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Does Michael Jordan Think Kobe Bryant is the Only Player Who Should Be Compared to Him?

Michael Jordan has stated that he would have taken Kobe Bryant in his prime, but His Airness apparently believes the Lakers star has earned the right to be compared to him.

Basketball author Roland Lazenby is writing a book about MJ. On Sunday, Lazenby began tweeting about Kobe’s scoring binge and dropped in an interesting comment from Jordan while discussing the similarities between the players.

We already knew that Kobe modeled his game after MJ, and Scottie Pippen even believes he walks and talks like him too. If Jordan really did say this, it would represent a departure from his past perspective. MJ is still highly competitive and therefore protective of his legacy. That’s why he says things to put today’s players down. But that shows a lot of respect coming from Jordan if he believes Kobe has earned a comparison. I guess that’s what five rings can do for you.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJARDTQQWZVHWSUYXZHY6KTLHE Michael p

    To say Kobe is a better
    “athlete” is a fallacy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJARDTQQWZVHWSUYXZHY6KTLHE Michael p

    lol passing of the “touch” ?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJARDTQQWZVHWSUYXZHY6KTLHE Michael p

    And Jordan was only like 40 years old…

  • Anonymous

    ppl same Jordan time was tougher….. name me three top guards that played against Mike and then i would compare them to the guards in the league now that guard Kobe. Then lets see who is better. i’ll name two off the top tht is better than you’ll three. WADE and Lebron. now you’re turn

  • Anonymous

    MJ didnt do it alone, where is MJ w/o Pippen, Rodman, Kukoc, Paxon and Kerr….Folks are quick to point out Kobe needed shaq, but I havent seen any of these Legends so it alone…

  • Anonymous

    As far as who MJ played against and the Level of Comp…LOL, Isiah and the Pistons and Bird and the Celtics beat up on MJ for about 5 or 6 years before MJ even saw the finals…With MJ being Leading scoring in the league for at least 4 years……Bird got old with bad feet, the Pistons split up, The Knicks wasnt iishh except for Ewing, Magic annonced he had HIV after the Bull got there first ring….so really where was the real comp??…Reggie Miller and the Pacers..LMAO (The only team to go 7 games in Finals with the Bulls)…..I can’t say who had the better career till Kobes is done and it seems as tho he has quit a bit of gas left in the Tank….MJ was one of the  greatest players to do it but he couldn’t get past those east coast greats until they were over the hill & not in there prime…..be honest about that!!….and if we’re basing the greatest on Rings held….Hand Down “Bill Russell”…(11)

  • Anonymous

    Real Talk….What are they Basing it on….I think Hype!!

  • Anonymous

    Pippen would be a Superstar on just about any team today, one of the most underrated players in history…6’8, could handle the ball, great passer, finish with either hand, great jump shooter, lock down defender 1-3, and clutch factor…..Lebron with 5 Rings!!

  • Anonymous

    Kobe may very well match the number of rings, but he was not the de facto leader of the Lakers until Shaq left.  Shaq got him three rings, so you do the math:  Kobe has to lead a team, as Jordan did, to six championships; Kobe has done this three times; so he needs three more.  And I don’t see that happening, not with CP3 and the Clippers next door n’ all…not gonna happen, Huckleberry

  • Anonymous

    Wait a minute, Magic was point guard for the Lakers but he scored, rebounded and defended enoromously at 6″9.  No one was a better team player than Magic Johnson, only illness stopped him from owning many more records.  And no one ran the court better than Magic Johnson did in the modern game, no one is even remotely close.

    And individually, if you want to compare oranges and apples, Kareem was every bit the winner that Michael was only kareem was better both offensively and defensively than Michael, the statistics bear it out, plus Kareem had the best most reliable shot in the history of the NBA, the skyhook.

    The teams that the lakers beat in the 80s were five superstars deep with excellent 6th men off of the bench.  Jordan’s bulls could not remotely compete with the celtics or the pistons in the 80s, when the talent became watered down in the NBA then the NBA became jordan’s rules bulls.

    And Kobe was option number 2 on the 1999-2001 lakers.  ShaQ was option number one and got the same absurd calls that jordan got a few years earlier a’ la agenda NBA.

  • Anonymous

    Come on now Jeff. Imitation is the truest form of flattery. Who does your boy look like more than anybody else huh? His every move on and off the court is all Michael. Mike was the first and he copied. As for your argument bout Michael having talent around him for all but his rookie year, then u aint been around that long. Remember ‘the Jordanaires”? When was just Mike all them yrs fighting and losing to the Pistons with no help? Then came Pippen. Then came Grant, Kukoc, Rodman etc years after. Ur boy walked right in and there was Shaq, Byron Scott, Shaw, Rick Fox etc. Lakers was loaded from day 1. No defenses was tailored to ever stop Kobe as the whole league did to stop Mike. And all he did was win 7 straight scoring titles, go to All star games yr after yr, was All NBA first team, all defense, defensive player of the yr, lead the league in steals, NBA MVP, Finals MVP, has 6 rings, Slam dunk champ, Olympic gold medal……………..man u dont want all the stats do u? And if he didnt quit for 2 yrs and play baseball?…………………

  • Anonymous

    And there have been a total of 8 NBA teams in the past 30 years to win the champion–So where is all this so-called balance you are referring to–

  • D Pitts

    not to take away from the jordan to kobe comp.. but jordan clearly modeled his game after one of the best, the big o – Oscar Robertson who is not giving the credit he’s due if you ask me. now back to kobe to jordan. the comparison is a no brainer, kobe is clearly the only player since mj to be anything close to him, i think kobe’s jump shot is better than mj’s was but i think mj’s post game was better than kobe’s. i just hate when somebody say” m.jordan is the best of all time” and then won’t give kobe any props. given their statement kobe should clearly be the second best player of all time when he is clearly the closest in comparison to m.j. just think about it!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YRCREGEEJ5CJGRW6ICDRDX5SW4 bphanna

    brooklyn77beast. you’re living in a fantasy. MJ has been surpassed. You need to get over it. If Kobe and MJ switched eras, Kobe would own the Lakers and have 7 rings already, not to mention he would own half of NIKE! Don’t get it twisted…KOBE is a better athlete and b-ball player. Nuff said..

  • Anonymous

    MJ also had great players on each of his championship teams. Hodges and Kerr( statistcally the best three point shooter in history), Pippen a top 50 player, Rodman a hall of famer both defense and boards. So dont tell me he did it alone. Jordan was in a league where all the greats everyone is talking about were on there last legs. He did not win his championships when Magic and Bird still had there legs. He beat a Lakers team with divac on it cmon. The league to day is more athletic that the league was when Jordan played. He was the only one in the leauge who could do what he did. Think about it now they have highschool kids doing the same dunks and things that MJ did. Not to mention college. True there are not those Hall of Famers yet but thats because they are still playing. Kobe on his way out has or had Duncan, lebron , wade, howard, aldrige, CP3, Melo, Griffin, Dirk, ……….the list of athleticism far exceds what Jordan faced. Hell they can play zone now. I would love to see J beat that. Both great players but One just cant’t say Jordan is out of the world better than Kobe.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QPUBRSW2PF6ZCDY7IVIXHJFMQI Jaime

    Jordan was a great player but I have yet to see any other player get the calls he used to get .  The Jordan Rule !!!.  Kobe comes close but still, Jordan you couldn’t even breath on without a whistle being blown.

  • Jarron Borges

    Bird and Magics primes were done before MJ’s time began. Isiah and the bad boys beat up on MJ, till Scotty Pippen arrived and had his back.
      Bulls without MJ, almost won the league when he took 2 years off to play baseball. In short his support cast was much superior to anything Kobe has had.
    Lastly Chris Webber?, Clyde Drexler? Seriously, These are the guys your trying to pass off as stars. In addition Ewing & Malone were reknowned chokers, Dream never made it to the finals, except when MJ retired and Barkley was a 6’6 power forward who was always overweight(though quite talented).
    I still think in terms of pure talent MJ is superior to Kobe, however only an idiot would deny Kobe is now in the conversation.

  • Anonymous

    Dude, I would be crazy to say that Mike was way better than Kobe. Just that he is the original and Kobe the copy. It is also unwise to compare eras because then we would have to include the Big O, Magic, Wilt, Bird et al in the convo as well. Of course players are bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic than back in the day and defenses are different and the refs call the game different. Its just that with all things considered, value to the team and league, stats and the ‘ wow’ factor, Michael stands head and shoulders over everybody else as the best to ever play the game. Did the world ever see anybody like Mike before him? No. Is Kobe the first of his kind or has what he  has done influenced how the game is and would be played from here on? Not really. Kobe would be the first to admit that Mike was the best ever and he has done so many times. So game over.

  • Anonymous

    To all you just come to the party and now start to watch ball after the year 2000 children, the ‘ Jordan rules ‘ was a concept implimented by the Detroit Pistons in the late 80’s to frustrate the Bulls, and not some scheme by the league to allow Mike to do as he pleased on the court. The objective was to allow him to go off for 40, 50 points while beating the hell outa him and to stop the rest of the team from scoring. It worked until Mike started sharing the ball and trusting his teammates and that heralded the end of the Jordan Rules. Of course Jordan got preferential treatment because the league had to protect its most valuable commodity but that never deterred the Pistons. They hacked and beat down the guy as they did the rest of the league. So if uall dont know, you better ask somebody.

  • Anonymous

    To all you just come to the party and now start to watch ball after the year 2000 children, the ‘ Jordan rules ‘ was a concept implimented by the Detroit Pistons in the late 80’s to frustrate the Bulls, and not some scheme by the league to allow Mike to do as he pleased on the court. The objective was to allow him to go off for 40, 50 points while beating the hell outa him and to stop the rest of the team from scoring. It worked until Mike started sharing the ball and trusting his teammates and that heralded the end of the Jordan Rules. Of course Jordan got preferential treatment because the league had to protect its most valuable commodity but that never deterred the Pistons. They hacked and beat down the guy as they did the rest of the league. So if uall dont know, you better ask somebody.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OHYGCKD5Y6SDHF4JUONVWVODQU Chris

    Let the numbers tell the story:
    Kobe                                                                       MJ
    Yr 1: 7.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.7 stl                   Yr 1: 28.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 5.9 apg, 2.4 stl
    Yr 2: 15.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 0.9 stl                 Yr 2: 22.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.1 stl
    Yr 3: 19.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 stl                 Yr 3: 37.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.9 stl
    Yr 4: 22.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.6 stl                 Yr 4: 35 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.2 apg, 3.2 stl
    Yr 5: 28.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.7 stl                 Yr 5: 32.5 ppg, 8 rpg, 8 apg, 2.9 stl
    Yr 6: 25.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.5 stl                 Yr 6: 33.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 6.3 apg, 2.8 stl
    Yr 7: 30 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 5.9 apg, 2.2 stl                    Yr 7: 31.5 ppg, 6 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2.7 stl
    Yr 8: 24 ppg,  5.5 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.7 stl                   Yr 8: 30.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 6.1 apg, 2.3 stl
    Yr 9: 27.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 6 apg, 1.3 stl                    Yr 9: 32.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2.8 stl(retired)
    Yr 10: 35.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.8 stl               Yr 10: 26.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.8 stl
    Yr 11: 31.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.4 stl               Yr 11: 30.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.2 stl
    Yr 12:  28.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.8 stl              Yr 12: 29.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.7 stl
    Yr 13: 26.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.5 stl               Yr 13: 28.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.7 stl (retired)
    Yr 14: 27 ppg, 5.4 rp, 5 apg, 1.6 stl                       Yr 14: 22.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.4 stl
                                                                                     Yr 15: 20 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.5 stl (retired)

    Career: 25.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.5 stl             Career: 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.3 apg, 2.4 stl

    MEN LIE NUMBERS DONT

  • Anonymous

    And these stat lines prove my point. Jordan’s defensive numbers are superior across the board. Everyone who has posted on here keeps talking about the offensive ends of their games. They cancel each other out in my opinion. But defensively, Mike was simply better. 

  • Vincent Collins

    Kobe has been stopped because he was another mj. King james still vibes.