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Intellectual_Perplexion
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Lebron James is a better basketball player than Kobe Bryant

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Started: 3/3/2011 Category: Sports
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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dhaase

Pro

Lebron James is a better basketball player than Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant may have won 5 NBA championships, but that is because he was on good teams. If Lebron James and Kobe Bryant were to play 1 on 1, Lebron would win. Lebron, by himself can win his teams games. He did that in the eastern conference finals when he scored 19 straight points in the 4th quarter to win the game, when he wants to take over the game, there is hardly anyone that can stop him because of his physical attributes. Kobe on the other hand was not even the primary option on his team early in his career, Shaq was. Lebron has always been arguably the best player on every team he has played for, the same cant be said for Kobe.
Intellectual_Perplexion

Con

1. Your subjective use of "better" is extremely ambivalent and vague. The "best players" in any sports are ALWAYS the one's who are capable of leading their teams to the most championships, not the one's posting high regular season numbers. Best NFL QB's: Montana (4 rings), Brady (3 rings), Elway (1 ring). Best NBA players: Bill Russel (9 rings), Kobe (5 rings), Michael Jordan (6 rings). Sure, you will hear Dan Marino or Karl Malone thrown into the conversation once in a while, but playoffs separate the great from the good
2. Kobe would absolutely destroy Lebron 1 on 1. Lebron is a distributor and transition threat. Kobe is multi-dimensional, and his entire game is based around taking people 1 on 1. Also, Kobe shut Lebron down every time he has guarded him.
3. Yes, Kobe has had a better supporting cast, but he was always the one to hit the big shots. Lebron has had 2-3 true game winners, and has had countless misses.
4. Lebron is a statistical freak, but nothing more. All around: Kobe
Debate Round No. 1
dhaase

Pro

First of all if you want to count championships, that has to do with the team and their supporting cast not them personally. When Shaq left the Lakers, Kobe scored the most points but didn't reach the finals or win a championship. He needed Shaq to win his first 3, and he needed Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum to win his other two. Lebron single handedly lead them to the finals by himself. Lebron has won the last two MVP awards, Kobe has only won one in his entire career. Kobe is he in his 15th season that is 7 more than Lebron. All because Kobe won a few rings with arguably one of the most dominant big men of all time doesn't mean he is a better all around player. You said that Kobe is a better all around player but Kobe doesn't average as much assists or rebounds as Lebron. Kobe tried his heart out in this past all star game scored 37 points and Lebron messed around and got a triple double. Kobe's too small to cover Lebron 1 on 1, Kobe will get bodied.
Intellectual_Perplexion

Con

First, Lebron led the Cavs to the finals during one of the weakest Eastern conferences in recent memory, then got throttled by the Spurs.
Second, MVP awards and All-Star games are a mute point. It shows regular season statistical dominance, but clearly that doesn't translate into post-season success. Lebron is the best athlete, not the best player.
Third, rebounds obviously go to Lebron because he is 4 inches taller with longer wingspan. Lebron is a more proficient passer, but shooting is undoubtedly the most important facet an NBA player needs to have. Lebron's shot is nothing more than mediocre.
Fourth, Defense: Kobe - 8 time All-NBA 1st team, Lebron - 2 time All-NBA 1st team.
Fifth, Kobe is second to Jordan is game-winning shots. Lebron is a joke during clutch times.
Sixth, Gasol and Bynum were complimentary big men. Kobe was the reason for the last two rings.
Seventh, Kobe is not too small to cover Lebron. Rewatch any of their games. Kobe shut Lebron down.
Debate Round No. 2
dhaase

Pro

dhaase forfeited this round.
Intellectual_Perplexion

Con

No rebuttal. Kobe is clearly the superior basketball players. Lebron may very well be one of the best athlete's of all time, but this does not make him the better basketball player.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by dhaase 5 years ago
dhaase
My bad i couldn't get back to you on round 3 my lap top crashed and this slipped my mind
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