When comparing Michael Jordan, there are often two equivalents evoked: LeBron James for the title of GOAT, and Kobe Bryant for the style of play. When asked again about the question of the best player of all time, the Mamba gave a concise answer.
It is a truth that has rarely been denied. If Michael Jordan was truly one of a kind, many players have tried to come close. And among those who have come close, there is of course Kobe Bryant. In fact, if there is one thing that everyone regrets, it is never having been able to watch a confrontation between Kobe and Jordan at their respective best level.
Invited in The Dan Patrick Show, Kobe Bryant was once again asked about the subject of GOAT in the NBA. But his answer is unequivocal.
I never thought about it, to be honest. We can debate who is the best of all time in the NBA, but I’m not going to waste my energy on it until you guys develop a time capsule so I can go back and face Jordan in ’91, ’92 or ’93.
Which Jordan is better? Michael in ’91… No question. And I say 91 because that’s the year he was in his prime, both physically and mentally, he was the absolute Bull in 91. I’d like to see what that looks like.
While Kobe arrived in the league in 1996, a few years earlier, in 1990-91, 28-year-old Michael Jordan was actually voted MVP for the second time in his career. His averages? 31.5 points per game at 53.9% shooting, 6 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the regular season.
He went on to lead the Bulls to their first-ever six titles, before also being voted Finals MVP that year, for averages in line with his season.
For those who want to hear what Kobe had to say with their own ears, the recording is available below.
DP: "Who would you want to face in your prime and their prime?"@KobeBryant: "Michael in '91…no doubt about it." pic.twitter.com/XDxBdUOKK0
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) April 12, 2018