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Are you more surprised Kobe thinks he can beat LeBron one-on-one or that the sun came up today? We say the latter.

Oct 3, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

Look, if you built a robot, designed to replicate Michael Jordan’s intensity and scoring ability, combined with the frame of Hakeem Olajuwon and the defensive ability of your pick between Shane Battier and Bruce Bowen, and asked Kobe Bryant “Could you beat the robot one-on-one?”, he’s going to say yes. Quickly. That’s how he’s programmed. That’s what makes him who he is. It defines him as a human being, practically, philosophically, in all ways.

So when HoopsFix decided to ask Kobe a few months back who would win, you’re never going to guess how he answered. Take it away, Kobester!

In the crayon box, there should be a neutral color crayon called “Kobe thinks he can beat someone one-on-one.”  Then you can color me with it.

Thing is, though, Kobe’s right. LeBron is a Magic Johnson type. He is more focused on the all-around game. He is better setting up his teammates. He is focused on the all-around game versus breaking down his opponent face up. Which is what would make a Heat-Lakers Finals so compelling in the unlikely event it were to occur (lots to happen between now and then.. you’re not buying this, are you?). It would be a stunning contrast in philosophic approach between the two biggest stars in the game, contrasted by their attitudes. Kobe is focused on individual greatness, being the best you can possibly be, even though he doesn’t care what you think about him. LeBron is focused on setting up his teammates and helping them succeed, even though he’s unarguably one of the most arrogant people on the planet. You know, outside of the whole “hype so high it would threaten to destroy the planet” thing, that would make the Finals pretty entertaining.

  1. Alan - Oct 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    God… Shut up. Even in response to a simple Q & A, you manage to be a Lebron lover and knock Kobe for not being “an all around player”.
    Do the world a favor and save your keystrokes for something more worthwhile. You have this medium to share your thoughts regarding the NBA to the rest of the world and you waste it on this crap.
    Thanks for helping me unsubscribe from this blog or whatever the hell it’s become now.

  2. jake - Oct 3, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    hahahaha Kobe beat LeBron 1 on 1??? hahah ya right
    LeBron would smoke him easily. LeBron would dunk on him and kobe would pull up for his jumper. Easily LeBron

  3. Jason - Oct 3, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    @Alan
    Did you watch the video? If you think Moore is a Kobe basher, I can’t argue that, but he didn’t do any more bashing in this article than Kobe did himself. He basically repeated what Kobe himself said. Also, no one cares if you unsubscribe. Literally. Nobody. You’re the kind of person who gets a bad taco at Taco Bell and says “you’ve just lost a customer” and storms out. Get over yourself. It’s a blog. It’s opinion. That’s what it is. Good lord I can’t believe I’m even putting this much into your juvenile asinine response. I should do myself a favor and save my keystrokes for something more worthwhile.
    Also:
    My favorite part of this video? Kobe says “me” before the question is even over. He heard “Who would normally win in a one-on-one…” and answered. The dude could have been about to say “Jesus” and he wouldn’t have cared.

  4. SFWA - Oct 3, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Wow another article written by a dude who is deeply and madly in love with LeJerk. We can all see that LeNoJumpShot is a physical freak of nature, but that doesn’t mean he’s a great basketball player. I see him as Shawn Kemp…great near the hoop, but very limited the furthur out he gets. The big joke here is that Kobe has the better all around game by far! If they were the same age Kobe would win easily.

  5. DJ - Oct 3, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    1. Kobe would destroy Jebron Lames for the reasons stated above.
    2. I hate when Jebron’s jockers try to say he is a “Magic Johnson type.” Magic was clutch. Magic as a rookie took control of the NBA Finals and had one of the greatest all round games EVER. Magic had the ability to put the team on his shoulders, this cat cannot say the same.

  6. Drew - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    I’m no Kobe fan, but I think too much is being made of this. Kobe is confident in his one-on-one ability, and he’s right, it IS his game. Lebron is a facilitator and playmaker much more so than Kobe. Lebron is the better all-around player in my mind, but if you put them up one-on-one, Kobe is a better jump shooter and individual defender.

  7. Zachariah Blott - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    If you think Kobe can take LeBron one-on-one, you haven’t seen the few times Bryant actually tried to stick James over the past couple years. It was embarassing – just watch the 4th quarter of the Cleveland-LA game on Christmas.

  8. Drew - Oct 4, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    Again, I’m more of a Lebron fan than Kobe, but one part of one game is not indicative of the whole player. I remember one game when Lamond Murray was torching Jordan. Does that mean he would beat Jordan in a one-on-one scenario? No. Sometimes you steer a player to help defenders in games. Sometimes you get caught off balance. Sometimes you’re tired. Obviously, no one can verify any of this stuff anyway.

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