Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are two legendary players in NBA history. Despite not playing at the same time, they were both excellent players who had a significant impact on the game.
Normally, it’s tough to pick one between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, but a former teammate of LeBron who guarded both players said LeBron stands out more. On NBA Today, Richard Jefferson, a former NBA player, explained why guarding LeBron was his hardest task.
Richard Jefferson on Kobe Bryant vs LeBron James
“Kobe was gonna do what Kobe does. He was gonna shoot the ball and you had to make it tough. If he made them all, he was gonna get you 81. If he missed a couple, he was gonna get you 25. That to me, wasn’t the hardest person to guard, it was still LeBron James mainly because of this: he was bigger, more physical, and we played against him when he was young — in his first Finals,” he said.
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Kobe was known for making difficult shots and got lots of compliments for that, but LeBron was unstoppable. Even though his playing style has evolved over time, LeBron is still a top-level player because he can adjust his skills to different situations. This year, people expect great things from James, but some wonder how much energy he has left to give.
Dwight Howard also talked about Kobe vs LeBron
Kobe and James had many tough games against each other throughout the years. Although they never faced each other in the Finals, they will always be connected as Lakers teammates and famous players of their time.
“They’re totally different as far as their personalities. Kobe is more straightforward, always locked in, just quiet. LeBron, he has music blasting, he walks around, lifting before the game. They are two different types of players, but when it comes to the world, they’re not strangers to the world. That’s what set them apart,” Howard said.
The impact of Kobe and LeBron on the NBA will never fade, and fans will continue to recognise their accomplishments. However, this means that people will continue to compare Kobe with LeBron for a long time.