In response to Real Deal, there is no questioning MJ's status among the elite athletes in the history of sports. No one was close to him in his prime, but the league was thin on talent. I wouldn't call Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon or Clyde Drexler guys who really competed at his level. Meanwhile, as Kobe is maturing, he has talents like LeBron, D-Wade and CP3, not to mention KG, Duncan, etc, to contend with. Real Deal, tell me, who was the best team Michael faced in the Finals? Sure, he played against Karl Malone, Stockton, Hornacek and the great Mark Eaton and Bryon Russell, but it wasn't KG, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. I'll give the edge to MJ over Kobe, but it's more indiscernible than you think it is.
For one, Karl Malone is the second greatest power forward in NBA history, and his teammate (Stockton) is a top three point guard in NBA history (probably #2, actually). That Jazz duo was incredible.
Charles Barkley was arguably the third or fourth best power forward in NBA history. And, if you didn't watch Kevin Johnson, you missed out on a guy who put up even better numbers than what Steve Nash put up in his two MVP seasons. The Phoenix Suns were an excellent team in 1993, when they lost to Chicago in the Finals.
The Bulls also beat a Lakers team that returned Magic, Worthy and Green -- all were All-Star starters
the previous season, when they won 63 games.
Hakeem didn't compete at Jordan's level (and I don't think anyone did), but Olajuwon is the only big man who can say he won a championship without a superstar guard. His second, with Drexler, was when Clyde was ending his career...so technically, that counts as well. Hakeem dominated Shaq, schooled David Robinson (who was incredible as well), and was one of the best and most versatile centers in the last 20 or 30 years.
I think you're underrating the talent from the late 80's up to the mid 90's.
Answer me this, though: what was Jordan's one weakness in, let's say, 1993?