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Mike Brown compares, Kobe, LeBron: It’s about the rings

Feb 11, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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Mike Brown is different from the last Lakers coach in a lot of ways. For example, when you ask him a direct question he’ll answer it. Even if he probably shouldn’t wade into those waters.

For example, the whole “Kobe or LeBron” debate.

Brown talked about it to’s Ken Berger and talked about it in terms of legacy.

“I think it starts when you look at championship rings,” Brown said. “The guys who have multiple rings are the ones you mention when you start talking about people’s legacies. They should be mentioned first, because there are a lot of great players out there that I believe can put up great numbers and do great things, especially on a team where you don’t win. It’s a different type of pressure that you go through. To have five of them, and to have the possibility of getting more — six or seven or eight — it’s like, ‘Whoa.’ And that right there by itself is what puts you in a different category.

“If we’re just talking about talent, or pure talent alone, yeah, there are other guys out there that have a high talent level,” Brown said. “Are they to the level of Kobe’s? In different aspects of the game. If you’re talking about who’s the most talented passer, LeBron or Kobe, well, LeBron is. Who’s the more talented midrange scorer? Kobe is. Who’s the better attacker? Dwyane Wade is. So they all do different things, I think, better than each other. But at the end of the day, when it comes to combining talent and skill with the most important thing, which is winning, I don’t know how you don’t give [Kobe] the edge.”

I don’t think even the most ardent LeBron supporters would argue that right now his legacy is better than Kobe’s. It’s not. The debate about who is the better player right now is the one that gets people fired up, but Brown artfully dodged that question. (The answer is LeBron, by the way.)

  1. scorp16 - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    So Mike Brown is saying:

    Robert Horry > Kobe Bryant

    • qdog112 - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      The world>you in intelligence.

  2. steelerswin6 - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    LeLoser can’t carry Kobe’s jock strap.

  3. debo7130 - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Kurt Helin has serious man-love for someone.

    (The answer is LeBron, by the way.)

    • trueballs - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      this is getting ridiculous. Kurt Helin is not the only writer/blogger/broadcaster to think that LBJ is the best player RIGHT NOW. Most GMs believe this, many coaches agree, Larry Bird agrees. They are not talking about legacies. They’re talking about today. On top of that, LBJ’s struggles have only made his story more interesting to write about.

      So this whole “Kurt’s man-love” thing…It sounds like you’re very insecure…because other people, like actual players, coaches etc., are backing up Kurt’s claims.

  4. chiadam - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Brown then hurried off to draw up more horrid plays featuring Steve Blake.

  5. losangelasbasketball - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Mike brown basically said…… Lebron traveled.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Another way he’s different than the last coach is that the last coach had the best player in the game and won 9 championships. Mike Brown had the best player in the game and won zero.

  7. thelakeshow562 - Feb 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM


  8. ambitoos - Feb 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Being a Laker fan that has been following them since Jerry West and Wilt played I have seen a bunch of great players come threw the NBA. But there is only one that stands out from all the others and that would be Michel Jordan. There will never be another.

  9. dirtybird2020 - Feb 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Maybe when lebrons career is over kobe will sell him a ring! Hahaha, name a king without a ring?!?

  10. thelakeshow562 - Feb 11, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Of course not mj played in a different game then koby

  11. mcjon22 - Feb 11, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Derrick Rose > Lebron James

    • mytthor - Feb 12, 2012 at 1:45 AM

      I’m not a LeBron fan, but this is just silly, and you people are silly for giving it thumbs up. Why exactly is Rose better?

      Stats? Not close.
      MVP’s? No.
      Winning? No.
      Defense? Not close.
      Athleticism? No.
      Scoring? No.
      Shooting? About the same, I’d say.
      Rebounding? No.
      Being Humble? Yes. Has nothing whatsoever to do with basketball.

      Clutch? Well, everyone’s going to want to say yes, but this seems to say they’re pretty close.

      Scoring similar, LeBron with about half as many assists but also half as many turnovers, and he’s going to be guarding the opposing team’s best perimeter scorer. Including DESTROYING Rose in the playoffs last year.

      It’s just no contest.

  12. mrlitl - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Who the hell is Koby?? (It’s KOBE!)

  13. glink123 - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    LeBron is a winner. Like all those championships he won in college. And all those championships he won playing for the Cavaliers. And all those championships he’s won playing with two other all-stars for the Heat. Yup, a decade in the NBA already, and LeBron is such a winner.

  14. bondihero - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Surprise surprise another bunch of “fans” or “haters” bagging THE KING ! What are your basketball credentials?? Fools

  15. davidly - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I love how everybody desperately avoids mentioning Skibby MaRue.

  16. mrheavychevy - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Mike brown is a terrible coach simple as that we should just ask Phil to coach via oovoo

  17. loungefly74 - Feb 13, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    fine…Lebron is a better player right now then Kobe…so what? that like comparing a (kobe) 1980’s Lamborghini Countach (ya know, the one those 2 hot chicks drove in Cannonball Run?) versus a 2012 (lebron) Audi R8. sure, that Audi will out perform that Lambo because its built better and newer/younger…but what will history remember? The Lambo, my friend. and it’s not just because of those 2 hot chicks in Cannonball Run. yeah, that’s right. i referenced Tara Buckman and Adrienne Barbeau on a NBA blog site.

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