Lakers Fans Divided as Kobe Bryant Ranked Below LeBron James in Modern Greats List

Published 10/01/2021, 12:14 PM EDT
Lakers Kobe Bryant argues with a referee as Cavaliers LeBron James laughs at the Staples Center Friday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Seemingly ageless as ever, LeBron James is all set to kick off his 19th campaign in the NBA soon. Preparing with a rejuvenated Los Angeles Lakers, James will look to take his team all the way in 2022. According to many, the powerhouse is the greatest basketball player in the history of the game. However, others rate him below some fellow icons, such as former player Kobe Bryant. What do you think?

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During the course of his career, LeBron has averaged 27 points in the league. His best days were with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he also won the title. Meanwhile, Kobe shone with James’ current franchise right through his career, averaging 25 points along the way. Along with this, he was widely regarded as one of the most mentally strong players in the world. But as per a recent list, he has been outdone by his 36-year-old counterpart.

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Fans show mixed reactions to LeBron James being rated over Kobe Bryant

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When we talk about the GOAT debate, various names come to mind. Along with the duo discussed above, the likes of Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant and a few others pop up in most peoples’ lists. However, according to a recent list of ‘top 10 greatest players of the modern era’, LeBron James has been ranked the highest. He is followed by the iconic Kobe Bryant. However, fans had some confused reactions to the list. Take a look.

Many members of the Twitterati believed that the ‘Mamba’ deserved to be ranked above LeBron. The post was met with numerous “Kobe > LeBron” responses, while some just chose to rate Bryant above all else.

On the other hand, there were others who believed James’ position on the list was well justified.

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It is clearly a divided house among the fans. But who do you think pips the rest in this list of the best ever players? Are they shock ousters? Let us know in the comments.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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