Kobe Bryant vs Michael Jordan (1 Viewer)

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I hear this debate often lately and am curious of your opinion. I still contend that MJ reigns supreme as the best player of all time, although Kobe is a close second. Another 4 or 5 years at his current pace and I might change my mind. I can't believe he is already 32.

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Look at the stats, MJ is superior. Jordan also played in the era where team play, although on its decline, was still part of the game.
 

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Kobe's top 10 all time. Maybe top 5, but that would be really pushing it for me. I wouldn't put him 2. I consider (in no particular order) Jordan, Magic, Russell, Robertson, Kareem, Bird, Baylor, and Wilt all had careers as good as or better than Kobe. You can make an argument that guys like Duncan, Shaq,and Olajuwon had better careers as well.

MJ was the man. #1, no questions asked.
 

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I'm a Lakers fan and can tell you that without a doubt Michael Jordan >> Kobe Bryant.

What MJ did was nothing short of amazing and spectacular on a level that IMHO makes him the single greatest basketball player to have ever lived.

And while Kobe is great, he is really Michael Jordan Lite.
 

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Jordan>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Kobe. Outside of him having better stats over all name me the center that Jordan played with during those championship runs. Dont worry I will, Cartwright, Longley, and some other scrub. Yet Kobe can't win a championship without one. He needed shaq to win some and then gasol to win them as well. Jordan was so good he didn't even need a dominating center and pretty much made that position on those teams obsolete. Jordan is the greatest ever. PERIOD.
 

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If Jordan played in today's NBA with the hand checking rules as they are he'd probably average 40 points a game.

The only thing that Kobe does better than Jordan is shoot the 3 and even there Kobe shoots it to much for a guy with a 34% life time average. The stat that stands out most to me is the FG%. Kobe is a career .454 guy. Jordan only shot that low of a percentage in his 2 years in Washington when he was 38 and 39 years old and the 17 game season during his first comeback.
 

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The league that Kobe has played in is filled with better and bigger players.

I Kobe and MJ played they'd end up fighting.
 

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There is no crediable arguement or evidence that suggests that Kobe is any where near the player that Jordan was. It's not even close. To even think that it's possible means that you have not seen Jordan play.
 

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The league that Kobe has played in is filled with better and bigger players.

I don't think there is that much of difference size wise in the league that Jordan played in vs Kobe. Sure Jordan never had to deal with someone like LeBron (then again he wouldn't have too anyway that would have probably fallen to Pippen like it falls to Odom/Artest for Kobe) but Kobe hasn't had to play in a league where guys like Hakeem, Ewing, O'Neal, Robinson or even a Mourning or Mutombo protected the paint. Never mind the fact that much of Jordan's career spanned the "it's a perfectly reasonable defensive strategy to knock the ever living hell out of anyone that sets foot in the paint" era of basketball.
 

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it would have been interesting to see what Pippen would have done guarding Lebron.
 

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It's cute to have an argument just to have one, but it's not even close. Jordan by a landslide
 

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