Kobe or LeBron? How Larry Bird solves the problem


There is not only the debate between Michael Jordan and LeBron James in life. The younger generations have also long opposed the King to Kobe Bryant. But Larry Bird had found the answer.


Among the millenials, only one debate has long agitated the playgrounds: Kobe Bryant or LeBron James? Generally, the « older » ones, who grew up in the 2000s, prefer the Mamba, while those of the next generation lean towards the King.

Obviously, they are not similar players. It is known: Kobe is more of a killer, while LeBron is more of an evolved version of Magic Johnson. However, being each the star of their respective decade, comparisons are not made naturally.

To decide, nothing better than the opinion of a legend of the NBA, a stranger to the language of wood: Larry Bird himself. A few years ago, the legendary Celtics player was the guest of one of his biggest fans, journalist Bill Simmons. And here is what he had to say on the subject:

Well, if I had to choose who to play with, I would probably pick Kobe. Sure, he wouldn’t shoot as much as he does now, but his desire to win, his devotion to always getting better and his toughness tip the scales. He’s really tough.

After that, if I want to have fun, I’ll go with LeBron. It’s more fun to play with him, but if the goal is to win, win and win again, I’ll take Kobe. Not that LeBron isn’t a winner, but Kobe’s mentality is to attack every day, every practice, every game to get better.


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