Kobe 'doesn't care' about the NBA GOAT debate – Stephen A. | First Take



Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman react to Kobe Bryant’s exclusive sit down with Mike Greenberg on the current state of the Los Angeles Lakers and more. Kobe also admits he doesn’t care about the GOAT debate between NBA greats like LeBron James, Michael Jordan and others, because he’s simply “moved on.”

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  1. actually you might say kobe had it cushier than lebron, he had the best franchise of all time, the best coach of all time debatebly the best center of all time debatably at a very young age. that first lakers team could have won three rings without kobe. he really earned the second two rings imo however.

  2. Why do people say because Kobe wore 24 he was trying to be like Jordan when he wore 8 first. Lebron wears 23 and when he fist came in the league everyone was saying he wasnt trying to be like Jordan, he was doing it his own way. Now he trying to be like Jordan. come on now. Plus why does everyone say Lebron is a 4-5 way player when Lebron cant play in the post at all especially against bigger better defensive players. Lebron on posts up people way smaller than him. And even then he always fades away.

  3. This may be the best reel I’ve seen of all tiine. Everyone please watch this and then form your opinion. Highlights start @2:50 mark.




    OMG. How soon we’ve forgotten. No more Jordan comparisons. This man was in a league of his own.

  4. Hate to say, but Max is spot on…

    we all respect Kobe's approach to the game and his 'mamba mentality', but the fact is, we dont think he's the goat because what he's done….WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN..ONLY BETTER IN MJ!

    carbon copies never get the same love and recognition as the original! *shrug*

  5. kobe isnt worried about the goat debate because he was never in the debate to begin with. there are certain skills and achievements that lebron has over jordan, but there is NOTHING kobe has over jordan. he’s just a poor man’s MJ, a little worse in every single aspect

  6. Kobe is obviously a better player than LeBron, the arguments are idiotic. It's so disrespectful for ESPN to completely bypass Kobe's name during their MJ & LeBron comparisons

  7. I settled the goat debate for myself years ago when I considered which one player in their prime from any era would I select first if I were drafting an All Time Greatest NBA Team to play against someone else's All Time Greatest NBA Team, and once that player was picked the other person couldn't select him too. If I head the first overall pick my choice was and still would be Michael Jordan.

  8. Lebron is great, he has done a lot outside the court for future NBA player contracts and stars, but he screwed up too many times to compare to MJ or kobe. Every single youtube comment on any video about Lebron's 'greatness', especially when compared to kobe, sides with kobe, because for general NBA fans he isn't on the MJ level. That's just how it will always be, so good luck media with all the try-hard arguments about Lebron's performance on the court.

  9. *** NO LEBRON G.O.A.T. TALK HERE ** He got to finish & have a career stronger than this TOP 10 list
    1. Bill Russel
    2. Wilt Chamberlain
    3. Micheal Jordan
    4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    5. Kobe Bryant
    5. Larry Bird
    6. Shaquille O'Neal
    7. Earvin "Magic" Johnson
    8. Earl Monroe / Oscar Robinson
    9. Julius Erving
    10. Tim Duncan

  10. The NBA logo, Jerry West, was 1-9 in terms of championships, Lebron got 3 out of 9, had to form the super cHeat team to do the first. This is also the battle of generations, we see the old schools how they played, before the dominance of the black players. The 80s and 90s showcased us to a brutal type of defense and Central presence. The new boys got elevated skills in terms of progress of international players. They have improved and innovated skill sets, but that did not translate or secure championships. The Jordan era saw both ends, been through it as well, as the old Jordan continued to put the fans in awe how he continued to dominate prime superstars, which Lebron faced in the early stage of his career. But then the post Jordan era classmates won championships: old Duncan and old Dirk Nowitzki against the super cHeat team. Then those guys are gone or way past their primes, then came steph curry and the soft defense league and the sharpshooters. Lebron is getting old, soon he cannot catch up with young talents: Oladipo, Mitchell, even Zion Williamson who shall come soon… the trip to the Finals had long gone. He can't keep up with defense to preserve energy for offense. But if we just focus on the vacuum of continuum where Lebron could be among the greats, he will be there, he will be great in the eyes of the millenials because they're proud to have him represent their era. It's fans who's trying to change the narratives for that matter. Pre-nba jordan won olympic gold and beyond, but lebron lost his first attempt when he was surrounded by superstars. It's the previous eras that will tell a more accurate narrative, when we witnessed pure basketball, era when it was called a man's game. There was Jordan-Kobe, then Kobe-Lebron, with Kobe tasting both, he is dismissing the chance to talk about GOAT because it disrespects him, because it's clear as daylight he is not in the discussion of GOAT, but as food taster. For him it must only be 'who is better, Jordan or Kobe' and 'who is better, Lebron or Kobe'. I can speak as fan, Phil Jackson can speak as a coach, Marv Albert can speak as a commentator, but Kobe was a player who collided with them, he is in the best position to tell which is which, but then, since he is being disrespected, he now refuses to speak about GOAT. Max had a slip up there, Jordan better than Kobe and Kobe better than Lebron. And you'll notice that he changed tone because he realized something went wrong in his narrative. He is there to be a democrat for Lebron at all cost, but remember the slip, the truth will always have a chance to poke it's head in the gutter once in a while.

  11. Wanna know the differences of MJ-Kobe-Lebron views about the GOAT topic? Read this:

    MJ: "I don't want it in a sense because I think it disrespects Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West — you know all the guys that prior to me I never had a chance to play against,". I would never say that I am the greatest player. That's because I never played against all the people that represented the league prior to Michael Jordan."

    Kobe Bryant: “It’s hard for people to believe, but I really don’t care,”… “I’ve moved on. “The best way to explain it is I typically do not engage in things that I cannot definitively win.” argue for what?

    Le3-6ron James: "That one right there made me THE greatest player of all-time,"
    (when cavs beat the 73-9 GSW no Durant yet) "That's what I felt."..
    "Everybody was just talking about how [the Warriors] were the greatest team of all-time,
    like, it was the greatest team ever assembled.
    For us to come back the way we came back in that fashion, I was, like, 'You did something special."

    “When you're good at something, you'll tell everyone. When you're great at something, they'll tell you.”
    ― Walter Payton (A Legend in NFL)

  12. LBJ won three championships in the East, but he has nine Finals experience!Now, he has come to the west, where there are more strong teams. I don't think he can enter the Western Conference finals before the end of his career.

  13. The MJ-Lebron debate was manufactured by KLUTCH sports through the media. If you ask most fans and people who played in the league, they get upset that Kobe is bypassed by this people in the media like Max, Nick Wright and Shannon Sharpe.

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