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Kobe comments on 1-on-1 vs greats

http://ballislife.com/kobe-says-hes-the-best-one-on-one-player-ever-says...

“Kevin Durant is the guy that would give me the most trouble."

Thoughts on what he said about it being close with MJ, being able to take Lebron, and supposedly roasting T-Mac pretty easily?


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I don't see Kobe stopping

I don't see Kobe stopping Lebron in 1 on 1

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Wait didn't kobe say a couple

Wait didn't kobe say a couple weeks ago that Carmelo was the hardest player for him to guard and gives him the most trouble?

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I liked the article

I liked the article but I dont agree with it. I think he'd beat T-Mac, but not easily.

I think Kobe would struggle badly with Lebron due to Bron's size and strength. Not to mention Lebron actually is a great defender. If it was a jump shooting contest, yea Kobe. But since Bron can drive at will, he'll beat Kobe.

With Kobe and Durant, I think Kobe would have a hard time guarding KD, but Kobe would take the W in that one.

I think Melo could have his way with Kobe honestly, being stronger and being able to score easily from anywhere. But at the same time Kobe would score on Melo just as easily. I guess it depends on who gets the ball first.

I wont discuss MJ. He's MJ

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KD

Is the man I thought would unseat MJ as the goat. No player has been better at his age. None. He has the potential to be the best basketball player to ever live. I thought this when he was at Texas.

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Jordan

Averaged 37 a game at age 23. Plus 6 and 5. While being a lock down defender. Just saying.

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Averaged 37 a game at age 23.

Averaged 37 a game at age 23. Plus 6 and 5. While being a lock down defender. Just saying.
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On a losing team.

I'm willing to bet that KD could average 37 per game if he was taking 27.8 shots per game on a mediocre team too.

I think MJ was the GOAT but I can't look at everything he did with rose-colored glasses

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is kobe drunk? he wouldnt

is kobe drunk? he wouldnt beat any1 he mentioned, except tmac i guess, and its hard to believe 1 game was 11-2, but kd lebron and mj would all beat him no ? about it

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Kobe was a lot farther ahead

Kobe was a lot farther ahead as a basketball player than T-Mac was at 20-21 years old, so it's very believable that he beat him. I also don't think Kobe would pull a Manti T'eo and lie about something stupid.

It'd be close, but I do think Kobe could beat LeBron. LeBron is faster than Kobe in like a full court sprint, but I don't really think he's that much faster/quicker than Kobe in a half-court setting. Without a pick, I think Kobe could pressure him and make him pick up his dribble. LeBron would basically have to back him down all of the way to the basket. And while LeBron is a great all-around defender, I don't think he's that great on the ball. I think Kobe could have his way against LeBron. I mean, if Paul George could, why can't Kobe? I watched George torch LeBron off of the dribble.

As far as Melo and KD... I mean, they'd all be great matchups and would go back in forth. I honestly think they could go either way. Kobe is an one on one player though. That's his thing.

I'd like to see Kobe and Paul Pierce play one on one.

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Paul George

You sure you saw that game? Paul George did get hot, but it wasnt mostly him taking Lebron off the dribble. He got a lot of screens and switches and spot up shots. Dont act like Bron sat there and keyed in on him the whole night. You must didnt see Bron sit down and guard D Rose in the playoffs.

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You sure you read my post? I

You sure you read my post? I didn't post LeBron keyed in on him the whole night and I also didn't post Paul George scored mostly on LeBron off of the dribble.

However, there were a few plays where he broke LeBron down off of the dribble.

I'm sick of people acting like LeBron shut down D. Rose. LeBron did a great job up front, but they were hedging/trapping Rose and he had 2-3 defenders in back. Miami completely took advantage of the fact Chicago had not one other player who could create anything off of the dribble.

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I apologize

Im sorry, I saw the word "torch" and I guess I took it out of context. In my own opinion, torch means to really dismantle someone, basically have your way with them on the court. I wouldnt use torch if I meant he scored a few times on Lebron. But that's just me. I apologize again. And from the series I watched, Lebron shut down Derrick Rose. IT's basketball, there's always going to be several other defenders in the back, but upfront, one on one., Lebron shut down D Rose.

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In a charity game where every

In a charity game where every point made gave money to a cancer charity. Kobe went straight at T-Mac offensively and defensively. Kobe plays like he always has something to prove, T-mac did not want any of it. Prime Kobe would kill Lebron James. Kobe defensive principles hands and feet movement are on par with MJ. He also had the athleticism/strength to stay with him. I understand why Kobe would have the hardest time with KD extreme height and length for a perimeter player being 5 or 6 inches taller then him.

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In an interview with Phil

In an interview with Phil Jackson comparing Kobe to MJ, Phil said that the biggest difference was MJs hands an you are saying they are on par...
But I want to take a different approach then you and say Lebron would beat Kobe, both in their prime (Even though its hard to tell what Kobes prime is because hes still ballin aswell as ever) in 1 on 1 shot selection, defense, rebounding and fight are key factors. So..
On offense : Lebrons Most effective way to score is his ability to get the ball to the hoop for very high percentage hoops lead the league last year with 74% around the basket) keep in mind that he does this with a defender and help defender. So I do not see Kobe stopping to many drives by a man 6'8 and a solid 250 that handles the ball like a guard. I feel in 1 on 1 where evrything is worth 1 and no freethrows (I assume this is how all men play 1 on 1) Lebron bullies his way inside for a very high percentage shot, and gets to where he needs to be.
Kobe is a killer and I know that, I'm not kobe hater but the one of few knocks on Kobes game is his shot selection. While he does get his share of double teams there is no deying Kobes shot selection is quite often question able. Kobe won't get to where he likes as often as Lebron gets to where he likes because the 40pounds in weight diffence (kobes 210ish in what I consider his prime its debatable.
To sum up the Offense Lebron gets higher percentage shots which means more points. Lebron has been the most efficient player for close to a decade now.
On defense: both are excellent defenders, absolute ballhawks on the perimeter. Kobe has quick hands and can pick the ball but Lebron does a good job of sheilding his dribble and viceversa. Kobes bread and butter is in the post and Lebron has proven he can play down there too. Defensively Lebron is better in the post as he's been called apon to guard opposing big men. Lebrons size and quickness makes him an excellent perimeter and post defender. In the end Lebron gets more stops then Kobe, giving him a better chance of winning.
Lastly rebounding. In 1 on 1 rebound is a must, more possesions means more shots. Lebron is an absolute beast on the boards (10 pergame in last years playoff.
It would be a dog fight All signs point to Lebron winning.. but kobes fight and abiltiy to get hot still shouldnt be overlooked . But to say either player would get killed is ignorant.

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Phill Jaskon said MJ hands

Phill Jaskon said MJ hands size is the thing that made him different from Kobe not them being slower or anything like that. Lebron gotten better in the paint and posting up, but lets not put him on Kobes level because he does post up that often or is as skilled at it. Lebron Most effective way to score is his ability to get the ball to the hoop. That is a vague statement and generalizing because I could say the exact same thing for Kobe. What does Lebron do better then prime kobe offensively? Is he a better iso player ? Does he shoot the ball or free throws better ? Is he as clutch ? is he a better mid range player ? Lebron is better shot blocker and is a more versatile defender, but he not a better 1 on 1 defender then Kobe.

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Its not 2007 anymore lebron

Its not 2007 anymore lebron can shoot.. let's take this year for example (since Kobe is shooting a career high):
Lebron is shooting 74% from the resticted area, 49% from inside the key, 41% from midrange, 46% from cornear three and 38% from elsewhere on the three.
Kobes respectivly 65%, 42%, 46% (midrange is higher), 40% and 36%. This is the first year in the lat 3years Kobe has had a higher midrange percentage. So yes he better from midrange, dude cut the crap lebron is an excellent midrange shooter now and I have advance stats to back it. You come at me with rhetorical questions as if you just made a point. Lebron is better from everywhere on the floor except the freethrow line. Freethrows ain't nothing in one on one. And vague statment? I'll put it clearly. Lebron gets into the paint and finishes with a higher percentage, you could say the same about kobe hey? Then could you atleast follow up with some proof? Along with finishing higher almost everywhere on the court.
As for clutch I don't know what your definition is but in the playoff for game winners/game tying buckets as of last year one of the guys one of the players we are debating about is 5/11 the other is 6/23.. wanna connect the dots? Lebron doesn't look as pretty but he gets higher percentage shots man. And in the post (kobes bread and butter) lebron is a far superior defender because of his physicalattributes.

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Way to back it up with proof...

Good response there, Im tired of guys who wont let go of the "Prime Kobe" ... He's gone, thats not him anymore. He's still a great player, but certainly not better than Lebron James, except for free throws. They try and say he's the most clutch, but the numbers dont prove it. They wanna say he's the better shooter, but the numbers dont prove it. The only valid argument they have is championship rings. And in my opinion, amount of rings doesnt matter when youre discussing who's the better player. Maybe who's had the best career, but not who's currently the best player. When you talk about Kobe, its always about scoring, you cant go to another subject. With Lebron, you can go to defending, you can go to rebounding, you can go to versatility, you can go to blocks. Im not a Kobe hater, but facts are just facts

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In an interview with Phil

In an interview with Phil Jackson comparing Kobe to MJ, Phil said that the biggest difference was MJs hands an you are saying they are on par...
But I want to take a different approach then you and say Lebron would beat Kobe, both in their prime (Even though its hard to tell what Kobes prime is because hes still ballin aswell as ever) in 1 on 1 shot selection, defense, rebounding and fight are key factors. So..
On offense : Lebrons Most effective way to score is his ability to get the ball to the hoop for very high percentage hoops lead the league last year with 74% around the basket) keep in mind that he does this with a defender and help defender. So I do not see Kobe stopping to many drives by a man 6'8 and a solid 250 that handles the ball like a guard. I feel in 1 on 1 where evrything is worth 1 and no freethrows (I assume this is how all men play 1 on 1) Lebron bullies his way inside for a very high percentage shot, and gets to where he needs to be.
Kobe is a killer and I know that, I'm not kobe hater but the one of few knocks on Kobes game is his shot selection. While he does get his share of double teams there is no deying Kobes shot selection is quite often question able. Kobe won't get to where he likes as often as Lebron gets to where he likes because the 40pounds in weight diffence (kobes 210ish in what I consider his prime its debatable.
To sum up the Offense Lebron gets higher percentage shots which means more points. Lebron has been the most efficient player for close to a decade now.
On defense: both are excellent defenders, absolute ballhawks on the perimeter. Kobe has quick hands and can pick the ball but Lebron does a good job of sheilding his dribble and viceversa. Kobes bread and butter is in the post and Lebron has proven he can play down there too. Defensively Lebron is better in the post as he's been called apon to guard opposing big men. Lebrons size and quickness makes him an excellent perimeter and post defender. In the end Lebron gets more stops then Kobe, giving him a better chance of winning.
Lastly rebounding. In 1 on 1 rebound is a must, more possesions means more shots. Lebron is an absolute beast on the boards (10 pergame in last years playoff.
It would be a dog fight All signs point to Lebron winning.. but kobes fight and abiltiy to get hot still shouldnt be overlooked . But to say either player would get killed is ignorant.

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Sorry about the double post

Sorry about the double post

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@Indiana, you said everything

@Indiana, you said everything I wanted to lol.

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I think Kobe's thoughts are

I think Kobe's thoughts are pretty much dead on.
MJ: They are pretty much identical players with equal skills, thus would come down to a rubber match.
Lebron: I love Lebron, but Kobe would prevail.
T-Mac: Not enough toughness or will to win against Kobe
Durant: Even at Kobe's prime, KD would give him fits. This one is tough, but shouldn't surprise anyone if Durant wins.

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every superstar in the game

every superstar in the game relies heavily on screens to get free. But if you subtract getting free on screens and fast break plays both of which wont exist in a one on one game and its just two guys going at it, kobe is the best to have played in my book. Iverson is in this convo too though.

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kobe

lebron would beat kobe. durant I give the edge also but it would be close. Lebron is just bigger faster stronger and he's going to get closer shots to the rim which will increase his shooting percentage. It will also be hard for kobe to get clean looks on lebron. Yes kobe will hit tough shots but he will have to do that for every point. It's gonna be hard for kobe to post up lebron and to bump off him into a rhythm fade shot because lebron so strong and athletic that his shot will be altered. Durant could get his shot off anytime on kobe cus he's so damn tall. also it would be hard for kobe to get off a shot on him but I do think he has a better chance to score around durant

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in their prime

mj, kobe patterned his game on jordan so kind of the same type of player but i think he won't beat jordan

tmac, he is my favorite in his prime but kobe can beat him kobe is way more competitive

lebron, it will be hard for kobe to guard lebron 1n1 because of size but it will also be tough for lebron to guard kobe if you will add explosiveness and athleticism on him like what he used to have in his prime

durant, right now for me he is already 2nd best to lebron, we have no idea how good he can be in his prime, but i think at this point of his career, he is already capable of beating prime kobe, he is too tall

melo, kobe will win because melo is not that great as a defender

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If you are talking one vs one

If you are talking one vs one then guys like AI would have burnt off a lot of guys through speed on offence although defence would have been an issue. I'd always take a back courter/small forward over a frontcourter in a one vs one due to speed and the chance to steal.

The funniest ever fantasy one vs one match, lets have some ideas, how about Meadowlark vs JaVale McGee

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Tracy McGrady says him and

Tracy McGrady says him and Kobe never played.....Someone is lying.

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/eye-on-basketball/21570897/tracy-mcgra...

I sort of believe Tracy McGrady...as he said, dudes in the NBA don't even play one on one.

And you ask any NBA superstar today could they beat such and such at one on one they may say yea or they don't know, but they always follow it with "but it will never happen". Why? Because guys in the NBA don't play one on one.

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