LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant is not as explosive as he once was, as he’s near the end of his illustrious NBA career now. Despite age, Bryant seems ready for the challenges of the next NBA season.
Meanwhile, it seems that the “Jordan-Bryant” comparisons will never fade away, as Bryant will probably be compared to Jordan for as long as basketball exists.
This is Bryant himself though doesn’t think the comparison is appropriate, especially at this point in his career.
In an interview with USA Today, 37-year old Bryant said he doesn’t think he should be compared to Jordan at 37, when he played for the Washington Wizards.
“My 37 isn’t MJ’s 37, nor is it the same team or the same system that he was playing in,” Bryant said. “It’s much, much different. There’s really no barometer, no (precedent) for training physically, for recovery. It’s unchartered territory.”
The comparison may just be a little off, for several factors. When Jordan started playing for the Wizards, he wasn’t coming out of a stretch of injuries at that age, like Bryant.
Aside from that, Jordan stopped playing twice (after 1993 and after 1998), before playing two final years for the Wizards. This is while Bryant never took time off, and played up until the injuries got to him.
Jordan played two seasons for the Wizards, 142 games (started in 120), averaging 21.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 4.4 apg in 36.1 minutes.
Nonetheless, Jordan was able to raise the level of the Wizards’ game. It remains to be seen what Bryant will be able to do, since he hasn’t really been leaning towards retiring.
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