With all the greatness they both showed throughout their incredible careers, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant have consistently been compared, and their fans continue to debate who between them is the better player. They are widely considered two of the best to ever play the game, as they are multiple-time champions, with a plethora of awards to fill up their trophy cases.
Finally, the Chicago Bulls icon recently chimed in on the conversation, and made it known that he thinks he is the better player. Jordan gave his thoughts on the topic when a participant in his Flight School Camp asked about it, and he said that he treats the Los Angeles Lakers legend as his little brother, but went as far as claiming that Bryant stole his moves.
“Do I think I’m better than Kobe? He’s like a little brother, do you have a little brother? Do you think you’re better than your little brother? See I think I’m better than Kobe. He stole all my moves, I never took any of his moves.”
It may not be the most popular statement Michael Jordan had to say about Kobe Bryant, but it does make sense, as some of the moves he made famous, such as the fadeaway and up-and-under layup, were also mastered by The Black Mamba.
The comparisons may never end, but one thing certain is that they have forever raised the bar for an individual’s excellence in the NBA. Regardless of the moves they used in their careers that helped them become successful, it wouldn’t have been possible for them to pull it off, if not for the hard work they put in that further improved their total package.