Michael Jordan: Kobe Bryant ranks ahead of LeBron James

NBA.com Staff

Back in a 2014 interview with NBA TV, LeBron James ranked the players on his all-time “Mount Rushmore” of NBA superstars. On his list were Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson. He also said that when his career was said and done, he’d be one of the top four on that list as well.

Absent from that list was former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who has five NBA titles, an MVP and numerous other accolades to his name. When Jordan was asked at his Flight School camp in California yesterday whether he’d rank James over Bryant and gave an emphatic “no” to the question.

“Would I rank LeBron over Kobe in terms of best of all time? No.

“There’s something about 5 that beats 3.

“Now he may be better than that, but Kobe won five championships. LeBron won three.”


If nothing else, Jordan has remained consistent in his stance about Kobe vs. LeBron, as he made some similar comments in an NBA TV interview back in 2013: