Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan: Two Legacies Divided By Hate

September 21st, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
"Kobe Bryant will never be Michael Jordan."

That is a line often repeated by fans of Jordan, and to be honest, there is plenty of truth found in that train of thought.

Jordan was one of the most efficient players in NBA history outside of Wilt Chamberlain, and even if Bryant surpasses Jordan's number of championships won, it's unlikely he will ever scale the wall of public perception.

But should Bryant's own sterling legacy be held in a lesser light just because he doesn't measure up to the standard Jordan has set?

Most fans of Jordan, as well as anti-Bryant factions, consider it to be a large gap between Jordan and Bryant but doesn't that same chasm exist between Bryant and any current NBA shooting guard?

Consider this:

Some people feel Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has a decent chance of eclipsing Bryant's legacy. Yet, Bryant has an edge in career points scored, assists, and rebounds.

And besides the assists category, it's not even close.

Granted, Bryant has played double the number of seasons as Wade, but is it fair to speculate on where Wade could end up without respecting w ...

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