Lakerjones wrote:^^ Yeah, saw that video in the other thread and it's remarkable. It's a great testament to just how much Kobe studied, utilized and integrated into his own arsenal the pioneering play of Jordan. There is no greater student of the game than Kobe. And I think this shows that exact fact - and this is just with Jordan's classic moves like the turnaround, the step back, the baseline reverse . . Just look at the way Kobe studied and mastered Dirk's shot, look at his post game after studying with the Dream. The guy is the most monstrous student in NBA history. That's why he has the most diverse and accomplished all around offensive game I've ever seen. His work ethic is unquestionable and unparalleled.
I think you could probably make a similar video of Kobe with a few different teachers. He said he studied Oscar Robertson, we've seen Kobe bust out a hook shot every now and then (Kareem), he has studied and absorbed some of Hakeem's moves on the block, and of course there was Dirk's off-foot fade away. I think a 20 minutes video could probably be made if you included these guys too.
Kobe is definitely the best learner and the best student the game has ever seen. Some of that is a function of himself and some is a function of so many great pioneers before him. I think Jordan was better than Kobe, yes. But there is something to me that is in a way more impressive for Kobe. He's smaller, he's not as athletic, he's not as gifted, and he's not as loved and somehow he remains one of the greatest to ever play the game. If you consider the fact that Jordan was one of the best athletes to ever grace a court and that Kobe arguably has never been the best athlete in his own era, you get a feel for what I'm saying.
No one has ever wanted
it more than Kobe. He's always proven himself to be the most competitive and the hungriest player I've ever seen. He's special, that's for sure.