Earlier this week, NBA legend Michael Jordan courted headlines when he claimed that he prefers Kobe Bryant to LeBron James because of his five championships. LeBron responded soon after, claiming that any one criterion can't dictate the superiority of a player, and public discussion of the issue was effectively consigned to social media and TV debates.
Yet, during Sunday's All-Star Game, Kobe and LeBron engaged the debate, albeit indirectly. As the East attempted to close a narrowing gap against the West in the final minutes, they continually ran the offense through LeBron, who has elevated his play to a stratospheric level over the past few weeks. Bryant would not let James succeed, blocking him twice in crunch time (or at least the All-Star Game's version of it) to help lock down the 143-38 win for the West.
Check out a video of the biggest swat above, along with the Kevin Durant breakaway dunk that followed it. After the jump, read several quotes from Kobe, LeBron, and others on the matchup between the two stars.Read More »from Kobe Bryant blocks LeBron James twice in closing moments of All-Star Game (VIDEO)