The title for greatest of all time is often put in contention. Two names that constantly get put in this conversation are Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Shaquille O’Neal was recently interviewed by Abe Schwadron of Antenna Magazine and was asked to choose between the two and came up with a surprising answer:
They’re different. LeBron is more of an all-around player — Hey this guy’s open, let me kick it to him. Kobe is more of, Oh, we’re down six? I’m going to shoot it three times and get us six points. But they’re both great players. It’s a matter of opinion. To me, Dr. J was the greatest player ever. But I ask other people, they say Jordan, some say Kobe, some people say LeBron. It’s always going to be a matter of opinion
Shaq and Kobe were one of the best one-two punches the league has ever known. Shaq is also known for continuously praising Kobe. Thus, one would have thought Shaq would have sided with the Black Mamba. However, Shaq’s answer is quite objective and unbiased. Granted, he has been teammates with both players and he stated that neither was who he thought to be the greatest.
Shaq’s answer is insightful and true as the debate is a matter of opinion. It still would have been great to hear Shaq side with Kobe, especially with Kobe’s return next season. Furthermore, Shaq wouldn’t be the first NBA player to praise Kobe in recent times. The debate may never end but regardless, both players are deserving of much respect.
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