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Brandon Jennings says Kobe Bryant, not Michael Jordan, is the greatest of all time

Aug 20, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

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Michael Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest player of all time, especially by the generation that was fortunate enough to be around to see him earn all of his many accomplishments.

Those a bit younger still mostly believe Jordan is the greatest, primarily because he’s become a mythical figure of sorts whose legacy can never be topped.

Brandon Jennings falls into the latter category, but he firmly believes that Kobe Bryant — and not Jordan — is the game’s all-time best.

There’s more on Jennings’ timeline, but you get the idea.

It’s virtually impossible to make a case that any current player has had a greater career than Jordan, but Bryant comes the closest.

From a sheer perspective of counting up the achievements, Bryant is short on championships and MVP trophies. He did model his game after Jordan, however, and has a long history of dominating games single-handedly on the offensive end of the floor the way Jordan was so famous for doing in his prime.

The comparison makes sense to a point, especially due to the similarities in the two players’ games. But again, the legend of Jordan cannot and will not be topped, even if someone goes on to match or surpass his on-court accomplishments.

123 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. divan22 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Kobe: 0 seasons (out of 18) shooting 47% or higher

    LeBron: 10 seasons (out of 11) shooting 47% or higher

    Other than FT shooting, what’s Kobe better at than LeBron? How does anyone seriously think Kobe’s the better player?

    • antistratfordian - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      He’s better than LeBron at being cantankerous and coattail riding Shaq and Gasol.

      • muhangis - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:16 AM

        Hey stratford the Laker hater, bias much?

      • antistratfordian - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:16 AM

        I have no issue with the Lakers. The problem is with that snotty d-bag coattail riding chucker who is at his most efficient when he’s siphoning credit from his teammates. You call him Mamba.

    • muhangis - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:04 AM

      Kobe is a guard, while Lebron is a forward. Front court players always have higher (or should atleast) higher shooting % than guards. You cannot compare a guard to a forward, especially in fg %, cause they are taller/bigger and play much nearer to the basket. Basketball 101 right there.

      Go through a history of great big men compared to great guard players in fg%, and you will see….

      • pharohislife - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:15 AM

        To add on to what you were saying, Kobe also Takes And Makes tougher shots than Lebron. For the 1st 8-9 Years of Lebron’s Career teams preferred he take the uncontested jumper (not to the extent of Rondo) but teams would rather sag off to prevent the drive, thus more wide open jumpers for Lebron. It Want Until These Last Few Seasons that LeBron has become more consistent in knocking down Contested jumpers. But even now LeBron doesn’t take nearly as many perimeter shots as Kobe again that’s just the way the positions work.

      • arrondior - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        I have to disagree. Lebron plays like a guard. Yes he has the ability to post much more effectively because of his size, but that is such a small part of his game. Anyone who wants to paint Lebron as a post player loses credibility because all you have to do is watch one game and you will see that dudes game is mostly jumpers, layups, and dunks. Just to put it in perspective, he takes just as many 3’s as Kobe does (and has a higher shooting % from the 3 point line).

    • moneyz2 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Lebron shooting 36% from outside the paint this past season is a better scorer than Kobe??? LOL..u crazy..

    • imakcds - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      greatness does not include having to be carried off the court.
      that act alone marks LBJ’s career.

  2. antistratfordian - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    He would, wouldn’t he. Not surprised.

  3. arrondior - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    I guess Jennings forgot about Pau Gasol who was putting up fantastic numbers both title seasons with Kobe. Kobe’s stats are marginally better than Pau’s during both of those seasons (take a look at PER and Win Shares). Without Gasol, the Lakers don’t win in ’09 or ’10.

  4. csbanter - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Brandon Jennings is not even in the top 20 point guard category. He needs to work on his game and leave the debates to others.

  5. haaaaasoooooo - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, no matter how stupid it is.

  6. ronp2 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Cocaine is a hell of a drug…Mr Jennings forgot that Kobe, too, had Ron Haper and Horace Grant on a few of those title teams. He also had a young, dominant Andrew Bynum, Pau, Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Ron Artest, Robert Horry, Lamar Odom, and Trevor Ariza…yeah, bunch of stiffs

  7. pdixon920 - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Brandon Jennings is an idiot…but at least he never has to worry about being in that discussion…EVER. In fact, I’m not sure he would be in the conversation for the best 10 Pistons or Bucks…no not all time, I mean right now…OVERRATED GUNNER!

  8. snackhavoc - Sep 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    BJennings smokes crack.

  9. qb1342 - Oct 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Oh, these kids who haven’t watched old film. How about somebody with 11 Rings and prompting the world to track a new stat because of him (blocks). Bill Russell. Game over.

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