#InTheNews: Michael Jordan Says He Couldn’t Beat Kobe Bryant

Words by Tony Grands

Basketball player debates regarding who is better are as commonplace as “Who’s the best MC?” & which porn star would you like to have sex with, especially on the internet.

For now, the consensus states Michael “Air” Jordan is the greatest player of all time (shout out to Muhammad Ali). But in a promotional video for NBA 2K14, Michael Jordan spurns his supporters, as well as the naysayers but abjucating his kingdom to one man — Kobe Bryant.

“I don’t think I would lose, other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.”

That backhanded compliment comes on the heels of the illustration that Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, AND Lebron James would’ve all fallen victim to Jordan in a one-on-one matchup during his prime days.

Kobe & Michael’s paths did cross in 1997, before Jordan’s sports career took a strange left turn, but — as many a sports afficianado have pointed out — Jordan was nowhere near peak form. To wit, neither was Kobe Bryant.

Though the video — produced to drive sales of the latest entry into the 2K series further than ever — is nothing more than a commercial, Jordan is a prideful man & I highly doubt there is a large enough payout to get him to admit defeat — even an imaginary one. Even with the king admitting that he would’ve lost, the debate will undoubtedly rage on. Probably until Kobe retires & admits that some young guy would’ve beaten him in his heyday.

Those who wish to find out if Kobe would’ve actually succumbed to the doldrums of Mike’s iron sneaker can battle in the game when it’s released, but somehow I believe popular opinion will remain unswayed.

Words by Tony Grands


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