I've pretty much lost respect for a lot of (but not all) these new guys, so my vote would be Kobe even though LBJ would probably bore Kobe with his 3 hour antics before Kobe got bored and give LBJ the win.
I vote for Kobe, like he said, Lebron is more of a team player and Kobe is a one on one player. When Cleveland cleared out for Lebron, he always shot a fade away three, when the Lakers cleared out for Kobe (most of the time), he shot the three, took a tough midrange jumper or took it to the rack.
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Well of course kobe would say that. No successful player (or anyone with a ego)would admit to having their *** handed to them.
With that said, no body would be getting blown out but imo, LBJ would win. Way stronger, quicker, jumps higher etc, just on another level athletically. Kobe wouldn't be that successful on the drive, and would have to resort to pump faking and taking the lower percentage jump shot.
Could NOT have stated it any better. You know the game... You know this to be true.
Both can handle the ball.
Both can shoot from any distance.
Both can play finesse or physical.
I give Kobe the edge in shooting accuracy.
I Lebron the edge in strength.
Tough matchup, I'm going with Lebron because he plays for the home team now.
You forgot that unlike Lebron, Kobe has toughness. Lebron couldn't even play through an elbow injury in the playoffs. Kobe played with multiple injuries including a freaking broken finger during the season.