LeBron vs. Kobe: Tale of the tape
How they measure up
LeBron is taller and simply bigger than Kobe. (6 feet 8 vs. 6 feet 6) and (250 pounds vs. 205 pounds)
Kobe went to Lower Merion (Pa.) High School. He was the Naismith High School Player of the Year his senior year. LeBron went to St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio. He was All-USA First Team for an unprecedented thee times and Mr. Basketball in Ohio three times as well.
Both went to the NBA right from high school. Kobe was drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, but his draft rights were traded to the Lakers for Vlade Divac. LeBron was the clear top pick overall for the Cavaliers in 2003.
Kobe averaged 7.6 points his rookie season. LeBron, however, was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2004, averaging 20.9 points, 5.9 assists and 5.5 rebounds.
Kobe and LeBron joined forces to help the United States win gold at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Kobe is making $23 million this season, while LeBron is earning almost $16 million in the final year of his contract.
Images of these two can be seen everywhere as they are generally considered two of the most recognizable athletes in the world.
Kobe's got the advantage here, 4-0. He has had experience and Shaquille O'Neal on his side as well. Bryant and O'Neal led the Lakers to three straight titles from 2000-02.
Kobe married his wife Vanessa in 2001. They have two daughters, Natalia and Gianna. James has two children -- LeBron James Jr. and Bryce Maximus James -- with his high-school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson.
Bryant is a 12-time All-Star and has won the game's MVP three times (2002, 2007 and 2009). James is a six-time All-Star and has won the MVP twice (2006 and 2008).
Have to give LeBron a big edge here as "King James" is well known throughout the NBA world. As for Kobe, "Black Mamba" hasn't really stuck.
Kobe won his only MVP award in 2008, averaging 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists while leading the Lakers to the Western Conference title. LeBron earned his in 2009, averaging 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists while leading the Cavs to the Eastern Conference finals.