Basketball great Michael Jordan has ranked retired Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant over LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers on his personal list of the best NBA players. Jordan, arguably the greatest player of all time, said he based his decision on the number of championships that Bryant and James won. Bryant retired with five championships while James currently has three -- two with the Miami Heat and one with the Cavaliers.

"There's something about five that beats three. Now he may be better than that, but Kobe won five championships. LeBron won three," said Jordan when asked during his Flight School camp in Santa Barbara, California. Jordan won six championships with the Chicago Bulls with help from Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, among others. Bryant won his first three titles alongside Shaquille O'Neal, while James captured three while playing with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

In terms of All-Star appearances, Bryant had 18 while James has 13. James has the edge in terms of career averages, recording 27.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists compared to Bryant’s 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists. James has won four MVP trophies while Bryant only has one. James also accomplished what Jordan and Bryant never reached in their respective careers, making it to the Finals for seven straight years. James made it four straight seasons with the Heat and three with the Cavaliers.

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