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Dennis Rodman on Kobe Bryant’s Comparisons to Michael Jordan: “He Just Like Michael, He Want That Ball… He Probably Closer to Mike Than Anybody”

Published 01/18/2022, 1:39 AM EST

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Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players ever and his impact on the game has been legendary. His style of play has drawn several comparisons to Michael Jordan, especially the one-on-one play and the late-game shot-making. Likewise, Several Legends and fans call Kobe Bryant the closest thing to MJ.

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Dennis Rodman was Jordan’s teammate, and he was an integral part of the second three-peat. Also, his rebounding and defensive prowess were raved about. But at the same time, The Worm is also one of the most controversial and polarizing figures in NBA History.


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Rodman was recently asked how it was to play with a young Kobe. In the response, he said “Well, of course, when you heard Michael Jordan give that ceremony when Kobe died, what did he call him? His little brother, everyone knew Kobe emulated Michael, everyone in the world knew that he act like Michael, he talked like Michael; He spoke like Michael, but, uh, Kobe was, he was close to Michael as far as the basketball skill.”

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“Kobe was you know, He was the shit, man. I mean, you know, he just like Michael. He want that ball and he was 18 years old and he got that ball and that, and the final shot ever since then he became the Kobe that people love, man. That’s very famous man… He probably closer to Mike than anybody,” he added.


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Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan

Kobe and Jordan were arguably the greatest players to bless the NBA courts. Both of them were excellent scorers, defenders, and were multiple-time champions. They were known for their shot-making in late-game clutch situations. Kobe was inspired by his unofficial mentor in Michael Jordan. He modeled his game around Jordan’s and he wanted to be better than Jordan.


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No wonder why Jordan gave a heartfelt tribute when Kobe Bryant tragically died. He considered Kobe Bryant to be his younger brother, and he was devastated when Kobe passed away. Even though they have had their share of on-court battles, they had become very good friends after Jordan retired.


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Vishwesha Kumar


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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.
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