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Kobe Bryant On Who Would He Pick At No. 1 To Play Alongside Him: "LeBron James. No Question... He's A Pass-First Guy And I'm A Gunner."

Kobe Bryant On Who Would He Pick At No. 1 To Play Alongside Him: "LeBron James. No Question. He's A Pass-First Guy And I'm A Gunner."

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are unarguably the best players of their generation. Although Kobe was drafted into the league earlier than LeBron, he still had several opportunities to play against each other in the league.

While fans could never get to see an NBA Finals between LeBron and Kobe, another wish of fans was fulfilled. Yes, we are talking about when LeBron and Kobe shared the court together for Team USA in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

During the 2008 Olympics, Kobe was the undisputed best player in the league, but the world was aware that LeBron had started to enter the prime of his career. Considering the strength of Team USA, it wasn't a surprise that they brought home the gold medal.

Jumping forward to the 2012 Olympics, Kobe was now 33 years old and was still one of the best players in the league, but he was starting to get injured more often than before.

As a result, it was quite obvious that LeBron was the best player in the league. So much so that during the 2012 Olympics, Kobe was asked who was the best player in the NBA if he didn't have the option to name himself. Additionally, Bryant was also asked about the first player he'd pick to play alongside him if he was drafting his own team. The answers to both questions? LeBron James.

"Taking myself out of the equation, the best player in the NBA? LeBron James. If I'd draft a team the first teammate that I'd have? LeBron James. To play alongside me, I'd pick LeBron James, no question. It's easy, he's a pass-first guy and I'm a gunner. So it goes hand in hand

If LeBron and Kobe ever played together on an NBA team together, it would have simply been too much for the opponents. We never got to witness that, but at least we saw Kobe and James destroy opponents when playing for Team USA. A huge reason for it was Kobe deciding to focus on playing defense and guarding the best player of each and every opponent.

This tactic did wonders for Team USA, and the fruit of their hard work was two back-to-back gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Both the teams in which James and Bryant featured are considered to be two of the best teams ever assembled. In fact, many even drew comparisons to the 1992 Dream Team.