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Back on Dec. 30, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers deemed himself the best NBA player of all time during an episode of “More Than an Athlete” on ESPN.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) December 30, 2018
However, since joining the Lakers as a free agent last July, James has had to deal with masses of Kobe Bryant fans, who consider Bryant to be the better player compared to James.
Evidently, the man who labeled himself the best has become tired of comparisons to Bryant. During a 20-minute sitdown interview with Jim Hill of CBS, James termed comparisons to Bryant “unfair” because of the different paths they’ve taken in their careers.
“I think that’s unfair. That’s going to be the only thing that’s unfair in this conversation we have today because I think at the end of the day, we are all different,” he said.
James then went into third person as he explained his rationale.
“Michael’s fans, Michael Jordan himself. Kobe fans, Kobe himself. LeBron fans, and LeBron himself,” he said. “We’re all different on the simple fact that we all take different challenges, we’ve all had challenges, we’ve all had different courses, but the one thing that’s the same is that we would do anything to play this game of basketball every single day.”
James believes those paths all lead to the same place.
“Mike had his path, Mike was the greatest,” he said. “Kobe had his path, Kobe was the greatest. I had my own path.
“Hopefully, someday someone will say I’m the greatest.”
Other than himself.