Kobe Bryant was maniacally driven to match (if not surpass) Michael Jordan throughout his own legendary career, and says he has MJ beat in at least one category: perimeter shooting.
Kobe says his range was “limitless.”
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Bryant points out that defenses he faced forced him to shoot from longer distances—he shot 32.9 percent from beyond the arc, compared to 32.7 percent for Jordan—and has no doubt that Mike would’ve developed similar range if he played in the same era.
“Oh, I did. For sure. I mean, my range was limitless. I could shoot from anywhere,” Bryant said.
“Listen, it’s true. I put the time in for it. But the defenses that we faced were also different. I was facing zones, I had to move to the perimeter a lot more than MJ had to.
“He didn’t have to have that sort of range. I’m sure if he played in the era I played in, he would’ve developed that range.”