While many believe LeBron James is the heir to Michael Jordan’s throne as the greatest of all time, MJ ranked another all-time great ahead of King James on Monday.
“Would I rank LeBron over Kobe in terms of best of all time? No. There’s something about five that beats three. Now he may be better than that, but Kobe won five championships. LeBron won three.”
Jordan won six championships during his illustrious career, and although he was the featured player on all of those teams, he received plenty of support from skilled teammates such as Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and others.
The same applies to both Bryant and James, as Kobe’s first three titles were aided by Shaquille O’Neal, and LeBron was backed up by the likes of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love over the years.
Bryant trumps James in terms of championships won at five to three, as well as All-Star appearances at 18-13.
In terms of career stats, however, LeBron’s 27.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists beats Kobe’s 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.
Also, James has been regular season MVP four times and NBA Finals MVP three times, whereas Bryant has one and two, respectively.
LeBron has also made seven consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, which is a feat neither Jordan nor Bryant achieved.
While Jordan didn’t name all of the players on his list, no player has won more championships than Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell and his 11, which is an accomplishment that may never be equaled.