The LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant Discussion: Kool-Aid, Volume One

January 7th, 2010 by Alex Calles Leave a reply »
Ah, Michael, Kobe, LeBron. 

This topic has received more punishment than the poor fax-machine/printer from Office Space, but I have to get my swings in.  And yes, someone might need to get Ron Livingston and Ajay Naidu to hold me back from beating the hell out of the poor thing. 

I'm going to break down the three comparisons, and tell you who wins.  (Are you scared yet?)  I'm going to disregard the fact that they played in different eras possibly the only notable difference being the physicality of the game in Jordan's era as opposed to the "no hand-check, honey-I-think-I-have-a-yeast-infection" games these days.

Kobe vs. Jordan
This is the comparison that makes the most sense. 

Is anyone else sensing the eerie parallels of Kobe's career in reference to MJ?  Who am I kidding, of course you are.  The three consecutive titles with Phil Jackson, the brief championship contention sabbatical, the return to glory, and Kobe's second possible three-peat (Pat Riley, I don't get paid for this). 

Both are pathologically competitive.  One was something of a media darling and marketing monster, the other possibly the wo ...

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