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Kobe on ESPN Radio says LeBron is in the “same room” as him & talks MJ comparisons

Published on February 21st, 2013 by Astramskas, David | 3,538 views

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Kobe was a guest on ESPN radio LA with Mason and Ireland to talk about Buss, trades and the never ending MJ/LeBron comparisons.   When asked what his reaction to comparison questions to Jordan he had a pretty good answer that honors past greats.

“I don’t really have a reaction to it. We measure everybody by the greatness that came before us. I think people sometimes forget how great players were before. You forget about the streak Jordan had, you forget about what Magic (Johnson) did, you forget about what Larry Bird did, that’s something that gets pushed to the back-burner. Just go back and look at what some of those guys were doing and some of the numbers that they were putting up, they have done astronomical things and for LeBron, LeBron is still young in his career and still has a lot of runs to make, with this being the first streak that he has put together that has been one of, in a historical sense, but I’m sure he will have many more of those down the road.”

When asked if LeBron is as good as him, he had an equally good answer.

“Is he as good as me? (Host: Yeah, is he as good of a basketball player as you are?) I mean every time you start comparing players to some of the all-time greats then you have to put him in that same room.”
So, there are a couple of interesting nuggets in there. For one, Bryant automatically assumed himself as one of the game’s all-time greats — which, granted, is probably accurate. But saying that James is “in that same room” as himself will probably draw some notice for perhaps being dismissive. Is that how Bryant meant his comments? Who knows, but his opinion on James will undoubtedly make some headlines.

You can listen to the full interview on ESPN Radio.

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