Tuesday , May , 19 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Jerry West: LeBron is Better than Kobe; Could Become Greatest Ever

LeBron James is the best player in the NBA, surpassing veteran Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, 14-times All-Star guard Jerry West said Monday.

West, a shrewd judge of talent who brought Bryant to the Lakers when he was their general manager, said the Cleveland forward could become the league’s next Michael Jordan.

"I look at Cleveland say to myself, ‘How many games could they win without LeBron James?’ West told Reuters in an interview. "That’s how great he is.

"He has a chance to be arguably the greatest player ever to play the game."