In a recent TikTok clip from Barstool Sports, ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith made a bold statement about the NBA's all-time greats. In the video, Smith declared that LeBron James is better than Kobe Bryant, and deserves to be considered the second-best player in league history. Smith's argument centers around James' longevity and consistency as a dominant force in the league, noting that James will eventually get the all-time scoring record in addition to his other impressive accolades.
In contrast, Smith argues that while Bryant was a great player in his own right, his career was never as accomplished as the best player at his position: Michael Jordan. Kobe was always chasing MJ, whereas LeBron is clearly the best small forward ever. It's worth noting that Smith's opinion is not a new one and that many analysts, former players, and fans have debated on who is the best player of all time with different arguments but it's clear that both LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are among the greatest to ever play the game. However, Smith's statements have certainly sparked a renewed debate about where James and Bryant rank among the all-time greats.