Kobe vs Jordan- There Can Only Be One

there-can-only-be-one-kobe-jordanFirst off Congrats to Kobe, it’s been a long time coming; I think over the years the media has given him so much grief, not to say that he hasn’t brought some of that upon himself.

Kobe just won his 4th NBA championship which ties him with Derek Fisher, Tim Duncan, and Shaq O’Neal as the current leaders in the category among active players.  He also won his 1st finals MVP trophy.

Throughout Kobe’s career people have always made comparisons between Kobe and Michael Jordan, I must say they seem to have a lot in common.  They played the same Position, same height, same coach, same offense, same will to be the best, and their on-court play reminisce each other.

So why not make the comparison?


  1. Kobe’s not done playing he is only 30 and he probably has about 5 seasons left at the high level he is playing now.  Kobe is his own player, in his defense he has never asked to be compared to MJ and with his resume lacking many of Jordan’s accomplishment I would not have either.
  2. They played in different era’s if Jordan played with the current rules i.e. (no hand-checking) he would have averaged 50 PPG.  Some say the talent of the 90’s isn’t on par with the level of the talent now and I must agree with that in a sense, athletics are bigger faster and stronger but then again that’s an unchangeable variable.  Mike played against first ballot hall of famers every year in the finals:
    • Magic Johnson and James Worthy in 91’ finals Bulls won 4-1 Jordan averaged: 31.2 points on 56% shooting, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.4 blocks
    • Clyde Drexel in the 92’ finals Bulls won 4-2 Jordan averaged: 35.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, and 6.5 APG while shooting 53% from the floor.
    • Charles Barkley and Thunder Dan in the 93’ finals Bulls won 4-2 Jordan averaged: 41.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG and 6.3 APG while shooting 51% from the field
    • Gary  Payton and a young athletic Shawn Kemp in the 95’ finals
    • Karl Malone arguably the pest PF ever and John Stockton in Back to Back finals to finish off his title run.


For Kobe to be mention in the same breath as Jordan is an accomplishment Jordan was the clear cut best player every year in the NBA.  Kobe is a legitimate top 10-15 player of all time, but still has things to prove to further cement his legacy.  I don’t think it’s fair to compare them at all, in MJ your talking about a person that transcended sport, every sport not just basketball.  He brought endorsements to the table, he gave players so many different avenues to collect revenue, not to mention he was no slouch on the court.  Kobe’s not even the best Laker of all time yet so he has room to grow, I do think he will reach that plateau.

  • Kobe= greatest player in his generation
  • MJ= greatest of all time

The way I see it is Kobe Bryant is clearly his generation’s greatest player so far, but comparing him to the greatest of all time is unjust to him.  He should be judged on his own accomplishments because, as you can all see, he just is not in Jordan’s league.


~ by liftedthought on June 16, 2009.

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