Charles Barkley explains why Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan are greater than LeBron James

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Who is the greatest; Kobe Bryant or LeBron James?

It is an argument that has gone on for years and will continue to go on as long as basketball is played. It's subjective really, there are arguments for both the King and the Black Mamba, and they are both incredibly gifted athletes with so much to offer the game.

James' third championship - his first with the Cleveland Cavaliers - has taken him on to a new level, and many are suggesting he has finally surpassed that of Bryant, who claimed five rings with the Lakers, including a three-peat and back-to-back.

Charles Barkley, who is considered one of the greatest forwards to ever play the game and the best player to never win a title, is well placed to talk on the matter, and he believes James is still below Bryant and Tim Duncan.

The TNT analyst believes there is one reason the two retired legends are still ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers man - rings.

There is still time for LeBron to catch up in terms of championships, however, greatness can't be settled simply by counting titles; Robert Horry has seven - one more than Michael Jordan - but he is nowhere near the conversation.

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