Jerry West Said It for Everyone: LeBron James Is Better than Kobe Bryant

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IMay 19, 2009

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Fresh off the Game Seven victory over the Rockets, the Laker Nation should be elated and an united front, right?

Jerry West told The New York Times today that he believes LeBron James has surpassed Kobe Bryant right now as the best player in the game and that “He has a chance to be arguably the greatest player ever to play the game,” and “He’s just too big, too strong, too quick. And he has incredible body control. But more than that, he’s a great teammate. You can see his teammates love him.”

There are two ways to look at the timing of this statement. There is absolutely no reason why a lifelong Laker like West would try to cause turmoil within the franchise before a big playoff series.

Some would then conclude he said this to get Kobe’s attention, and to subtly say, “Step your game up.”

The other train of thought tells us that West, like many others, believes this and was just being honest.

Either way you look at it, the first person that gets a mic in front of Kobe will be sure to get a classic rebuttal to those comments from Bryant.

Originally posted on LayupDrill.com.


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