Look, Iâ€™m not going to sit here and argue whoâ€™s better. This argument should not even be discussed until Kobeâ€™s career is over. Kobe is one hell of a player, he plays at a totally different level than everyone else plays at right now. The scary thing is he hasnâ€™t even reached his prime yet, when he does he will be an unstoppable force. He will make T-Mac, AI, Pierce, Lebron, and Allen look like they have no skill whatsoever.
And regarding what Kobe would have done if he was in Jordanâ€™s situation and played when he did, against the competition MJ didâ€¦.well we can only speculate. Same way we can only speculate on how Shaq would have done if he played against the competition that Wilt played against, or lack there of. Is Shaq better than Wilt, unquestionably, but that is also unfair to say until the big fella is retired, and it is also an opinion. Wilt played against players that were mostly a 1/2 foot shorter than him, thus the reason he scored 100 points; but Shaq might have slacked off and not worked out to improve since he would have been much taller than any competition.
And I might be wrong Kobe might turn out to be better than Jordan; but he isnâ€™t right now, heâ€™s not even in his prime, he hasnâ€™t developed some his skills fully. It wasnâ€™t like Jordan had no competition or defense when he was around. Bird and Magic were around, so was Clyde, Miller, Pistons, (when they had their bad boy cast) Barkley, Stockton, Malone, plus the inside presence of Hakeem, Ewing, Zo, and Shaq. That was back when you actually had a big man to go against when you drove to the basket. Now there arenâ€™t any of those left for Kobe to worry about, the only one that is still around is on his team. So, yes, players now are more athletic, better overall, and better at defense; but it wasnâ€™t a piece of cake for players back then.