Total games played (including playoffs):
1,381 / 1,251 Difference of 130 games
Total minutes played (including playoffs):
51,018 / 48,485 Difference of 2, 533 minutes
Take from that what you will. My opinion on the matter is, there is nothing Kobe Bryant can do to be better than Michael Jordan or even his equal. Considering Kobe Bryant as his equal equates to saying Kobe Bryant is the greatest basketball player of all-time. Two more rings and two more finals MVP's places him above Magic. I'd rank the top 5 as follows if this happens...
1) Michael Jordan/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2) Kobe Bryant
3) Magic Johnson
4) Bill Russell
5) Wilt Chamberlain
These 5 guys are a combination of the most clutch, dominant, accomplished, and critiqued players of all-time. This is rare air. Kobe being top 3 is something maybe even Kobe Bryant never thought would happen. Or, maybe it's not enough for him. Who knows?
Michael's king position in the game remains there for a few reasons for me. He's the most clutch athlete, let alone basketball player, of all-time. He's a perfect 6 for 6 in the finals giving him 6 finals MVP's, the most all-time. He's always been the best player on his team, without question. He's one of only 6 guards to ever win DPOY. And, aside from the scoring feats (41.0 ppg in the Finals in 93', 30.1 ppg for a career, 50% from the field for his career, second most 50 point games behind Wilt etc. etc.) he is considered as simultaneously the best offensive and defensive player of his generation. No one player in his era had that balance. Michael was special for these reasons. Kobe is special for different reasons. Different situations, different teams, different variables. But MJ, in my opinion, reigns supreme.
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