There has been a lot of speculation concerning who is the better NBA player, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James. And you would have a hard time trying to argue it either way. Both were drafted in the NBA directly out of high school. Both are leaders among their teams (Los Angeles Lakers & Miami Heat respectively).

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But as the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time), Michael Jordan put it, on rings and experience alone,  you have to go with Kobe. Michael was quoted as saying simply:"5 beats 1". Translation to those not keeping score: The Black Mamba's five NBA Championships is greater than King James' one . Simple math, right? Give LeBron a few years and he may actually catch his senior (Bron Bron is 6 years younger). Michael did have glowing things to say about LeBron as well.

One thing is for certain, amongst all the talk, Kobe has been listening and he played last nights game like he had something to prove. And he did!!! Especially by virtually shutting down LeBron's early score-at-will nature, and even blocked not one, but two of his shots!!!

Who do you think is the better player?