HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Phil Jackson gets asked the question all the time: who was better, Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant? He’s always been very careful with his answers, usually sidestepping a definitive answer by comparing and contrasting their strengths and giving both men their due in his own Zen Master-like way.
But when you are trying to compare two players who, with the context of the moment cut out, are so similar it’s flat-out freaky, it’s easy to see why some people would struggle while trying to come up with a straight answer. Swap the Chicago Bulls jersey for the Los Angeles Lakers jersey and the moves and mannerisms are virtually identical.
If you didn’t know any better and didn’t know that MJ has busted through the door and into the basketball consciousness around the same time Kobe was shedding his diapers and getting potty trained, the mirror images of their respective NBA games would force you to do a double take.
Don’t believe? Just watch:
And if you missed Part I of the series, it’s here: