A Christmas day match-up that many will remember, a match-up of two NBA MVP's, and two of the leagues top teams.
The reigning NBA Champion Lakers and the beast from the East Cavaliers. Kobe Bryant versus LeBron James, a match-up fans drool over constantly.
Bryant is a four time NBA Champion, a league MVP (2008), Finals MVP, and an Olympic gold medalist. James is the reigning MVP and also an Olympic gold medalist.
The question since James entered the league in 2003 was who is the better player? Who is a better comparison to that of Michael Jordan and his peers?
Reasons can be given for both parties. A multitude of abilities and talents that both Bryant and James share, but they've both done things that we've never even seen before.
James is known for his ridiculous athletic ability, probably being the best true athlete in the league. He's also probably the best finisher at the rim. If James beats you off the dribble, he's close if not impossible to stop.
Bryant on the other hand, is a completely different monster. Bryant is known as the best closer in the game, his complete overall skill set and his creativity makes it close to impossible for any defender to stop him.
James and Bryant are both great players and will continue to be at the top of the league for years to come. The comparison however, is unfair to both competitors.
James and Bryant are completely different players, they've played in completely different generations, and play two completely different positions.
Bryant is smaller and thinner than James and plays shooting guard. James, standing 6'8", plays either the small forward or power forward because of his height and strength.
Bryant has been known as a player who plays every play, no matter what the score happens to be. Bryant's competitiveness and drive to win has made him one of the best, not only in Lakers history, but in the history of the NBA.
James is a much younger player, entering the league at the tender age of eighteen. A six season veteran, James has already been to the NBA Finals, though he fell in four games to the San Antonio Spurs.
James is a player that overpowers his opponent, with both brute force and athletic ability. As James' skill set continues to improve, so does his offensive arsenal.
Now, as for the question about who is better. There is no answer, they are the best duo at their respective positions and nothing more. James and Bryant are difficult to compare, because of their style of play.
They have been teammates, rivals, and even commercial puppets. From Bryant's killer instinct to James' acrobatic genius, they are without a doubt one of the best duo's the league has ever seen.
Bryant and James, alongside the likes of Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwayne Wade will reign supreme in the world's best basketball league.