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Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 4:35 pm  |  266 responses

Kobe Bryant Says He’s the Greatest One-on-One Player Ever


When it comes to going mano-a-mano on a basketball court, few in NBA history have ever done it better than Kobe Bryant. And he knows it. So much so, that Bean claims he’s the greatest of all time in that department. Per a fun, lengthy Q&A with ESPN: “Who would you most like to play one-on-one, either active or retired? ‘Jordan. No question.’ What would happen? ‘I’m not sure, but he would win some and I would win some in a seven-game series. It would probably come down to the last few shots.’ You versus LeBron? Who wins? ‘Me. No question. As far as one-on-one, I’m the best to ever do it.’ Damn. That’s pretty confident. ‘LeBron is a terrific all-around, five-on-five basketball player who’s an all-time great. But I’d get him.’ Who could get you? ‘Kevin Durant is the guy that would give me the most trouble. With his length and ability to use the dribble, he’d be tough.’ I always wanted to see you play Tracy McGrady. ‘I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. Ask him, he’ll tell you. When I was about 20, we were in Germany doing some promotional stuff for that other sneaker company and we played basketball every day. We were in the gym all the time. We played three games of one-on-one to 11. I won all three games. One game I won 11-2. After the third game he said he had back spasms and couldn’t play anymore.’ [...] What about Kyrie Irving? ‘[Huge smile, laugh.] Kyrie’s my boy, but he knows he doesn’t have anything for me. He doesn’t want to see me. But it would be fun. I’ve beaten a lot of guys one-on-one, like Reggie Miller and Grant Hill. I used to play Caron Butler all the time in practice when he was with the Lakers. When I was a rookie I used to get Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones. They know. They’ll tell you. They used to come at me hard but I wasn’t having that. I love going one-on-one with someone. That’s what I do. I’ve never lost. It’s a whole different game, just to have them right in front of you and be able to do whatever you want.’”

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  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Jordan would stop Kobe before Kobe stopped Jordan. Waiting for Kobe’s fanatics to show up…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Took you guys long enough to post this.

    You also missed the story where, when told that Lebron had said the Heat faced more criticism in 2010 than the Lakers have this year, he replied “What does it matter? What does he want, a cookie?”

    Classic Mamba. The same reasons that people hate him are the same reasons that people love him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    During that interview, Palmer asks him about a 1 on 1 with Jordan and who’d win. Kobe replies that it if it was 7 games, he’d win some and lose some, but it would be down to the wire. 2006 or 2003 Kobe vs. 1992 MJ would be an amazing event to watch. Alas, we only have 2K.

  • Redd

    People don’t get that Kobe’s D just doesn’t cut it & Jordan’s is amazing.

    How can you win like that? Now if it was 5 on 5, both with prime teams..Jordan still wins lol.

  • Redd

    Yes it’s true, if Lebron & MJ didn’t exist, he’d be the best.

    Wow he’s right for once.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I have respect for Lebron, but Kobe has infinitely more tools in his arsenal 1 on 1 to beat him offensively. And remember, we’re not talking 2012 Kobe.

  • LakeShow

    Excuse me sir, where were you in this picture?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Definitely not in Cairo lol. This is at Museum station in Toronto.

  • LakeShow

    He’s probably right. But it’s debatable.
    I mean Shaq would beat everyone….
    But as far as 1 on 1 *skills* go, KB is number 1.

  • http://twitter.com/SLAM_Radio SLAM Radio

    This is probably true…and also sums up Kobe’s legacy within the game pretty well.

  • LakeShow

    Ah, thank you.

  • pposse

    nixnay..you are the complete definition of a stan. MJ would workout Kobe. He has him from the trash talking to the post game to the strength to the athletic ability. There is nothing that Kobe would have on him..nothing!

  • bike

    Are we to assume he’s talking when he was in his prime? If so, prime Kobe vs prime Jordan would be close but Jordan wins every time. Prime Kobe could probably take LeBron…maybe.
    Most confident one on one player ever? Kobe, hands down.

  • LakeShow

    If your an idiot that know’s nothing say: “your welcome!” in your next post.

  • pposse

    your welcome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    In what sense?

  • LakeShow

    Really Jordan wins EVERY time?
    7 games…
    KB vs MJ
    MJ wins all 7?
    I mean I don’t have a counter, except that I just don’t find that to be logical.

  • Redd

    I know, but I don’t see Kobe getting past Lebron with Lebron’s size, Defense, and speed. He can’t guard him & shooting over him will always be a challenge.

  • Dagger

    Honestly, Jordan in his prime works over prime Kobe. I know prime Kobe can shoot from anywhere, but Jordan is so much more athletic, he’s got those huge hands, and his defense is on a completely different level.

    I also think that Lebron right now would beat prime Kobe in a one-on-one. The difference in size, quickness and athleticism is just really hard to overcome even if Kobe did have a major skill advantage (which he doesn’t).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Let me get this straight, MJ was bigger, stronger, faster, jumped higher, had a better jumpshot and higher IQ yet people still believe that Kobe is the greatest iso player of all-time? Oh…..lawd

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    in the sense that he has played his whole career as a one on one player and not a team player

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Allen Iverson is the best one on one player in league history Kobe. You are second or third. Sorry buddy.

  • Dagger

    I’d be shocked if Jordan didn’t win 5 of 7. 1 on 1, 5 on 5, I love both players but Jordan simply was a significantly better two-way player.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Offensively? The skill comparison is not even close. Look at tapes of 2003 or 2006/2007 Kobe and compare them to Lebron’s limited moves, even now – Kobe has a huge advantage offensively.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    See, I’d agree with this more than people throwing Lebron’s name in there. Lebron, like Kobe alluded, is much more effective as a 5-on-5 player.

  • Conor

    “Just doesn’t cut it”? What planet do you live on? Kobe’s best defence is as good as Jordan’s ever was.

  • LakeShow

    Wow, didn’t think you’d be the first guy to forget about the other side of the ball…
    AI would get dominated by MJ, KB, KD, Bird, Gervin, LBJ, T-Mac… list goes on.
    It’s not fair to the little guys, but that’s the way it is.

  • Redd

    LOLLLL you’re the local stand up..right?

  • Junkie

    Lebron can just drive it everytime Kobe can’t stop him

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I disagree with that notion. You don’t win 5 rings without being a team player – winning championships is a collective effort. He’s no Magic or Lebron but nonetheless.

  • Conor

    Jordan was not stronger and certainly did not have a better jumper. Kobe backs down LeBron like it’s nothing.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ok, Kobe would get his ass kicked by Wilt everytime they play one on one in that case. Or shaq. It’s not like he’s stripping them when they are backing him down, if you want to REALLY look at it. He’ll miss a jumpshot before they miss and don’t get their own rebound.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Good point.

  • LakeShow

    So you also think LeBron would beat prime Jordan?
    Jordan is better at 5 on 5 defense than KB, not way better at 1 on 1 defense though.
    Prime, each were some of the best at playing their man 1 on 1.
    On offense:
    In the post they are equal.
    Mid range they are equal if KB isn’t a hair better.
    3 pointers goes to KB.
    1 on 1 moves KB has more.
    Defense goes to Jordan, but it’s not as lop sided as most on here would like to think.
    It would be a war.

  • LakeShow

    This is true, hence why I already posted that…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Kobe’s competitive but Jordan was on a different level with it. And if he could play real defense and put his hands on Kobe like they did in the 90s, his strength would cause major problems. Guys used to say that Jordan could steer guys in the direction he wanted to. I think if they played 7, Kobe would maybe win 1 or 2. 2002-2003 Kobe who was the biggest/strongest/most athletic he’s ever been wouldn’t be able to handle Jordan in the post. I think what would really make it difficult is Jordan’s defense though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you can disagree if you want, lol, that doesn’t change Kobe’s style of play. That’s not to say he’s never relinquished the ball, it’s just to say, he has been a one on one player. Except from 2006-2010 when he was a one on one offensive player, and just help defender.

  • Conor

    People who say Kobe in his prime wasn’t one of the greatest lockdown defenders in history is nothing more than a Jorstan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    You really don’t believe that, do you? On second thought, you probably also believed that Saddam had WMDs.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    ….No.

  • LakeShow

    Certain aspects of KB’s defense were as good, but at their peak, Jordan was the overall better defender.

  • Conor

    You do see Kobe locking up point guards supposedly quicker than him and younger by more than a decade, don’t you? He’s 34. What was he doing when he was in his prime?

    Jordan getting D-POY over Cooper or Olajuwan in the 80s was a joke. Product of marketing.

  • Conor

    Jordan was better at blocking and superior as a help defender, obviously. In a one-on-one scenario, which is the point of this article, Kobe can shut down anyone as well as Jordan could.

  • Redd

    Know what Lakers fans needed after having nothing positive all season to counter other fans with?

    This story.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    just think about when Kobe tried to guard Iverson at the height of his defensive abilities in game 1 of the finals.

    .

    nobody could guard Iverson by themselves. Everytime a coach thought he had a guy who could, he got basted like a Thanksgiving Turkey.

    .

    Sh*t, remember his rookie year when he went for 40+ five games in a row? —- yeah, teams were trying the, “guard Iverson one on one” strategy. — Kobe is a more effective one on one player on both side of the ball, i’ll concede that. But Iverson’s ability to score and never ever be stopped by one defender, i just can’t ignore that. Nobody shut him down or really even bothered him (when he was in his prime) – the closest i remember was Lindsay Hunter always did a not awful job.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Yeah, let’s see how long that lasts. Let’s see him lock up Westbrook or Rose. Kyrie and Brandon Jennings are good but neither are as fast, quick and strong as Rose (at 100%) or Westbrook. Also, marketing was the reason Jordan won DPOY over Cooper and Hakeem? Really? So Nike influenced the voters? What are you saying?

  • Conor

    Season isn’t over yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Disagree with you on AI being at the top of the iso ladder but agree with you on AI being better than Kobe with regards to isos. one on one many times comes down to stamina and tenacity and no one was better at constantly attacking than AI.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Wow, people will be coming after you on this I’m sure.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s fine, i’m equipped for that sorta thing. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I love Kobe, but Jordan was much better defensively.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    That’s great and all…Jordan was just better.

  • speedy

    Kobe Bryant Says He’s the Greatest One-on-One Player Ever….. in a teamsport.
    Tells me everything I thought of him is right and shows that he already understood that he can’t be the best player ever and now tries to get some other kind of throne.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that sounds fair to me man. i know my opinion on this won’t be the popular one.

  • Conor

    The League, which has clout with Nike and journalists, obviously influences criteria and the ever-changing “status quo”. For Chrissake, ESPN invented a Heat Index upon the confluence of James, Wade, and Bosh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Prime MJ was a goon at shutting down his assignment. The man won DPOY as a perimeter player for a reason.

  • Redd

    So much so that they signed with Adidas, cause Nike & NBA are that close.

    They have a “index” for a couple other sports teams to my knowledge also.

  • Redd

    lol

  • Conor

    Nike was an example.

    Do they advertise the Bucks’ Index as much as Miami’s? The Kings’? No.

  • Redd

    …it’s the Bucks & Kings…REALLY?!? Lol

  • LakeShow

    1 hour after post = 55 comments
    SLAM know’s exactly what they are doing haha

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I’d really want to see LeBron and Kobe play each other in their primes. LeBron in his prime (now) is a better overall player than Kobe was in his prime. Just a beast on both sides of the floor and he still doesn’t have a go-to move.

  • Redd

    LOL I thought the same, we all saw it coming man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Got a counter question for y’all. Who is the greatest one-on-one defender of all-time? My vote goes to Gary “the Glove” Payton. His mouth and tenacity alone would be enough to scare most cats into submission.

  • LakeShow

    For real, dude would be lost in a 1 on 1 game.
    That ain’t a bad thing!…

  • Conor

    I seriously hope they provide foundation to bicker with you!

    Going to see Los Angeles on Sunday, in Toronto. Tonight’s game may define their (regular) season, however.

  • Max

    Agreed.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    It wasn’t a conspiracy between the league, Nike and journalists. You’re reaching. ESPN invented that Heat Index while the rest of the country were also extremely interested in the Heat after LeBron and Bosh arrived so that wasn’t special. It was smart. Get some traffic on their website. Follow them at training camp. Ratings, etc. Much different than Nike, journalists and the league making sure that Jordan won that award.

  • Max

    Oh Dear lord.

  • Redd

    Lol always fun to talk sports so I wouldn’t mind.

    Don’t see how the Rap game defines the season though, we played’em yesterday & they’re not bad.

  • LakeShow

    The only thing true in this statement is the bigger, faster, stronger portion.

    1 on 1 IQ, and jump shot go to Bean.

  • LakeShow

    He was stronger, just not by much.

    He looked allot stronger, but has anyone seen KB take on SF’s/PF’s in the post with ease?.. I have a million times, and his strength has NEVER been an issue once in his career, so it’s a non-point.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I’m not sure that people know how great of an athlete Iverson was. He was playing his 2nd sport. Those who knew him said he was a better football player. Never got tired. No off switch on offense. When refs started calling him for a carry with his crossover, he still found a way to get around guys easily. Other players talked about how much they feared him when he had the ball.

  • Conor

    If you don’t believe that, you haven’t seen Bryant play James over the past nigh-decade.

    I’m a fanatic, not a zealot.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    naw, some of them are. other’s actually paid attention.

  • davidR

    where would you rank orlando magic tmac?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You left out the most important aspect of playing one on one?
    .
    is it because you are comparing Kobe to Jordan?
    .
    Because, prime Jordan, he LIVED at the rim. Got there way way more than Kobe. While everything you just said is true….you did leave out a pretty big aspect of one on one basketball.

  • Dagger

    No, I never said prime Lebron would beat prime Jordan. I said that “the difference in size, quickness and athleticism is just really hard to overcome.”

    That’s for Kobe. I actually think that prime Jordan matches up well with Lebron in quickness and athleticism. Ultimately I think Jordan’s greater skill and mental toughness would have given him a significant advantage over Lebron in 1 on 1. In a 7 game series, I’d expect Jordan to take 5.

    As for your comparison between Jordan and Kobe: Jordan was more efficient because he was flat-out better near the rim, in part owing to his superior athleticism. His shot selection was way better, and that matters in this context. Kobe’s got the three ball, although remember that Kobe’s lifetime % from the 3 is not much better than Jordan’s (.338 VS ..327), and in some of his prime years Jordan shot better from the 3 than Kobe ever has. This is not that close to me, although Kobe would like you to think it would be.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I was just thinking about him actually. I’d probably put him with Pete Maravich, Oscar Robertson, & Kevin Durant, right in that next category.
    .
    *Edit* – let’s put George Gervin, and Alex English in that category too.

  • LakeShow

    It’s hilarious to me that someone thinks LeBron would beat any of the offensive greats 1 on 1.

    We know who LeBron is right?

    He is a 5 on 5 player. He is banking on the guy being in the corner waiting to shoot the three. He is a play maker first and foremost. He happens to be a very good scorer also, but he isn’t sniffing anyone of the greats at 1 on 1…

  • bike

    MJ would win the majority of 7. And he would win if it was all on just one game. MJ has the bigger drive to win than Kobe which is saying something because Kobe is one of the most competitive athletes in the history of any sport. But MJ’s drive to win was still bigger.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Double teams didn’t really do much to him either at times. He was too fast.

  • Redd

    He’s also great at steamrolling to the basket.

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    Agree 100%

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    …Barkley said Jordan was the strongest guard he’s ever played against and he wasn’t exactly a weak player himself. Backing down someone in the post isn’t the greatest indicator of strength.

  • LakeShow

    “Lebron can just drive it everytime Kobe can’t stop him”

    My counter:

    “Kobe can just drive it everytime LeBron can’t stop him”

  • jessdogg

    he lead the league in steals, was the first guard in history with 100 blocks, while scoring 35 points a game on 53% shooting before there was illegal defense. Kobe has never shot 50%, never been close to leading the league in steals or never been close to 100 blocks. Its not even close..

  • LakeShow

    Even if we were talking 2012, pretty sure KB beats LeBron today 1 on 1, four out of five times.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he was UNREAL.

    - the game 1 highlight from the 2001 Finals is outrageous.

    .

    for everyone’s pleasure, i’ma watch it again.

    .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_G-TDCJdTY

  • jessedogg

    were you born in 1993?

  • bike

    You have to give Kobe one thing no matter what you think of his one on one skills–the guy has really big balls. Like Texas-size.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Kobe’s championships came from his teammates being great on their own while he was doing what he was doing as well. Not really with a lot of help from him. Shaq was always going to be Shaq regardless. Gasol, at that point in his career, was going to be Gasol. Lamar Odom’s role was a little underrated on those 2 teams too.

  • Redd

    Pretty sure people are forgetting Kareem, the greatest Laker.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Now? LeBron can stop him.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    My favorite Finals game I ever watched that didn’t include Michael Jordan.

  • LakeShow

    No, no he can’t.
    Nor can KB stop Bron, but KB is just an astronomically better 1 on 1 player so he would have the edge.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, i saw this comment from my E-mail preview on my phone, all i saw was, “my favorite finals game ever” — started to type well you need to watch the ’93 finals and then looked up and saw the rest of the comment.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    lol I wouldn’t think to say such a thing.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    LeBron would stop Kobe from getting to the basket today. Kobe doesn’t have the same first step he used to have. He would have to shoot jumpshots to win.

  • Dante

    I feel like a lot of the games people are debating the most (esp. Jordan / LeBron) would really depend on whether an NBA official is reffing these or not. Kobe does have an scoring skill advantage over Lebron, but couldn’t handle him defensively or post him imo without antics / flops.

  • http://twitter.com/LuisBrownish Luis Moreno

    doing some promotional stuff for that other sneaker company… lol

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Good question.

  • Redd

    Before Disqus we used to get to 100 pretty often & faster.

  • Redd

    Why would refs officiate a 1 on 1?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Kobe is such a polarizing figure that he’s been able to elicit the same level of intense debate in 3 separate decades (90, 00s, and now).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    The Bucks don’t have Lebron, Wade, and Bosh on one team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Well, that depends on position. I mean, as a PG, Mookie Blaylock was known to be just as lethal defensively as Payton (although Payton was obviously the much better offensive player).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha i know i know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Great analysis.

  • shockexchange

    Bandz make Horry Jr dance … with “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the league, he can win with no hands.”

  • Redd

    He just said something controversial…lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, i don’t think the whole “LeBron is better” argument is even worth entertaining. LeBron isn’t a top 5 one on one player in the NBA right now, lol, let alone all-time.
    .
    Durant, Melo, Kobe, Westbrook, Wade (yes, Wade), and Kyrie are probably better one on one player’s right now.
    .
    And i’d say currently, Durant is definitely the best one on one player in the league.
    -
    — but to clarify, i don’t think of one on one in the sense where, “well if he played so and so he’d lose” — i think of it like, “with the type of people he’d be playing in one on one in a game because i don’t consider regular one on one to even be worth considering” – eh, i’m an asshole.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Mookie Blaylock is definitely worth mentioning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottmichael Scott Michael

    Being the best one-on-one player in a team sport? Congrats Kobe…

  • WowReally

    your right about being bigger stronger faster and jumped higher. but we all know kobe has a better jumpshot… analysts today agree on this, that kobe has a better jumpshot then jordan did..

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I’d add Chris Paul to that list of one on one players better than LeBron.

  • http://www.facebook.com/grasshoper.funk Grasshoper Funk

    So, how about that: instead of that silly competition during the all-star game called “shooting stars”, a small 1-on-1 to eleven tournament would be held with LBJ, Kobe, Durant, Westbrook, Irving, Paul, Rose (if healthy) and whoever else qualifies. What do you think? Personally, I’d love to see that happen!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t think Chris Paul can be an effective one on one player for a sustained period. like one possession? no doubt. But a whole game of one on one? Like the famous Bird vs Dominique duels? — no way he holds up.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Depends on who he was playing against.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    in my mind when i was typing that, i was thinking about like Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. The bigger, bruising PG’s, Paul needs his teammates against them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    120 comments…this is awesome

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I see where you’re coming from. I think Chris and Deron 1 on 1 would have been a fun matchup to watch when Deron was at his best a few seasons ago. I wouldn’t put Westbrook in that group. Outside of Rose, he’s the best one on one PG in the league. No contest.

  • Dagger

    Gotta go with one of my all-time favourite players. This video of Pippen gives me goosebumps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_984802&feature=iv&src_vid=N9vFHYVXtRk&v=g1YchiFv-5M

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Idk, I think Kyrie is prolly the best one on one PG runnin

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    u really need to stop lol

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Better than Westbrook?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Agggggghhh idk, lol it’s one of them. Until Rose comes back at least

  • Redd

    I think the word you were searching for is a “dummy”.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Agreed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    LeBron? really?

  • Redd

    Really? Jordan has consistently had a great FG% while averaging amazing numbers.

    I think by Analysts, you mean guys in Bleacher Report.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanielUpYours Daniel Powers

    mj is the best one on one player ever, period.

  • bill

    Is there a 2 drink minimum for me to read your post?

  • Redd

    You think Kobe’d beat LeBron?

  • mike@mike.com

    man i ve seen jordan back down shawn kemp, back down kevin garnett and post him up and turn around fade on him. Jordan would eat kobe in the post. Did you see Kobe get munched on by Durant in the post the other day?? didnt have anythig for him. Kobes one of the greatest 1 on 1. just not THE greatest

  • LakeShow

    Kobe is one of the best at finishing at the rim ever also.

    Yes MJ was better, once again, not by a wide margin.

    KB has not had the benefit of being in the post, and being able to slash to the rim as much as Jordan was able to, but it wasn’t because he wasn’t capable of it.

    For myself, it comes down to the fact that MJ was more conscientious of the shots he took. While I find their basketball IQ to be similar, I think MJ would take smarter shots than KB, thus winning the majority of 1 on 1 games.

  • Redd

    Did you hear KD say he wanted to play for the Raps? Dang, start campaigning for his FA guys.

  • pposse

    haha what a clown move!

  • LakeShow

    :D

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Naw man, 87-88 Jordan got to the rim like Russell Westbrook does today, but finished like noone ever. I don’t even think Jordan is necessarily a better one on one player than Kobe. I just think he was much better at getting to and finishing at the rim.

  • LakeShow

    Your better with the stats. What were their fg% at the rim in their best seasons? And i’m sure there are a couple other stats that can provide decent context.
    I know he was better, once again, I just don’t think it was by great margin, but your correct, yes he was probably the best guard ever at taking it to the rack.

  • LakeShow

    Your right about the first step, but do you know how he is averaging 4 more points above his career average this year without that first step he once had?
    His skill set.
    His skill set allows for him to score more without the benefits he had physically as a youth. He has as wide an arsenal of moves as any player ever. So even if he can’t get by LeBron that doesn’t matter, because a simple fake or 9 and he will get him out of position.
    I highly suggest watching Kobe play. I think you have missed some aspects to his game.

  • The Fury

    Aww hell yeah!!! — GP’s voice

  • pposse

    i would love to see a pippen vs. durant one on matchup!

  • The Fury

    YES

  • FanOfTheLeague

    I haven’t seen every player that ever played in the NBA, but it’s hard to name many better than Kobe when talking 1-on-1. But, to all those saying LeBron isn’t top 5 one on one or that he’d get killed by Kobe easily… like… wth? Is anyone taking defense into account? Or are you all just picturing Kobe shooting silky jumpers all day? It won’t be that easy at all. It’s just amazing to me how a player can be at such an elite level for an entire decade & still not be considered that great in an area where he’s completely dominated. Yes, players like Durant, Melo, Kobe, Mac, Jordan had smoother offensive games, more consistent jumpshots, & less rugged crossovers, but what does all that really matter if at the end of the game LeBron ends up with 35? (On less shots than all those players, might I add). If 5 players can’t consistently stop LeBron, what in the world makes any of you think Kobe on his own can stop him? (I know, it’s a completely different ballgame, because there are no worries of LeBron creating open shots for other teammates, but the point is, no matter the case, #6 is extremely hard to stop). LeBron is pass 1st in nature, but everyone knows what happens when he’s locked in & is focused on scoring. He’s as good as anyone to ever do it, maybe even better because of the amazing efficiency. Kobe one on one is more than a handful, but if LeBron gets the ball & uses his size, speed, strength & that all-time great finishing ability, I simply cannot see what Kobe will do to stop him. LeBron pretty much has to settle for bad jumpers for Kobe to destroy him, otherwise, they’d go back & forth & even the 2003-2006 athletic Kobe will have some serious trouble with 2012 LeBron. & as great a scorer as Kobe is, he’s never had an entire season making more shots than he’s missed. That says a whole lot. Many of you may say, well LeBron lives in the paint & Kobe is a jumpshooter. That’s the point, though. You can’t stop LeBron from getting in the paint, but you can make Mamba take bad shots, he just happens to hit a lot of the difficult ones. But those that are really paying attention know he misses a lot more than he makes. Scoring isn’t all about shaking, baking & taking pretty jumpers. It’s about putting the basketball in the hole. As far as I’m concerned, LeBron is one of the best ever in that department.

  • jake

    He is the best player ever! Look at the rings, and the individual success. Jordan was good for 12-13 years Kobe has been amazing for like 17 years and many more to come

  • TR

    AI vs Kobe would be good, but to me Kobe destroys little guys. He seems to never miss when hes got a guy 6’2″ or shorter on him

  • Redd

    Really? How’s his team this year?

  • Dutch Rich

    The only thing I would say is that in a game situation A.I. spent an enormous amount of time at the charity stripe and I always felt that many calls weren’t really warranted. But unlike Kobe who never really innovated the game (ultimate MJ clone), A.I. and guys like early Vince just played unconscious. They played like Miles on kind of blue.

  • roi30

    Kobe may have some claim to that. Unfortunately, basketball is not a one on one game. In basketball, Lebron is simply a far better player.

  • VanCityBBall

    i still think that a Durant vs Melo would be more entertaining than a Kobe vs. X… but yeah totally agree with everything you said.

  • Dutch Rich

    Kyrie has brought unseen handles to this game. Westbrook squares up like no one but lacks spin moves and a left hand. Durant is still a work in progress as he’s gaining upper body strength, which is quite a scary thought, but from deep he’s still a set shooter. Dwayne remains an unreliable jump shooter when he’s not launching from his preferred spots. Kobe’s high elevation jumpshot is superior to any one. He can jump and score going forward, sideways and backwards, but if he misses against Melo he won’t be getting the rock back. I’m with Barkley on that where Melo is the strongest and fastest and most efficient in a one on one.

  • bigA

    I agree, when you don’t have to run up and down the court weight and height can be a huge advantage.

    That is how I mostly play one on one: BULLYBALL
    Unless they are bigger than me, then I start dancing.
    And on defense I try to bait them into taking contested shots.

  • Dutch Rich

    Paul doesn’t have the speed, he needs decoys in his one on one approach. Would be lethal in a 3 on 3 though.

  • shockexchange

    In a few months he’ll have lots of free time to play one-on-one while the Clippers, OKC, Houston, Portland, et. al. are in the playoffs.

  • FanOfTheLeague

    I’m sorry Jake, rings aren’t even a discussion when talking about
    Jordan. 3 retirements & still more titles than most, including
    Bryant, eventhough he’s played many more seasons & has had a prime
    Shaq by his side (Jordan was never the 2nd best player on any team).
    Good for 12-13? GREAT for 14 & would’ve been great for much longer
    if he didn’t keep getting tired of destroying the competition. Only
    Jordan can 3-peat, retire ‘cuz he lost passion for the game (in other
    words, got tired of winning) went to another sport, then came back when
    he felt like it to win 3 more. & even at age 40, managed to put up
    20 a game against all those young, athletic rising stars. Jordan was the
    better scorer & all those records Kobe is breaking, it took him
    longer than Jordan to do so. 17 years to get to 30K when Jordan did it
    in 14. Jordan was the better defender (greatest shot blocking guard of
    all time, tho Wade may have something to say) & eventho Jordan was
    known to be a bit selfish at times, he was a better playmaker than Kobe.
    The only thing Kobe will ever have over Jordan is that outside jumpshot & we all know Jordan made those when it really counted. (By the way, bad bench or not, Jordan on a team with Dwight, Nash & Pau are 60 W’s) Kobe’s having a hard enough time making it to the playoffs with that All-Star squad.

  • Redd

    CP3 is more so reliant on cunning, which I think he’s very good at. In that regard I feel like he’d hold his own but not throughout.

  • Allenp

    People greatly underate how easily he dropped the crossover

  • Redd

    I think the All Star story tomorrow will get 100 comments…KG wowwww.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    AI didn’t care whether he had a bigger guy or a guy around his size on him. Didn’t matter. Still too fast.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    LeBron averaged 30 twice without a jumpshot that he was fully confident in. I’ve watched Kobe play since he was the 2nd or 3rd man off the bench playing behind Eddie Jones so I’ve seen him play quite a bit.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Don’t be silly.

  • Brandan E

    remember yall….pippen tried to guard kobe and couldnt do it.

    just watch the games they played each other thru ’98-00 and pippen couldnt stay in front of him.
    even pippen said kobe was a hard cover.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Watching those Bulls play defense was a lot of fun.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    If Vince Carter had AI’s mindset, he would have been a major problem and not just a dunker and later on, mainly a jumpshooter.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Melo/LeBron would be more entertaining than Melo/Durant to me. Melo would bully Durant pretty easily with the ball. Way too strong.

  • http://twitter.com/KingofKushSmoke PimpMaster of yo Hoe

    Jordan is the greatest one on five scorer of all time

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    LOL. Kobe might wanna defend that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanielUpYours Daniel Powers

    lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanielUpYours Daniel Powers

    true that. id also rank iverson first right after mj. and oh boy, what a game that was

  • The Seed

    Cosign 110%

  • shutup

    What about Joe Dumars?

  • Aaron Iverson

    Vince Carter in his prime had quite the offensive arsenal as well. He had a bit more length than Kobe too.. I’d rather see that one then any other.

  • Comment_System

    pippen hands down.

  • Comment_System

    damn its like the whole website just said NO to you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Dave Bing too

  • Darksaber

    SLAM must lurve when Kobester says outlandish ish. Stuttering comment sections turn to overflowing rivers of discussion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    so do you snort or smoke that stuff you are on, im just curious

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    definitely. In their primes without question. And now? Kobe’s game still translates perfectly to 1 on 1 games. Bron’s more a 5 on 5 typa guy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I think they have it on record Kobe does not like playing other forwards especially PF’s. Now a forward like earl clark, or austine daye who are 3 inches or more taller but but give up maybe 10 pounds yeah. But the AL Horfords, Josh Smiths, even Paul Milsap or Melo……Hell no he is not easing his way through them

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    are u teasing me?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    That much is true I will concede in that if Kobe did not hoist up all those shots he could have had a 40% 3Pt season at one point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    How come his comments about T-MAc have gotten no mention? That was kinda surprising to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Jordan was a way better finisher due to his great athleticism(which far exceeded Kobe’s in my opinion) and fundamental play

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Man heck no, I have never seen Jordan lack off on D to let his Big men clean up the mess,( being that he never really had that kind of guy down low) the way Kobe has. Kobe got a bunch of his defensive accolades off of reputation and “potential.”

  • Drig

    Assuming we aren’t talking about matchups like Shaq vs Kobe etc. ( games which would be determined by who got the ball first ) , I’d say Kobe’s a pretty safe bet for winning a 1 -on -1 vs any player.

    Prime Kobe vs Prime MJ :

    At the rim : MJ

    3-9ft : Tie

    9-16ft : Tie

    16-23ft : Kobe ( For the guy who posted that both of them averaged similar % from range, you’re not taking into account the fact that the 3pt line was brought in for a few years which spiked it. He did become better from range but in his prime, he was a below average shooter from that position )

    Now comes the D part : Kobe’s biggest problem has been his lack of help D which would be minimized in a 1-on-1. He’s not a bad defender per se but Kobe’s a notch below Jordan as far as lateral quickness and going for the steals are concerned. Plus, Jordan was more intense on D.

    However, I think the game would come down to who has the better O. Both couldn’t stop each other multiple times even if they wanted to. Kobe’s shot selection wouldn’t be too much of an issue here since we’re talking about his prime when he used to make ridiculous shots look absolutely easy. Plus, Kobe has shown this season that he can be an efficient scorer if he wants to be one. He simply never tried to force Phil to change the system for him to live near the post ala Jordan used to.

    For guys who think Kobe can’t deal with handchecking, Kobe faced handchecking till the 03-04 season. And he was lethal despite it.

    I think Kareem would be the best 1-on-1 big.

  • http://www.islate.org/ Apple Tablet

    Very true, besides MJ I can’t think of anyone else that has done it.

  • http://www.islate.org/ Apple Tablet

    I would pay $50 pay per view fo that.

  • http://www.islate.org/ Apple Tablet

    I got to agree.

  • http://www.islate.org/ Apple Tablet

    We was asked a question, did you want him to lie and say he sucks in one on one games?

  • http://www.islate.org/ Apple Tablet

    Now maybe, but prime vs prime it’s all Kobe.

  • http://www.islate.org/ Apple Tablet

    Bigger and stronger yes, faster no, jumping tied, jumpshot tied, IQ Kobe.

  • http://www.islate.org/ Apple Tablet

    The truth is that both MJ and Kobe are both sick, I and think that deep down neither one of them knows who would win in a one on one game. It would probably go back and forth.

  • http://www.islate.org/ Apple Tablet

    Kobe also hasn’t had as many chances to get to the rim because in his era they play team defense that collapses on him, where as Jordan’s era had one on one defense. Watch pre 1998 games (not highlights) and you will see how no one rotates.

  • hamidashimono

    Great to have so many personal opinions on this discussion board. However, what do ppl with a first-hand view have to say?

    Tim Grover, who has trained Kobe, Lebron, and Jordan, was asked who
    would win a 1-on-1 battle of Jordan vs. either of the other two:
    Tim
    Grover: “Oh, Michael. No question. From a physical and mental
    standpoint, he’s the best I’ve ever seen. If he were playing now, with
    the way the refs call everything, and with all the padding these guys
    wear, he’d average 40 or 50 a night if he wanted.”

    Craig Hodges is the Lakers shooting coach, get a look at what he said:
    Q: If you could take one player in their prime, would you take Michael Jordan or Kobe?

    A: M.J., all day. There’s no comparison. M.J. could score 100 points in
    this era. You can’t hand-check now. Imagine that trying to guard M.J. It
    would be crazy.

    From these comments alone, it seems like betting on Kobe would empty a lot of ppl’s pockets… For what it’s worth, I think that a prime MJ beats a prime Kobe in 7-game series one-on-one too.

  • Redd

    Nope he said he wanted to play for the Raps.

  • Redd

    I keep hearing that but Lebrons athleticism translates superbly to a 1 on 1 and finish at the rim.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    i dont think you can really prove the i.q part for either player

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    for the Lebron isn’t a one on one player I think the league is lucky that he isnt man. Imagine if he focused all that energy into one major aspect of the game (scoring) instead of facilitating using all those physical tools ? Damn that would be something,

  • leonise

    kobe the great player…..no question….

  • shutup

    As for being hard to guard, how about Magic Johnson? Too big for the little guys to fast for the big guys, can play all positions, and he’s a natural born winner.

  • rande3p

    I love when people comment and say he’s selfish … c’mon man 5 rings, 7 finals.. in two-ish semi-different eras … anyways he ain’t lying when it comes to one on one in their primes.. it’s kobe v. jordan as the 2 v. 1 seed … that is all

  • rande3p

    I think tony parker one on one would take Kyrie.. the floaters and pivots and fakes in the lane are unstoppable

  • blankob3

    maybe pippen can stop him a couple of games playing at the united center, but pippen woulnt score more than 3 buckets

  • Max

    SLAM, what have you done!?!

  • R.D3

    ALLEN IVERSON! As far as one on one goes its like this: 1. Allen Iverson, 2. Michael Jordan, 3. Kobe………Put it this way though, if they played possession all the way and Allen Iverson had the ball first, nobody would get it back. You would have to pick your poison, either he will blow right by you for 11 straight points or you can sag off him and let him shoot….your only hope would be A.I. misses the jumper. He was also a pest on the defensive end, very skilled and smart he knew how to shake defenders and his killer quickness+ball handling skills and overall skill made him unguardable, you had to react to his every move or else you would be in the dust, Kobe knows this about A.I. and he has stated it.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    the man is a beast one on one

  • Marcuz

    92 Jordan was nice but I think 88 Jordan would be a better match up…

  • Marcuz

    Isn’t the same ‘marketing’ the reason Kobe still gets 1st team all defensive votes to this day??

  • FLIGHT 9

    I don’t like Kobe. But he is fucking right!!!! mj vs. kobe 1 0n 1 is too close to call. MJ is the GOAT though….

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanielUpYours Daniel Powers

    wouldnt be too tough to call. on offense jordan was always one step faster and a little stronger than kobe. only thing on offense that kobe was/is better at are long twos, but how much do you use these efficiently in a one on one game? especially when the defender is mj. coz this is where it aint even close, mj was far better defensively. thats a no-brainer: mj all the way

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Also worth mentioning.

  • Gman

    truth…shit he almost made the Wizards make it lol

  • Jordan Lawson

    How do u forget Melo??? he is right there with Kobe as the best one on one player in the NBA

  • Jordan Lawson

    Dang, that is very true…. But, Kobe has all the tricks, moves and counters; you cannot force him one way, you cant bait him into shooting a jumper because he will drain it, if you get on him he will blow by you, if you play slightly off of him he will pullup right in your face. He also has the dribble pullups mastered like no other besides maybe Jerry West or Michael Jordan.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Everyone would love to see that happen. It likely never will.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Not if they play make it take it.

  • Sheldon

    Mike would sweep Kobe. No questions asked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/grasshoper.funk Grasshoper Funk

    I’m sorry I forgot, you’re more than right! LBJ, Kobe, Durant, Melo, Westbrook, Harden, Irving and (in order to spice things up a little bit) Griffin. Oh, please, make it happen!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/grasshoper.funk Grasshoper Funk

    Probably, it never will. Because everyone will say “Basketball is a team sport and the here in the NBA we don’t promote self-play” and stuff like that. But I have a counterpoint in that. Why wouldn’t this competition be allowed while at the same time it takes only one person at a time to win the 3-point and the dunk contest…?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i really wish i could find them man. i really really tried.

  • max

    to be honest i think hakeem would have a fair shot at beating jordan 1-1…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Walt Frazier

  • MrGodbold

    Playground style play would come in handy. Imagine trying to keep Jamal Crawford still. And only an inch shorter than Kobe. Also I think if somebody beat Michael the competitor in him would never let them win again. His footwork. His ball gripping pump fake would create so much room. He averaged 37.1 in 86-87 and scored 3041 pts and played every game. He’s got 39 50pt gms. He was servin’ Fooz after 35. Annually he plays with the Bobcats. The only owner with that capability. A few seasons ago Gerald Wallace said he could get you 20 without question.

  • aicomeback

    thats a bunch of crap of course half of the nba is based upon iso play style

  • aicomeback

    i meant the nba saying that they dont promote self play is a bunch of crap i agree with you lol

  • bigAfan

    Wow man, you totally opened my eyes! Your are the man!!

  • bigA

    Thats right yall, the man with the masterplan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    What was AI’s mindset? Vince used to drive to the basket a LOT during his rookie year and his second year. He slowed down once he got jumper’s knee and came back too early and re-injured it again. That was the start of his downfall.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    To be fair, it would be like Wizards Jordan trying to lock up AI in 2002. The fact that Kobe did a great job defensively against one of the best PGs in Kyrie needs to be applauded.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    I think they are more afraid of the injury wish and possible hurt feelings, to be honest. They use the “team play” excuse, but that’s not really it.

  • The Spaniard

    It won’t happen because of marketing.

    Imagine what would become of the “superstar” who got murdered in a 1-on-1 match-up.

    Q-Rating disaster, for sure.

  • robb

    are you kidding? His size and weak D would make him an easy prey. Kobe would destroy him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Keep scrolling down

  • Kato Williams

    Great idea but unfortunately it will never happen. Players wouldn’t want to put themselves out there, if they lost or got blown out they would probably be embarrassed.

    Some would be willing, but I think egos would get in the way.

    What if Kobe & LeBron played? Whoever lost would never hear the end of it and their respective fan boys would forever talk about it. Too risky.

    I’d love to see Westbrook and Rose though, just because both are so explosive and athletic. That would be a frantic matchup.

  • Kato Williams

    Inch for inch AI is probably the GOAT 1 v 1 player. Offensively at least.

  • m

    LMAO

    AI would roast ur ass kobe shut ur damn mouth

    and MJ is the best at everything so be quiet

    MJ would cook ur ass

  • m

    and Lebron is unguardable

    people say lebron isn’t a good 1 on 1 player

    how about when he took the pistons 1 on5 …the greatest defensive team of all time he beat by himself

    be quiet….lebron is gonna go down as the 2nd best player ever

  • m

    whoever says lebron isn’t a great 1 on 1 player is totally fucking braindead just shut up and watch some film

    lebron is unstoppable when he’s focused and hell lock u down

  • z

    U honestly are the best analyst of kobe, his game, etc that comments on this site regularly. I can tell you’re a fan but u maintain objectivity unlike most others when the topic is kobe. Regarding kob’s status in one on ones: i gotta go with prime AI if its make it take it. 01 was kob’s defensive peak and…well al torched him. Repeatedly fyi im a big fan of kobe.

  • z

    Well said. Point made. I realized this a long time ago and chose to rank my fave players based on how aesthetically pleasing they are (thus kob, ai, tmac, melo) and the fact is that bron’s offensive scoring skills remind me of karl malone’s…ugh. great plyer and i root for him buuut…cant match the others for scoring style. At the end of the day that says more about me than about how good the players are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Thanks dude, appreciate it.

  • AjFromTheDMV

    Hakeem Olajuwon would wash most players in a one on one game… But I would get so hyped to see a 1 on 1 tournament @ All-Star Weekend. Irving vs Chris Paul, Rose v Westbrook, Kobe v Melo. Lebron vs anyone. Make it happen NBA!

  • Justin G

    I agree, Pippen was a better defender than Payton. Payton could lock you down on the perimiter and to a slightly lesser extent, in the post but Pippen could do both those things plus block your shot. He played the passing lanes better and he could recover better if he was doubling down low and had to get back to his man at the top.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Wow. I agree with Nbk. Tell the world, I agree with Nbk!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    If that was true Shaq would be the best ever, or Hakeem, or Ewing

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Amen

  • anonymous

    hahahahaha delete this comment

  • anonymous

    faster jordan>kobe, jumping jordan>kobe

  • anonymous

    kobe is slow dude

  • anonymous

    whats a Jorstan?

  • makoface

    They wanted to do this back in 1995, after the 1994 finals. It was suggested a pay-per-view 1 on 1 event. The main event was Hakeem V Shaq, the undercard was no.1 pick Joe Smith Vs Kevin Garnett was the middle weight bout and the lightweight fight was Kenny Anderson Vs Nick Van Excel. It progressed real far but then injuries postponed it- I think however, egos got in the way ultimately – hence it was never re-scheduled.
    Basketball players by nature- of playing team sport all their life arent as thick skinned as say tennis players or boxers- being so exposed would be a terrifying prospect to most players in the league i d say. Well thats the generalisationg i make these days anyway- back in the 80s and 90s it might have happened, players were playas then. They were more game – and didnt have massive “brands” to try and protect. You had to make a name before u got a personal shoe- not the other way around- so people wanted to make a name.
    I mean if we cant get the best into a dunk comp- for fear of rep damage- what cahnce do we one on one.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1995-09-29/sports/sp-51412_1_hakeem-olajuwon

  • makoface

    Pippen.

  • makoface

    the man guarded the greatest scorer in league history every day – one on one. that kind of trial by fire, and conditioning was perhaps pippens greatest advantage- the chance to practise against mj, and likewise- mj against pip, like tool against tool- they sharpened each other to be the best at what they did that we ve seen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Lmao. AI has no chance against Kobe. I’ll just go ahead and discredit your opinion now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Hm. Maybe. I wouldn’t be surprised if he won one or two in a series against Jordan. Granted, this is because Michael knows he will beat him the next game. Know what I’m sayin’? Kinda like he did with the Bulls in the L.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Not even close, dude. Kobe might think he has a chance against Jordan, but the GOAT aint got any confidence issues. He knows he’d KO KB. And Kobe, is my favorite player of all-time, I grew up watching him. Just finished watching the second half of the Portland game because I had an exam in the morning, I knew they won, I couldn’t resist checking. Had to see Mama roast em like that. Pau Dwight and Kobe goin hard as a trio. Gotta hope Nash can come back and push em over the edge, looks like we’re facing OKC round 1. Let’s get it on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Dude. You ever watched MJ? I’m just asking, ’cause I see a lotta guys from my generation bring up irrelevant reasons Kobe would be MJ, but no. Watch them. MJ dominates. Everyone. He is so much stronger than Kobe. He would bully Kobe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Cosign

  • jonathanhakim

    How is it that Kobe says self-centered crap like this constantly, but if Lebron even hints that he’s a good player, he gets roasted for being “arrogant”?

  • jonathanhakim

    Melo would be a horrible one-on-one player. You actually have to defend someone to be good one-on-one. Lebron, Kobe, Chris Paul – they can be elite defenders when they want. Melo? Really?

    Harden would be awful on defense too.

  • asdgasdg

    apparently he always thinks five on fives as one on ones as well

  • Guilherme Niciunovas

    He would never beat LEbron

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  • Terry

    Kobe might be the best ever 1 on 1 “offensive” side player….but not the deffensive side. Dont think he can guard prime time Jordan or even prime time Magic and Bird, but all of them can be even(or above..) with Kobe on offense for sure.

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