zero3zero wrote:Clone of MJ? I really don't think so, yet MJ has influenced us all in a sense. Jordan-esque stereotypes are simply opinions based on similarities. KB8 IS doing his own thing
I have to disagree.
Disregarding the Jordan-mannerisms that Bryant apes during game situations (such as during the Phoenix-LA series, where Kobe did Michael's fist pump after hitting a buzzer beater... and, after Raja Bell was suspended, shook his head and finger in a very Jordan-like manner), Kobe Bryant is the only player in the league to use the Jordan-double-fake-fade-away (back to the basket, in the midrange, followed by a shoulder shake, and a fall away jumper). Plenty of players have fade-aways in their arsenal, but Kobe's is undeniably similar to Michael's... and (besides the tongue-flying one-handed jam) that fadeaway jumper was Michael's most famous (and most deadly) move.
Drawing up pages of similarites for the two is quick and painless. They're both 6'6", high flying off-guards who developed deadly shooting touches in the NBA. They handle the ball for their team frequently, distribute to teammates (but only in such a way that gives them an assist), and score 30 points a night. Their defense improved midway through their career to an All-NBA level (both inspired by sharp criticism from league analysts and commentators). And the list goes on and on.
Even Kobe's swagger is Jordan-esque. The way he carries himself, speaks during post-game interviews, throws a fit whenever anybody wraps him up away from the ball... they all look, sound, and feel very close to Jordan. I'd wager to say that Kobe's drawn more MJ comparisons than anybody else... and for good reason. He's practically breaking his back to mimic his idol.