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Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 11:05 am  |  66 responses

Kobe Bryant: LeBron James Would Be the Ideal Teammate


While everyone else is busy arguing for their side of the Kobe/LeBron war, Bryant flips the script by saying that if he could choose any player in the NBA to team up with, it would be James. From ESPN Radio: “When pressed and asked if he would rather play with Orlando’s Dwight Howard or New Jersey’s Deron Williams, two players who have been linked to dozens of trade rumors this season, Bryant played along. ‘Give me both, how about that?’ Bryant said with a laugh. He also offered an answer that would be surprising to some when he was told he could pick any player in the league to join him to create the sport’s top duo. ‘It’s a tough question because I’ve played with a lot of great players being on the Olympic team,’ Bryant said. ‘I think that the player I would probably play with the most where the pieces would fit would be myself and LeBron [James], believe it or not, because he’s more of a facilitator and I’m more of a scorer. … He’s a modern version of what Oscar [Robertson] was. He just puts up genius numbers.’”

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  • http://SportsCipher.com Jaamal Braithwaite

    They would win not 4, not 5, not 6 championships lol.

  • MUBWAR

    well game recognize game

  • Dhughes

    Lebron Can do every thing Kobe can he’s more athletic too what’s the problem

  • Dhughes

    They could win for the rest of kobes career if Lebron went there

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Well….what will the Kobe slurpers say now?

  • http://ESPN Nutella

    If Lebron could do everything Kobe can do then he’ll have a lethal post game, delicious footwork and a mid range game and he can’t do none of that well. Learn your basketball……..Lebron is more athletic and stronger than MJ does that make him better!

  • MUBWAR

    L.A. would love a swap of DWade for Kobe. Kupch…watever his name is wouldn’t give a second before making the trade.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    LMAO…Kobe knows LeBron will give up the rock in the 4th quarter during winning time.

  • T-Money

    do we really need to know what everyone thinks of lebron james? every day?

  • robb

    @MUBWAR you better stop smoking that, it’s f*cking up your brain big time.

  • misso

    Kobe still #1, LBJ nothing but a stat stuffer

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Cosign T-Money. blah

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/recap/_/id/310203019/miami-heat-vs-orlando-magic Jukai

    Welp, I got a boner thinking about it.

  • DerekG

    Anybody else feel this is some Jordan mind games here? Olympics are around the corner so we’ll get to see who LBJ passes to in the 4th!

  • http://sfklf.com Jukai

    Holy crap— Lebron saying if you want to win, play with Kobe because he has five rings…
    Kobe saying if he had to pick the perfect teammate, pick Lebron…. WOW….
    Bad day to be a hater, amiright?

  • Hulahula

    Ok i like kobe but cmon stop being paranoid

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    This Kobe/Bron debate is like Jason, that sh*t refuses to die

  • Hulahula

    Cmon kobe stop being paranoid

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    If I’m Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol I’m going to Jim Buss and daring them to slap the amnesty on Kobe this coming off-season. Ship his arse out, because nobody trading for his huge contract, horrible personality, and all those miles on his knees! jk lol

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    *daring him

  • marc

    lmao @jtaylor21 too true. And just because your a fan of a player doesn’t make you a slurper @eboy. just saying

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    That’s fine, but the last line: ‘He just puts up genius NUMBERS’, very true and I don’t want to start something here but am I the only one who thinks that compliment is not as nice as it sounds coming from Kobe. Just thinking about the way Skip (hate him) always talks about LeBron.

  • LA Huey

    @Orange, you KNOW the Knicks would take him. Haha.

  • AQWORD

    … & who would want Lobe as a teammate ? ( sound of Crickets)… exactly.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    People think kobe and lebron hate each other…. but they don’t. They’re not even really rivals I feel like. and it’s a no-brainer that kobe and lebron would love to play with each other. Lebron’s the ultimate teammate… and kobe knows how to get ring. I think they’re playing styles kinda mesh. I even think kobe would be willing to pass to lebron more bc he clearly holds him in such high regard.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    and cosign both of jukai’s comments… lmao

  • bike

    A kinder, softer, more gentle NBA. Where Love Happens.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    In other news, when asked who he wants to play with the most, Steve Francis quickly responded, “Cuttino Mobley.”

  • http://nba.com GP23

    LeBron and Kobe on the same team would never work. Ever !

  • http://www.jri.com JRI

    It makes me sick how buddy buddy he nba is these days,you have superstars from teams like KD and KBJ working out together and players giving eachother way to much props. You would have never seen this from MJ Bird Magic and guys from those eras. Imagine magic ringing up larry and saying shall we team up at south beach . . . no way! Joakim Noah put it correctly when he said miami was hollywood as hell but the truth is the whole nba is going that way!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    ^ Obviously in Team USA it worked, but I mean in the actual NBA playing on the same franchise.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe feeling sorry for Lebron, good move Kobe to deflect that the Lakers will have Deron and Howard in a few months. BOOK IT!!

  • zero

    Kobe is just being nice but the truth is he see LBJ as a Trash!

  • AD

    @zero really….. look in the mirror

  • AQWORD

    … Can ? I see Lobe as Tryant.

  • http://leipzig-eagles.de/ Speedy

    @zero
    The last few times these two met, LeBron won the games and had the better stats.
    So stop posting nonsense as long as these two haven’t met in the playoffs.
    And don’t come up with chips and s##t. They played games against each other and mostly LeBron got win and the better stats.
    Trash???? this guy is an MVP.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    “LBJ as a Trash!” * AWESOME *

  • stlheatmaniac

    LJ played for bums and led them to the finals. Lebron hasnt won a chip and still considered one of the best that ever played. Lebron is finally on a good team. at the end of his career count how many chips hell have then judge his career. Kobe been on good team after good team after good team and he a monsta thus he won the chips. Kobe supa smart and respect the game and kno the game and as kobe has said before he was lucky to be on so many good teams. only morons blinded by hate cant see this. LJ time is now. Kobe gets mad respect for that comment

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    I love SLAM for the comments. Never ceases to amaze me.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    this lovefest in the NBA is a bit sickening. we should put these two on Kiss Cam. Inside the NBA, get to this already.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Yup NBA is to lovey dovey think we should sit down with Vanessa and Delonte to devise a plan to get these two to hate each other. Just kidding this isn’t a love fest he was asked a question and he spoke what was on his mind not like he said I love LeBron and it’s his dream to play with him.

  • http://twitter.com/rapistonbail Storm

    LeChoke Shames will NEVER get a ring!

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Another “Le lets add something corny as sh*t joke” about LeBron smh

  • T-Money

    what amuses me is that even though lebron and kobe fans despise each other, there never was any animosity between them. just respect.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @LAHuey for vet min, hell yeah!

  • ab40

    yup you can tell him everything and he does it. and you can do your thing in the 4th quarter when he’s only facilitating while thinking of some excuse he’s about to post on twitter that everybody hates him. LBJ should go all out sheed for the next 5 years, delete his twitter acount and at every press conference say both teams played hard. And after that go back and have fun in Cleveland when he has won a ring or two in Miami.

  • Dungeon Family

    @AQWORD

    You trying too hard to be funny

  • @Deknowz

    They would be a classic Chicagoesque problem for the League. With Kobe being 1 notch below MJ and LeBron being 1 notch above Pippen that 1-2 punch would give people nightmares.

  • bdogg

    bron might be stronger but kobe is just a athletic at 205….lets see what speed bron has when he is 33? kobe is plenty athletic just not as powerful! but look at weight and size difference!

  • http://www.sonichurricane.com Guile

    LOL @ Kobe, mamba already has a pecking order in his mind when he said this

  • BBaller

    Hypothetically go back 4 years,would Kobe and Lebron be a better duo than MJ and Pippen?

  • Dipper

    WTF…. I see the people on this board talk mad reckless.. The Kobe groupies are in full effect. No way Kobe is more athletic than Lebron or would Lebron play number #2 like pippen. Lebron has enough talent to be the best player EVER…. He can score 30 or 40 a night if he wanted and rack up a double double or Trimble double if he was as greedy as the Black Mamba…. The only thing Kobe has over Lebron is killer instinct. Once Lebron figures that out,… Goodbye NBA

  • truth_hurts

    Kobe will always be better than Lebron, get it straight. Just like Michael will always be better than Karl Malone. Just look at the jewelry.

  • 411

    kobe and lebron would be ideal. Kobe has 3 years left and lebron has about 13 more years.
    It would be a great transition for Lebron to take center stage as Kobe does.

  • Omega

    A Kobe/Lebron/Bynum/Rondo/Metta/and any power foward would win until Kobe was 37 year old or until he quits/playing together will prolong both of their careers..That would rock the NBA for life….Kobe take a pay cut and it would work.

  • Big “Q” from B’klyn

    I’m definitely a Lebron James fan, but I DO like K obe, but if Lebron was teamates with ShaQ when he was in his prime AND had the rest of Kobe’s teammates when they had that lakers dynasty…Lebron would have multiple rings! Bottom line, they’re BOTH great players!!

  • Dax

    Every person is an individual, and No, Mitch Kupchek would never trade Kobe for anything. Each player has their strengths. Kobe gave a super, unexpected answer to a question that only matters to haters. These players recognize talent in each other. Why can’t we?

  • Alex21

    All this bs being said that kobe and lebron would do good together is the same crap they said last year about wade, bosh, and lebron. Now all of sudden everyone wants to see kobe and lebron. Lebron sucks and thats that , he needs someone to win him a ring, he can’t do it without another star.

  • daRealist

    Stop comparing the two. They’re both amazing at different things. LeBron is a certified stat stuffer. He’s great for your fantasy team and as a general presence on the court throughout the game. Kobe is the most lethal scorer in the game and is a bonafide clutch finisher. Both are great to have, but at the end of the day it’s winners who count…

  • Rudy

    What does this have anything to do wit the Kobe and Lebron debate? He said he would like to play Along side Lebron

  • http://Aim.com Brandon hall

    Kobe is better than lebron and he has proved it but lebron is starting and has proved for years he is crazy good but if the played together, oooo boy all of everyone in the basketball world would have something coming

  • strech skarto

    i think kobe jus past the torch to LBJ … like literally.
    a yo!! can someone pls tell Skip Bayless LBJ is the KING of the NBA . lol
    kobe is real

  • Bill

    Walking around watching Laker groupies’ heads explode is a good time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    ….wtf is a Tryant? I’m just curious to know.

  • http://ellipsisdots.tumblr.com/ Ellipsisdots

    People hate LeBron because of the DECISION, right? Before that, everybody loves him. But the fact is that LeBron is more versatile than Kobe. Kobe just scores. LeBron does it all. See the stats. The hate people have for LeBron should not affect the view that he is the best. Some of us are just being bias and riding Dan Gilbert’s bandwagon.

  • http://www.fb.com klod

    lebron james is #1 becoz he is stonger and he has ability to go to the basket fearlessly

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