A few months ago I did this blog post that was about the comparison of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan and the dispute over who was the greater player in their prime and how their influence changed the game of basketball. This on-going argument of this question of who is a better player? Kobe or Michael. This topic was actually in the media recently and I wanted to commentate on the topic because it related to the blog.
It was coach Phil Jackson, and he was on Leno promoting his new book. He definitely would have a valid and significant opinion. Phil did coach both players and won championship rings graciously. His thoughts would definitely bring some new information to the debate. Phil himself the “Zen Master,” is respected in the basketball community and is very knowledgeable about the game.
Phil did say both players were championship players, but he did describe the difference between them. Although they are very alike and had this competitive zeal he describes, but they had some differences in their approach to the game. Jordan’s competitive spirit didn’t end on the court, Michael wanted to beat you at everything. Kobe on the other hand stopped his competitive streak once he wasn’t on the court.
Phil talks about how he has always gets asked the question we are discussing and how Jordan had benefited from attending North Carolina to play college ball that Kobe missed on by going straight to the league. Jordan had a natural hand on the game and was passionate about the team system. He let the game come to him, in which Kobe would chase after the game regardless even if it wasn’t coming to him.
Phil did not give a direct answer on the question but he did provide some good points about the two individuals. Maybe Jordan is a little bit better than Kobe. Phil did work and get to personally know both players.
So the interview airs of Phil Jackson giving his analysis on this better championship players debate.
Kobe saw the interview or he heard about it somehow, and responded on twitter.
So interesting the way technology and social media influences basketball these days. It’s awesome because there is still some kind of platform for the players and fans to somehow be a part of a dialogue. Not always a big fan of social media, but sites like twitter come in handy for times like this.
Kobe’s exact words were “The comparisons are apples to oranges.”
It was this very reason why I wanted to do this post, Kobe was making a great point and used a food idiom to explain where he was coming from.
Kobe also pointed out that their career paths were different and that Jordan’s style might have not been the same if Shaq was his teammate.
You can’t compare apples and oranges can you?
To each their own or agree to disagree.
I’m just an apple standing in front an orange asking you not to compare us anymore.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that there is not one certain recipe to greatness. Individually we attain greatness different. Although the comparisons will always be there, that doesn’t mean they need any attention.
And I think this can be an on-going discussion for years to come because Kobe is still playing and has an active career still undefined. He still could possibly attain more rings in the future but remember there is a king in Miami.
It is competition that drives the dialogue in all of this discussion.
Not knowing or a having a definite answer on the topic really saves humanity. Nothing wrong with friendly competition and discussions like these endless are fabric we call feel and relate to. Everyone has an opinion and we can talk all night.
Bring the apples and I’ll supply the oranges; we can compare them forever. Kobe will always need to prove his greatness.