Kobe Bryant called himself the greatest basketball player of all time, ranking Michael Jordan 2nd and LeBron James 3rd

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

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LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
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  • Kobe Bryant says he’s greater than Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
  • The former Los Angeles Lakers guard made a guest appearance on Tuesday on “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” where he was asked to rank the three players.
  • He was hesitant, but the alternative was to take a bite out of a cow’s tongue.
  • Needless to say, Bryant did not want the tongue in his mouth.

Kobe Bryant called himself the greatest NBA player of all time, ahead of Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard finished his career in 2016 as a five-time NBA champion. The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, quickly described him as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.

In a guest appearance on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” on Tuesday, Bryant was involved in a “truth or dare”-type game where he had to answer a question or eat something repulsive.

He was asked to rank himself with Jordan, the former Chicago Bulls icon, and James, the current Lakers forward, in order of greatness – or take a bite out of a cow’s tongue.

Bryant was hesitant to answer Corden’s question, but he appeared even more perturbed at the thought of eating the tongue.

“All right, fine,” he said. “I’m the best. Michael’s second-best. LeBron is third.”

Bryant and Michael Jordan.

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Bryant and Michael Jordan.
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Jordan is most successful of the three players, as he has six NBA Finals wins – one more than Bryant and two more than James.

But James recently eclipsed Jordan’s overall points haul. James now has 32,516 points in 1,197 games played – 224 more points than Jordan, who’s fifth on the all-time points-scored list.

James is likely to leapfrog third-place Bryant, who had 33,643 points in 1,346 games.

The all-time points leader is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with 38,387 points in 1,560 games.

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