First of all, you are assuming that Jordan was clean, which we do not know.
Secondly, Jordan turned 35 in Februrary of his last season with Chicago, and while he was putting up the numbers you quoted, he was significantly off his career percentages. He shot just 23% from 3 that year, and only 78% from the line. Kobe on the other hand, is exceeding his career numbers. If it weren't for the fact that it was basically illegal to guard Jordan at that point, he would've had a hard time coming near his usual production. I lived in Chicago at that time, still do, and watched a lot of those games. The protection he was afforded late in his time with the Bulls was comical. If Kobe ever got whistles like that, he'd average 45.
Finally, despite being the same age as Jordan in his final Bulls season, Kobe has many more miles on those legs. 'Many' is an understatement. Jordan played 930 regular season games with the Bulls, plus 179 playoff games. Kobe has already played a jaw-dropping 30% more regular season games ( 1224 ) and 23% more playoff games ( 220 ) and doesn't turn 35 until almost next season.
What Kobe is doing has not been done. Even 'ageless' guys like Kareem and Stockton were well off their career numbers by age 34 and neither of them were in the League at 18.
Ok and out of all the guys you mentioned did any of them have the state of the art knee surgury kobe had? Like I said German knees are the only extra help kobe has had with keeping his game up at this level. His shooting form looks no different then seasons past, post game the same, the only noticable difference would be the more frequent dunks which could be attributed to fresh knees after an early playoff exit last year with a pretty lax summer and workload in the olympics (which is pretty light for kobe since the guy really never takes an offseason really off). I can see what people are getting at and I am a very cynical person myself, but certain people out there in this world are just different than the normal.
Remember Micael Angelo's drawing showing that a man's wing span and other extremities are in propotion to his body? Well about 95% of the NBA discredits that, but for the average person that is true. There is nothing in Kobe's game that seems like it has signifcantly improved since last year if anything he looks a lot like the same player other than the more frequent dunking (with a shorten and condensed season last year makes sense that he looked less athletic than ever) A lot of Kobe's wild shots are a hit or a miss meaning that we all know he can make them they just have to fall and more than the normal are falling with him also getting better looks around the rim thanks to dwight.
Some people just age better, hell John Stamos looks the same he did in 1990 as he does now lol. Also speaking about whether or not MJ was on PED's he still trains with the Bobcats trainer and the trainer says the things MJ still can do is amazing (at age 50) and that he has no doubt that MJ could still play in the NBA today. I very much doubt MJ even if by some crazy way he was juicing back in the day that he continued to just to stay in shape for the hell of it.
Its all speculation of course, but until there is an actual test Kobe fails people shouldnt downplay how amazing his season is right now by bringing up PED's as a possible reason why. Kobe always gets more criticized than he desevers which stems back a few years when the media casted him as the big bad villan and made Lebron the poster child for world happiness.
Edited by PhillyLaker24, March 10, 2013 - 08:33 AM.