This past weekend, Michael Jordan celebrated his 50th birthday. Along with all the hoopla surrounding his birthday and his legacy, there was talk about the present and future of basketball. Among one of the many interviews in recent days, Jordan was asked who he thought which player was better: Kobe Bryant or LeBron James. His response simply was Kobe because he has 5 titles to LeBron’s 1.
Now I’m not a big fan of either Kobe or LeBron but I do find it interesting that Jordan uses championships as a measuring stick. Even more I found it interesting was LeBron’s response to Jordan’s comments. He mentioned about players like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing & Reggie Miller and how they are some of the greatest of all time. Those three players also have no rings but they are better than a Jud Buechler, who has 3 rings.
What’s my opinion? It’s hard to base who’s the greatest simply by titles. If that’s the case then Bill Russell is the greatest of all time (11 rings). I think that titles have to play a role to distinguish but it isn’t the only thing. I think that you have to take into account impact on and off the court. Yes it’s true that Karl Malone never won a ring but he is definitely one of the top power forwards in the history of the NBA.
This is definitely an opinion question and up for debate just as much as who’s better LeBron or Kobe. What say you?