The Legends of Basketball
Like Mike Like Kobe
People are often talking who is the greatest player of all time, until now this debate still on going, there are so many names that comes to our mind who is the greatest player of all time. But the end of the day it all goes down on the two names, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Me back in the days i used to watched these two amazing players how they amazed the basketball fans, with their fancy style of playing, they made the basketball world by storm.
Both of them has a great basketball I.Q. that we really enjoyed watching. The first time i had seen these two amazing players both stepped on the court was 1998. When Jordan and his Chicago Bulls Team were dominating the NBA, and the young Kobe Bryant still making names for himself. Michael Jordan entered to the NBA in 1984 draft as 3rd overall pick by the Chicago Bulls behind Hakeem Olajuwon as first and Sam Bowie as second pick.
As a rookie Jordan played pretty good basketball on his first year, he was considered the best young player on that year because of his outside shooting, and his defensive ability, he can make it hard for his guard to score because of his quick hands. There was so much attention he receives on his first year, he redefined the game of basketball as he entered to the NBA. With his quick step to the basketball and his leaping ability, that made him became the new up in coming player in the league. He went on winning rookie of the year, after his first year.
As the few years goes on Jordan got better and better, He lifted the Chicago Bulls to the playoffs every year, On 1988 he got his first MVP award earning him so much respect by millions of fans around the globe. And three years later Michael Jordan again got his second MVP awards and the most important award that NBA players wanted to get is a Championship ring.
The most memorable part of his career i remember was Michael Jordan cried while holding his first NBA Championship trophy. The next two years Jordan took Chicago Bulls to the greater heights winning the two consecutive NBA championships, and got his first Three-peat.
It seems that the 90’s era was the era of the Bulls because they got their second three-peat (1996 –1998) and Jordan retired that year. Kobe Bryant entered to the NBA in the 1996 draft, he was though a young player while Jordan was considered that time the Best Player of All Time. Kobe elevated his game after two years he was drafted and winning his first NBA championship in the 2000.
The most memorable game of Kobe Bryant had when he scored 81 points against Toronto Raptors January of 2006. For me that was an exceptional displayed of talent and determination of Kobe Bryant that he had shown. It was considered one of the best performance of all time.
That is the reason why the Basketball aficionados are comparing these two great players, because of their similarity of playing. Both of these two legends were scoring and averaging above 30 points per game in their prime.
Outside Game – 9… Inside Game – 8… Drive to the basket – 8… Defense – 7… Clutch Game – 9
Outside Game – 8… Inside Game – 7… Drive to the basket – 8… Defense – 6… Clutch Game – 8
My pick on this I would say Michael Jordan, Kobe is close. But Michael Jordan is all over amazing.
Directing the team
When we talk about basketball dribbling and passing the ball is very important skills to learned. You can’t play basketball if you don’t know how to dribble the ball and pass, in order to be a good point guard you must know how to read the situation on the court. Make and look a good scoring position for your teammates, and that is the job of a point guard.
Handle the ball well, set up some plays for your teammates, look for some teammates to got a good looks on the basket in order to score the ball. You can be a good point guard if you know how to handle the ball well. Pass the ball well to your teammates, dribble the ball down to the basket and score, and make it easy in every possession your team has, that is the characteristic of a good point guard.
If we are talking good point guard the names that is on the mix were Jason Kidd And Steve Nash. These two guys were among considered the greatest point guards to ever played the game. However there are a lot of great point guard that has a history of playing great for their team.
One of those was John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Kevin Johnson, and several others. When Steve Nash first entered to the NBA in the 1996 Draft as a 15th overall pick, people knew what the Steve Nash can bring under the table. Steve Nash known for his elusive style of playing, he’s good on eluding the opponent’s defense. Not only eluding, he has an ability to past the ball well and has a good outside shooting behind the three point line.
His award speaks for himself when he won a MVP awards back to back year from 2005 and 2006. That was Steve Nash Proven himself that he was one of the top or maybe on the mixed of a Greatest Point Guards of all time. Jason Kidd entered to the NBA in the 1994 draft as a 2nd pick overall. His style of playing was a little bit of Steve Nash the only difference is Steve Nash was more sharper on his outside shooting. But Jason Kidd was more tough on the defensive end and good on stealing the ball, and a great leader in and out the court.
That is why Jason Kidd has been more respected by the NBA experts and fans. Steve Nash was never been into the NBA Finals, while Jason Kidd had one Championship ring when he played again for the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and had been into the NBA Finals, in 2002 and 2003, his first and second NBA Finals Appearances when he played for the New Jersey Nets were they failed to win both against the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.
Outside Game – 8 Inside Game – 5 Defense – 5 Dive to the Basket – 7 Leadership – 7
Outside Game – 6 Inside Game – 7 Defense – 7 Dive to the Basket – 7 Leadership – 9
My pick on this i would say even. They both played good as a Point Guard in their entire career.
All photos and written here are my personal stuff.