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LeBron James Rated Higher than Kobe Bryant on NBA 2K12

LeBron James has a higher player rating in the NBA 2K12 video game than Kobe Bryant, and naturally that has led to much discourse. Pasta Padre says the two had an even rating in NBA 2K11 (both had 97 out of 100). In NBA 2K12 (watch the awesome trailer here), LeBron received a 98 rating while Kobe Bryant received a 94.

Obviously these scores were determined by some people running the video game, but it reflects the changing mentality of most NBA fans. LeBron James is 26, shot the highest field goal percentage in his career, and he’s widely considered to be in the middle of his prime. Kobe on the other hand is 33 years old and beginning to slow down. He’s been bothered by knee injuries and he plays more of an outside game now compared to when he used to take it to the rack frequently.

Bryant still wins most head-to-head debates with LeBron because he has the championship rings while LeBron does not. However, the video game ratings reflect reality — LeBron is a better player now. And if you think these ratings don’t matter, read this J.R. Smith story and then get back to me.

For the record, Dwyane Wade received a 96 and Chris Bosh had an 80. Where Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant rank relative to LeBron is the better question.



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  • Bronson Smith

    No matter what, LeBron is good, but I believe that Kobe is the better player.  Kobe has skills that are equivalent or barely below that of Michael Jordan.  Unlike Kobe, LeBron has not proven himself to be worthy of going the full game due to his lack-luster performances in high-pressure, profile, and critical moments/games.  He somehow disappears, which is not a characteristic of a rising star.  Kobe has proven himeself, more times than none, that he knows how to win, has keen defensive qualities, and will almost always win when the pressure of the series is on.  Don’t get me wrong, LeBron has skills beyond belief when it comes to many areas of the game, but with age comes wisdom, knowledge, and experience.  Just because you’re older, does not mean that your points should go down.  Look at Charles Barkley (hottest PF in the game at the time), Clyde Drexler (quick-thinking SG), and Hakeem Olajuwon (best C to ever play the game)!  They were up there in age, but look back to 94 and 95 with the Houston Rockets taking the championship those two years!!  Can you legitimately argue that age should lower skill points in a video game?

  • Anonymous

    Sorry man, you got your facts twisted. Big Chuck never won a championship! Lebron is a better all around player then Kobe in a general perspective. Is a better defender, shoots a higher overall field goal %.  Why do you think he begged Artest and Barnes to join the Lakers so he didn’t have to play defense and could save his energy for putting up those 25-35 shots a night to average 25ppg.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t we ask Kobe what’s more important a 2k12 game rating of his 5 championships that he has for each of his fingers. Lebron is good, great, all they we say he is but………….he aint a champion after a while you need to win a championship. I live in Houston, love my city but we suck at every sport if it was not for the back to back championship that the Rockets won would Olajuwon be on of the best centers ever? That’s something we will never know, but because he WON it makes the conversation different. Lebron must win

  • R B

    Houston teams don’t suck that much, your MLS team’s cheerleaders are the hottest around :-)

  • Anonymous

    You have a valid point my friend Houston may not suck but we sure loose all the time. And yea I like the cheerleaders too! At least when we go to the games we have somthing to look forward too

  • Anonymous

    You have a valid point my friend Houston may not suck but we sure loose all the time. Yea I like the cheerleaders too at least when we go to the games we have something to look forward too!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LYRIWTL7VIEYLWWIXGI2FNSQ64 Daniel

    kobe is the best player in the world hands down 
    lebum can suck these fat nuggets 

  • Tony Wang

    Come on people ~ LeBron rating is base on chokes when his team needs him the most ! 
    Kobe bring championship to LA, what does LeBron do ? 

  • Tony Wang

    All Lebron do is chokes when his team needs him the most … 
    Kobe is in different level … get real people … 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IUKUQPOU6EADRBYEST3QI2AEEA Jeffrey

    Lebron is better AT THIS POINT IN TIME! Which is to be expected because Kobe is 33 and lebron is only 26. However if Kobe in his prime is still better than Lebron in his prime. However that could change if and only if Lebron shows he has the ability to come through in big games. Only time will tell

  • Anonymous

    my day / life is ruined    labrone  mo bron kobey  who cares  gives @!!!!!S!&&%%%^^

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HZXK3ZV6MXFVZ5ENADOKLMMAFM Patrick

     What matters is Kobe has done it when it COUNTS and Lebron has NOT! Arguing whether one is more skilled over the other is useless because if you want skills, go watch the harlem Globetrotters! If you want CHAMPIONS, compare what Kobe and Lebron have actually done! ’nuff said!

  • Anonymous

    lebron james can`t hold Kobe`s jock scrap hey since Kobe came into The NBA all He has done is win if He`s not winning championships He`s playing in them . come again All you guys are doing is getting The Mumba ready, if any body know basketball the proof is in putting, if your talking about the choke artist lebron james compared to Kobe The Mumba Bryant even at His age give Me Kobe.

  • Anonymous

    Kobe is a better player than Lebron. End of discussion! Being able to come through when it matters most is what separates the greats from the rest. Lebron aint there yet; I’m not saying he never will be, but he aint there yet.

    And for those who argue that Kobe is too old, his last Championship was in 2010. At age 33 the guy still has tremendous ability, not to mention he’s one of the best clutch shooters to ever play the game.

  • G Man

    2k series sucks shweddy balls anyway. still have yet to be able to play a season and not have the game epic fail to where it wont continue, 2k has needed to get their act together since the beginning of their attempts at making a game!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aRok99 Abel Marquez

    They should add in a post season rating just for Labron, dude gives up when it really counts.

  • Anonymous

    Rings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LeFraud can’t win a title , not even with Wade and what’s his name!

  • http://twitter.com/wHinkjr69 Horace L. Jr., Myers

    1 Question:  “HAS LEBRON EVER SCORED 81 POINTS IN A SINGLE NBA GAME, (ALONE) AGAINST A WESTERN CONFERENCE NBA TEAM!?!? … I TH?NK, NOT!!!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry to bust your bubble , but if you go 25-35 shooting ,thats 50 points or better better if you hit some threes. Kobe is a better player all around and to go even farther than that Lebron isn’t a better all around player than his team mate Wade . He has the skills to be the best ,but i dont know if he has the brains to do it. I liker the brother and i will go with him because i’m an eastern conference man so if he is in the ship then i will have his back ,but pound for pound Kopbe has him beat at this point in his basketball career!!!

  • Anonymous

    Kobe is the man point blank!!! If you ask Mr. O’Neal if he wish things could have worked out between the two , so he could have stayed in LA. , i’mm sure he will tell you “yes. ”
    I love my Pistons ,But i cant help but Love the skills of Kobe !!!!

  • http://twitter.com/wHinkjr69 Horace L. Jr., Myers

    1 Question:  “HAS LEBRON EVER SCORED 81 POINTS IN A SINGLE NBA GAME, (ALONE) AGAINST A WESTERN CONFERENCE NBA TEAM!?!? … I TH?NK, NOT!!! I MUST KEEP REMINDING ALL OF MY “KING” KOBE BRYANT HATERS WHO CONTINUE TO DENY THE REAL KING OF THE CURRENT NBA, TODAY.”2ND QUESTION: HOW MANY LICKS DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO THE CENTER OF A TOOTSIE POP?   …82, OR GREATER!KOBE CAPTURED HIS FIRST NBA TITLE  @AGE 21. HOW MANY TEAMS WILL LEBRON (WHO IS NOW 25?) PLAY ON B4 HE CAPTURES HIS VERY FIRST TITLE RING? HIS TEAM MATES INCLUDED CHRIS BOSH & D-WADE. BUT THEY COULD NOT DEFEAT JASON KIDD , JASON TERRY, & DIRK (LOL)??? THEY PREDICTED AS TEAM MATES 8 TITLES WON IN A ROW…WOW…OFF TO A “GREAT” START (LOL)!!

  • http://twitter.com/wHinkjr69 Horace L. Jr., Myers

     “HAS LEBRON EVER SCORED 81 POINTS IN A SINGLE NBA GAME, (ALONE) AGAINST A WESTERN CONFERENCE NBA TEAM!?!? … I TH?NK, NOT!!! I MUST KEEP REMINDING ALL OF MY “KING” KOBE BRYANT HATERS WHO CONTINUE TO DENY THE REAL KING OF THE CURRENT NBA, TODAY.”2ND QUESTION: HOW MANY LICKS DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO THE CENTER OF A TOOTSIE POP?   …82, OR GREATER!KOBE CAPTURED HIS FIRST NBA TITLE  @AGE 21. HOW MANY TEAMS WILL LEBRON (WHO IS NOW 25?) PLAY ON B4 HE CAPTURES HIS VERY FIRST TITLE RING? HIS TEAM MATES INCLUDED CHRIS BOSH & D-WADE. BUT THEY COULD NOT DEFEAT JASON KIDD , JASON TERRY, & DIRK (LOL)??? THEY PREDICTED AS TEAM MATES 8 TITLES WON IN A ROW…WOW…OFF TO A “GREAT” START (LOL)!!  AS A MATTER OF FACT; IT WAS JASON TERRY WHO CALLED LEBRON OUT PROCLAIMING HIMSELF BETTER THAN THE “SO-CALLED” KING CALLING HIM WEAK B4 WINNING THE TITLE LAST SEASON!?!?!?
    STOP POSTING YOUR COMICAL COMMENTS. YOU KNOW KOBE IS THE BETTER PLAYER THAN LEBRON BUT YOU JUST REFUSE TO ACCEPT THE FACTS OF “REALITY”!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5TH7HWRDQTHJVMV36BOCRW3MYI Keenan

    You guys seem to be missing the picture. This is an individual comparison. Everyone knows that both Lebron and Kobe are great athletes, but in the year 2012 you would be crazy to think that Kobe can stand a chance one on one against Lebron.  Rings dont matter in this situation.

  • http://twitter.com/wHinkjr69 Horace L. Jr., Myers

     “HAS LEBRON EVER SCORED 81 POINTS IN A SINGLE NBA GAME, (ALONE) AGAINST A WESTERN CONFERENCE NBA TEAM!?!? … I TH?NK, NOT!!! I MUST KEEP REMINDING ALL OF MY “KING” KOBE BRYANT HATERS WHO CONTINUE TO DENY THE REAL KING OF THE CURRENT NBA, TODAY.”2ND QUESTION: HOW MANY LICKS DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO THE CENTER OF A TOOTSIE POP?   …82, OR GREATER!KOBE CAPTURED HIS FIRST NBA TITLE  @AGE 21. HOW MANY TEAMS WILL LEBRON (WHO IS NOW 25?) PLAY ON B4 HE CAPTURES HIS VERY FIRST TITLE RING? HIS TEAM MATES INCLUDED CHRIS BOSH & D-WADE. BUT THEY COULD NOT DEFEAT JASON KIDD , JASON TERRY, & DIRK (LOL)??? THEY PREDICTED AS TEAM MATES 8 TITLES WON IN A ROW…WOW…OFF TO A “GREAT” START (LOL)!!  AS A MATTER OF FACT; IT WAS JASON TERRY WHO CALLED LEBRON OUT PROCLAIMING HIMSELF BETTER THAN THE “SO-CALLED” KING CALLING HIM WEAK B4 WINNING THE TITLE LAST SEASON!?!?!?
    STOP POSTING YOUR COMICAL COMMENTS. YOU KNOW KOBE IS THE BETTER PLAYER THAN LEBRON BUT YOU JUST REFUSE TO ACCEPT THE FACTS OF “REALITY”!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jimmy-Martinez/100000971204055 Jimmy Martinez

    Big Kobe Bryant fan here. I have to admit that Lebron was the better player in 2011 but overall I would take Kobe. Kobe is a winner, a champion, a warrior! Kobe cares about winning and works on his game day in and day out. Lebron is great and is an unstoppable force but he doesn’t have the will to carry a team to the top. He simply choked in the finals, if Kobe loses, he goes out swinging. There’s only one king and thats Kobe Bean Bryant. 5 rings!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZOWYPRJNTTJY4SBVZFLQDFXDMM Kevin

    I am from cleveland i HATE LeBron but im also aware that the guy is talented is is better then Kobe in every Aspect of the game except shooring and Dribbling. We here in America we have gotten to the point where  we rate your individual skill Soley on championships and its not right. I LOVE Kobe….but all of you guys that keep talkin about PAST Championships that has nothing to do with his  SKILLS today. And as i Recall Kobe has the best supporting cast in the game and last year in the Playoffs he looked helpless as he could no longer will his team to win. Lebron  cant win the  BIG one  but He Showed flashes in the chicago series of what he could be if he wasnt a head case.  Kobe is more clutch but if u wanna evaluate skills  Shooting Rebounding Defending Passing Speed Shot Blocking Defense no way you canbelieve kobe TODAY!!!! not of the PAST is better then lebron  TODAY!

  • Anonymous

    better all around player? you’re delusional! LeBron has no game to fall back on once that speed of his starts to deteriorate. Kobe in his prime at 26,27 was way better than LeBron WAAAAY better. Oh and news flash anyone can have a high shot percentage. Shaq has the highest FG percentage ever, it depends on the shots taken and LeBron takes most of his shots in the paint. Either that or he dunks it. Now he is a better defender than Kobe I give him that, Oh and he does a great disappearing act as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ervan-Trotman/891145216 Ervan Trotman

    championships dont make you better than someone else if it was like that horry would be the greatest basketball player ever ….lebron ahead of kobe…..ellis ahead of kobe n lebron?

  • Anonymous

    Kobe, Lebron, Lebron, Kobe. Everyone basis their opinions about these two based on stats current events and past accomplishments. Look I’m one of the biggest Laker fans around and I understand that Kobe is not perfect. But to say he is so far beneath Lebron is just plain stupid. They both play different positions and have different responsibilities on their teams and have different styles of play. Lebron is a beast it’s like watch the hulk and the flash combined. He does have a better shooting percentage (most of his shots do come in the post because he plays to his strengths). Better rebounder, better passer because that’s a part of his game and yes he is the best athlete to ever grace the hardwood. With all that being said Kobe’s IQ for the has few equals in today’s game (Jason Kidd is one name that comes to mind), and I’m going to say this once and for all Lebron James is not a better defender. Blocking shots from behind is ok but really people get your head out of his jock strap. One on one he has improved but Kobe is better and Kobe is a better team defender. Kobe overall Offensive skill set blows Lebron out of the water. So I still give Kobe a slight edge because he is still so clutch, and please I wish people will stop disrespecting Wade. Last I checked he has a ring and a finals MVP. He is a better defender and has a better offensive game then Lebron.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3EO6MSH2IKTFESU5XKXHPGNIL4 Shaun

    LOL!  I don’t know why people are worried about Kobe/Lebron.  Kobe is not even worried about Lebron.  Kobe sees him as a “kid” trying to get where he has been. Kobe is a basketball player who happens to be athletic, Lebron is an athlete how happens to play basketball…there is a difference.  Plus there is almost a generation difference in age, so to be fair we would really have to wait for them to both retire to effectively compare the two.  If anything, Kobe is trying to solidify his legacy in comparison to his “Airness”,  MJ (NOW there’s a debate!).  As far as the 2K 12 ratings, the guys at 2K sports do a pretty good job evaluating and rating players. I am big “LakeShow”/Kobe Bryant fan and it hurts me to say it, but that is a fair rating for Kobe. As far as Lebron’s rating… well I will just say that it is “fair enough”. But if there is a season this year, I feel Kobe is going to come back with a vengeance and Lebron may suffer from “Finals Hangover”.  If so, 2K just better have that reflect…which they will.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JSLEXSP3ZU7IEE6BSAA34GPXSE max

    As a fan of the serries maybe I can explain. If you were to give both players HONEST individual ratings Lebron would end up with the higher overall rating. LeBron simply paces Kobe in almost all of the athletic ratings and rebounding while the gap Kobe shared over LeBron in the other ratings has shrunk. It doesnt mean Kobe is a lesser player in the game because the overall rating is not as important as what a player does well. Kobe might be  a better player in 2k12 because of his consitent clutch midrange and post game.

  • Alex Spofford

    bosh should be at least an 85. PS, championships are not very important. Karl Malone had exactly 0 rings and that means hes worse that JJ Barea bcuz he has a ring? give me a break. MVP awards are what matter. So, LBJ has more than Kobe already. I rest my case.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2Y237AA7YI5U3PQ5VVHDWTU2QQ www.YourDeckBuilder.com

    LMAO love the Disappearing act bit!

  • Julius Cajigas

    So according to this idiot’s logic the greatest player of all-time is Wilt because he scored 100 in a game? smh, 81 point great awesome, but not something that you measure greatest by, the most Jordan ever scored was 69, against a real defense and he is 10 better than Kobe or LBJ, 2k12 is based on stats and LBJ stats have been better than Kobe’s for the past 3 years, one on one, LBJ WILL smash Kobe, IDIOTS!

  • Julius Cajigas

    Really, did Kobe ever average 30, 8, and 8?

    Nope

  • Anonymous

    You need to take a laxative cause you are full of it dude! In any sport winnng is what counts and Kobe is a winner no matter what his age is! Cleveland had everything they needed for at least 5 of the years Lebron was there and he didn’t/couldn’t get it done.

  • Julius Cajigas

    Kobe never average 30 8 and 8 in his prime, how is his prime better?

  • Julius Cajigas

    Keenan, smart man!

  • Julius Cajigas

    There is no debate, Jordan won 6 rings as the leader of the Bulls and was 6 for 6 in the finals never had to go to game 7 in the finals never quit on his team. Kobe won 3 under Shaq and lost one, than quit on his teammates in game 7 against Boston 5 for 7 in the finals, and took him more games to reach milestones such as 25000 points or 1000 steals compare to the G.O.A.T. no debate, Jordan is the greatest, BTW did Kobe win a MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same year…. Nope that was Jordan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1435377044 Black Thought

    Dude, 81 points against the RAPTORS isn’t something the talk about, hell it was just over all embarrassing.   The weakest team in the league going up against one of the strongest doesn’t require a mathematician to write out a formula to explain in lamens terms the odds of that being an even match-up…

    Hell just about anybody else would’ve done that without dropping a sweat, christ, freaking Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics who received multiple stab wounds, all completely racially-motivated-mugging in Baltimore; Score 81+ points all by himself.   If you keep on passing him the ball!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1435377044 Black Thought

    Actually before Lebron was ever a household name, the entire team would’ve accomplished this WITHOUT King James. Now its all pretty apparent that they were only holding him back. 

    Either way, he made the right decision to leave Clevland for Miami.  Funny thing Miami made it all the way to the end where did  Dan Gilbert’s team rank?

    Oh that’s right. No importance!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000554187954 Darius Colon

    Some of what you said was true but let’s be honest as an all around player LeBron is better than Kobe.Yes,LeBron sometimes doesn’t show up when his team needs him but that’s only because (1)He’s not selfish with the ball.If you see in a lot of games where he could’ve won the game by taking the last shot he passes it to a team mate and they make or miss.Simple as that.And(2).He simply just missed the shot or couldn’t execute was drawn which everyone does even Kobe(more frequently now than he used to).LeBron may not have championships like Kobe but thats only because he also didn’t have the help that Kobe had earlier in his career(remember Shaq was Finals MVP in the three-peat all three times).Now that LeBron has the help he wants better yet needs he can start fresh.Going to the Finals the first year is a good start.People really need to not look at rings as the thing that makes someone the greatest or someone good period.Yes it kind of does factor in but if rings is what makes a player great completely then Bill Russel is THE BEST to ever play the game and we all know that’s not true.