It was the biggest story of the 2018 off-season when LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. The season turned out to be an absolute disaster for the Lakers as they missed out on signing another star, they were plagued with injuries, they miss out on the playoffs and to top it off, Magic Johnson resigned as the president of basketball operations.
However, the team is committed to turn it all around next season and return to the postseason where they can make a statement. LeBron James may have known it could be a long term project to turn this team into a contender along with knowing that Lakers fans were always going to try and make comparisons between the four-time MVP and Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant.
In an interview with Jim Hill for CBS Los Angeles, James expressed that he didn’t think that the comparisons between the two champions were fair assessments of either player.
“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,” James said. “Michael’s fans, Michael Jordan himself. Kobe fans, Kobe himself. LeBron fans, and LeBron himself. 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.”
“We would do anything to win and we would do anything to put our life on the line to win basketball games,” James said of the similarities between himself, Bryant, and Jordan. “We’re just champions. We was born champions and we work hard and we want to be the greatest that we can be, but I think we’ve all had our own paths. Mike had his path, Mike was the greatest. Kobe had his path, Kobe was the greatest. I had my own path, hopefully, someday someone will say I’m the greatest.”
“At the end of the day, I hope we all make our fans and make each other’s fans proud as well, no matter whether you love us, hate us, or whatever the case may be.”
You can check out the full interview here in the video below.