Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 11:30 am  |  34 responses

Kobe Bryant Says Michael Jordan Also Stole Moves

Michael Jordan made headlines earlier this month when he joked that Kobe Bryant could perhaps beat him in a game of 1-on-1 since Bean stole all of his moves. Kobe admits that he copied MJ’s moves, but that Jordan also got some of his from other players. Per 106 FM (via Lakers Nation): “I’m a student of the game, you know, so I know the history; I know where Michael’s moves came from,’ said Bryant about stealing moves. ‘I know they came from David Thompson. I know they came from Dr. J. I know they came from, in particular, Jerry West. So Michael didn’t invent the wheel. He stole a lot of moves from a lot of great players. I just so happened to steal some moves from him, and I just probably stole them better than anybody else has. You have to learn from the greats that came before you, that’s how it should be done.’ [...] ‘Most of these guys that I’m playing against grew up watching me. Whether it’s James Harden or Russell Westbrook or the Durants or the LeBrons of the world, you know, they grew up watching me. It’s an honor when I go against these guys and I see some of the similarities in the footwork — it’s good.’”

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  • shockexchange

    There Horry Jr goes telling on people again – “Shaq did it too. I should have paid that girl off like Shaq … Shaq done paid girls millions of dollars to keep quiet.” Gramma would make Horry Jr go get his own switch for tellin “what had happened.”

  • Adubba

    Good stuff but that’s true everybody pieces together everybody’s moves how you do it makes you the player you are

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well duh, Michael Jordan said just as much in his very awful HOF speech.

  • anon

    This debate is so stupid and wholly media created. You’re supposed to study and emulate the masters in any field — that’s not stealing, that’s LEARNING. It’s been going on since the dawn of time. LOL

  • fyourfeelings

    Kobe seems sensitive about the subject. He’s publicly stating what a lot of bball heads already know because he’s feeling defensive about MJ shouting him out for jacking his whole persona. That was also something extremely obvious.

  • Shooting Guard

    i honestly think this is irrelevant: EVERYTHING BEING DONE HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE.

  • berkamore

    Thank you. It is really really really stupid.

    I know the concept of apprenticeship is outmoded these days but the idea was that you would learn under a mentor until you mastered all the skills necessary to perform a trade. (and make no mistake, hoops is a trade)

    And how does it work? The great John Wooden explained it very well. Five stages: 1. Explanation 2. Demonstration 3. Imitation 4. Correction 5. Repetition
    Note that you are supposed to observe and imitate. That’s how you learn.

    Nothing new under the sun. That’s the way a body of knowledge that is passed on and enriched as time goes by. But, hey, what the hell do I know. LOL.

  • spit hot fiyah

    get those clicks SLAM

  • Dagger

    Sure, but can we leave a little room for 6. Innovation?

    Especially when we talk about the creativity of Jordan and Kobe.

  • hashzz

    Jordan may be considered by many as the goat, but. He didn’t invent the game nor was he the first player to do a step back jumper, he perfected the craft from greats before him.

    Let’s just hope that when kobe retires, he can appreciate & respect the great players that come after him and not have to play the revisionist history card.

  • chingy

    Until somebody starts shooting with their feet, everybody is stealing from everybody.

  • Ugh

    John Wooden had no time for that malarky!

  • Ugh

    Some haters are funny. Not you. Being increasingly tangential is not increasingly funny, it’s increasingly tedious.

  • shockexchange

    And after the vicious attack against his person, the Shock Exchange stands corrected. Telling “what had happened” and “what you done seen or heard” will fall your way. Thanks for clearing that up guy.

  • Ugh

    Don’t call me guy, buddy

  • Jason Kone

    What in tar nation is innovation, you gosh darn heathens!? – John Wooden

  • bike

    Elgin Baylor was the initial role model for the style of play that Dr. J, David Thompson, Jordan, and Kobe emulated. So if we are to give credit to anyone for pioneer ship of that athletic style of play, give it to Elgin.

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  • ballislife

    shock exchange is a buster /hater /wannabe intellectual

  • Druff

    The circle of life…

  • shockexchange

    You’re right. The Shock Exchange is hatin’. He wish he could align himself with “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L” so he could win a chip too.

  • BugEyes

    Kobe is a smooth operator and criminal

  • ballislife

    Define what you mean by “exceptionally” more talent because he had one all star who was borderline in some years wih Pau. What you are saying is lazy and uniformed that is why I said your a buster. Given the fact that you present yourself an astute intellectual, it is annoying that your arguments are shadowed by your hater side of whatever persona you like to go with online.

  • shockexchange

    You are obviously an expert on the Shock Exchange and have committed to memory all of his comments. Since you read and re-read all of his comments, you know exactly what he means by “exceptionally.” Quit tryna to act coy ballislife. It doesn’t become you.

  • ballislife

    We’ll I have been reading slam for a long time so I have come across your condescending comments before. Look I’m not attacking you. Instead, I’m calling you out in a manner of debate for your arguments are always weak and I seek to expose them. Looking forward to further discounting you in future topics of discussion.

  • shockexchange

    Have at it. SE’s take on the Lakers is well-documented. Feel free to dismantle them.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    shockexchange when will you address my comments for a discussion.

  • BostonBaller

    MJ has admitted to “stealing” moves from the greats before him and the word stealing is just a word athletes use instead of copying so I’m not mad at anyone for saying stealing. This isn’t news but it got us to read the article. lol

  • shockexchange

    Okay, I will start addressing them. You use such big words and complex theorems that it’s sometimes hard to comprehend your thoughts.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    that’s not possible.

  • wishuwould247

    Forget stealing moves, Kobe walks like Mike, talks like Mike. Hes a Jordan clone. But he should have stole Mike heart. It will never be another Michael Jordan or anyone better, the rules will not allow it. What made Mike great ( Detroit beating his ass) is illegal now. Kobe, LeBron, Durant, etc… is babied by the league. And I personally believe that Mike would light any of the current players up in his prime. When you talk about Mike greatness, no one else name comes up because Mikes game was his. Sure Dr. J comes to mind because of the hops but other than that, Mike is his own man. Kobe not.

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  • Interdico Scriptor

    Just when I think yr a computer progam, a chip of humanity falls from yr shoulder.

  • fer

    Also Pete Maravich and the amaizing skills emmulated by Magic, Bird, etc.