Reggie Miller Says Michael Jordan Is 10 Times Better Than Kobe Bryant ‘On His Worst Day,’ Is Stupid
I admit that anything I say about Reggie Miller is colored by the fact that he ripped my little heart out by scoring eight points in nine seconds against the Knicks in 1995. But what he said today in comparing Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant was just stupid.
There have been a lot of MJ-Kobe comparisons going around the web, though perhaps the best (read: most factual) was penned last week by Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight. Paine argues that Jordan was way better than Kobe, and markedly so, and there aren't many who would disagree with that assessment. That article used solid numbers and analysis to compare the two greats. Miller also used numbers when asked for his opinion on "The Dan Patrick Show" today, but his figures come from somewhere roughly approximating his ass:
"Michael Jordan on his worst day is ten times better than Kobe Bryant on his best day," Miller continued, "and that is not short-changing Kobe Bryant."
Except it kind of is. MJ on his worst day is 10 times better than Kobe? Did he mean Smush Parker? How many orders of magnitude better is Jordan than the rest of the universe? Just for the sake of humoring Reggie, let's take a "bad game" from Jordan and compare it a "good game" from Kobe:
Jordan: June 16, 1996. Supersonics at Bulls. He went 5-for-19, 22 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 turnovers.
Kobe: March 28, 2003. Los Angeles Lakers at Washington Wizards. He dropped 55 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals on 15-of-29 shooting, 9-of-13 three-pointers, 16-of-18 free throws. Against Michael Jordan.
Was Jordan's game really 10 times better than Kobe's? Shooting nearly 25 percent from the field and turning the ball over 5 times? Probably not.
Michael Jordan is the best. He was amazing. Even his worst games -- with the Bulls, at least -- weren't that bad. But to say he's 10 times better than a fellow Hall of Famer, who just passed him on the all-time scoring list, is ludicrous.
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