THROWBACK: Michael Jordan Picks Kobe Bryant as the Future of League Over LeBron James and Banana Boat Crew

Published 01/27/2021, 5:30 PM EST
New York, N.Y.: Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant flips the ball to movie director Spike Lee who yelled at Bryant the whole second half of the game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks on Sunday Dec. 23, 2007. (Photo by J. Conrad Williams, Jr./Newsday via Getty Images)


As fans and players continue to heal from Kobe Bryant’s premature death even after a year, old videos of the legend and people sharing their favorite Kobe story keep popping up. One such video of Michael Jordan from 2006 has surfaced, in which he talks very highly of the Lakers legend. Throughout his career, and even after, Kobe Bryant has constantly been compared to Jordan. So, for him to recognize the potential in Kobe is worth the watch.

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MJ picks neither LeBron James nor Carmelo Anthony

At Lambeth College in London, Michael Jordan gave an interview, where he was asked whom he sees as the next big thing. Jordan took LeBron and Carmelo’s name but ended up picking Kobe instead.

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“I mean, obviously you have to look at LeBron because of his youth. And Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, those are all like the prop for the future,” he said, “But if I had to pick one player right now that represents the future, would have to be Kobe Bryant.”

He justified his choice and stated, “The way that he plays the game of basketball, I have high regards in terms of how he focused on the game. He works on his basketball skills. Each day of the year he gets better and these kids are going to continue to get better.

“Hopefully, the evolution of basketball is just going to keep growing. With the way the Europeans are playing, it’s pushing us to become better basketball players.”

WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 8: Michael Jordan #23 of the Washington Wizards stands alongside Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game at the MCI Center on November 8, 2002 in Washington DC. The Wizards won 100-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copryright 2002 NBAE (Photo By Mitchell Layton/NBAE via Getty Images)

Michael Jordan vs Kobe Bryant

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This is a never-ending debate. Is Kobe Bryant is a better player, or Michael Jordan? Most fans who support Jordan end up with the upper hand because of the stats. Jordan has won six NBA championships, while Kobe has won five. But if we had to look at the impact, maybe Kobe gets that point.

The way that people have mourned Kobe after his passing goes to show what he meant to them. From a fan to a player, to have seen Kobe play is to know Kobe. Hence, the comparisons will go on forever, but he will forever be unique in his own way and will never be forgotten.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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