Sunday , Nov , 16 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Is LeBron James better than Kobe Bryant because of shot blocking?

I’m not opening the Pandora’s box known as Kobe versus LeBron. I’m only weighing-in on the latest twist in this never-ending saga. Recently, NBATV broadcaster Rick Kamla mentioned on-air that James was better than Bryant because of his defensive abilities. When rightfully challenged by co-hosts Steve Smith and Cheryl Miller, Kamla said James’ superior shot-blocker gave him the edge …


Is LeBron James better than Kobe Bryant because of shot blocking?I’m not opening the Pandora’s Box known as Kobe versus LeBron. I’m only weighing-in on the latest twist in this never-ending saga. 

Recently, NBATV broadcaster Rick Kamla mentioned on-air that James was a better player than Bryant because of his defensive abilities. When challenged by co-hosts Steve Smith and Cheryl Miller, Kamla said James’ superior shot-blocking gave him the edge.

I like Kamla. He is passionate, personable, and takes risks on-air. But I disagree with his comments.

There is a case for James being the best player in the world. After all, man-child is a walking triple-double, a reincarnation of the classic Oscar Robertson. And while stuffing the stat sheet, The King makes those around him better, much better.

And James is certainly a fine defensive player. But shot blocking doesn’t give him the edge over Bryant. Without looking at statistics, I’d argue that changing shots and contesting shots matter, not the odd highlight swat that appeases the masses and Stuart Scott on ESPN.

Both players excel at challenging every possible attempt from opponents. This is important because it sets the tone for each of their respective clubs.

Again, King James is a premier talent, possibly the game’s best. If a fan/GM/analyst prefers James over Bryant, the deciding factor isn’t shot blocking. Rick, you are wrong. 

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