I used to be for Lebron in the Kove vs Lebron debate. But like Bird said, Lebron is his favorite player, but if you want to win, you go with Kobe. Lebron benefited from playing in the weakest conference in sports history. Got lucky in two finals. As great as Lebron is, due to Lebron ball his teams as a whole are not set up to win against the toughest competition. Unless again, some luck is involved.
I don't say anything that's not true. The media was talking about Lebron being the GOAT going back to 2009. And going on and on about his stats. I also used to go by stats and always had Lebron ahead of Kobe. But I also took into consideration what people like Jeff Van Gundy, Larry Bird used to say about Kobe despite it not adding up in my head. I mean, look at Lebron's numbers, he just needs more help, it seemed logical at the time. Until I finally start seeing how a Kobe Bryant could impact the outcome of games, set up his team to excel, and also seeing how a player putting up monster triple double stats could be doing less of that.
You always have to consider what the majority of players, coaches have to say to understand that there's a bigger picture, and not just go by the more simplistic fan, media members just boiling it down to, "But he shoots 45%." The game is much more than spreadsheets.