Jalen Rose: “I Started Calling Kobe Bryant the Remix of Michael Jordan. Because to Me, He Looked Like MJ, He Sound Like MJ, He Move Like MJ”

Published 12/16/2021, 11:17 PM EST
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant yells out in frustration after just missing a circus shot against the Nuggets defense late in the first half in game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the Pepsi Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


A comparison between the players is not uncommon in the league. However, there are some who embody another player like a mirror. A similar pair arises in Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. The latter, to many, is the greatest player to touch the basketball. Bryant, on the other hand, grew up idolizing Jordan.

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Hence, when he took to the court, he modeled his game after Jordan. The two were dangerously the same when it came to anything related to basketball.

Both Jordan and Bryant were cold and effective on the court. Their ability to produce under pressure is a legend. Moreover, the principles of hard work never left their soul until they decided to hang up the sneakers. That attitude elevated them to a completely new level.

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant receives the NBA Most Valuable Player trophy from comissioner David Stern prior to game two of the Western Conference semifinal at Staples Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Recently, Jalen Rose made an appearance on the ‘All The Smoke’ podcast and spoke about the resemblance between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

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Kobe Bryant a mirror reflection of Michael Jordan

While Rose made an appearance, he spoke about how he called Bryant a remix of Michael Jordan. He further explained saying that while Shaquille O’Neal had the first 46 minutes, it was Bryant who took over in the last two. Bryant had his record game of 81 points against Rose, and the former league star ranks the ‘Mamba’ over LeBron James in his all-time list.

He said: “To me to watch him in 96′ when h got drafted and then wasn’t even appreciated by his own teammates. To like be in that moment where Shaq ended up being the force the first 46 minutes of the game and he ended up being the last two. And that’s why I started calling him the remix of MJ. Because to me, he looked like MJ, he sound like MJ, he move like MJ. He the next best thing man ain’t nobody top.”

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The ‘Mamba’ came into the league wanting to be the best player to play the game. He had a resolve to be the best like no other. Hence, he worked on his game every single day. So when he got the chance to go up against his idol, Michael Jordan, he decided to take on the challenge. However, from that day on they had a brother-like relationship.

From there on, Jordan became a kind of mentor to Kobe and did everything he could for him throughout his career.

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Many legends also admit to seeing Michael Jordan in Bryant’s game. That came from Bryant wanting to be like Jordan on the floor. Both legends made winning their only goal and did a great job to get it done.

Do you think Kobe Bryant became the player he was because of Michael Jordan? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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