Basketball Icons: Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan

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Basketball Icons: Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan

For the last seventeen years, there has been much debate as to whether Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. I have never really been interested in basketball or most sports for that matter, until a few years ago. My husband would watch all of the college and professional basketball games on television. He would become especially excited during March madness and the NBA playoffs and the Finals. He used to play basketball until a knee injury ended that. For some reason he still found excitement watching the games.

I decided to sit down and watch a full basketball game on television with my husband one evening and I too was hooked. The game was between the Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs. No one that I knew liked the Spurs and immediately fell in love with the Suns. I liked the smaller players and Steve Nash quickly became one of my favorite players.

The more games that I watched the more I learned about basketball and I began to recognize the players from the many different teams as well as their positions and how good they were. I began to learn the rules of the game so that I wouldn’t annoy my husband with the many questions that I had each time that the referee blew his whistle. I know most of the present day players such as Kobe Bryant, Labron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwayne Wade, and Carmelo Anthony, my husband knew all of those players in addition to all of the past great players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, David Thompson, Connie Hawkins and George Gervin. Towards the end of this season there was a great debate about who should be named MVP. There were really only three players in the running, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and Labron James. Labron James won the MVP award but Kobe Bryant took home the NBA Championship and it was ironic that the team that knocked Labron James and the Cleveland cavaliers out of the...
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