner in a mano-a-mano showdown.

O’Neal, or Shaqstradmus, makes a brief point to highlight each superstar’s one-on-one skills. Bryant and James certainly have the flare and ability to score at will, especially in a one-on-one scenario.

Of the two, though, James is a more physical and imposing defender, something that would challenge the older Bryant in this situation. Bryant’s no slouch defensively, either, but wouldn’t be mistaken for an All-Pro in that regard.

James might struggle making contested shots if he can’t get the rim, giving Kobe the edge due to his propensity to nail circus-type shots.

Ultimately, Shaq flips the script and makes a surprise selection nobody sees coming.