Former NBA Star Reveals How Kobe Bryant Was the “Closest Replicate You’ll Get to Michael Jordan”

Published 05/08/2022, 9:30 PM EDT

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Although it is quite the task to compare different eras and choose the NBA’s greatest player of all time, there are certainly some names up there. Two of the most common names among these are Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan, and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

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With so many former stars singing tales of the ex-player, it is quite difficult for the current generation to fathom his impact on the game. Recently, however, former Warriors guard Tim Legler, who believes MJ is the undisputed GOAT, revealed who he believed was the closest to him. And that name is none other than Kobe.

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During his topsy-turvy career, Michael Jordan averaged an insane 30.1 points. Although there were times when the 14-time All-Star lost a bit of interest in the game, the love was always there.

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Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant was a one-of-a-kind personality, with the mentality of a monster. Having won 5 titles and with 18 All-Star appearances, he was a class apart himself.

Tim Legler says Kobe Bryant is the closest to Michael Jordan

Featuring for multiple franchises during his NBA career, 55-year-old Tim Legler played during the Kobe and Jordan years. Interestingly, he has always said that ‘His Airness’ was a class apart, and a touch above the rest.

In a recent interview on ‘The Old Man and the Three’ show, the former 3-point contest winner explained how Jordan never took his foot off the gas, making him the most formidable opposition.

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Asked if Bryant was the next best he’d seen after MJ in terms of mindset, Legler paid the late star a massive compliment. “Definitely, 100%,” he affirmed.

“Mindset and skill set. That’s the closest thing. That’s the closest replicate you’ll ever get to Michael Jordan without a doubt. And look, he’ll even admit it; he wanted to be him.” The question is, did he manage to reach Jordan’s level, or even surpass it?

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Let us know your opinions on the never-ending debate between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Regardless of your pick, they were certainly among two of the best careers, filled with the ultimate highlight packages!

 

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.
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