Originally Posted by SamuraiSWISH
Pretty much. In essence Kobe is a carbon copy of Jordan's skill set. He has more willingness to launch the long ball.
Anyone claiming Kobe is more skilled has no clue what they're talking about. Even footwork, Kobe's entire footwork / post game is predicated on Jordan's originality.
Jordan definitely had superior off the ball, as well as catch and shoot skills. MJ had the superior IQ, athletic ability, and even more homicidal level of competitiveness.
we gonna act like Jordan didn't learn from his predecessors?
that's what progress is, a process of duplicating and innovating. Kobe's game is not identical to jordans, it's tailored to his lesser athleticism and utilizes ballhandling and 3 ball far more. Also had to take the playmaking duty far more than jordan had to under pHil
Originally Posted by OldSchoolBBall
Kobe is not "more skilled" than Jordan at all. The ONLY area where he comes close is footwork, and isolation handles, where he has the edge on Jordan (not isolation scoring, though, because there's more to that than just handles).
Jordan absolutely SHITS on Kobe as an off the ball player, and he knew how to use defenders' momentum, find gaps in the defense, and use his teammates' positions in ways that Kobe has never demonstrated. He was a brilliant offensive ball player on a level beyond Kobe. He was also the better post player (lol @ anyone thinking Kobe's a better post player
) , rebounder (by a good margin), passer/playmaker, and defender (especially team/help/off ball defense, where he DESTROYS Kobe - he had the best understanding of defensive spacing ever - I didn't say that, Chuck Daly did).
the myth of Jordan's better off ball movement is borne out of the absolute absence of team and systematic defense in the 80s and early 90s
defense in those days were predicated on great personnel, not schemes or zone