Professional basketball once again stole the headlines in a season dominated by the NFL and Major League Baseball after Michael Jordan said he could beat LeBron James in a game of 1-on-1, but perhaps not Kobe Bryant.
Jordan, universally considered the greatest NBA player of all time, added that he would have trouble with Bryant simply because “he steals all of my moves.” Bryant has been seen by many pundits as the heir apparent to the MJ throne, but King James is widely acknowledged as the best player in the game today — and has been for the past several years, getting endorsements from none other than Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
Bryant, aka the “Black Mamba,” has more titles than LBJ (5 to 2) but James has outdone Bryant in the MVP category (4 to 1).
It didn’t take long for pundits, aficianados and fans of Bryant and James to square off at each other on social media, particularly Twitter. Take a look at what they had to say:
You’re damn right Kobe stole MJ’s moves. Refined them as well. You think 5 titles just land in your lap? Your boy knew who to emulate.
— ali (@mightyfar) October 1, 2013