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Young Kobe told MJ he could take him one-on-one

Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 3:08 pm
Posted by Royce Young

There are a lot of people I look up to in terms of sportswriting. A lot of people that have influenced me, inspired me or maybe even helped me improve. I've met a few of them and one thing I most definitely did not do was immediately say: "I can write a better feature than you."

But I'm not Kobe Bryant. In a whole lot of ways, I'm not Kobe Bryant.

Via the OC Register:

[Phil] Jackson told the story of arranging a first meaningful meeting between Bryant and Michael Jordan in the 2000-01 season, which was filled with Kobe-driven friction after the first championship the previous season. Jackson’s goal was for the learned Jordan to get the eager Bryant “to understand he didn’t have to stray outside the offense” and the Zen idea to “wait till the game presents itself.”

Jackson said Bryant’s first comment to Jordan, however, was: “I can take you one-on-one.”

I think coming from a 22-year-old Kobe, that's not all too shocking. However, if you recall, Kobe said this back in September when asked if he could beat LeBron one-on-one: "I'd win, I'd win. That's what I do. One-on-one is, that's easy for me, you know. Playing one-on-one is how I grew up playing. It's like, my thing. LeBron is more like a Magic Johnson, he's a great passer and plays an all-around game. At the core of me, I'm a one-on-one player. I'd do that in my sleep."

Kobe has never been shy about his talent. Never been afraid to speak up. It's part of what makes him such a confident player and on top of it, such an interesting person to cover and write about.

I mean, set aside how ridiculously cocky it was of him to say something like to M.J. Because come on, that's just stupid, even if you think it's true. But that arrogance is something Kobe has always had about him and the thing is, he's backed it up. Five rings, an MVP, scoring titles and a spot right behind His Airness as the best shooting guard ever.

What I can't believe about this story is though, that Jordan didn't throw off his jacket, grab some sneakers and say, "Alright, let's go."



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2011 4:06 pm

Young Kobe told MJ he could take him one-on-one

That's what I thought, COWARD.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 4:27 am

Young Kobe told MJ he could take him one-on-one

For the record I haven't reported you to CBS. Call me whatever you want but Im not a snitch, you punk. If you want to disagree with my point of view, great, want to spew off ignorant misinformed stereotypes about Canada, be my guest. But dont blatantly make $ h it up and call me a rat like your boy Kobe... I wouldn't do that.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:34 pm

Young Kobe told MJ he could take him one-on-one

By the way..that will be my last post on the topic because I have to be careful.  LilSnitchyRiches likes to report people to the CBS goon squad and they delete my posts.  So, on to bigger, better, and smarter foes.  Good Night Now LilSnitchy.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:26 pm

Young Kobe told MJ he could take him one-on-one

I won't resort to childish and ignorant comments like everyones favorite troll Warnertoholt.

HAHAHA.....there is a first for everything....Lil Richy taking the high road.  Umm, moron, read my last post again.  I didn't say there was basketball in your city, I said Canada.  No where in my post did I mention the city of Victoria.  I was referring to your country as a whole since you only have one team to cheer for.  Unfortunately your team is about as irrelevant to the NBA as your opinions are to basketball.  So, how long has it been since you have seen an NBA game in person?  I am afraid all the games you see are in the box scores because all you can do is recite statistics.  By the way they don't hang banners for field goal %. 

On the contrary, your comments make you and your fellow countrymen look foolish.  "Backwoods comments?"  Is that referring to the people who live in the American south.  I live in SoCal bro.  SoCal is not part of the American south.   If you want to say something rude to us, say something about are lack of culture, fake people, traffic laden get the idea? 

Also, I have never attended a game at Madison Square Gardens.  But, I have been to one at Madison Square Garden.  What a dope.  Leave us Laker fans alone because we will just make you look foolish.

By the way, thanks for the troll compliment.  I rather like that word.  Troll....might be the name for my next ski boat.

OWNED!  Hater.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 7:47 pm

Young Kobe told MJ he could take him one-on-one

 Warner I couldn't care less what you think. And no, I don't have an NBA game to go watch Im in Victoria BC. The D league team you speak of is in Toronto, which (if you ever opened up an atlas or Google earth if you will) is on the other side of the country. I used to go to Sonics games in Seattle which was a short ferry ride away from here. Are you really that ignorant? You make Laker fans, as well as Americans, look ignorant with your backwoods comments. How many games do you attend at Madison Square Gardens? well you are in the USA aren't you? Please just stop posting... 
 Vick I appreciate your compliment but I am just giving you my point of view on the topic. Kobe is a great player and compares favorably to almost any player, but the MJ comparison is a stretch. Jordan scored more, was more efficient, was the MVP of every Finals he played in, defended better, more steals, blocks. It's hard to stack up to the GOAT, even for Kobe. The comparison isn't a fair one. I won't resort to childish and ignorant comments like everyones favorite troll Warnertoholt. I appreciate your opinion, even if I dont agree with it.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 7:18 pm

Young Kobe told MJ he could take him one-on-one

When you think about it this article is actually pretty stupid.  This is something quoted from Phil Jackson on a conversation that occurred 10 years ago.  I am sure Phil was flippant when he said Kobe's first comment was "I can take you one-on-one."  Get serious here people.  Picture Kobe just walking straight up to Jordan and saying that before any other comments were made.  Kind of ridiculous.  I am sure it was more of a joking conversation between MJ, Kobe and Phil and Kobe blurted it out.  Funny we don't get to hear what MJ's response was.  I am sure he had a differing opinion.  I like most lean toward MJ in a one on one in both player's primes.  It would have been fun to watch though.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 7:07 pm

Young Kobe told MJ he could take him one-on-one

I kind of agree with Kobe's level of confidence when he say's that he can beat certain people one on one and the fact is Kobe comes from a back ground of playing intense street ball and for people that know there is two styles of basketball there is your street ball style that not so technichal and then you have your NBA style ball where everything is technical so in that case I would give the edge to Kobe and that is strictly from seeing him get down at the Ruckers game in NY, can't say how well Jordan and Lebron would have done in that area of the game but like I said that is two defferent venues and without them refs there to be all over you somebody would be at a disadvantage. In Jordans case the time has passed he's retired so we will never know atleast the All star game they played was interesting. In the terms of Kobe versus Lebron I think it would be a great addition to the sport cause it might open the door for more one on one battles that most fans will be clamoring for.

Aside from the five players on the court can anyone imaging Kevin Garnett vs. Tim Duncan
or Derrick Rose vs. Dwayne Wade
or Kevin Durant vs. Carmelo Anthony

these would just a few amazing one on one matchups that would stir the league and keep the fans buzzing or even change the landscape of the All star game.

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 6:54 pm

Young Kobe told MJ he could take him one-on-one

Yes, Kobe is not a "whole lot better" than someone who shoots 41% from the field...Derrick Rose bumped it up since the allstar break to 44% but he was at 42% and was still considered the front runner of the MVP.  I think you're hate for Kobe is putting you on the radical side against him.  Shooting Guard? Umm, then all centers are better shooters than 2 guards? Yes, if you go by fg%.  I loved watching Mike and yes he was the best on the floor.  But, Kobe got rings with the most dominant player of all time in Shaq, when he was 20, 21, and 22.  Jordan was in college, in college and a rookie.  Until they surrounded Jordan with extremely talented teammates, like you say is the only reason Kobe has rings, the Bulls couldn't get past the Pistons.  Kobe was definitely off that last game, but I thought his other numbers were outstanding? It's not a game 7 MVP, it's a Finals MVP.  Jordan was a little better than Kobe. I think your hate for the guy is so much it's starting to outweigh your intelligence.(And btw I do know you're very astute and intelligent when it comes to basketball bc I've read many of your posts)

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 6:50 pm

Young Kobe told MJ he could take him one-on-one

chitownlov1:  Lil Richy is under the impression that the NBA games are played on a calculator.  Who cares about percentages.  Winners concern themselves with championships.  Push away from the computer dirtbag and go actually attend an NBA game.  I know its hard up there in Canada since all you have is a D league team.

LBJ is a quitter and wouldn't stand a chance against MJ, Kobe, Durant, Rose, etc.  Simply because he can drive the lane uncontrollably and dunk doesn't mean he is a good shooter.  Bottom line, there is a reason that the experts continue to compare Kobe to MJ, and it isn't because of the numbers you punch into a calculator.  Dumb LilRichy, go back to the NHL pages where you belong. 

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 6:48 pm

Young Kobe told MJ he could take him one-on-one

Im not talking like I know them I taking that from the actual words that have came out of their mouths. Yes championships are a team achievment but the goal of every player who has played the game is to win a championship not to see how many points you can score or what your "efficiency" is. I guarentee you if you asked every player what was most important to him it would be championships. Are you really going to compare Horry to Kobe that is a weak arguement my friend. I understand there are a lot of role players out there that have a few rings, but Kobe is not a role player. He never has been and never will be and if you think so this conversation is over. He makes a key impact on every game he plays in good or bad and that makes him a key player. Now as a key player lets talk championships. How many "key" players have as many as him? Its a short list. Sure he has had great teammates, but you cant give me one team ever that has won a championship with one superstar. No one can do it alone and that is a fact, not even your boy Lebron which has been proven year after year. Doesnt matter how you cut it championships are few and far between and only the greatest players have the rings. Winning is the goal not shooting %. Kobe wins games that is his goal and thats all that matters. If the object of the game was to have the best FG% and efficiency Kobe might not be one of the greats but its not.

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