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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: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 4:28 pm

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

both are great players, and along with lebron the have that self centered attitude about them, but at that time but
1.mj would have outsmarted kobe
2. kobe  was not a great shooter  when he first entered the nba.

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 4:21 pm

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

Why was this even written?  Oh, quotas.  These are 3 of the best basketball players to ever play the game.  And yes, every one will debate which one is the best.  But one on one?  All 3 could beat each other any given day.  On that day, who is feeling it the most would win. It's ridiculous to even speculate.  Size and shut down defense?  This isn't Kareem vs. Dr. J.  These are all guys who can penetrate at will and knock down jumper after jumper.  MJ could beat KB and LB. KB could beat MJ and LB. LB could beat MJ and KB. You think these people who write these columns make six figures?  Sickening if that's the case.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:50 pm

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

Crunchtime:  Get real...MJ was a competitor and because of that he would eat Lebum alive.  LBJ would quit under the pressure.  The thing that would keep Kobe close would simply be his desire to win.  In Kobe v LBJ you have to give the edge to Kobe simply for his tenacity and his ability to shoot.  LBJ can't shoot to save his mom from another conviction.  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.

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:45 pm

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

Let me start by saying I never liked MJ or Kobe nor do I like Lebron either. So when I give my opinion I am not being the least bit bias. I've watched all of these players mentioned in the artilce and....

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.

Along with MJ, there is no way Kobe would beat Lebron one on one. Lebron is too big and strong but that's not where the difference would be. If Kobe had a clear speed advantage (which he doesn't) then he might beat Lebron but he don't. And I don't think Kobe is a good enough shooter to win it from the outside under tight coverage. So I think Kobe would lose to both of these guys. The better comparison would be Lebron vs MJ. That would be a great match up.

Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:35 pm

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

Wow whatta turd.

1) Jordan was a lockdown defender.
2) Jordan would've muscled Kobe around like he was Kobe's masseuse.

Jordan easily.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:15 pm

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

In both of their primes it would have been one hell of a one on one game.  In the end, I believe MJ would have gotten the victory though.  Probably with his patented push off with the off hand to clear some space between himself and the defender.

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