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Kobe Bryant Says He Could Beat LeBron James 1-On-1 In His Sleep

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant

After LeBron James' arrival in Los Angeles, there's been a hell of a lot of talk regarding James vs. Laker legend Kobe Bryant.

The pair of legends dominated the NBA in the 2000's, becoming two of the most talked about athletes in the history of the game. Debate has raged on ever since LeBron became the face of the NBA as to who is the greater player between the two, who would beat each other in a 1-on-1 scenario, and more recently, which of them are the better players to have ever donned a Lakers uniform.

With a renewed buzz around this topic since LeBron's free agency decision, a video of Kobe Bryant has surfaced from all the way back in 2010, when Kobe arrived in London to open the London School of Basketball -- a network of coaches committed to delivering coordinated basketball across London whilst increasing sustainable participation in the sport. Bryant indulged in a Q&A session during the visit, and a fan asked him who would win in a 1-on-1 game between himself and LeBron James.

"I’d win, I’d win. That’s what I do. One on one is..that’s easy for me, you know. Playing 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.”

Now, remember, this was back in 2010, when the Lakers were fresh of a championship, Kobe was a two-time Finals MVP, and LeBron was the newest member of the Miami Heat. Back then, it wouldn't have been an argument. But after eight years of LeBron's dominance in the East, some opinions may have changed, and it would definitely be a much closer battle today, if both were in their primes.