Kevin Durant chose Kobe Bryant over LeBron James when asked who would win in a one-on-one situation between the two.
There is no doubt that Kobe Bryant had the deepest bag of tricks the NBA has ever seen from an offensive player. The number of counters he had up his sleeve almost always kept the defense on their toes, leading to him taking and quite possibly making shots that players could only dream of attempting in a real game.
LeBron James, on the other hand, while he’s also extremely gifted on the attacking side of the pitch, he’s not the same type of player as Kobe Bryant. In fairness to the Cavaliers legend, he’s honed his shot over the past two years, perhaps taking a page from Kobe’s book and perfecting his fadeaway sweater.
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Kevin Durant, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalscorers of all time, was asked who he would choose between Kobe and LeBron in a one-on-one situation. Safe to say his answer wasn’t too shocking.
Kevin Durant takes on Kobe Bryant on LeBron James.
Kevin Durant has said on several occasions that he admired Kobe Bryant growing up. “He was a God to me,” KD joked while playing with him during the Olympics. So when asked to choose between James and Bryant, it’s easy to assume the 2x champion would choose the latter.
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This question was asked in 2011, a year before his meeting with “The King” during the NBA Finals. Durant had seen firsthand what it was like to play against Kobe Bryant at a high level as the Lakers knocked out the Thunder in the 2010 playoffs.
Other players like Matt Barnes and John Wall have been asked the same question. Barnes, who reinforced Kobe on the pitch but would later become his teammate, also chose him. Wall was the only person to give LeBron James the advantage, but hinted that he would only win if he said bullying tactics.