« on: May 06, 2008, 04:50:58 PM »
It is too early to tell for Kobe. From an athletic/skills standpoint, I don't see him being vastly different than Jordan. The ability to win championships is the difference between the two now. Kobe still has 8-10 years left to catch up in that category, so lets not dump on him too soon.
- Jordan took essentially 2 years off for baseball. Had he stayed in the league, I think he could have cemented his place in this argument with 8+ consecutive rings. I don't know if he could have done that, but it needs to be considered. Let Kobe take 2 years off to play another sport and see how many rings he ends up with.
- While we may currently have some taller, more athletic players in the NBA, I don't know if the overall level of competition has been as good as times in the past. I will say that the level of competition is definitely on the upswing, but it's hard finding players now who could make the original Dream Team. Sure, we've got 7 footers shooting 3's - wait - really think about that. WTF is a 7 footer doing shooting a 3 to begin with? I don't know if this is a positive sign or a sign that there aren't enough quality post players in the NBA. I don't doubt that we might have some better ways to train, diet, etc., but the system in our country that produces players is inferior to what we had 20 years ago. Excellent athletes are pumped through college quickly (if at all) and then put on the court with less basketball knowledge. Note how the USA is getting burned in international competition (there are other reasons for this as well).