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Lending a helping hand to Jemele Hill

Jemele_hill_2In regard to a wonderful article today by Jemele Hill on Kobe and MJ (which was first touched on by YAYsports!) we felt the need to highlight a few points that Jemele tossed out to readers, as well as add our own.

Like this part (referring to Kobe):

"Hasn’t had a bigger economic impact. Hasn’t won more MVPs. Hasn’t won more titles."
— This part is spot on. Couldn’t agree more. But we can only assume here that this esteemed writer from simply forgot a few important nuggets. Like these:

  • Also hasn’t averaged as many points, assists, steals, or rebounds (Jordan’s numbers trump him in every category)
  • Isn’t a better passer
  • Never won shit without a center
  • Lays down like a bitch when the end is near (see entire Finals vs. Pistons 2004; Game 7 vs. Suns 2006)
  • Pusses out of dunk contests
  • Sucks at gambling
  • Doesn’t hang out with Oakley or Barkley

And this part:

"His killer instinct is just as pronounced. And just like Jordan, the more he’s pissed off, the more unstoppable he is."
— Precisely! This gem, which like the rest of the article is backed up with zero facts, would explain the killer instinct Kobe displayed so well last year when his Lakers had their backs against the wall. Oh, wait.

And this part:

"He was just as poor a teammate and a ball hog and that he ran off coach Doug Collins like Kobe ran off Phil Jackson the first time."
— Bad teammate – you said it. Jordan rarely turned a corpse into a contributor. Oh, and Doug Collins. He’s the guy who later emerged as a fantastic coach. The architect behind those dominant Pistons & Wizards dynasties. We can easily see how Doug Collins being run out of town would be compared to Phil Jackson being run out of town.

And lastly, our favorite part:

Jordan_vs_clyde "The NBA is tougher now."
— Ok, f*ck it. Our readers get the point. Jemele, you’ve almost left us speechless with this beauty. Almost. While Kobe was unsuccessful, with Shaq in tow, in stopping the Chauncey Billups-led Pistons, that MJ hack was stuffing chumps like Stockton and Malone, Barkley, Ewing, Drexler, Payton, and countless others back into their collective coffins.

There is an entire roster of Hall of Famers who do not have championship rings because that no-talent boob Jordan got lucky a half-dozen years.


  1. Andre the Gundy

    March 27, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    And the fist pump. I mean come on, if he was truly better than Jordan at ANYthing, he would have a different signature move.


    March 28, 2007 at 4:38 pm


  3. Ricky - Sixers4guidos

    March 28, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Hill’s article is right on. There are some facts that actually DO back up the theory that Kobe is better:

    Bryant had sex with a pimply waitress in a sad hotel in Colorado (tough task) while Jordan was banging superhot chicks in the best resorts worldwide (too easy)

    Bryant shipped one of the best centers of all time out of LA to remain the only star of the team (tough) while Jordan barely worked his way to have his “enemy” Craig Hodges traded (easy)

    Also Kobe has two bums to play center such as Mihm and Kwame, while Jordan always had dominant white guys such as Wennington and Longley

  4. Hoop Johnson

    March 29, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Until Kobe makes a movie on par with “SpaceJam,” he can never be mentioned in the same breath as Jordan

  5. sean

    March 30, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    stats don’t mean shit. she’s talking about Kobe’s abilities as a basketball player. He’s more skilled, more all arounded than jordan ever was. His shooting is better and ball handling is better(according to Phil Jackson and few players who has played with both Jordan and Kobe). While it took several years for Jordan to develop his jumpshots/fadeaways, footwork, and all that ish, Kobe was doing it when he was 19. have you ever seen the game when Kobe played the Championship Bulls squad when he was 19? I think the youngster dropped 30+ both games. He was using Jordan’s move on Jordan at age 19. jordan himself said that kobe’s much more skilled than he was at age 19. now Kobe’s 28? how many rings did Michael have at 28? you can’t compare stats with kobe and jordan, they play in a different environment. the rules have changed (illegal defense?! ZONE?!) triple team free Kobe would kill jordan’s “averages.” and come on man, you can’t deny the fact that if Kobe came to the game every night like Jordan did in his younger years and jack up as many shots as he wanted to, he would shatter Jordan’s PPG average. so yes, dont compare stats because that just can’t be tested. Jordan brought a new game to the basketball world, Kobe’s a product of that evolution, and had the means to study jordan and learn from the best, which ultimately made him better. period.

  6. Joe Blow

    March 30, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    To me, a better all around basketball player with a killer instinct would have NEVER laid down disgraceful way Kobe did against the Pistons and Suns. This aspect has nothing to do with stats, but it surely defines who the great ones are. For that alone, he should never be compared to the great ones.

  7. Morton Downey Jr.

    March 30, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    It’s like saying A-Rod is a better baseball player than, well anyone. Kobe’s skill set is absurd and better than most, but calling someone a ‘great basketball player’ also has to have something to do with what they actually DO on the court. And Kobe has had plenty of bullets left in his gun when he’s gone down. Name any other legend, Bird, Magic, Jordan, Russell, they put it all out there every time, and when they lost, they were never embarrassed. Can’t say the same about Kobe, or A-Rod. You can’t evaluate players on what they SHOULD do or are CAPABLE of doing. They have to do it. And Kobe hasn’t.

  8. Steellegends

    April 11, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    does jemele hill know who michael jordan is, did she watch the championships in the 90s. Well i guess she will never know him.

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