Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Michael Jordan believes Kobe Bryant is worthy of comparison
Source : JEREMY LYNN CSN Chicago
Kobe Bryant has heard the comparisons to Michael Jordan for several years, and he's drawn close in championships with five to Jordan's six.
That alone is enough to earn the respect of the man many consider to be the greatest basketball player of all-time.
According to legendary basketball writer Roland Lazenby, who has written "The Show" and "Mad Game" about Kobe and "Blood on the Horns" about Jordan's final season with the Bulls, Jordan acknowledged as much to him recently.
Lazenby, in the process of writing another Jordan book now, recently tweeted: "I never said Kobe was better than MJ. MJ just told me Kobe's the only one to have done the work, to deserve comparison."
At a certain point, comparing career numbers can be a little much and they simply don't add up. But getting into the championship realm might be the best way to size up these heavyweights.
Kobe has gone 5-2 in the NBA Finals, compared to Jordan's perfect 6-0 mark.
In 35 games, Jordan averaged 33.6 points, 6.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game with a .481 field-goal percentage.
Meanwhile, Kobe has played in 36 Finals games, averaging 24.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists and 1.75 steals per game on 41.1 percent shooting.