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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."

Via TBJ

Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 6:32 pm
 

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

 That is a big difference... So you are saying Kobe is not a whole lot better than someone that shoots 41%? The difference is, Kobes FG% is very very average, and thats what he is supposed to do "shoot", hes a SHOOTING GUARD. MJ had 5 or 6 season where he shot over 50% from the field, for a shooting guard that is off the charts efficient. MJ was more than a 'little bit' better than Kobe. I dont recall seeing hardly any games, let alone a playoff game where MJ wasn't the best player on the court. Kobe won 5 titles, but how many of those was he even the best player on his own team? 2 apparently, and there are lots of people who would say Gasol deserved the last Finals MVP over Kobe and his 6 of 24 in game 7 flop. MJ was always the best player in a series, always. Kobe on mnay occassions isn't even the best player on his own team. Sure Kobe has some Rings (so does Derek Fisher, Horry etc) but MJ was the MVP on all of his Championship teams, that doesn't tell you something?



Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 6:18 pm
 

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

Actually it's not by fractions. Take it from me I couldn't stand MJ but he was a lot better than Kobe. 

Actually it is by fractions.  Take it from me, I loved MJ but he was a little bit better than Kobe.  "A lot" better than Kobe?  What? How? Why? Who? When? Jordan shot 49.7% from the field....impressive.  Kobe is at 45.4%.  So over 100 shots Mike made 4 more. That's 5 games he scored 8 more points from the field.  Again, I'm an MJ fan and although I don't hate Kobe like a lot on this board, Mike got wayyyyyy more calls than Kobe.  Hell, they wrote a book about it.  That also affects ppg and fgp. Every other stat is the same.  "A lot" better than Kobe? Hyesterical!



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 6:09 pm
 

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

 Championships are not the only way to assess greatness... Championships are a team award and some players are fortunate enough to be blessed with a franchise that surrounds them with great players, some aren't. That argument is tired and flawed, does it make Horry a better player than Karl Malone? Come on, think for a second... And yes Im sure they do/did care about FG% (why are you speaking for them like you know?) It is a measure of consistency and efficiency, so it is a huge indicator of "greatness", especially due to the fact that they both played the same position in the same system. And, yes, unfortunately there are lots of Kobettes who claim Kobe is as good or better than MJ, sadly... Im glad you aren't part of that group, but there are morons like sman, warnertoholt etc who make these claims and make Laker fans look stupid in the process.



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 5:49 pm
 

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

There goes Richy again with FG% again. I wonder if MJ cares the slightest bit what his career FG% was, I would also bet that Kobe can care a less as well. Their common demoninator is championships and clutch performances. Thats what makes them great not their FG%, 3pt%, assists, rbs,etc. They flat out dont care so why should you? They both hate to lose and thats what makes them great. I dont think anyone is really saying Kobe is better than MJ I havent heard too many people go that far. I believe MJ is in a class of his own and Kobe is the only player that can even sniff him or deserves to be compared to him. As for one on one who cares? It will never happen, its not possible and it would mean nothing.



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 5:41 pm
 

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

 Any way, anyone can state; statistically, visually, verbally, Michael Jordan is a little better than Kobe Bryant.  Not by miles or head and shoulders, but by fractions. 


Actually it's not by fractions. Take it from me I couldn't stand MJ but he was a lot better than Kobe.  His basketball IQ alone puts him miles ahead of him. It's not difficult to watch two guys shoot under intense defensive pressure and be able to tell which guy was more accurate. Not only was MJ more accurate, he could get to his spot eaiser because of his strength where as Kobe has to settle to force alot of shots. 


Crunchtime:  Get real...MJ was a competitor and because of that he would eat Lebum alive. 


LAShowtime....if I had to pick a winner between MJ and Lebron I'd take MJ. However, it could be a tricky match up. LBJ is really strong and he's got great speed for a guy of his size along with a 2 inch height advantage. MJ would have to use his quickness to beat him. If MJ missed Lebron would clear the boards every time. The question is could MJ stop Lebron from driving?


The true one on one would be Magic vs Jordan.  Magic in his prime would have repeatedly posted up MJ and scored at will.  The only concern would have been MJ's quickness.  Magic wasn't the quickest on his feet.


Yeah this would be a great match up. I don't think either guy could stop the other. Magic was too big and skillful for MJ to cover and MJ was too fast for Magic. It would be interesting. I'd also have liked to seen Bird vs Magic one on one. I think that would've been a great match up as well. Individually I think MJ is the most talented of these 3 but on a basketball court 5 on 5 I'm taking Bird or Magic over MJ. And I'd take all 3 of these guys over Kobe.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 5:25 pm
 

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

 Agreed, good post 6xaj8...
 Let's not forget that Kobes best season for FG% was still worse than MJs career average, and thats including MJs over the hill years in Washington (not to mention missing years in his prime from retirement) We haven't seen washed up Kobe yet, but it's coming soon and it'll make the career comparison between the two even more lopsided than it already is in MJs favor. Kobe in his prime might've matched up well with Washington Wizards MJ, but that's about it. Case closed.



Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 5:22 pm
 

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

Take Kobe inhis best season and he still wasn't even close to being the player that Jordan was!

Geez, these Kobe haters are starting to make me actually like the guy.  Any way, anyone can state; statistically, visually, verbally, Michael Jordan is a little better than Kobe Bryant.  Not by miles or head and shoulders, but by fractions. 



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 4:54 pm
 

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

What else would anybody have expected from Kobe?  At the end of MJ's career Kobe might have been fast enough to give MJ some trouble but the numbers spell it out.  Jordan was a better shooter and defender.  Watch the tape, Jordan was far quicker and more explosive over his career than Kobe has ever been.  Take Kobe inhis best season and he still wasn't even close to being the player that Jordan was!  Kobe is an all time great player but Jordan was the best there has ever been.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 4:50 pm
 

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

 Wow, just shows you once again what a legendary d0 uche b ag Kobe is, instead of paying his respects and learning from the GOAT he punks out and says that. Whats next? Ratting out a teammate to the cops? wait a minute, he already checked that off the list. Im not sure how the Kobettes can defend this guy. 
 Lashowtime (speaking of the Kobettes) if Kobe is such an amazing shooter, and LeBron is brutal and can't shoot then why does LeBron have a way higher FG% throughout his career than Kobe? Wait a minute, before you answer and say "it's because LeBron drives to the hoop and Kobe settles for double teamed bad looks where he should have passed anyway" Ask yourself why is their 3pt FG% so close then? If Kobe is such a great shooter and LeBron is a bum who can't shoot , then why is their % from beyond the arc so close? The answer? because Kobe is not head and shoulders above LeBron when it comes to shooting. However LeBron is head and shoulders above Kobe when it comes to driving the lane. Keep drinking the Koolaid Kobettes, Kobe is a chump.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 4:28 pm
 

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

I think it is absolutely silly how Kobe fans can say things like this:
"The thing that would keep Kobe close would simply be his desire to win"

Desire to win?  Just because Kobe is arrogant and vocalizes his desire to win more than most players, does NOT mean his desire to win is any greater than any of the other greats out there...  You can't measure that, other than maybe preparation.  Kobe just opens his mouth more than most. 

I agree with this:
"There is no way Kobe would beat MJ one on one. MJ was bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic. He was also a smarter player. Keep in mind that under tight coverage Jordan was more accurate."

Kobe is great, but one on one is a whole different ball game.  Bigger, stronger players have a distinct advantage, because if you can post your opponent up, you'll be shooting higher percentage shots the entire contest.  Smaller guards, playing against bigger opponents, would have to rely on jumpers (3-pointers if they count in the 1-on-1 contest) and would have to catch fire.  Can't afford to miss.

I still have never seen anybody take over a game the way Jordan could.  His basketball IQ prevails. 


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