Steve wrote:OK, but when Kobe was 6 years into his career it wasn't even in a discussion, there was a ton of potential that we saw, but we weren't saying Kobe > MJ yet either. Now since Kobe has accomplished so much it's a real discussion. The fact Duncan never had 30 rebounds in a game means literally nothing to me. Duncan is Duncan man...Drew has 1 all star start in his ENTIRE career, before we start saying Drew is better why don't we give it another 5 years. Just be realistic I don't care what single game accolades Drew has he's not even close to a prime Duncan not yet, now now...hopefully when it's all said and done he'll 5 titles and be leaps and bounds past him but for now on April 29th 2012 he's simply not there yet....sorry man
It WAS a discussion with Kobe back then, and the reason is because many of us foresaw his success as almost "inevitable". We knew it was just a matter of time before the Lakers would have to rebuild around him and when it happened, he would be successful. He was simply too good to fail. And many at the time would always say "Kobe at 24 > MJ at 24". So today I see the same scenario except it's with Bynum and Duncan.