"I do think LeBron has surpassed Kobe as a player" - Jerry West

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 9 years ago '04        #1
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"I do think LeBron has surpassed Kobe as a player" - Jerry West
 

 
LeBron James is the best player in the NBA, surpassing veteran Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, 14-times All-Star guard Jerry West said Monday.

West, a shrewd judge of talent who brought Bryant to the Lakers when he was their general manager, said the Cleveland forward could become the league's next Michael Jordan.

"I look at Cleveland say to myself, 'How many games could they win without LeBron James?' West told Reuters in an interview. "That's how great he is.

"He has a chance to be arguably the greatest player ever to play the game."

West, the NBA's executive of the year with the Lakers in 1995 and the Memphis Grizzlies in 2004, said playing both ends of the floor was what made Jordan so great.

"Michael Jordan was the best defensive player in the league but he was also the best offensive player," said West. "It wasn't a one-year fluke, he proved it over time.

"LeBron James will do the same type of things because he's getting better. He's a much more effective shooter. When's he's making his shots from the outside, you can't play him.

"He's just too big, too strong, too quick. And he has incredible body control. But more than that, he's a great team mate. You can see his team mates love him."

James averaged 28.4 points this season and was named the NBA's most valuable player. But Bryant, a three-times NBA champion and 2008 MVP, still remains a force, said West.

"If I had to have somebody make a last-second shot, it would be Kobe Bryant," said West, architect of the great Lakers teams from Magic Johnson years in the 1980s through the Shaquille O'Neal clubs of the early 2000s.

"But even though it's hard for me to be objective, because I brought Kobe to Los Angeles, I do think LeBron has surpassed Kobe as a player."

West, 70, was in Washington attending a conference for atrial fibrillation, a condition he has that can cause a racing heart, sleeplessness, anxiety and depression.

The condition, diagnosed at age 42, forced him to leave the front office of the Lakers and then the Grizzlies in 2007.

West, a member of the Lakers' 1972 title team, said he does not think about how he would fare in today's NBA but added, "I would be competitive, trust me."


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267 comments for ""I do think LeBron has surpassed Kobe as a player" - Jerry West"

 9 years ago '04        #2
A.G 27 heat pts27
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We'll definitively see after the finals after the Lakers put away that wack a.ss team in Denver.
 9 years ago '06        #3
jj01 
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shots fired, u need to post this in the kobe thread also
 9 years ago '07        #4
Truth B T0ld 3 heat pts
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Mr. West knows wats good
 9 years ago '08        #5
GrownmanJ 21 heat pts21
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Lets see how well Kobe responds in these next 2 series...
 05-18-2009, 09:04 PM         #6
Everest 
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its been that way the last two years....u can see how dominant lebron is....kobe is old
 9 years ago '08        #7
Illuminati 191 heat pts191
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I will r*pe Denver and every white b***h in that mountainous area.
 9 years ago '07        #8
Bkjj11 3545 heat pts3545
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everyone is entitled to their opinion...

west still mad kobe isnt a clipper
 9 years ago '04        #9
AnthonyCruz 1 heat pts OP
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 str8_akademiks said:
We'll definitively see after the finals after the Lakers put away that wack a.ss team in Denver.



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 9 years ago '04        #10
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 Bkjj11 said:
everyone is entitled to their opinion...

west still mad kobe isnt a clipper
I think you mean Elgin Baylor
 9 years ago '06        #11
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 str8_akademiks said:
I think you mean Elgin Baylor

Exactly. I dont know what he was thinking.

West was with the Grizzlies after he left the Lakers.
 9 years ago '07        #12
joshdogg26 193 heat pts193
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either senility has set in or phil put him up to some of his zen master mind game motivation bulls**t.
 05-18-2009, 09:35 PM         #13
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 str8_akademiks said:
We'll definitively see after the finals after the Lakers put away that wack a.ss team in Denver.
how u gone hate on denver when you barely got passed houston?
 9 years ago '07        #14
Funeral James 24 heat pts24
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i love how west is suckin the back of lebrons d**k oh em gee
 05-18-2009, 10:05 PM         #15
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lakers are gonna easily get passed the nuggets and prolly beat the cavs but lebron is still >>>> lakers just have too many low post weapons where the cavs do not, lebron is there best post player but i hope the cavs win it all
 9 years ago '06        #16
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 Bkjj11 said:
everyone is entitled to their opinion...

west still mad kobe isnt a clipper
You always think everyone's mad, not everyone is so easily angered like yourself.
 05-18-2009, 10:07 PM         #17
fat_boyy22 
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i do agree we all knew it was coming eventually... I am better than kobe bryant
 9 years ago '07        #18
Grave 3 heat pts
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Lol, he is just baiting Bryant. Nothing to see here.
 05-18-2009, 10:42 PM         #19
k3llz 
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arguments over this is dumb, everyone going have they personal opinions, just let the games tell it how it is, that's where the truth is at, no one cares about what another person thinks cause the game speaks for itself, and if Kobe(Lakers) and Lebron(Cavs) meet in the finals and whoever wins it, then that'll tell you everything you need to know, nobody care if you an good teammate, just win muthaf**ka, not everybody liked Jordan, Jordan just won and nobody gave a f**k at the end
 9 years ago '06        #20
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mr.west just f**ked it up for yall kobe reading this and he feeding off motivation more reason to not lose right there for kobe
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