Thursday , Sep , 11 , 2008 Oly Sandor

High School days revisited: Kobe Bryant versus LeBron James

Instead of drawing conclusions from both players’ most-recent stats, I decided to look back. Bryant and James each enjoyed storied high school careers and then jumped straight to the NBA. No NCAA Tournament. No march madness. Just sink or swim in the pros. Obviously, Bryant and James swum like Olympic champions, developing into the game’s brightest stars …

High School days revisited: Kobe Bryant versus LeBron James

Last March, I ran a series called high school days. The purpose was simple: take the most popular head-to-head NBA comparisons back to prep school.

We looked at many match-ups and, of course, got a huge response for Kobe Bryant versus LeBron James.

For fun, with the NBA season approaching, I thought it would be fun to re-visit this comparison and take another look at their best high school clips. The talent is obvious.

Enjoy,

Oly.

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March 29/08

Message boards, chat rooms, and water coolers are split on whether Kobe Bryant or LeBron James is the NBA’s best player.

Simply put, this debate divides fans. Half support Bryant because of his superb skill-set. The others back James based on his physical gifts and athleticism.

Of course, there is no middle ground. Bryant and James polarize like Manchester United, the New York Yankees, and ‘Dubya’ rolled in one.

Instead of drawing conclusions from both players’ most-recent stats, I decided to look back. Bryant and James each enjoyed storied high school careers and then jumped straight to the NBA.

No NCAA Tournament. No march madness. Just sink or swim in the pros. Obviously, Bryant and James swum like Olympic champions, developing into the game’s brightest stars.

Still, watching their formative years is fun. As always, check out the clips, form an opinion and give us your impression on Bryant and James’ days as prep stars.

Kobe Bryant, Lower Merion High School …

 

LeBron James, St. Mary/St. Vincent High School … 


Kobe or LeBron? What  clip impressed you? Get at us in the comment box with  your thoughts. Click here to read  Oly’s NBA blog. Part of this feature has appeared in HoopsVibe before. Image appears courtesy of photographer Nate Kasco at Flickr.com.