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Lil Wayne says Kobe Bryant is better than Michael Jordan

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Lil Tunechi thinks Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, not LeBron James or Michael Jordan, is the greatest basketball player alive.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are well-represented in hip-hop, from living west coast legends like Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg to chart-toppers like Kendrick Lamar. However, arguably no one in the game reps the Lake Show harder than Lil Wayne who, unlike the Ice Cube and Kendrick Lamar, isn’t even from L.A.

Lil Wayne famously wrote the song “Kobe Bryant” in 2009 after the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals, but he isn’t just a Kobe fan.

After LeBron James agreed to his deal with the Lakers this summer, Weezy contemplated moving to L.A.

James is a mutual fan:

When it comes to the G.O.A.T debate, though, Lil Wayne knows where he stands. In an interview on “The Bumbu Room,” Weezy said that the conversation for the greatest of all time isn’t between Michael Jordan and LeBron James — it’s between Bryant and Jordan.

When asked to choose between Jordan and Bryant, Wayne gave this unsurprising answer:

“Oof, Jordan or Kobe? Lord have mercy, y’all just gave me a migraine. I’m a real sports guy, boy, that is a tough question, tough question. These days they think the tough question is ‘Jordan or LeBron?’ No, Jordan or Kobe is the tough question. Lord have mercy, please forgive me. God, forgive me. Jordan, forgive me, but it’s Kobe.”

There are a lot of arguments to be made on both sides of the Jordan vs. Bryant debate, but the biggest thing Jordan has going in his favor is his six championship rings. Bryant ended his 20-year career one short of tying Jordan. Bryant did, however, pass Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list in 2014.

Whether you agree with Wayne’s opinion, it’s hard to argue that Jordan and Bryant weren’t two of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers. It’s also indisputable that this song is a certified banger:

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