Kobe Bryant or 'The Black Mamba' was dubbed the 'next Michael Jordan' even before they played their first All-Star Game against each other.
Although MJ and Kobe turned out to be very close over the years, there was always a competitive streak between the two.
Let's look at some of the best moments between them...
This was Michael Jordan's final appearance in the NBA All-Star event and fans were handed the Kobe-MJ Matchup. It ended with hilarious banter between the two about how many rings they have.
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Despite being the most competitive player on the court, Jordan never left a chance to mentor his successor during the game itself. Kobe described it as very helpful.
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This is where the famous line 'That Laker Boy...' from the 'Last Dance' came about. From their first All-Star Game against each other, Jordan knew Kobe was something special.
This was Jordan's last game in the NBA and Kobe showed him with his 55 point-performance that he is going to be the face of the NBA next.
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This moment between Kobe and Jordan highlights is the perfect depiction of their friendship.