Jordan was a robot when everyone saw him play.
He maintained a perfectly cultivated Madison avenue image that never strayed from the focus of brand value.
He never weighed in on political issues. He never discussed his personal life. He rarely had opinions outside of the basketball game.
It was a designed and flawless strategy.
The HALL of FAME speech was the first real glimpse into the reality of Jordan (the human) rather than Jordan (the brand icon).
It was somewhat sobering and very very uncomfortable.
He had such a competitive fierceness that came across as almost petty and childish.
ANd if you listen to the few select friend and inner circle people, they will say that is how Jordan always is.... the brand is detached from the actual personality.
This latest Kobe-Lebron comment is just an extension of that Uber-Competitive ego driven focus.
Jordan cannot turn it off. Even approaching 50 years of age, the competitive all-consuming drive is getting stronger.
Jordan wants to win at all costs.
If backing Kobe gains him even the slightest edge, he will run with it to extreme and exacting standards.
This is the core essence of Jordan the human.
It can be uncomfortable and seemingly a massive ego-driven pettiness.
But, it is the same inner quality that made him the GOAT.
I have liked the way LeBron has handled it by replying with 'he would not pick Bill Russell over Michael Jordan because of ring count'. By also saying he 'doesn't play for other people's approval' and "I'm not MJ. I'm LJ".
I find Jordan's answer to be refreshing, actually. Unlike what you said, when past players are interviewed and asked about current players, they usually wuss out on giving their real opinion and give a diplomatic or wishy washy opinion instead. This happens in all sports all the time. Jordan gave his real opinion [which was actually for Kevin Durant]. If that's his real opinion, then it is what it is. Why should he adopt your opinion instead? And, because you guys are butthurt by his opinion, you launch a series of ad hominems against him. The title of this thread would be more accurate if it said "TheHoorse is Butthurt by Jordan's Opinion..."
LOL - I would say it's Miami Heat fans that are scared. They're scared that Lebron won't win as many championships as Kobe Bryant, so they are running wild to explain why Kobe is not as good as Lebron. Here is the thing though - MJ's opinion is based on Kobe's 17 years in the NBA in comparison to Lebron's career which is not finished yet. You really do need to wait until Lebron is finished and then you can present your argument as to who had the best career.
I wonder how many death threats poor Michael has gotten over his statements. Knowing the Miami Heat fans in here, He has probably already received a few hundred demanding he retract his statements
The title of this thread would be more accurate if it said "TheHoorse is Butthurt by Jordan's Opinion..."BUTTHURT AND SCARED - VERY SCARED LOL
He was quantifying his opinion based on body of work which factually includes Kobe leading 5 teams to championshipsKobe is 2-2 when trying to be the lead guy in the finals to win a championship.
Lebron, on the other hand, lead at least 2 teams to failed Championships. (Some would say gave up)
James is 1-1 when being the lead guy in the finals.
Kobe is 2-2 when trying to be the lead guy in the finals to win a championship.
You are a guy who is on a sports message board with a Jim Morrison avatar...
And you're a guy who's sporting an avatar of a guy who went from the NFL to being a horrible professional Wrestler.
For you to say that Bryant lead the Lakers to 5 NBA titles shows you know nothing about Pro Baskerball.
There will never come a time in any of our lives where anyone with a brain would think LeBron is a better palyer than Jordan.