Yeah, you’re not a basketball fan if you never heard of Kobe Bryant’s latest streak. at least 50 points in 4 games. Enough to send members of the media to declare Kobe as the best ever. But waittagoddamnedminute. Kobe isn’t the best player ever. Michael Jordan is.
Update: “Take Bryant’s accomplishment and add it to his historic resume. Enjoy it for what it was â€“ one of the most brilliant, awe-inspiring feats the NBA has ever seen. But don’t tarnish it by forcing it into a place where it simply doesn’t belong. There’s no shame in being the third best, especially when the guys ahead aren’t just great players but immortal ones.” from Chris RosenBleuth, NBA.com.
Update: Check out Tex Winter’s analysis of MJ and Kobe. *Hint* Kobe doesn’t have the same defensive intensity as MJ. Oh, if you dont know who Tex Winter is then kindly leave yourself out of this discussion. Period. via Truehoop.
To support this view, here’s an excerpt By NBA TV’s Rick Kamla “Bursting Kobe’s Bubble”. Get it straight, media members and hoop heads.Kobe is Great, but Mike is The Greatest Ever.
On the fantasy show this past Tuesday, I ran some stats in the Low Five detailing how far Kobe Bryant has to go just to match Michael Jordan’s collection of accomplishments. Let’s put it this way, Kobe better bring his climbing gear, because Mike is sitting atop the basketball equivalent of Mt. Everest.
Here’s the list of what Kobe needs to do just to tie Mike.
— Three more rings (6-3).
— Six Finals MVPs.
— Five MVPs.
— Eight more scoring titles (I’m assuming Kobe wins his second this season.)
— Six more All-NBA First Team honors (I’m assuming Kobe gets his fourth this season.)
— Five more All-Defensive First Team honors (9-4).
— One Defensive Player of the Year award.
— Three steals titles.
— Raise playoff scoring average from 22.9 (Kobe) to 33.4 (Mike).
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