On Wednesday night against the Hawks, Kobe Bryant moved past Moses Malone for 6th place on the NBA’s All-Time Scoring list.
Since Kobe entered the league, the media was quick to crown him the “next Jordan.” In my opinion, the comparisons can stop. Now don’t get me wrong I’m one of the biggest Kobe Bryant fans you’ll find (especially out here on the East coast). But Kobe Bryant will never be better than Michael Jordan. That’s no diss directed at Kobe, I’m just being a realist. Michael Jordan was never at any point the second-best player on his team while in the NBA. Kobe, on the other hand, did not come into his own until about the 2002-2003 NBA season. Michael went 6-for-6 with all of the championship runs and won Finals MVP all 6 times, while Kobe is working on his 6th out of possibly eight finals appearances.
On the other side of things, Kobe is definitely the closest thing we now have to Michael Jordan. But I can never see him or anyone for that matter eclipsing him as the Greatest of All Time.