Posted August 08, 2013

Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan make identical plays in video sequel

Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan

As it turns out, a single two-and-a-half-minute video wasn’t sufficient to capture all of the athletic similarities between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

Last December, we posted a highlight reel created by YouTube user Youssef Hannoun in which the six-time champion with the Bulls and the five-time champion with the Lakers alternate plays in identical fashion. Jordan goes up-and-under; Bryant goes up-and-under. Jordan tears off in transition; Bryant tears off in transition. Jordan hits the baseline leaner; Bryant hits the baseline leaner. You get the picture.

Hannoun is back at it, with a second reel of identical plays featuring Jordan and Bryant (see above). The sequel is just as riveting as the original, capturing finger wags, showboating dribbles, “slam on the breaks” drives, double clutches, fast-break dunks, stop-and-pop mid-range jumpers, shoulder shimmies and more. The precise footwork and body control really stand out, as both players put on a faking clinic throughout. Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr and others provide audio commentary as the video rolls.

Phil Jackson says Jordan was a better leader, shooter and defender than Bryant

The original “identical plays” video is below in case you want to enjoy an encore showing.

Hat tip: DimeMag.com

12 comments
MantisAtlantis
MantisAtlantis

The difference between the two is mostly is in MJ's ability and strength to drive to the hoop.  MJ scored way more points than Kobe in the paint.  And more importantly personality. 

MJ has a more inviting, smarter personality.  The opposition use to complain that MJ would befriend him and then during the game he would be the complete opposite :O  MJ could inspire a team to a championship singlehandedly, through friendship, focus and example.  The most important skills to learn in a team are people skills and some people have them and others need to work on them.

Same thing with LeBron he's energetic, he's playful, he's cunning but he'll hurt you down the line every single time.  He's such a clever guy by way of molding his teammates to do what is best for the team which is often what Lebron is good at.  Whereas Kobe forces his teammates to do what is best for him which is often not going to benefit the team.

Personality is extremely important, people skills are extremely important and it's that charisma which MJ and Lebron exude which allow them to perform at the next level.

bambam824
bambam824

Amazing what a Legend can do.

MOST PLAYOFF POINTS SCORED DECADE OF 2000's:

1 Kobe Bryant 4,053 

2 Shaquille O'Neal 3,359 

3 Tim Duncan 3,143 

4 Dirk Nowitzki 2,472 

5 Richard Hamilton 2,467 

6 Chauncey Billups 2,357 

7 Tony Parker 2,300 

8 Rasheed Wallace 1,907 

9 Allen Iverson 1,883 

10 LeBron James 1,761

WilburFinklebaum
WilburFinklebaum

Every conversation about this fails to touch on one important topic point: Jordan could exist with 2 other stars - Pippen and Rodman. Bryant obviously can't.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Nothing wrong with comparing Kobe to Jordan, we all know Kobe will never reach that level... because when Lebron's career is over he will be on a level all by himself.  Any list with Kobe in the top 20 greatest players ever should be ignored . Kobe is a perfect example of the Laker's brand having a great impact on a player's legacy like New York and Jeremy Linn, picking up 3 easy sidekick rings playing with Shaq and now being on a team where Kobe gets the lion share of the shots.  How else do you think Kobe leads the league in bricks, you cannot miss a lot of shots if you do not take a lot of shots....The L.A. market inflates every stars career, Tim Duncan is an after thought in San Antonio and i see top 10 lists all the time with Kobe ahead of guys like Duncan and Olajuwon

WhyNotLetItFly
WhyNotLetItFly

More proof that Bryant is desperately trying to emulate Jordan's game. Kobe should have done all that he could to keep Dwight, because I don't see Kobe winning his 6th ring without a 2nd star by his side, or a really strong supporting cast like the one the Lakers had in 08-10.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Bryant is no Jordan, stop the comparisons.   

BathazarXavier
BathazarXavier

nice clip. from the time kobe came into the league he freely admitted that he patterned himself after jordan, not just his game, but even the way he talked and his mannerisms. later in jordan's career, he practically lived off the turnaround jumpshot, which kobe picked up and mastered with the same high elevation as jordan (jordan's key to getting "open" jumpers when being double and triple-teamed was to elevate quickly and very high-with his 42" vertical and fade slightly...)

dash2k8
dash2k8

First of all, kudos for the author to edit such a video. Must have taken a very long time to dig through all the footage! That said...

You could have taken many players in this league who had hit similar shots. Fadeaways? Baseline jumpers? Who doesn't take those? The way they walk up the court? I'm sure everybody walks up the court at least once in his career. I would be more amazed if they had both hit a behind-the-backboard fadeaway from the left baseline, or dunked on the same guy.

biggdbo
biggdbo

Sure, they have made similar plays- they both played a similar style of basketball, for a long time, at an elite level. I'm sure you could make a similar video of any two players that played a similar style over a long period of time. That's not to take anything away from either player - I'm just saying, a basketball court is only so big, so you're going to have similar plays over the course of time. Plus, Kobe- like most everyone else his age- grew up wanting to "be like Mike," so it's no wonder that he copied some of his moves. If you want to be like the greatest, what better way than to do what the greatest does?

#23_Forever
#23_Forever

0:33 - 0:47 section showing the dunks says it all.  They do many things similar, Jordan looked better doing it. 

Rich20
Rich20

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Wow you are a moron. kobe is still one of the top 7 or 8 players in the league and this will be his 17th year in the nba. only a huge hater wouldn't rank him in the top 20 greatest ever. until 2 years ago every ex-nba player that matters and that was asked went on record saying that Kobe was the best in the league. Yes he got 3 titles with Shaq, but Lakers would not have got those titles without Kobe either, even though Shaq was the best player on those teams. 

The fact that you said that Lebron will be on a level all by himself shows your ignorance. He had to go to D Wades Heat team that already won a championship without Lebron. Then he got destroyed twice in the finals before winning. Lebron would not have had a title this year if it was not for Ray Allen making that clutch shot. Lebron is nothing compared to MJ, who always was the man on the Bulls, and always was relied on in the 4th quarter to finish games or make the comeback baskets. Lebron has gotten better at dealing with late game pressure but he still fades far too often. 

Jordan > Kobe > Lebron