Kobe Needs To Play Jordan In A Game Of One-On-One The Day He Retires
It's worth remembering that before Kobe Bryant became a $25 million airball machine, he was the second best shooting guard anyone had ever seen for nearly two decades. Sure, he hasn't dunked a basketball since Obama's first term in office, and maybe his shooting percentage looks like the likelihood of winning the powerball jackpot, but we swear, he used to be REALLY good.
A quick reminder of just how awesome he used to be...
The thing is, Kobe had the unfortunate task of playing in the shadow of the single greatest athlete in human history -- something that both he and M.J. have never seemed comfortable with. That shouldn't come as a surprise giving that the two of them are pathologically competitive. In fact, if there was a Mt. Rushmore of competitive American men, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan's faces would be bookended by those Donald Trump and Steve Jobs. Neither of them have ever came even close to admitting the other one was even slightly better, with Jordan going as far as saying that Kobe stole all his moves and thus cannot possibly share the same space in the NBA history books (even though he has more total career points).
Now that Kobe's had his humbling Wizards moment over the course of his last 10 games, I feel as if it's my duty as a member of civilized society to ask the 52-year-old owner of the Charlotte Hornets to give us the old guy one-on-one game to 21 we've always wanted. Do it at a YMCA and air it on pay-per-view. Give the proceeds to disabled veterans. Just let us see these two go at it on a basketball court mono a mono.
- First to 21
- Win by two
- No twos
- Call your own fouls
- Everybody wears a mic
- Loser has to say something nice about the winner
With rumors that M.J. still schools Hornets players on the practice court, I'm confident that this would actually be a game. Plus, Kobe let on that he contacted Mike this offseason to let him know his retirement plans, so they're probably more ok with being in the same room together than previously thought. Let's make it happen.
Who you got?
Jordan-Kobe old guy one-on-one. Who you got?
— Jake O'Donnell (@_JakeODonnell) November 30, 2015
It's worth noting that the last time they faced each other Kobe put on a show, going off for 55 points in an easy win against Wizards Jordan. Mike owes himself a shot at redemption, right?
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