Skip to main content

Shaquille O'Neal: "Kobe Was A Young Michael Jordan Before He Became Michael Jordan. And LeBron Is Both Of Them Combined."

(via Fadeaway World)

(via Fadeaway World)

It's the neverending debate: LeBron James vs Michael Jordan vs Kobe Bryant. Who is the real G.O.A.T.? No matter how many times it gets mentioned, it seems that the discussion is something fans will never agree on.

Shaquille O'Neal gave a very interesting perspective on the subject, comparing the three stars to each other in an interview with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of

“However, Penny was a young Magic Johnson and I was a young Kareem. Kobe was a young Michael Jordan before he became Michael Jordan. And LeBron is both of them combined. And D-Wade was Kobe when he was coming into his own. I’ll just put it like that.”

Kobe gets compared to Jordan almost as much as Bron does. During his heyday, it was the Mamba who was seen as Jordan's "reincarnation." And while LeBron's placement among the three remains to be seen, it's fair to say he encapsulates both players.

He's an unstoppable scorer, a tough defender, and a fearless leader. Moreover, he excels over both players at setting up his teammates. Neither one could play point the way he has this season for the Lakers.

Even at 35-years-old, LeBron James is still elite -- showing the longevity and durability both Kobe and Jordan displayed over their careers.

But for Bron to ever cement his case as above those two, he's going to have to win another Championship. If he gets one in L.A., under these circumstances, there may be no arguing his status.