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Daily Debate: Kobe or Magic, Who Is the Greatest Laker of All Time?

Is Kobe Bryant the Greatest Laker Ever?

Is Kobe Bryant the Greatest Laker Ever?

Last night, former MVP, perennial All-Star, five-time NBA champion, and Olympic Gold Medal winner, Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant passed his former teammate, Shaquille O’Neal on the NBA All-Time Scoring List to move into fifth place with 28,601 points. With that, Shaq called him the greatest Laker of all time. Magic Johnson has also made similar statements. Is Kobe the greatest Laker of all time? Voice your opinion on the Razz and Jazz Sports Blog Daily Debate.


  1. CMR

    February 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Magic. In his first 12 years, he made 9 NBA Finals. Discussion over.

    • Derrel "Jazz" Johnson

      February 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      I would agree with you, but the funny thing is Kobe has made seven NBA Finals himself. Magic also retired early with HIV.

  2. Joe Roberts, Jr.

    February 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Amazing that he seems to never come up in these discussions. I love Magic, but the amount of talent that he and Bird played with is off the charts.

    As an individual talent Wilt surpasses all of these guys. There is no way diminish someone averaging 50 points in one season. 55 rebounds in one game is simply staggering.

    • Derrel Johnson

      February 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      I agree Jabar is the best player of the three, but when you talk about their careers as Lakers, I think Magic and Kobe are both ahead of him. Kobe is a better Lakers scorer overall. Wilt’s numbers are staggering indeed. You would need two NBA players in a fantasy league to match his production.

      • Jor Roberts, Jr.

        February 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        Upon further review I would agree with you. I did not remember that Kareem actually played a total of 6 years with the Bucks.. Additionally, Magic played an additional 7 years on the Lakers without Kareem.

        It says something about what Kobe has accomplished, that he is in this conversation and he has another 3 years of top level productivity in him. My biggest knock against Kobe is that it is really hard to be a teammate of a guy who takes so many bad shots.

        If Jerry West is on the logo the league should be named after Wilt. The fact that he led the league in assists speaks to his diversity. Imagine if they kept a record of block shots.


  3. Bobby Charts

    February 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    The crazy thing is Kobe’s career is not over, I love Magic, but I feel when Kobe’s career is over he will be greatest Laker ever!!

  4. Sam's Sports Brief

    February 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Maybe it’s because I’m young and never watched Magic, but Kobe simply carries his team like no other.

  5. Matt

    February 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    It is hard to say in this one. If kobe gets 1 more ring then you have to give him the nod. I think Magic was the face of the Lakers and Showtime was the greatest thing on court. Magic played with much better teams and players throughout his career. Magic’s teams would beat Kobe’s teams head to head 8 out of 10 times i believe. I call it a tie for now but Kobe gets it easily with 1 more ring. Hard to keep Kareem out of the conversation though.

  6. BlackRazor

    February 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Magic lead the Lakers to 9 NBA finals….9 finals! That’s greatness,. Kobe is a better scorer than Magic however Magic was a better floor general and better leader and the fact that he reached the finals 9 times, 9 times ….I don’t think most folks realize that….9 times!

    • Derrel Johnson

      February 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Kobe got there seven times. Not nine, but pretty damn close

  7. BlackRazor

    February 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Earvin “Magic” Johnson is by far the greatest Lakers and Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the second greatest Lakers and Wilt Chamberlain is the 3rd Greatest Lakers and the Greatest Scorer the league has ever witness. We tend to discard the legends of the past but who can discard a 30.1 scoring average for his career. A full season where he averaged 50 points a game, and an NBA all time high of 100 points in a game! Kobe doesn’t come near any of the 3 fellas I named. Stat wise Kobe is inferior to all 3

  8. Matt

    February 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Also remember that Kobe like Magic played his entire career with the Lakers which is why I give him the nod over Kareem and Kareem’s best years were not really with the Lakers. Also, The first year or 2 Kobe did not play much.

  9. Mike Patton

    February 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Kobe may be one of the greatest scorers of all-time, but he also plays in an era where hand-checking isn’t allowed and the game is less physical. I think I would take Magic.

  10. J-Dub

    February 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I’m with Joe Roberts up there…Why is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar never even mentioned in these discussions? He’s the all-time leading scorer, which is one of those records nobody ever talks about as an “unbreakable. ” Kobe and MJ couldn’t get there, and LeBron will have to average at least 2,033 points per season for ten more years to get there.

  11. BlackRazor

    February 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    @J-Dub That’s not entirely true about Michael…He broke his foot one season and missed about 60 games, he retired twice missing two full seasons, now had he not had those circumstances he would have broke Kareems record! Karl Malone who stayed around and got up to 36,000 points and he was at least a year behind 2 years behind Jordan in points total, and that’s not adding in the time Jordan missed. Jordan averaged 32 points before he retired prior to Washington….Now had Jordan not missed those 3 seasons averaging 32 points a game at 80 games a season,(Jordan always missed a game or two but no more that 2 games a season) He would have racked up well over 7,680.00 points along with the 32,000.00 that’s puts him well over 39,000.00 points surpassing Kareem, but that only if he had not retired and the broken foot incident. Kareem average 24 points per game in his career, Jordan average 32 points had he played those additional 3 years mathematically he surpasses Kareem….but he didn’t so I don’t have an argument….Lmao

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