Jordan would still take Kobe over LeBron
During LeBron James' record-setting streak of six straight games with 30 points or more on 60 per cent shooting or better, comparisons to Michael Jordan's run of dominance came fast and furious. But if you ask Jordan himself, he'd still take Kobe Bryant over James.
In an interview with NBA TV, Jordan said that while it would be tough to decide between Bryant and James, "Five beats one every time I look at it," referring to Kobe's five championships and LeBron's lone ring. "And not that (James) won't get five," Jordan added. "He may get more than that, but five is bigger than one."
James responded at shootaround on Thursday by stating "As long as I'm on the floor and I make plays for my teammates, I don't do what I do for other people's approval." Later on Thursday, LeBron saw his magical streak come to an end, though he still scored 39 points on over 58 per cent shooting in Miami's 110-100 win over the Thunder. It was Miami's seventh straight victory.
James has posted career averages of 27.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.7 steals over 10 seasons, with one championship, three MVP awards, one Finals MVP and one scoring title to his name.
Bryant has averaged 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals over 17 years in the NBA, while collecting five championships, one MVP award, two Finals MVP honours and two scoring titles.