Kobe & MJ comparisons have been a hot topic of discussion for quite some time now. Jordan went head to head with Kobe for a couple of years in their career, and they both had some remarkable performances against each other.
Back in 2013, during the promo campaign of NBA 2K14, MJ went on camera and spoke about the physicality of the game during his era. He mentioned a couple of players he’d like to have faced — and play a game of 1-on-1.
The players he wished he played against during his prime were: Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James. The only player that made doubt creep into his mind was The Black Mamba.
MJ fueled the never-ending debate by sharing that he openly thinks only Kobe Bryant could beat him in a one-on-one game.
I don’t think I would lose — other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.
Kobe Bryant responded to MJ’s comments and gave an interesting view on Twitter why would that be possible.
Domino effect. I stole some of his,” Bryant wrote. “This generation stole some of mine. #thecycle.”
Kobe ultimately surpassed MJ for the third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. After he reached that goal, plenty of comparisons arose comparing the two legendary guards.
The be the best you have to copy the best — Kobe had a similar playing style, tenacity, and a sheer will to win basketball games. The way Kobe approached every game is something that set him apart from everyone else who was at some point in their careers compared to Michael Jordan.