LeBron was being honest which I respect. LeBron says he’s not as good as Kobe in 2009.
LeBron says the skill set which is one of the greatest all-time is what sets them apart. But he also said he is working on improving. As a fan I saw a mental approach being the big difference. In 2011 LeBron wasn’t quite there mentally because he cared sooo much about the Heat backlash and did things like make fun of Dirk and shrink in the 2011 Finals that prevented him from being a champion in 2011. But in 2012 he had overcome that. So it’s got to be in the 2012 play-offs right when LeBron caught Kobe? Or 2013 when he did what Kobe did with back to back Finals MVPs.
I can respect what you're trying to say above but the fact remains that if you look up what was the most statistically dominant playoff run of all time its still LeBron's 09 playoff run where he was taking games over almost every night and doing things like hitting last second 3's to win games. We can try and make this as complicated as we want to but its silly to think he wasn't at least on Kobe's level when he finished second in mvp voting much less having perhaps the best non title winning playoff run of all time 3 years later on top of having a top 5-10 rs of all time in which he led his team to 66 wins and was league mvp(09). Kobe was great but some of you are just being utterly ridiculous here. Kobe's defense wasn't nearly on LeBron's level either in 09.