‘I would beat LeBron James in a 1v1, no doubt because I’m the best to ever do it’: When Kobe Bryant boldly asserted his offensive superiority over ‘The King’
Kobe Bryant once said he would easily beat LeBron James in a one-on-one match because he’s the best at it.
Kobe Bryant is perhaps the most gifted offensive player the NBA has ever seen. There are several legends and superstars awaiting decision here with guys like Kevin Durant and Michael Jordan up there. However, when it comes to the latter in particular, the remix may be better than the original in this debate.
Jordan actually once playfully admitted that Kobe had a better fadeaway from him, but only because he copied everything from him. it’s no secret, however, as the 5x Lakers champ has said on several occasions that he’s asked MJ for advice on his carded jumpers and footwork.
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Someone who beat both Jordan and Kobe Bryant in the regular season and in the playoffs is LeBron James and yet “The Chosen One” never really gets the recognition he deserves in these scoring debates.
Of course, when it comes to ‘most skilled goalscorer’, James might not have as much appeal because his sack isn’t as deep as Bryant’s.
Kobe Bryant on what would happen in a 1v1 against LeBron James.
Kobe Bryant has never had any doubts about his own abilities on the NBA hardwood. So it makes sense why he would adamantly claim he would beat LeBron James in a 1v1 with no hiccups in between.
During an interview with ESPN in his 17e season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant was asked, “You versus LeBron. Who wins?” “The Black Mamba,” of course, was as confident as ever when he went on to say:
“Me. No question. When it comes to one-on-one, I’m the best at it. LeBron is a terrific five-on-five basketball player who’s an all-time great. But I would have it.
The two unfortunately never played against each other on the biggest stage in the NBA, namely the NBA Finals. It was not possible for them to face each other before that because they were in different conferences during their whole career.
The closest fans to ever see LeBron James and Kobe Bryant face off in the Finals was in 2009 when the Lakers did it and the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the ECF to represent the East and then lose to purple and gold.
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