Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James: The Greatest Rivalry That Never Was

March 10th, 2016 by

RATE THIS
4.59 / 5 (33 VOTES)
RATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THIS 
Loading...Loading...

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have never squared off against one another in a meaningful game. Their eras of dominance overlapped in the mid-2000s to the early 2010s, but the timing was never quite right and what could have been one of the greatest individual rivalries in NBA history would only live on in hypothetical scenarios. Tonight, the two will step into the arena for one final battle that, like their entire head-to-head history, is more about the exhibition than the outcome.

Above: LeBron and Kobe’s first-ever regular season meeting

Kobe and LeBron have a lot in common, but they’re polar opposites of one another. While both emerged straight from High School, Kobe was passed up for most of the lottery (much due to the strength of that 1996 draft class). LeBron on the other hand, was highly touted as the future of the NBA when he was just a sophomore at St. Vincent-St. Mary. From the get-go, the frail-framed Kobe didn’t get much playing time and when he did, the spotlight seemed a bit too bright and hot. LeBron embraced stardom from the get-go and on his NBA debut, embarrassed an above-average veteran defender in Doug Christie.


The first-ever match-up between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James was  far from a heavyweight bout. The Lakers were one of the best teams in the league and the Cavs were a rebuilding franchise. Kobe saw limited minutes due to a shoulder injury, while LeBron had one of the less productive games of his young career. That would be the only time the two would meet that season; little did we know that this underwhelming outcome would be reflective of their entire head-to-head history.

Load next page (2/12)
Loading...

Filed under: Featured Featured Stories Kobe LeBron

latest posts
Loading...
Load more posts

Get the latest News and Releases to your inbox

New Videos

Jordan Holiday 2017 Preview by SneakerNews

How MJ and Gatorade's "Be Like Mike" campaign came to life by SneakerNews

Popular Posts

740452

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 “Beluga 2.0” Store List by Sneaker News

740459

Chanel x Pharrell x adidas NMD Hu Registration Is Now Open by Sneaker News

740444

Nike Releases Statement Regarding Hectic SNKRS Release Of “The Ten” by Nick Del Bene

740250

Sneakers Releasing Thanksgiving Week 2017 by Ben Felderstein

740199

How To Buy The Chanel x Pharrell x adidas NMD Hu by Sneaker News

Top Categories

  • Select Category

Archives

Sneaker Archive

MENU