There's no denying that LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are two of the most legendary players to step on the hardwood in the post 2000's-era of basketball, and we as fans have been spoiled for the better part of two decades watching the two dominate the NBA at their respective peaks.
With James' recent statistical surge in his 15th year in the league, many have begun to compare both LeBron and Kobe again, reigniting a debate that was thought to be put to rest back when Kobe retired in 2016.
Current Laker rookie Kyle Kuzma was asked on Chris Broussard's In The Zone podcast who he consider's to be the greater player between the two, and as a Laker, had a pretty surprising response.
Pretty bold of Kuzma to go with James when he's on the team Kobe won five championships with between 2000 and 2010.
Some Laker fans have gone as far to call for Kuz to be traded because of the comments, but he's not the only Laker rookie to side with James instead of Bryant, as the second pick in the 2017 NBA draft Lonzo Ball also ranked LeBron ahead of Kobe all-time.
“My favorite player was LeBron growing up. But [Jordan] does have a point. Championships do mean a lot. But, uhh, it’s tough. I’m a Laker. I want to go with Kobe. But I’ve been saying LeBron for my whole life, so I’ma go with LeBron.”
Who knows, perhaps both of these guys deep down to rank Kobe as the better player, but are flexing their recruiting muscles to try and swoon LeBron so he signs with Los Angeles this summer?