Michael Jordan (Age 39) Vs. A Prime Kobe Bryant (Age 24) – Lakers @ Wizards (Nov. 8, 2002)

Michael Jordan (Age 39) Vs. A Prime Kobe Bryant (Age 24) – Lakers @ Wizards (Nov. 8, 2002)

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Even at the grinding age of 39 with bad knees & nine years removed from his athletic prime, Michael Jordan still showed dominance. Even against an athletic prime Kobe Bryant (age 24). From the Lakers Vs. Wizards game at the then MCI Center in Washington, DC on November 8th, 2002. Box score is posted below. Enjoy.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200211080WAS.html
I apologize for the foreign commentary.

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    Yes, Kobe had 55 points when the Wizards visited LA. Which was GREAT. 42 points in the first half. BUT, do not say Kobe had 55 pts vs Jordan. Because Jordan wasn't guarding Kobe for the majority of that game. Remember, Jordan was a small forward for most of his Wizardry. Not a shooting guard. Jerry Stackhouse & Tyronn Lue were guarding Kobe for the majority of that game. I can ALMOST guarantee you had Jordan been guarding Kobe for the majority of that game, Kobe would not have had 55 points.

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    Correct. Shaq was also prime. The only thing that can alter a prime is injuries during a players prime? True. And prime years are relatively from age 27-33 huh? Not necessarily true. Not most to all players hit prime between ages 27-33. It all depends on health & which season the player is in. Going by your assumption, Kobe was already in his 9th season at age 27 in 2005. Kobe was DEFINITELY prime before 2005. Rarely ANY NBA player hits prime as late as their 9th season.

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    My bad for the Typos… i meant to say when Shaq left which was the 2005-2006 season Kobe should've been in his 9th year(2006-2007 marks ten full years from 1996-1997). He hit his prime because his game Matured.. check this crazy shit out… that same year..
    2005–06 GP-80, GS-80, MPG-41, FG%-.450, 3PT%-.347, FT%-.850, RPG-5.3, APG-4.5, SPG-1.8, BPG-.5, PPG-35.4… You have a good argument but im going off of him being considered team leader and Skillwise not athletic prime.

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    Np for the typos. Even though Shaq left at the end of the 2003-04 season & not 2005-06. So Kobe was in his 8th season when Shaq left in 2004. Well, if you're talking about mental prime then sure, we can say Kobe hit his mental prime in his 10th season (2005-06). However, from an athletic standpoint (which includes skills), he was prime by his fifth season (2001-02).

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    LOL! that has GOT to be the FUNNIEST MJ/Kobe comment I have ever heard! You must not have watched the games from the '96-97 & '97-98 reg. season along with the '98 All-Star game. MJ schooled an age 18-19 Kobe Bryant in all four regular season games including the '98 All-Star Game. Even though the Bulls & Lakers split those four meetings 2-2, MJ still did a number on Kobe. By the way, Kobe was 18 & 19 years of age playing MJ's Bulls. Not 17. He had already turned 18 when the '96-97 season began.

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    Even if kobes skills wernt at thier peak yet, kobes athletic ability was unbelievable at age 24. So how the fuck can you make an excuse like that. michael jordans 39 so idont give a fuck if hes not at his peak yet. he still should be able to gaurd michael jordan at age 24.

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    That's what I be sayin… '03 Kobe was arguably the best Kobe we've ever seen… prime or not… '06-08 Kobe relied more on his jumper and his defense suffered a bit during those years… '03 Kobe had the explosiveness and still had the jumpshot to back him up (had his only 2 SPG yr that year too)

    After his first knee surgery in the summer of '03 he was never the same athletically… he was still very athletic, but u can see a difference post '03 and pre '03

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    It's not that I am downplaying Kobe Bean Bryant. Because in all honesty, I am not. The main purpose of this video is to show how evenly matched a 39 year old post-prime Michael Jordan was compared to a fresh 24 year old prime Kobe Bryant.

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    Kobe even said in a interview with Stephen A Smith that he peeked his basketball skills at 2003. So your assumption with him fully developed at 06 is false. Look it up if you don't believe me.

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    I have watched that game. And Kobe did not score 42 points ''against MJ.'' MJ was a Small Forward for the majority, if not all of his Wizardry. So Jordan was not guarding Kobe for the vast majority of that game. It was Jerry Stackhouse & Tyronn Lue. Going out on a hypothetical limb here, if Jordan was a SG as a Wizard & guarding Kobe in that game, I can almost guarantee Kobe's 42 points in the first half would not have happened. 55 total points at the end of the game? MAYBE. Just MAYBE.

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    no, I did not cheat him out of three prime years. Jordan was not prime after 1993. He even said it himself during a 1996 interview with Julius Erving. His physical prime (best stages) were from 1987-1993. Exactly like you said, he wasn't as physically explosive. Not far off either though.

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    Just two years ago, everyone was LOVE compares Jordan and Kobe, but now no one talking about compare JordanVSKobe!Kobe is one of the best TOP 5 players in my opinion, but Jordan is very difficult compare this man with any other player he is the best, mabey Lebron after three or four years becoming THE BEST but now Jordan is THE BEST no doubt

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    Oh so it takes 10 years for a player to hit prime huh? Are you real sure about that? So going by your logic, MJ hit his prime in March 1995 (age 32, 10th season) when he came back from baseball?! And not in 1987? Btw, I have watched the 55-pt game Kobe had against MJ's Wizards. But he didn't drop 55 'on MJ' because MJ played small forward for most of his Wizardry. Stackhouse & Lue were guarding Kobe in that game. If it was MJ guarding Kobe, Kobe wouldn't drop 55. I can almost guarantee you that.

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    mjs prime was 91-98 when he won all those championships.but yes he was at his peak in 95 96. 1987 lmfao that was only his 3rd season how is that in his prime lmfao.and its not kobes fault jordan didnt step up to the challenge. since kobe was so hot he was like im gonna chill on kobe. kobe would of dropp 55 on a 39 year old mj easily.

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    MJ's prime was definitely not 91-98. It did NOT take Michael Jordan seven seasons to hit his prime. Just because 1991 was when MJ won his first championship, does not mean that's when he hit his prime. By the way, you contradicted yourself. In your previous comment, you said it takes 10 seasons for a player to hit prime, but yet you said that MJ's prime was '91-98. You really don't know what you're talking about. No offense.

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    Yeah, go watch that 55 point game by Kobe and how MJ wasn't even guarding him the entire game! Also, MJ's prime was from 1987-1990. That's when he was an absolute terror on both sides of the ball and put up his best numbers. That was also when he was at his athletic peak and was a freak of nature. You obviously missed all of that if you think his prime was from 91-98. Kobe's prime was 04-06 so let's just say that an 05 Kobe vs. a 1988 MJ would be the best time to match them up in their prime.

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    nope you're wrong. in 05 kobe had one of the worst seasons they didnt even make the playoffs. and mj from 87 to 90 he wasn't winning that's why iam saying from 91 to 98 was his prime because thats when he was winning. the best time would be mj from anywhere from 91 to 98 and kobe 02 03,05 06, or 07 08.

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    1:30 That's what would happen when MJ and Kobe plays one on one. MJ would just back him down and swat him like a fly. The only hope for Kobe is to shoot threes and jumpers over MJ because he will have a difficult time getting passed MJ.

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    The dude is 40yrs old. 40!!! No way should he be schooling any prime superstars at that age. Yet here he is bodying his copy cat like he was a scrub. While Kobe is 24 yrs old. A young prime buck hitting his stride. How a 40yr old did what MJ did to not just Kobe but Paul pierce, t-Mac and the other star players at age 40! Was increíble. If dude was 28-35 even, he would have destroyed them even worse than he did as an old man.

    You young bucks have no idea. Wait til you’re in your late 30’s you’ll have gained a hell of a lot more respect for what you are witnessing here. Trying to make excuses for your boy is embarrassing. You are making excuses when Kobe is facing a senior citizen baller. Gtfoh.

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