NBA  > General NBA  > Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James
October 13, 2010, 07:26 PM
If you have the correct answer to the following question, you can be part of the largest pay-per-view sporting event in American history: Who would win in a one-on-one game between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James?

Kobe Bryant (in London last week): I'd win. That's what I do. One-on-one -- that's easy for me. One-on-one is how I grew up playing. It's, like, my thing. LeBron is more like a Magic Johnson. He's a great passer and plays an all-around game. At the core of me, I'm a one-on-one player. I'd do that in my sleep.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: It depends on the rules. Is it, "no blood, no foul"?

Yes, the players would call their own fouls. There would be no referee. Who uses refs in one-on-one?

Cuban: Then I take LeBron. He's too big. Regular refs, I take Kobe.

Note: James is 2 inches taller and 30 pounds heavier than Bryant.

Cuban: Because if you let them call their own fouls, then the audience gets to make their own judgments, and that makes it more interesting.

Yes, they'd call their own fouls. So how much would you pay for Bryant versus James on your HDNet?

Cuban: A lot.

Denver Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups: I think Kobe is probably a better one-on-one player, but just in a one-on-one game, I think Bron is probably too big and strong. So Bron would probably win.

Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony: [laughs] I have no clue, man. It'd be a good game, though.

Note: James and Anthony are about the same size, and Anthony has fared well one-on-one versus Bryant.

ABA/NBA legend Rick Barry: I'd say Kobe would beat him. Kobe has more moves. And Kobe's the better shooter. LeBron might beat him in one game, if LeBron got hot with outside shooting. Would there be "three seconds"?

There would be no ref, so it would be up to the players to call three seconds. And in the entire history of one-on-one basketball, nobody has ever been weenie enough to call three seconds.

Barry: Well, then, Kobe would be in trouble. Because LeBron's a beast.

Isn't it true that you played one-on-one versus George "Iceman" Gervin at Trump's hotel in Atlantic City?

Barry: Yeah, George edged me, but I was sick. And Kareem played Dr. J and beat him. J never could shoot from the outside.

Former L.A. Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy: I'd pick Kobe because of his shooting and defending. He moves his feet better. He'd force LeBron to shoot from the outside. LeBron's a freight train in the open court, but there wouldn't be any open court.

Note: Bryant and James have played head-to-head 13 times. In those games, James has outscored Bryant eight times and beaten Kobe's team eight times.

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So who do you think would win?
October 14, 2010  06:41 PM ET

Maybe I'm partial, but I've always liked Lebron more than Kobe. He's just so much bigger than Kobe, and he's outscored him so many times.

October 14, 2010  06:42 PM ET

<---- And... yes, I'll admit I'm biased, hehe.

October 14, 2010  07:37 PM ET

yeah kobe's what. I'd take LBJ over Kobe 1-1. Although Kobe would be calling fouls for himself every 10 seconds, SI did label Kobe the NBA's most notorious whiner.

October 14, 2010  07:38 PM ET

Look at his ring finger<-------------------- see anything?

yeah kobe's what. I'd take LBJ over Kobe 1-1. Although Kobe would be calling fouls for himself every 10 seconds, SI did label Kobe the NBA's most notorious whiner.

October 15, 2010  09:21 AM ET

Kobe would beat the self proclaimed King.I say call him Prince or sausage or whatever but not King.Try winning a title first!

October 15, 2010  11:21 AM ET

lol @ the people who try to hate on lebron for not having a ring. first of all he is about to have pleanty of rings. second of all he has been on the cavs for 7 years and they are terrible. kobe couldnt win with them either, he has a hard enough time winning with the all star team the call the lakers. and kobe would probably win a one on one game because he thinks every play is a foul so hed be cryin every play, lol if it was a fair game tho bron wins no question hes too strong and athletic for kobe, even if he got by him lebron would come from behind and swat his ****

October 15, 2010  10:23 PM ET

pass the blue cheese cause I know you said the prince is gonna have plenty of wings.

November 16, 2010  11:37 AM ET

papi's right - kobe wouldn't make a shot without calling a foul on it. the guy is constantly complaining. lebron, no question.

November 16, 2010  11:37 AM ET

haha... not that i'm biased or anything. :)


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