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The Greatest Ever? Jordan vs. Kobe
By Brandon I. Brooks (Managing Editor)
Published May 1, 2008

The Question?

What exactly defines being the greatest player ever to play the game of basketball?

Is it being the best team player ever, or is it winning the championship and being considered the best player on a championship team?

Is it scoring the winning bucket in the last seconds of the game, or is it passing up the winning attempt when you notice the double team is approaching?

050108_JordanBryantIs it taking the worst criticism anyone human being can endure, or is it proving the doubters wrong and turning harsh critics into your first team campaigners?

Is it silencing the crowd when your team is on the road, or is it making the home crowd scream so loud that they almost break a sound barrier?

Is it when you can jump so high it doesn’t look like you will ever come down, or is it when you jump with so much force you make the likes of Patrick Ewing and Dwight Howard look the size of Mugsy Bouges?

Is it putting up 63 points on the Boston Celtics and making Larry “Legend” (Bird) look silly in the process, or is it putting up 81 points on the Toronto Raptors and making an entire team look retarded in the process?

Is it being the best defender on the court, or is it having the respect of your opponent’s night in and night as the best defender in the league?

Greatness can be defined on many levels but if you ask me, greatness is when you embody all these qualities and then some. Greatness is when you make difficulty look easy.

Every human being is born with the quality to be great at something. But in order to be great at a particular art form, you have to master the art of hard work in the process. Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant mastered the art of hard work which ultimately led them to be “Masters” of basketball.

Jordan and Kobe possess a unique quality of personality. To better state, Jordan and Kobe were born with a special gene that drives them to succeed. I believe Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were born to succeed because they as individuals will settle for nothing less. Basketball just happened to be the art form for which they display their personality.

There is No Comparison!

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are with out a doubt the greatest basketball players ever to play the game of basketball. If you think other wise your crazy or as the youngsters say today, “you are just a player hater”.

Don’t get me wrong we have seen “Greats” like Wilt Chamberlin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Julius Erving, Jerry West, “Pistol” Pete Maravich, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird , and a slew of others I didn’t mention but pound for pound who can honestly compare to the repertoire Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant display. Lebron James might be the next up for consideration but until he reaches three rings I don’t want to hear any comparisons.

Michael Jordan has left an imprint that will never be forgotten and Kobe Bryant is in the midst of possibly leaving an even bigger imprint. We might not know until Kobe Bryant’s career is officially over and the final comparison can be made but for know we do know Kobe is on his way to a possible 4th championship ring and he looks healthier than ever.

So finally let us decide! Who is better, Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant?  Share your comments and check out the results of this weeks "Sports Poll"

Categories: Basketball

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