LeBron James is coming off of one of the most historic seasons in NBA history. Before leading the Los Angeles Lakers to the Western Conference Finals, LeBron broke a record that nobody thought would ever be broken and is officially the league’s all-time leading scorer.
LeBron was already an all-time great in the conversation for the greatest of all time and that just cemented his place at the table. The King will certainly have his detractors but it is hard to look at his body of work and not come to the conclusion that he is one of the greatest of all time.
That being said, LeBron’s peers haven’t always given him the same type of love that the media and NBA fans give him. The latest superstar peer to snub LeBron is none other than his biggest playoff foe, Stephen Curry. Curry was asked to make his all-time starting five and noticeably left LeBron out in favor of another Lakers legend: Kobe Bryant.
Stephen Curry snubs LeBron James in favor of Kobe Bryant
Look, we are never going to argue with an all-time starting five that includes Kobe Bryant. He is the greatest Lakers player of all time and is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever lace it up. There is no refuting that whatsoever.
Was Bryant a small forward? No. Did he ever even look like a small forward? Not really. Today’s NBA is positionless so hypothetically playing Kobe at the four would be fine (especially in this all-time lineup), but he definitely is not a forward.
But again, it is impossible to argue with an all-time starting five that has Kobe in it. Perhaps the right move is to get Tim Duncan or Shaquille O’Neal out of the starting five in favor of LeBron. If we are toying around with positions then we can put LeBron at the four and either keep Shaq at the five or move Tim Duncan to the five.
Regardless of how you feel about LeBron, it is impossible to not include him in an all-time starting five. He is a four-time MVP that is the league’s all-time leading scorer. Heck, if we throw LeBron in the starting five and keep Shaq at center then the starting five would be all Lakers with Michael Jordan.