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Kobe Bryant will go down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
His comparisons to the legend Michael Jordan are well deserved. In fact, in the 2011-12 regular season, Kobe passed MJ for the second-most points scored by a player for a single NBA franchise.
At the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, Bryant broke another Jordan record. He surpassed Jordan as the All-Star Game's greatest scorer, breaking the previous record of 262 points.
His Airness thinks only Kobe deserves comparisons, according to Roland Lazenby, a writer who is working on a Jordan book. Lazenby tweeted (via ProBasketballTalk):
Kobe's ultimate competition is MJ. That's why MJ watches him. MJ made people think what he was doing wasn't human. Ditto the Kobester.
I never said Kobe was better than MJ. MJ just told me Kobe's the only one to have done the work, to deserve comparison.
While James is an immensely talented player in his own right, he simply isn't Bryant, and has a long way to go before he can be mentioned with the greats.