Kobe Bryant: Reasons Why He, Not LeBron James, Is Still the Best NBA Player

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Kobe Bryant: Reasons Why He, Not LeBron James, Is Still the Best NBA Player
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There are few things in sports greater than the rivalry created by two phenomenal players. Team rivalries make the leagues go round, but the fans love—even crave—a thrilling one-on-one as much as a nine-on-nine, 11-on-11 or five-on-five.

One of today’s great rivalries, and even greater debates, is that of Kobe vs. Lebron.

Stats alone do not measure the player and when pitted against each other in that way, they are pretty even: 

Kobe: 45.5% FG, 34% 3FG, 84% FT
Lebron: 47.4% FG, 33.1% 3FG, 74% FT

Lebron is bigger and stronger, but no one will ever question Kobe’s grit and determination. Kobe is heralded for his workout ethic; Lebron is blasphemed for his ill-advised way of leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, something he called “The Decision.”

While Kobe, at 32, is six years older than LeBron, he is ages ahead of him in maturity; his ability to lead, his clutch performances, versatility, shooting ability and all-around class.

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