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Back to the original topic.....This isn't even a question. MJ hands down.Also, Luc Longley was never, is not, and shall never be considered a respectable player. He was pretty much just a big body in the paint. He didn't really "do" much of anything else.
MJ without question. Kobe is easily the best player in the NBA right now, but Kobe has admitedly imitated MJ since his high school days in Philly so it wouldn't make any sense for him to be better than the person who he is imitating. And can we get an honorable mention for Bro. Wilt? And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Wsup?
Jordan did have a good inside presence. Horace grant, Rodman, Longley were all respectable players. Grant and Rodman were actually good players. Rodman was an all star player. While Jordan did not have a dominate big man, he had a world class supporting system. From pippen, to Kucoc, to Grant, to Armstrong, to Rodman, he has way more support than Kobe Bryant had. And your right, Odom is a very poor man's version of Scottie Pippen. Pippen did carry them to the 2nd round without Jordan and even had a career year statistically. Kobe has a supporting system now and we shall see. Kobe isnt blessed to have a pippen on his team. So whether he is playing iverson, lebron, wade, williams or tmac, Kobe takes on the defensive task of guarding them...Unlike Jordan who was also good defensively, but pippen was GREAT.
MJ was, far and away, the best player ever. His career stats far outmatch Kobe, even when you consider that Jordan played way into his 40s which hurt his numbers. Kobe is an amazing player, and has been for many years, but he is highly overrated because people see an amazing 10 minute stretch (or occasionally 48 minute stretch, which leads to those 50+ point games) and forget about all the other times where he's launching and missing a ton of bad shots. He shoots a pretty low percentage for an all time great (much lower than Jordan). He is only the third or fourth best player in the league right now, after LeBron, Chris Paul, and possibly Duncan or KG. I should clarify that by best I mean most productive and useful, not most accomplished.. obviously Kobe is more accomplished than any of those guys other than Duncan.