V.V.V.V.V. wrote:There's always some luck involved in a successful career.
This is how i feel and thus have stopped comparing in my mind for the most part.
1) I watched Jordans entire career (well 90-98. Prior to that i peeked at his early career lol)
2) I am completely disgusted with the media in general. The deification and nurturing of the MJ myth and twisting of reality is a symptom of a larger problem within the media and American culture . We like cookie cutter narratives. Jordan benefited from that. That isn't his fault . Couple that with the criminal influence in professional sports ......
3) Flat out because of the STORY of Kareem . Bill Russells story (overcoming racism during its arguably most virulent time , being a part of an East Coast championship team / organization at that time in history, etc.) is more palatable to the American psyche (at least it used to be) than the man that changed his name , embraced a religion that has cultural baggage in the US (both then and now) and was by all accounts well read and not willing to "play the game" when it comes to the media (think about what Muhammad Ali went through for a spell before his eventual embrace in boxing). Kareem simply didnt fit the stereotype. Contrast that with Magic Johnson by all accounts who was also intelligent but smiled for the camera so much it hurt. Bill Russell is the center that receives the primary share of camera time and historical attention but Kareem was the pinnacle of center play overall (achievements and overall performance).
Wilt was amazing but his achievements don't hold up against Kareems.
Regarding Kobe and Mike.. when Kobe was on at his peak he was the best offensive player i've seen in my lifetime. Second to no one including Mike (and Bernard). I didn't see Baylor who by all accounts was Lebron and Mike wrapped in one package. The way Kobe entered the league (emotional baggage , coming into the league young and dealing with an immature *and still immature* 7 ft giant in Shaquille Oneal ), the era , Scottie Pippen and not having well constructed teams are the difference between Kobe and MJ. Their talent and wills make them both winners. Their timing and circumstances make them distinct.
Kobe Bryant is the answer to the question " What if Michael Jordan turned left instead of right?".
"The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses."
You do not see things as they are, you see things as you are.