Kobe Bryant has all the moves in the world. He makes tough fade-away shots, pull up three pointers and he has dunked on a few people. With all that said with 5:24 left in the 2nd quarter Kobe Bryant stepped to the line and knocked down two free throws to pass Michael Jordan for 3rd place on the All-Time scoring list.
Every time I look online I see the comparisons between Kobe and Michael. Everyone is right they are similar in a lot of ways. What I don’t like seeing is “Kobe doesn’t have six rings”, or “It took Kobe 18 years and Jordan did it in 15”.
For whatever reason people either love Kobe or hate him. There are Kobe fanatics who think he is the best of all-time and there are others who just love to hate Kobe for anything.
Watching Kobe pass Michael Jordan on the scoring list is a special moment for all of us. We need to appreciate it instead of hating on a guy.
So yea it took Kobe 18 years to do something Jordan did in 15, so what? In Kobe’s first season as an 18 year old child in the NBA, he played in 71 games and only started six of them. He scored a total of 539 points that season. In Jordan’s rookie year he started all 82 games and scored 2,313 points.
Kobe’s rookie season was 1996-97 and in that year Jordan scored 2,431 points. Kobe scored over 1,000 points in his second season. He didn’t hit 2,000 points in a season until his sixth season in the 2001-02 season. Jordan was a scoring machine who scored over 2,500 points for five straight seasons.
Although Kobe came out of high school he was not a superstar right away. In his second season he only started one game and still made the All-Star team. Kobe was the wingman to Shaquille O’Neal and he could still take over a game. When Shaq was traded Kobe showed what he could really do and put up big numbers.
He had back to back seasons averaging at least 31 points per game. He scored 81 points in a game. He had a bunch of 40, 50 and even 60 point games. The man can score and he’s a great player.
I’m not a Kobe superfan but I love watching the guy play basketball. He’s an amazing player. He will go down as one of the best of All-Time. There were a bunch of players that were deemed the next MJ; Jerry Stackhouse, Harold Miner, Vince Carter etc. They never lived up to it.
Kobe was the closest thing to MJ. He molded his game after one of the best basketball players ever and people are upset? Why not study one of the best to be the best? Kobe watched, practiced, and then executed.
Even with all there similarities Kobe Bryant is his own player. He is a guy who came straight out of high school to become one of the greatest scorers and basketball players ever. Stop comparing him to Jordan and just appreciate Kobe Bryant.