Richard Jefferson chimes in on LeBron James-Kobe Bryant debate
The Los Angeles Lakers must be happy to know that both Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have donned the Purple and Gold jersey. However, the debate rages on: who is the better player between the two?
In an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, however, Former NBA forward Richard Jefferson tried to end the debate by giving his two cents on the matter. While he acknowledged that both Kobe and LeBron are the two of the greatest players of all time, one has a clear advantage over the other.
“Kobe was great, one of the greatest of all time, but you can’t say ‘5 championships to Lebron’s 3’ – Lebron’s never been the second-best player on his team, ever in his career, and it’s really not even close. D-Wade was probably the best teammate he’s probably had,” Jefferson explained.
Kobe Bryant averaged 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists in his Lakers career and was known for his competitive fire. Meanwhile, LeBron James has an incredible career so far with his averages of 27.2 points, 7.4 boards and 7.2 assists.
Both Bryant and James have been blessed to play with outstanding teams during their championship years: Kobe played with Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom when he won his two titles without Shaquille O’Neal, while LeBron had a great supporting cast through his three championship season.
This won’t put an end to the argument, but it does give fans a new perspective to see things from. Kobe has experienced being the Robin; LeBron has always been Batman.