Oct 16, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT
Kobe Bryant was not kidding when he said he could beat LeBron in a game of one-on-one.
Well, of course he was not kidding — Kobe’s unfailing belief in himself and his abilities is at his core. Like a character out of a Greek tragedy, that belief is both Kobe’s greatest strength and the cause of his downfalls.
But Kobe’s was correct in his belief that he could best LeBron in a game of one-one-one — he’s got the stats to back him up.
ESPN researcher Alok Pattani went back and looked at every play in the past six years where Kobe and LeBron went up against each other in what could be considered an isolation situation.
Kobe scored 20 points in 27 isolation plays, or an average of 0.74 points per possession. LeBron scored 7 points in 13 isolation plays, or 0.54 points per possession.
Meaning when they were matched up on each other, Kobe came out on top.
Just like they would in real life. (Well at least in Kobe’s mind that is how it world turn out.)
(Story via the amazing Kamanetzky brothers at ESPNLosAngeles)
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