It is fun to hear basketball fans debate about who is better – Kobe Bryant or LeBron James.
You’re sure to have many more fans in and around Los Angeles state emphatically that Kobe is superior, while those that bare the frigid winters of Cleveland and that region would get their chattering jaws to be still for a few seconds to say no, LeBron is better.
But what do those that are in the game believe?
Here is the opinion of former NBA player Fred Vinson, who is an assistant coach and director of player programs for the Clippers.
The two questions I posed to Vinson were: “If you had to pick one player to take a crucial game-winning shot, who would that be?”
And the second question was, “If you had one final piece of a playoff team to fill, who would you choose?”
“Kobe,” Vinson said. “Because A, he’s going to give it to you on both ends of the floor. I think that’s the major difference between he and LeBron is that Kobe plays so hard defensively.”
Vinson went on to say that Bryant is a winner, that he knows how to win, but just as importantly is not adverse to confronting his teammates, even if it means figuratively stepping on some toes.
“I’m not sure how LeBron is but (Bryant) will challenge guys in the locker room,” Vinson said. “I like Kobe as a leader, not to say that LeBron isn’t a leader. But I like Kobe right now at this stage because he’s had more years, and he’s won three championships. LeBron’s got to the finals but he hasn’t won anything, yet.”