Friday , Nov , 23 , 2007 Oly Sandor

The NBA’s Best Player: LeBron James or Kobe Bryant?

There is no limit to LeBron James’ greatness. The King has recently raised his game to another level, keeping stat-guys busy tracking his all-round play. He showed us flashes in last year’s playoffs. You remember game five of the Eastern Finals, where James tallied 29 of Cleveland’s final 30 points against Detroit, right? …

There is no limit to LeBron James’ greatness. The King has recently raised his game to another level, keeping stat-guys busy tracking his all-round play. 

He showed us flashes in last year’s playoffs. You remember game five of the Eastern Finals, where James tallied 29 of Cleveland’s final 30 points against Detroit, right?

And his jump shot and decision-making were impeccable at the FIBA Americas Tournament. In his last four games, James has averaged an epic: 39.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.

Here’s the question floating around the NBA: has James passed Kobe Bryant as the league’s best player?

HoopsVibe’s NBA Blog decided to compare Cleveland’s man-child to L.A.’s favorite son. As always, your job is to read the post, form an opinion, and get at us on whether James or Bryant is the NBA’s best player.

The Case For LeBron …

  • He’s the NBA’s greatest athlete, combining size, speed, and leaping ability.
  • He’s an all-round talent. James could be the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double over an entire season.
  • He’s a natural leader. James has a great feel for the game and his pin-point passing creates a team-first atmosphere. Like Tim Duncan, the forward accepts responsibility and listens to coaches.

The Case Against Lebron …

  • Last year, critics dogged his jump-shot. This year, they’re being too hard on his defense.

The Case For Kobe

  • He’s an evolved version of Michael Jordan and the greatest individual player in the NBA.
  • 9 straight games of 50 or more points. Enough said.
  • He can dominate on defense. At the FIBA Americas Tournament, Mamba flipped-the-script and became TEAM USA’s lockdown defender. Bryant went Bruce Bowen on the opposition’s best player-minus the extracurricular nudges and leg shots.

The Case Against Kobe

  • He still seen as selfish and has become must-see television.

The Verdict: Even.

Why: How do you pick between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini?

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