Kobe is still catching some wild alley-oops from Fisher and even from other guys so as of right now I don't really know how much I buy into this "his athleticism is greatly diminished" idea.
I hate to say it but college ball in Jordan's era at North Carolina was extremely tough and competitive, and if it wasn't on-par with the NBA back then, it was pretty damn near close to it. Take a look at the talent that came out of college in the '80s, it was basically a young NBA.
Kobe doesn't have to be MJ to make the proper adjustments to his game to utilize and build a more versatile base of offensive skills. I'd rather have the guy who had an offensive onslaught of moves over the guy who shows up on SportsCenter every night with acrobatic dunks. Kobe even joked about being drug-tested after he did a windmill before camp. No-one really knows how much longer Kobe's got in the tank, but I like the pace the team is going right now where the starters rarely have to play much in the 4th quarter, if even the 2nd half.
Like I said, he doesn't have to be MJ to be able to play at a very high level for 5-6 more years. So many people make Jordan into this deified player whose physical standards no-one else can ever achieve.
Enjoy the season as it's going, Kobe's a phenom and is still on top, but no-one knows what will happen in the future so just enjoy the ride.
Edited by ReaListik, November 26, 2008 - 09:50 PM.