But MJ apologists act like he wasn't in the playoffs and failed, because he didn't play the entire season. Why is it Kobe's fault as a basketball player or anyone's what the circumstances are that took MJ off the field.
I think it would have been tough for them to beat the Rockets without Rodman, and obviously, we have seen that going to 3 straight Finals is a burden and stress on the team, so it's not a lay-up that MJ would have had titles in that period.
What helps Mj is that his team was built in a way that no one could take his shine but hthey were HIGHLY effective.
Ron Harper was probably the best defensive point guard in the East, in that Bruce Bowen style, where he could guard the other guard, though MJ and Pippen made his job easy. Then having Horace or Dennis, who both lowered the value of the other team's frontcourt, by their play.
I wish Kobe would have had the equivalent of a team like the Bulls, to show that he is just as great as MJ.
Give 81 point Kobe a team like Jordan had. LeBron was trying to build that type of team in CLE with very good defensive bigs and shooters, but he didn't let anyone handle the ball enough.
back to kobe
I think if 35 point Kobe(2006) had Fish instead of Smush and Shawn marion instead of Radmonovic, and Big Z instead of Kwame, we would have won the title, without a doubt, especially if we had a Kerr type of player backing up Kobe. Kobe was so advanced in stamina at that point, that every play would have been a great shot for someone, except when Kobe wanted to take and make a difficult one for the fan's sake.
matter fact change big Z to Kaman around that time.
that in the triangle would have been a title team.