Kobe could beat LeBron in one-on-one — the stats say so


Kobe Bryant was not kidding when he said he could beat LeBron in a game of one-on-one.

Well, of course he was not kidding — Kobe’s unfailing belief in himself and his abilities is at his core. Like a character out of a Greek tragedy, that belief is both Kobe’s greatest strength and the cause of his downfalls.

But Kobe’s was correct in his belief that he could best LeBron in a game of one-one-one — he’s got the stats to back him up.

ESPN researcher Alok Pattani went back and looked at every play in the past six years where Kobe and LeBron went up against each other in what could be considered an isolation situation.

Kobe scored 20 points in 27 isolation plays, or an average of 0.74 points per possession. LeBron scored 7 points in 13 isolation plays, or 0.54 points per possession.

Meaning when they were matched up on each other, Kobe came out on top.

Just like they would in real life. (Well at least in Kobe’s mind that is how it world turn out.)

(Story via the amazing Kamanetzky brothers at ESPNLosAngeles)

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.