Shaq would take Kobe Bryant over LeBron James because of “killer instinct”

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Who would you take, peak Kobe Bryant or peak LeBron James?

Shaquille O’Neal was on the Dan Patrick Show and when asked that went with Kobe.

“I played with both of them, and Kobe has that killer instinct. I would probably have to go with Kobe. That’s not a knock against LeBron, but I know Kobe, played with him longer, and I’ve seen what he can do.”

People will see it as a knock against LeBron — there remain plenty of fans oddly bent on denigrating his legacy. Shaq went on to say LeBron does have that killer instinct, but that he is more like Magic Johnson than Michael Jordan. He added LeBron is smart and lets the game come to him more.

If the Cavaliers fall to Golden State in the finals, the LeBron legacy talk will be interesting. He will be 2-4 in the Finals, but he will have dragged a few teams to the biggest stage that were wildly outmatched by their opponents. Does he get credit for just getting there? As with LeBron himself, his legacy is complex — and still developing.