KEY POINTS

  • LeBron James says Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal remain the most dominant duo he has ever witnessed
  • James is "humbled" by comparisons of him and Anthony Davis to Bryant and O'Neal
  • Davis said he and James share some similarities with Bryant and O'Neal such as their "competitive spirit"

LeBron James and Anthony Davis have weighed in on the Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal comparisons following the Los Angeles Lakers' 124-114 win over the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Friday.

After scoring 33 and 32 points, respectively, on Friday, James and Davis became the first Lakers teammates to score at least 30 points each in a Finals game since Bryant (36) and O’Neal (35) in 2002. In a media conference after Game 2, James said he is “humbled” to hear his and Davis' names mentioned alongside Bryant and O’Neal.

“To be in a conversation with those two guys [Kobe and Shaq] with myself and AD [Davis] is very humbling because I grew up watching those guys,” James said.

“I admired Kobe obviously because he was a kid coming straight out of high school,” he added. “Admired a kid that was young and got the opportunity and obviously the force Shaq played with. It’s just very humbling and happy we can even be mentioned with those greats.”

Like Kobe and Shaq back in the day, James and Davis led the Lakers to the NBA Finals this season. However, the four-time MVP thinks that the two remain the “most dominant duo” in the history of the game.

“Obviously, being in high-school and watching Kobe and Shaq duo, it was the most dominant duo that I have personally seen from the basketball perspective,” James said. “We knew the force Shaq brought to the table, but the elegance and force Kobe played as well. They were very dominant and what they did on the floor, on both sides of the floor.”

As for Davis, he said in his post-game interview that he and James share some similarities with Bryant and O'Neal such as their “competitive spirit.”

“He’s Kobe because he handles the ball and I’m Shaq because I play in the post,” Davis said of him and James.

James and Davis are now two wins away from copping their first NBA championship with the Lakers. And apparently, O’Neal thinks the pair is on the right path and lauded their impressive performance in Game 2.

“When I was a youngster and made it to the Finals in ‘94-95 season, we got embarrassed,” O’Neal recently said on “First Take ESPN.” “So I said to myself, ‘If I ever get back to the Finals, I have to dominate in a way that it would definitely put us up two games to nothing.’”

LeBron James Anthony Davis Lakers LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after their win against the Denver Nuggets in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 24, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images