A kid asked:
"Who would win in a ONE on ONE game, you or Kobe?"
"Kobe would win, because I am older... But in my prime? Not even a contest."
"Let's just say, I have a better chance of stopping him than him stopping me."
At first thought, I thought Jordan was just trying to get the kids excited and motivated by such a confident answer. And more than half the basketball population wouldn't disagree with what he said.
Michael Friggin' Jordan, THE GOAT to most people, is obviously better than Kobe Bryant, right?
Wait a minute... the child asked who would win, ONE on ONE.
Accomplishment-wise, Jordan blows Kobe out of the water. 3 more titles, 4 more MVPs, 1 more DPOY, etc... We're all familiar with the facts that Jordan supporters bring up when we try to compare Kobe with MJ.
But with everything about the NBA team concept aside, who would win in a one-on-one game when each player was in his prime?
Who has the better individual skills to beat the other?
There was a thread like this at CL and I heard a compelling argument on both sides. Personally, I'm torn apart. If they played 10 games, I think each would win 5 times. I think each game would be very close. Each player would be motivated to prove his superiority. The intensity level would be something we've never seen before on a basketball court.
Prime Jordan and Kobe were both the one of the best one-on-one defenders of their time.
Prime Jordan and Kobe were both the most dominating perimeter players of their time.
Prime Jordan and Kobe were the best one-on-one offensive weapons of their time.
Who would win? And why?
Edited by funkychunky, August 05, 2008 - 10:47 PM.