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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 at 10:57 pm  |  203 responses

Video: Kobe: I’d Beat LeBron 1-on-1

While helping launch the London School of Basketball, Kobe was asked who would win 1-on-1 between him and LeBron. Thanks to Hoopsfix, we have Mamba’s answer on tape. “I’d win, I’d win,” Kobe said. “That’s what I do. One on one is..that’s easy for me, you know. Playing 1-on-1 is how I grew up playing, it’s like my thing. LeBron is more like a Magic Johnson — he’s a great passer and plays an all around game. At the core of me, I’m a 1-on-1 player. I’d do that in my sleep.”

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  • JTaylor21

    COCAINE IS A HELL OF A DRUG!!!

  • Blackphantom

    I knew JTaylor was gonna be the first to comment

  • logues

    i knew Blackphantom was gonna be the first to comment about JTaylor

  • The Philosopher

    Although Kobe MAY be correct…
    The King is still better.

  • Blackphantom

    @logues…..i don’t understand your logic, im almost never the first one to comment about Jtaylor, it’s always someone else like, hmmmm The Seed or Jukai

  • RL

    Real Kings have rings…

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Truth!

  • Blackphantom

    Co-sign RL

  • JTaylor21

    Real kings don’t get carried to rings.

  • Blackphantom

    What kinda King has no Ring whatsoever??

  • The Philosopher

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!

  • The Philosopher

    The type of king that doesn’t even need a ring.

  • VisionofGreatness

    There are going to be a lot of comments on this one by people who think they really know who the better player is. The people who truly know are the ones they play against. All we do is sit and watch. It’s a different game when you’re playing it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I remember when Vince Carter was considered the undisputed best one-on-one player in the league by his peers…
    So what’s the value?

  • Slic ric

    In a 1-on-1 today, Lebron would win relatively easy, but if this was about five years ago I’d probably go wit Kobe.

  • Blackphantom

    Man, get your mouth off of LBJ’s you-know-what. You’re comments prove you’ve been choking on it for a ridiculous amount of time and it doesn’t look like you’ll ever stop

  • VisionofGreatness

    Can’t disagree with what he said though. When people discuss these two, they always say LeBron is more of a Magic than Michael. Everyone says LeBron is the better passer, Kobe admits that. So there’s really no argument with what he said. LeBron plays a better all around game, Kobe’s a better one on one player.

  • Blackphantom

    that comment is directed at the philosopher btw

  • VisionofGreatness

    When was VC considered the best one on one player? lol. Fill me in on that one.

  • Blackphantom

    Yeah I agree, Kobe’s more of a scorer, Lebron’s more of a passer

  • http://622GingerBerryRd30578 T.C

    1 on 1 no fouls? No i’m a fan of neither…but i’d have to say LeBron. 6’8 250 coming at you full speed with no Gasol or Bynum behiend you?

  • Blackphantom

    But then again, LBJ is basically a Linebacker-DE with basketball skills, so it’s hard to guess, i’d have to see it

  • The Philosopher

    @Blackphantom:
    You’ve already stated that you are 10 years old. (especially in the mind)
    I did not believe you until now. It is the weekend, so I guess you are up late.
    Being that you are so young, I will not humiliate you.
    As far as your inner fantasies are concerned, as we’ve established, you are a young pubescent. Many in your position have those such fantasies.
    You are not in the minority.
    Me, I do not think of those things in any way at any time.
    Period.
    I do not judge you.

  • JTaylor21

    It would be like Pau Gasol having to guard Prime Shaq. Too strong, too fast, too quick, and too athletic. In one on one it’s harder to guard a beast when there’s no backup behind you.

  • Blackphantom

    @The Philosopher I’m 16 years old. And, truthfully, you humiliate yourself the way you talk about your so-called “King” like he is God. With all your b.s. poems and crap. It’s rather sad and pathetic, how you worship LBJ like he’s the greatest human being who has ever lived. You talk about him like he has touched you in some awesome, emotional way. He is no religious figure, nor does he live up to his NICKname in the championship department. Just stop it

  • tato

    Now in this moment (2009-2010), the battle between the mamba vs the lions, the winner is the lion but the cost is very high…

  • http://www.kylestack.com Kyle Stack

    Maybe LeBron would make like Kobe did and answer before the interviewer had a chance to finish the question….but that is a distinct difference between Kobe and Bron. Kobe takes pleasure in being cold-blooded. It’s who he is. Bron isn’t built that way, at least not on the court. He talks like he is but he’s admitted in the past (to ESPN Mag) that he’s not a killer on the court. Kobe is and has never wavered. The best one-on-one player has to have that mentality. Although AllenP brings up a good point…what’s that really worth?

  • Blackphantom

    Well, when it comes to Animals yes a Lion would kill a Black Mamba, unless the Mamba is tactful enough

  • Blackphantom

    But one-onone, hmmmmm Kobe’ll probably win that

  • Blackphantom

    But Lebron-Kobe 1-on-1 is very debatable

  • The Philosopher

    16?
    Point still stands. Even the puberty point.
    Poems? They are quotes, and they are not mine. They are b.s.? Why do you read them? That makes you “b.s.” x2, no?
    I do not worship The King, I just state some facts and some opinions regarding him, as well as you do.
    So, now you are “b.s.” x3, no?
    And, you should relax with this “touching” in an awesome way, and these other homosexual tendencies you are speaking of. I told you that that is YOUR deal. That is not my specialty OR expertise. I cannot aid you in that.
    One more thing. I’ve never humiliated myself in my entire life. I can continue to humiliate you if you would like, though.

  • MikeC.

    1 on 1 is a ridiculous debate considering they both play a team game. However, if it came down to a 1 on 1, I’d put Starbury up against anyone. Handles, finishing at the rim, range and solidly built. And that’s coming from a true Knicks fan who would love to run Marbury over with his SexMobile.

  • Robb

    Kobe will always answer he’d be the winner. Against Lebron, against MJ, against anybody, he thinks he can defeat anybody, that’s why he is the player he is.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Kobe knows a million ways to beat a defender, its the reason he’s been able to perform at this high a level this long. Lebron is a great player, but 1-on-1, halfcourt against Kobe he’s absolutely rendered futile, along with anyone else in this league.

  • Blackphantom

    @The Philosopher…..I didn’t even use touching as a sexual preference, that term can be used for a different way(i.e. “You really touched me with that statement.” or “This man’s accomplishments really touch my heart.”, seems that your mind is too far in the gutter to realize that. And yes those quotes are complete b.s. If he was the actual king, there wouldn’t be any competitors in the past or present that outdid him in anything now would they? If he was really king, he’d be called GOAT with no questioning. Does any of of this happen? No. He sadly doesn’t even have a Championship in the NBA to his name. You’re really sad. Especially considering you’re hmmm in you’re 20s at least. I REALLY hope you’re not older than that, are you?

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    LOL in a One-on-One game like this it would really depend on who gets ball first……….

  • The Philosopher

    @Blackphantom:
    I was not going to do it… but I’m now going to expose you contradictions AND hypocrisies.
    So, you are essentially saying that those whom have “outdid” The King in the past or present are kings? If you are, you are practicing hypocrisy.
    No “king” has ever outdone another “king”? I beg to differ.
    I’m “sad”?
    Well, according to your comments, one can construe that YOU, in fact are sad AND disgruntled.
    Anyways…

  • The Philosopher

    I own you.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    In internet beefs everyone loses…………

  • The Philosopher

    Royal:
    I’m just messing with the young gun.
    I don’t have a beef with him. Just having fun.

  • Red

    Long live King Kobe. You can debate it, but in the end Kobe is King.

  • The Philosopher

    Kobe’s A king.
    LeBron is… THE KING.

  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    @ allenp: uhh Defense,08′MVP,rings #4 and #5,two finals mvps? (all feats he accomplished as the udisputed one on one best) If thats not considered value, i dont know what is. Are you imlying that being the undisputed best one on one player had nothing to do with those achievements? Or simply that the opinion of his peers is of no value? Because Vince Carter historically does not belong in the same conversation as “bean” Bryant.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    one on one, ron artest would beat bron and bean. BOOK THAT, HOES

  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    @Phil, whats good dunnie?
    I must admit your whole Bron King thing is hard to argue. Right now, Everyone including the Black Mamba, is living in Brons world.He controls ESPN and the media “like a king” Hell, he’s changed the NBA forever with “the decision” and the way future superstars make thier decisions. That being said, in all honesty i dont think thier has or ever will be any competition from Kobe for “the crown”. To me, kobe has always come across as a mercenary, a hit man, loner type of guy focused soley on playing. But never too much as a buisiness man,or commercial figure/ poster boy. His shoes do well to demonstrate this…lol.

  • http://www.simonlawy.vemma.com Simon Lawy

    That’s dope !!! That’s THE KING KOBE

  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    @Tarzan: Not sure you thought that one out player.

  • The Philosopher

    @Negetivekreep:
    Just enjoying life, brethren. You?
    Yeah, the whole LeBron thing is pioneering, as you’ve pointed out. Even from day one.
    Well, I guess I’ll retire for the night.
    It is morning now, but…
    Stay safe brethren.

  • hangtime Hec

    I remember when I got uptight with The Philosopher and his phrase ” Long Live The King.” I just find it humorous now. haa.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Yes!

  • http://slamonline.com Anton

    Dwight Howard is the best one-on-none player in the league.

  • rich

    one on one i dont think kobe has any way of stopping lebron james. with no fts lebron could fall for the pumpfakes and whatnot so lebron could b super physical. if its a physical competition of any kind lebron wins. with fouls kobe is the best guard outside of ai and jordan at drawin fouls

  • http://www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    @ Phil: Im missing my wife and son right about now, seeing as they are in Denver visiting Abuelo e’ Abuela. But life is good. Later on breddah.

  • T-Money

    I really cant see how Kobe would stop lebron from Getting to the basket 1vs1. He’s faster AND stronger AND taller. Fade aways vs layups, i’ll play The %s. Not that it matters tho. As Allen said, a lot of NBA dudes say Vince cant be touched 1vs1.

  • Nashty

    I think LeBron is the better player but Kobe would kill anybody one on one. Didn’t he beat Jerry Stackhouse one on one when he was 14?

  • cheers

    Dammm Kobe, stop being modest. Just say you would humiliate Lebron in a one on one game. I wouldn’t doubt it.

    The question would have been better if it was: Who would win 1 on 1 between Luke Walton or Lebron James or better yet Adam Morrison or Lebron James.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    LeBron will need to call on Wade to beat Kobe one-on-one.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    What is Lebron king of?

  • cheers

    Eduardo

    Sorry bud, you are half correct my dude. Lebron would need to call on Wade and Bosh and when they lose, lebron will say racism was a factor in their lost.

  • Thor

    @The philosopher…. “You say you own the kid, you say you better than him, you have to keep reminding yourself that 20 is better than 10″.

    And yeah you are definitely not a day older than 20, you’re still in the me against the world, world. Live up to your self proclaimed name, man.

    “Maybe you’re good at writing, maybe you sound wise, maybe you should get on out of your humiliating disguise”

  • LBCaliKush

    Fukkk Lebron, I wanna see Kobe vs. Melo one on one. Also CP3 vs. Rondo would be good too cuz theres bad blood between those two dudes. Another good one would be Westbrook vs. Rose.

  • Marleyy

    The truth. You gotta keep in mind that during the 08 Olympics there were a lot of one on one games played between different players on that squad. No one was allowed to give the results of the games, but Kobe has to have had some success or he would’ve given the political response. We all know that the typical response from a player when asked a question like this is “I don’t know how it would go”. Ballers have huge ego’s, especially when they’ve already schooled the dude they’re being asked about.

  • gpaul

    Am I missing something, or misreading, does it say this video is from the second of May? Anybody?

  • EJ

    Funny how JTaylor/bruceblitz said real kings don’t get carried to their rings when Lebron teamed up whit Wade and Bosh. Kobe is the king, if they played 10 1on1s, I’d say Kobe would win 7.

  • http://Slamonline.com Cmonpeoples

    When talking to a single person it’s not brethren but brother. That is all sir.

  • http://www.twitter.com/HurstySYD Hursty

    I’d take 2001-2004 McGrady over 2001-2004 Bryant in a 1 on 1 match-up (their respective primes).
    I’d take that same T-Mac over current LeBron too.
    But I’d take Vince Carter over McGrady over that 01-04 period too.
    Carter was just a fiend. An absolute nightmare to guard.

  • Yesse

    Well he has said it before too. Kobe probably could beat LeBron 1-on-1, because he pretty much is the best 1-on-1 player in the league.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    For the dummies up here, who think just because Lebron is bigger would win, must have never played one on one. Actually the player who can dribble better and have more moves at their expense usually wins. I have beat plenty of people bigger than me, because that post up crap don’t work if you guard up, plus Lebron has no post up moves. Kobe actually would kill him in the post with his 09 Hakeem post moves, Kobe has a better jumper and Kobe has more pump fake spin on dime fadaway jumpers if Lebron try to stay on top of him. Kobe would kill him. Haven’t yall heard the stories or read articles of Kobe beating NBA players with his skinny frame at 12 years old, I read one where he beat an establish player, but the article would not give up the name.
    @ALLENP, you need to stick to centers, because VC has never ever ever been seen as a great one on one star, only a great dunker who dissappears and likes UNC graduation’s over winning.
    @HURSTY, are you serious. TMac was held in check so many times ove that 01 to 04 period it was sad. Do you remember him being up 3-1 on Detriot, then they lose the series or do you know he has never won a first round playoff series even in his prime. VC could never play one on one, check the tape. Even at UNC, he had some good years in Tornoto, but he his one on one skills were not there, you are thinking about his atheltic abliity, which is great, but he never put it together. Again you fail. Don’t ever say that about the COUSINS again, there careers are OVER and they FAIL. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    JTaylor HAHAHAHAHAHAHA….’Real kings don’t get carried to rings’…they jump ship and let other superstars do the carrying. Ban this noob.

  • rex81

    finaly from the horses(mambas)mouth. good for you Mr.bryant!

  • EJ

    What are the most important things in 1on1 basketball? I’d say handles, quickness and jumpshots, so Kobe would win.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Seed – normally I ignore your comments, but since you addressed me directly… I’m talking a 1 vs 1 competition. Not a 1-4 flat game. McGrady could get whatever shot he wanted, whenever he wanted. Same as Vince & Kobe. But in a contest 1 on 1, ‘killer instinct’ and the quality of team-mates is irrelevant. So your points there are null and void.
    You also saw that I wrote 01-04 right? Didn’t mention them as players today. At all. Except for Bron, who you and I aren’t talking about.
    A post-up game is great if you actually have one, not just grinding your @ss into the other guys groin. That’s most street players concept of a 1 on 1 post up game. Watch T-mac operate in the mid-post and use spin dribbles and fadeaways to create space. Or he’d finish with a reverse. Athletic ability is key, true. Things like first-step & explosiveness separate good from great players. Also, can’t forget that both Vince and T-mac could step outside just as easily as Kobe, if not more so during that period of time.

  • VisionofGreatness

    VC was never considered the best one on one player in the league…not while AI was around lol. AI struck more fear in other teams than Kobe, T-Mac or Vince.

  • RedRum

    I personally think 1 on 1 should replace the dunk contest. or that stupid skills thing. seriously, make it 150k for whoever wins and run a mini tournament. who would not pay to see lebron vs Kobe? of lebron vs durant. kobe vs durant etc

  • LD

    Kobe is a racist!

  • LD

    Anyone who says they can beat LeBron one-on-one is a racist.

  • Marco

    Kobe is the best 1 on 1 player in the world. LBJ is the best 5 on 5 player in the world. Period

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    Kobe does have a better shot than bron, but bron is a better all around player. Luckly, they get paid to play a team game and not one on one. One on one is a whole different game. If you put Kobe one on one with Dwight its whoever gets the ball first. Honestly I think Durant and Melo are the best one on one players because of there size and shot.

  • VisionofGreatness

    Kobe’s stronger than people think.

  • jumpman22cn

    Kobe could beat LBJ in a one-on-one situation in game,but don’t think he can do that constantly in an one-on-on pick up game. He needs his team mates to set the screen, get him to an open position on court(even leads to facing LBJ one),pass him the ball.He is just not musically strong enough for an one-on-one game against LBJ.(BTW, KB’s weakest part, and the reason many people doubt that he’s as good as THE ONE, is that he’s not physically at the same level which leads to-Too many jump shots! I think.)

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Vision – I’m taking Vince over AI purely because he’s 6 inches taller, which makes a huge difference when finishing at the basket and getting tough shots off. And contesting them too obviously. I’d take Iverson in a pickup game though. I think. Maybe.

  • jumpman22cn

    Damn, what happened to my typing?! ‘ONO’ and ‘Physically’, sorry!

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    ps – May 2 is listed as the date on the video. Is there a London in the USA somewhere? I don’t think it can be right otherwise…

  • tato

    RedRum Posted: Oct.3 at 8:58 am
    I personally think 1 on 1 should replace the dunk contest. or that stupid skills thing. seriously, make it 150k for whoever wins and run a mini tournament. who would not pay to see lebron vs Kobe? of lebron vs durant. kobe vs durant etc

    Yeah, it´s sounds fantastic…

  • VisionofGreatness

    @Hursty It didn’t matter when AI was scoring more than Vince and finishing at the basket more. There’s a reason why AI is a future Hall of Famer and Vince isn’t.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    The hall of fame has nothing to do with, well, anything in this debate. I’m saying that I’d pick Vince or Tracy over A.I in a 1 on 1 competition. Fair point on finishing at the basket but in this game, there’s noone else going to score on you, so there’s no need to be prepared to help. Just contest the shot straight up. Plus, AI wouldn’t be able to stop Carter at the rack either.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negative kreep

    @Hursty: good points, and i see you about the advantage of hieght, But 2005-2008 Kobe was a monster at both ends.

  • flippity

    @Philospher…sorry, Man, but from an unbiased observer, you got owned by a 16 yr old.

  • The Philosopher

    @Thor:
    I appreciate AND acknowledge the compliment you procured onto me concerning my writing and my acquired knowledge.
    However, I have never claimed to be better than anyone at anything. You are implying that with that statement.
    “Me against the world?” I am a person of The People, so, to me it is “us against the world”.
    Come join us…
    @Cmompeoples:
    My slang is entirely extraordinary, no?
    I am so arrogant.

  • The Philosopher

    @flipity:
    That is fine.
    Someone has to own me sooner or later for, as we all know AND comprehend… every dog has his day.
    I am overdue to get owned, anyway. (even though it hasn’t happened on this thread)

  • http://Slamonline.com Cmonpeoples

    Haha philosopher, you are so smart and wise beyond belief… You win.

  • rob stewart

    Can’t wait till Christmas

  • hammer

    4 a 16 yr old,he held his ground pretty good. And he does have a point w/the whole long live the king issue. Its more annoying than anything. I got n2 it 1 time w/the philo bout it. But props 2 the philo 4 sticking w/it. U stubborn philo (n a good way,@ times)

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out @hammer.

  • Mr. Robinson

    Keep tellin’ y’all about The Philosopher.
    Very few dudes up here can even hold a convo w/him. He’s too damn cool!

  • $am

    Lebron is the best player alive. Back-to-back MVP, can’t argue with that. Kevin Durant is the best scorer alive. Kobe has already reached his peak.

  • LD

    How do we know he is 16? Because he said he was?

  • hammer

    Why would he lie bout his age? Cuz if he is younger than that then more props 2 him. And if he is older than 16,why would he settle for 16? Doesn’t make sense either way

  • VisionofGreatness

    LeBron is the best all around player in the league, but when it’s time to win or when you need a basket, give me Kobe or Wade over him. I’m sure Kobe doesn’t even care about that “best player” title, he had it for a few seasons. He cares about those two rings he will add to his collection before he’s done.
    @Hursty AI finished at the rim better than Vince. Vince would rather shoot 3s than drive to the basket. He turned into a finesse player. AI had more heart and toughness than he did, regardless of height. T-Mac decided to shoot jumpshots mostly as well as his career went on. People knew AI was going to the basket and couldn’t stop him. The Hall of Fame is relevant here because AI made a career of mostly driving to the basket and finishing over people twice his size. Vince will be known as a dunker…a poor man’s Dominique Wilkins.

  • hammer

    @vog. “Poor mans dominique wilkins”? Really? WOW! Tsk tsk. But that is ur opinion. Ur entitled 2 it. Mentioning that VC is a poor man’s anything when it comes 2 dunking is a blatant statement. VC,in my opinion,is the best dunker the L has EVER seen

  • VisionofGreatness

    @hammer Not when it comes to dunking…when it comes to being a complete player. He’s a poor man’s Dominique in that all he did was dunk, Dominique was a better player. Vince is the best dunker the league has ever seen, but when his career is over, all he will have to show for it is a Dunk Contest trophy and some all-star game appearances.

  • hammer

    @vog. Tru. Tru. I agree w/u on that. Besides VC’s 1st couple yrs as a raptor, he would much rather as u put it “shoot 3′s than drive to the basket”

  • Blackphantom

    Ok, Philosopher you beat me in that argument I admit. Respect to you

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Kobe would win shooting nutbangers. BOOK IT!

  • Blackphantom

    @IAMORANGE what are you jocking The Seed for?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @BlackPhantom: The Seed did NOT come up with the phrase BOOK IT, and that’s a fact Jack. The genesis for “BOOK IT” was over at ESPN, and I know who that person is, and he aint The Seed. BOOK IT!

  • Anthony

    I cant bet against Kobe

  • Blackphantom

    @ORANGE heh ok. I wonder where that dude is anyway he usually always comments on a Kobe article/video

  • Blackphantom

    oh nevermind i see his comments

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Blackphantom – I surmise the Seed is Kobe’s father. lol

  • Blackphantom

    hahaha wow

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    @Blackphantom
    What I Posted: Oct.3 at 6:05 am, already stated the obvious. Kobe would win, because of handles, post up game and jumper/fadaway jumpers. Also I did steal the BOOK IT, I admit from Skip Bayless, but he sounded corny saying it. With my statements, I always come with knowledge so BOOK IT is what is needed.
    @IAMORANGE4EVER
    You need your own ending statement, but if you need to ride my statement, go ahead, but it will never make you sound smarter, but I understand ORANGE folks need all the help they can get, like your cousin on PTI, Tony Kornorangerhiser.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @TheSeed – If you think for a second I need to say BOOK IT to sound smart, well, then you’re really not that smart, but I already knew that. Run along, Kobe Stan.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    ^^^^LOL!!!

  • PlanetAsia14

    KOBE IS BETTER THAN LEBRON. NO DEBATE, NO ONCE CAN SCORE LIKE KOBE. AND BESIDES, THE NAME GAME IS SCORING.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/10/video-kobe-i’d-beat-lebron-1-on-1/ Poetic Justice

    Why does it have to be hypothetical? It’s not like a Kobe vs Jordan in his prime debate, where we’d have to time travel to see the damn thing.

    What I’m saying is somebody set the damn thing up and challenge them both! neither would be able to back down for their reputation’s sake. Plus i’m sure they both want the crown.

    Also @Philosopher: You are an idiot. You think you’re full of so much insight and wisdom that you must share it all with the slamonline community. You often attempt to humiliate people by saying that you will not humiliate them while using your patronising and belittling words. You say you don’t humiliate yourself, however these others always have more compelling arguments than you to which your only comebacks are age and puberty related insults. You should be ashamed.

  • http://eastofeden55@hotmail.com Waggle

    but lebron could stand at the 3-point line and shake his leg like he’s got crabs. Weirdest jab step of anyone around. I’d much rather have kobe in an iso than lebron.

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    I hate the guy (KB) but u gotta admire his swag. With no hesitation he said he’ll will. What will LBJ reply 2 that?

  • biged609

    they need to stop askin kobe all of these retorical questions….

  • Vince5

    I’m calling: All-star weekend, 1-on-1, kobe vs bron, first to 11, play ball

  • The Philosopher

    @Poetic Justice:
    Slow clap.
    Anyways, when have I ever stated that I possess “so much” insight and wisdom? If my memory serves me correctly (it does) someone else complimented me on certain traits that they may have seen as adequate AND satisfactory.
    I did say that I am arrogant, and I am.
    I do attempt to educate my brethren with whom I cross paths with during my travails. You are among them. Now, not everyone is receptive, and for me, that is not a problem.
    I am also fond of learning new things. I believe we all learn something every day, whether consciously, or subconsciously.

  • The Philosopher

    As far as attempting to humiliate others, I only retort to statements that are intended to flame.
    I do not call out names with intentions of malice unless malice is directed at my username first.
    It is not anything serious, though.
    I mean…

  • Lakers8titles

    Kobe v james…i don’t know… it doesn’t seem to have that spark like a KD v kobe or melo would because these players are actually 1 on 1 players james is a team player I mean its like asking who would win b/t magic and jordan?…which alot of yall know the answer…well we don’t actually kno the answer..its more of an opinion but anyways I would choose kobe why? Well because if kobe can drop 20/30 pts on great defenders like shane, ron, nd barnes I think he can do the same to a weak on ball defender (not saying james isn’t a good defender) he more of a team defender nd he’s great in the passing lane nd on the fastbreak but since they gonna be playing 1 on 1 ball nd not 5 on 5..i think passing would be out of the question and since they gonna be playing half court ball I think run dwn blocks won’t be a factor…but on the other hand kobe had proven he had shut dwn “D” especially on players that don’t have great dribbles or ball control (james is not known for deses traits) james great on the open floor, in the lane of course, nd off the pick…while kobe it known for getting pass his defenders with his handles nd foot work nd far as james being faster(which he is) doesn’t mean anything because they not racing lol their playing basketball which means quickness is most important in a 1 on 1 game which gives kobe the advantage (he’s not called the black mamba for nothin) and on top of that kobe can hit shots with a hand in his face james can try to cray space so he can use his athletic ability but I don’t think running kobe over will prove he can get past kobe D

  • http://sdfklflc.com Jukai

    I agree that Kobe is more one-on-one oriented, while Lebron is more team-oriented… Kobe at 25 would whoop Lebron at 25.
    But uh, Kobe’s old. His knees (and defense) are not what they used to be. Could he really stop Lebron driving to the rim constantly without fouling the hell out of him?

  • http://sdfklflc.com Jukai

    Also, this isn’t all that bad. Kobe is giving a LOT of credit to Lebron. A -LOT-
    More than I thought Kobe would give Lebron, honestly.
    Kobe’s pretty much saying he’s a better one-on-one player than NBA player. And considering he’s a top-10 all-time NBA player, that thought is f’ing scary.

  • The Philosopher

    He pretty much is saying that The King is a better all around player, isn’t he?
    You all heard it from Mamba’s mouth HIMSELF!
    The King is better.
    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!!!
    (hand clap with each syllable)

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    LeBron don’t be a puss. Step up to the challenge (Nike would be thrilled) and ram the shjt out of KB. I reckon that KB is the better one-on-one player, but there is no way he is holding James physically. While James can most def check Kobe enough times to come out the winner.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Race probably played a role in Kobe saying this.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Kobe’s defense is still easily better than LeBron’s, even in his older age. Don’t be fooled.

  • JTaylor21

    Jukai you’re kidding right? Bron at 25 would wipe the floor with 25 year old Kobe, not even close. Was kobe a 2-time MVP and had all-around seasons like Bron has so far, NO. People really underestimate what Bron has accomplished in the individual aspect so far in his career which is right up there with the Big O and MJ while Kobe at 25 was playing second fiddle to the MDE.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    You weren’t alive when Kobe was 25.

  • Black Mamba

    kobe=GOD lebron=mortal

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    JTaylor21
    Bron was two time MVP, because he was the undisputed leader of the team. Kobe and Shaq washed themselves out of being MVP’s for all those years. Also Lebron will find out how it feels to play with great players, because he will not be getting an MVP award for six years, because Wade will average more points and it will be a wash like Kobe/Shaq those years. Kobe had 3 rings by 25 and was a VITAL part of the team, closing out 4th qtrs, winning games, because Shaq can’t shoot free throws, and being seen as one of the best players in the league. Also whats better, being a two time MVP at 25 or being 3 time champion at 25. You choose man. Kobe at 25 would kill Lebron, this all around crap don’t matter in 1 on 1 cat, didn’t you play. The best passers or re bounders didn’t win, it was those who had skillz to fadaway, quick first step, handles, which Lebron can’t shoot and don’t say post up, because if you played 1 on 1, posts up is the easiest thing to guard and Lebron can’t post up, and he can’t shoot, so who wins. Be honest or go watch Kobe highlights at 25 to really see what he did. BOOK IT!!!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Kobe would shoot it in LeBron’s face, ’cause that’s his thing. rofl

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Orange: If you were refering to Kobes interegation for his possible mishap in Colorodo then… LMAO!!

  • JTaylor21

    The seed, I see where you’re coming from being a Kobe fan because you guys are easy to spot with all the Bron can’t shoot crap. You talk about me needing to go watch Kobe at 25 but you must have NOT watched Bron play the last 3 years because dude’s jump-shot has improved by leaps and bounds and teams don’t even dare to give him space like in the past that’s why he was the first player since MJ to avg. 29ppg and shoot above 50%. With regards to one-on-one when guarding a player that can shoot and drive like Bron it’s damn near impossible to stop them unlike Kobe whose become strictly a jump-shooter the past 3 years. When kobe’s J not falling what can he go to?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Royal: I plead the fifth. LOL!

  • Ben Norman

    The Seed has the best argument and Lebron has no inside moves or shot, he can only drive…It would be close don’t get me wrong, but Kobe would be the winner in the end.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/10/video-kobe-i’d-beat-lebron-1-on-1/ Poetic Justice

    @Philosopher… you don’t necessarily have to state that you possess said wisdom and insight, but you like to speak as if you did possess those traits..

    Anyway I don’t really want to argue about something so unimportant with somebody I have never met, and will in all likelihood never meet. I’d rather keep it basketball related. Especially since we’re on a basketball website.

    Like I said before, we will never know who would win 1 on 1s between greats of different generations. But we can see who would win a 1 v 1 out of greats still in their primes in 2010.

    Why do a lot of people who love one out of Kobe or LeBron, hate the other so vehemently? I like both, and feel blessed that we have 2 of the greatest players ever to watch that are in my generation.

    Also some people like to say Kobe didn’t have to join other super talents in order to win and use this as a reason why he’s better than Lebron. While many of the same people say that the heat haven’t won isht and that the lakers still are as good or better on paper.

    What I’m saying is, if you take away the fact that Kobe stayed in L.A and LeBron went to miami, it doesn’t matter how good one is if they lack talented teammates. 06/07 Kobe is like most of LeBron’s career in CLE. Imagine if LeBron had LA Shaq in his prime for those 7 years. Championships anyone?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Uncle05Sam Earl

    Kobe would definitely win, end of discussion. . . . . .

  • cheers

    Long live kobe,the conqueror. He conquered all your favorite players and all your white women too. What hasn’t kobe conquered.

  • cheers

    poetic justice…. Sorry dude,there is no such thing as “what if”. What if this, what if that…..you cant put that into context. What if Michael Jordan played with in his prime Shaq? Would MJ have the same legacy as he does now?

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Poetic Justice: I don’t think it’s a given that a Lebron/LA Shaq would have same success as the Kobe/Shaq duo. In my opinion Lebron and Shaq could have had problems due to Shaq clogging up the paint area( which is were Lebron does most of his damage). Ego’s and attitude aside, Kobe and Shaq was match made in heaven. I don’t think we should just assume that we could simply substitute players and generate the same success. With that said ….. with Lebron’s amazing playmaking abilities maybe Shaq and him could have made it work.

  • Blackphantom

    @JTaylor21 you are right about Bron’s jump-shot, it has improved, all he needs is to stop the one-to-two apparent air-balled three attempts that happen every two-to-three games and he’ll be a viable threat from beyond the arc too(sorta)

  • mahi

    kobe is overrated, and yes he is an expert in 1 on 1, but better than King? Thnk twice.

    What kobe has NEVER proved is taking a team to NBA Finals like Lebron did in 07. He was very very very lucky to play alongside Shaq O’neal, the most dominated center of last decade. People do not give enough credit to O’neal becasue most fans can not play like him, but they can easily be as selfish as kobe. Without Shaq, kobe *only has 2 rings so far. And he has to thank Pau for helping him to get the alst two. Remember how coach Jackson pull kobe out in the game 7 this June just to let the team play LIKE A TEAM? Don’t pretend you forget because I know you all watched it.

    You can score all you want, such as 81 points in one game, and fail to win a ring, and Mr. Bryant had proved that to you all die-hard lakers fans, didn’t he? Not to mention he always has the best supports all his career, such as the big city, good coach and big men. So, stop bragging about 5 chips because if kobe did not b**** his teammate and asked to be traded, do you think Mr. West will make a disputed trade to send Gasol to his beloved lakers??

    Get a life, kobe fans and stop avoiding the truth which tears down your delusions about no.24.

  • JTaylor21

    @Royal, remember all the talk about before last season about Bron struggling because Shaq would clog the paint. Well what happened, Bron had the best season of his career and also shot the best percentage of his career. So kill all that noise about Shaq causing problems for bron, they would have being a dominant duo for a longer period of time than Shaq and Kobe because for one bron’s NOT selfish, is a GREAT and more than willing passer and is also a better and less jealous teammate than Kobe. Bron and Shaq would’ve being Kareem/Magic 2.0.

  • Blackphantom

    lol, someone thought CLE’s acquisition of Shaq was a bad thing?? Wow

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    JTaylor: The point is you can’t just assume that things would work. I did not say that Shaq WOULD HAVE caused problems for Shaq. I said he COULD HAVE caused problems. Also how are you certain Lebron is a less jealous teammate than Kobe. Lebron has never been in a situation where there is a player on his team who is arguably better than him ( well I guess maybe now with the Heat. Not in my opinion though)

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Also Cleveland did not win the championship last year so Shaq’s acqusition was a failure . So I don’t understand your logic.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jukai are you saying Kobe at 25 would woop LeBron one on one? or in terms of basketball skill? If its the latter your absolutely nuts.

  • JTaylor21

    @Royal, of course they didn’t win the championship with Shaq because he was damn near 40 years old. I’m talking the Prime MDE Shaq that played in LA and dominated 3 straight finals, that Shaq not the “can’t make a point blank layup to save his life” Shaq.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Your the one who brought up Cleveland Shaq not me…………

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    But I get what you saying….Point still stands though

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long (Yes, that Brad Long)

    Duh.

  • Coney Islander

    As much as I hate to admit it, he’s right. I’m gonna go with the guy that scored 81 to win one on one.

  • The Philosopher

    @Poetic Justice:
    If my “speaking” suggests that I like to sound “wise” and “insighful”, I’d rather that.

  • Logan

    most of the guys posting on this site have never played basketball, ever.
    as someone already pointed out, playing one on one is more to do with your basic skills; dribble, speed, jumpshot etc. rather than brute force. try playing one on one with a point guard sometime folks, its tough to defend.
    Kobe would win this hands down.
    Lebron vs Melo would be more fun to watch.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/10/video-kobe-i’d-beat-lebron-1-on-1/ Poetic Justice

    @ Philosopher: your “speaking” suggests that you ATTEMPT to sound “wise” and “insightful” …unfortunately your attempts fail.

    @ cheers and @Royal: i agree with your points about you can’t argue “what ifs” and that its not a given that if kobe is substituted for shaq then it would automatically equal ‘chips…. my main point remains though, that is that it takes more than one talented player to win championships, and kobe’s teams have been far more talented than lebron’s teams. The shaq point was more of a visual aid to my argument rather than the main focus.

    That being said I now sound like a kobe hater, but I would prefer kobe on my team, and especially taking the last shot.

    In any event, D Wade is my guy, and has been since marquette, so he’s taking the last shot over lebron also. I do like LeBron though.

  • flipnoyce

    Lebron would destroy Kobe one on one, not a fan of either one. There’s is no way in hell Kobe could guard Lebron and out rebound him. Kobe can shoot against smaller defender but Bron guarding him one on one with no refs to call foul for him is like taking a dog for a walk in the park!

  • flipnoyce

    I’ll take Iverson on his prime 0ver Kobe. I’ve never seen the day Kobe stop A.I. if you guys wanna talk about handles and shooting skills.

  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    Lebron is a better passer than Kobe and he does to prefer to dish rather than hit the bucket. And yet Lebron averaged 30 points per game…as a passer? Imagine what would happen in a 1-on-1 situation where he’s forced not to pass. Yeah Kobe, you’d be toast.

  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    And now I’m going to remove Lebron’s dong from my mouth.

  • JoeMaMa

    LeBron is stronger, Kobe is quicker. LeBron is a better facilitator, Kobe a better one-on-one scorer. Kobe wins the one-on-one match up because he’s got a better jump shot. In a one-on-one, without NBA reffing, you’ll have a tougher time to get to the rim; no ticky tack fouls. As a result, jump shooting becomes more important to getting points. Also, Kobe’s post up moves will get a few more points. LeBron gets his points from brute strength in this match up, but he doesn’t have the quickness to easily beat Kobe to the basket; Kobe would body him up at the three point line and take away LeBron’s runaway power, like in a fast break situation. I think the real question is who wins KOBE VS CARMELO or KOBE VS KD. They’re better individual scorers than LeBron, who gets his points in the flow of the game. Kobe vs. LeBron is really like MJ vs Magic. Kobe wins.

  • Clipperfan

    Kobe is quicker? hahahahaha

  • Anthony

    Kobe vs KD would be fun to watch. KD is a better jump shooter than Lebron and at times he showed some defense against Kobe during the playoffs. I would still put my money on Kobe thought.

  • Ali

    Let em’ know Kyle Stack… Coooollld Blooooded in my best Dave Chappelle/Rick James voice! THE MOST HEARTLESS player in the association when the game is on the line. This a trait you can’t teach, it’s just gotta be in you.

  • JTaylor21

    Kobe is quicker? Kobe would body him up? Kobe would post him up? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

  • Josh

    I love how there was no hesitation, no smile afterwards. He just said it matter of factly and didn’t back off of it at all. Just said it like that’s the way it is.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    @logan if you truely believe that “most” of the people commenting on a basketball website @ 930am have never played basketball then you clearly have horrible judgement.

  • JoeMaMa

    @JTaylor: Kobe would post LeBron up. I think he’s capable, given that he learned post moves from Hakeem, and in a 1 on 1, you can bump, fake, and beat your defender to a spot around the key. Kobe is quicker. It comes from his being smaller, more lithe. Kobe would body him up. Because when you play tough D on the wing, especially with no NBA refs calling small fouls, you can do more to stop someone before they get going. It’s too bad you hate Kobe so much, because if you weren’t so busy giving hateful remarks towards him, you’d realize how good of a player he is. But remember: hating someone else is the mask for hating yourself and not knowing what to do about it.

  • The Philosopher

    @Poetic Justice @1:44 a.m.:

    just a small glimpse into my mind:
    Have you ever allowed yourself to… “get owned” just to see what it feels like?
    That is me..

  • unrel

    i’m not going to read everyone’s stan comments.. but i’d take kobe in this one.. bron’s only chance is posting kobe up.. and he better not miss.. because once kobe gets the rock.. it’s lights out.. on the offensive end.. kobe is the best shot maker in the game.. forget about shot taking.. he’s the best shot maker.. he can score anywhere.. any how.. bron’s offensive game isn’t on that level.. regardless how great he is.. i did see someone compare this match up to pau vs prime shaq.. and that’s the same thing.. shaq will only play with 5 feet of the rim.. as soon as he misses.. he better hope he can see pau on the perimeter… i’d take pau against young shaq also.. remember what the dream did to a younger shaq..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Vision of Greatness
    I remember it seeing it as part of a story or tv segment. They were saying that they polled a lot of players in the League and asked them who they thought would be the toughest matchup in a one-on-one game and the easy winner was Vince. I don’t have any documented sources though, just my own memory.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    JTaylor
    One of Kobe’s most memorable shots was when he posted up Bron and hit that ridiculous rainbow fadeaway in January of 2009 minutes after he just dislocated his finger. So I’m sure he could post Bron up again.

  • Anthony

    I dont know if its a good measure for comparaison but i remember Pietrus doing a hell of a job one on one defense on Lebron during the Playoffs in 2009 but he was killed by Kobe right after that.

  • Blackphantom

    @Royal’s 11:22 comment, but Shaq being there didn’t hurt Bron numbers at all

  • http://sdjflf.com Jukai

    Anthony: Lebron averaged 38.5 points in that series. Good job Peitrus.

  • Blackphantom

    hahaha that’s just ridiculously great one-on-one defense

  • JTaylor21

    Kap, okay lets go off ONE freaking shot to determine that Kobe would post Bron into submission. How bout all the countless time bron hit shots in kobe face like the one he hit to win the game in LA about 2 years ago. You gots to come better than that bra bra.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    I’ll take Durant or Melo over anyone in a one-on-one.

  • cheers

    Jtaylor….. countless time???? Everyone gets shot on countless time if you play in the NBA, but you only used one specific game to prove your point……http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_L9RwQ1jiU…. ummm okkkk. Good Job Lebron, you have scored on the great one…. Im not going to used Kobe scoring “countless time” on James, because boy are there are a lot on youtube, because like I said, everyone get scored on.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Some of yall cats, don’t understand one on one basketball, it has nothing to do with size or strength. Its more to do with handles, setting up for jumpshots and playing tight d. Normally bigger players lose, Also Durant would not be hard to stop in one on one. A better matchup would be Melo vs. Kobe to be honest. BOOK IT!!

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    BlackPhantom: I never said Shaq would have hurt Lebron Stat wise. I said that Lebron/ Lakers version Shaq MAY have not been as succesful as Kobe/Shaq

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out @Blackphantom and Royal.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    @The Seed your right to an extent. but don’t be crazy, size and strength have as much to do with one on one as any other physical aspect. Kobe v. LeBron one on one would definately go Kobe’s way most of the time, but really have you ever played one on one against someone bigger stronger and faster then you? because that isht matters, especially if they have the whole triphecta. which LBJ does over Kobe.

  • JTaylor21

    The Seed, you must be getting your Stevie Wonder on when you type because even someone with 20/2000 vision don’t be typing the kind of BS you type. You just said that “it has nothing to do with size but more to do with handles, and playing tight d. Normally bigger players lose then stated that Melo; a big dude with good but not great handles that struggles to play D; will be a better match-up vs Kobe WHAAAAAAAAAAAT that makes NO sense. It would benefit you and everyone else if you caught a quick case of amnesia and forgot everything you taught you knew because it’s a big pile of BS.

  • The Philosopher

    nbk:
    Preach.
    On top of The King being a clearly and dominantly superior better all around player.

  • The Philosopher 2.0

    LONG…LIVE…THE KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael

    fair enough IMO. Kobe would take LBJ one v one i think, both in their primes I would say its almost certain Kobe is winning 8 from 10 games, right now I would just give him a slight edge.

  • The Philosopher 2.0

    Cmon SLAM,
    LONG…LIVE…THE KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Philosopher 2.0

    Cmon HATERZZ
    LONG…LIVE…THE KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id=5493184 Jackie Moon

    Duh. Kobe is a clearly and dominantly superior better all around player, so of course he would be Lebron 1-on-1.

  • The Philosopher

    SLAM, you see that, right?
    That is NOT me.

  • http://facebook.com shawan

    hell no kobe lj would babii yuh punk ass

  • The Philosopher

    Whoever did that really, really loves me.
    I’m shedding a tear because the enormous gratitude I feel is unbearable.
    SLAM knows me better than that.
    Period.

  • The Philosopher

    Oh, wait.
    I missed the 2.0 on their name.
    Carry on, brethren! Carry on!
    That still isn’t me.
    I feel so famous, though.

  • dfortruth

    Kobe would beat Lebronda any day 1 on 1. Besides Lebronda would run and get Wade and Chris.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    Today’s Polladaday is dedicated to the subject … maybe we can tally up these opinions.

    http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/10/polladaday-kb-vs-lbj/

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  • http://n/a Team Unique

    Hey I know who will beat them both, that would be RAJON RONDOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://n/a Team Unique

    Heck, RONDO WILL BEAT THEM BOTH ON ONE ON TWO.

  • devon hughes

    kobe cant beat lebron. whats wrong wit him????

  • lakelakelakeshow

    Anyone who thinks Lebron would win is simply delusional. Kobe would shoot 100% from the field and Lebron would be so upset after the game that he would call Chris Bosh to give him a piggyback ride all the way home to South Beach. Kobe is the greatest 1 on 1 player ever!

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