If Kobe 3 peats starting this year and gets 3 Finals MVPs, he couldn't catch or past Jordan?
What if he beats LeBron, Rose and Melo in the Finals over the next 3 seasons, then what? He still lost 2 so he could NEVER catch Jordan?
I think MJ is idolized to the point where it's religion.
Wilt,Russell,Magic,Kobe,Julius,Shaq,Hakeem. All have something to say about that MJ is the best no argument stuff. and i like MJ, and he is perhaps is.
I DO think, the 90s was the LAZIESt most drugged out era of basketball, close with the 70s, but lazier.
See magic, larry and young Mj brought the money up to millions, so when you got the guys who were satisfied with allowing Jordan to reign supreme because everyone was eating, not the stars per se, but the guys on the bench and those type of players, then the competition suffers. I think 1996 was the start of a new era. Even 94, I can really say. When Kidd and Hill, then KG m, then Kobe,Steve,Ray and all these guys who are still around, mixed in with the Iversons and Marbury who still played all out, but maybe weren't the best off the court.
Then the 2003 class and beyond, the guys who idolized jordan, but really looked up to Kobe from an age standpoint, those guys came in with a SUPER work ethic, and all got better the summer they spent with Kobe observing him work
Kobe showed them he was human, and that made them realize they can be almost as great and they all became that way.
You have some knuckleheads, sure, but look at how a guy like farmar( a 10th man) is dedicated. Meeks,and Hill and Blake . these guys want to win and compete.
You look at the end of benches all over the league and see Kobe is playing in perhaps the most competitive er of basketball, after all this wear and tear and still is a beast.