Kobe Bryant: Following Michael Jordan?

bob bobAnalyst IJuly 15, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers moves the ball against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won 99-86. NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kobe Bean Bryant brings excitement every time he steps onto a basketball court— but we never know which side of him we're going to see.

Will he score 50 points tonight, or is he going to go 5-for-20 from the field?

Nonetheless, he has that "edge" in him that makes basketball fans want to see him play...whether its to cheer him on or to put him down.

People who have watched both stars in action say that they have that same intensity; that "flare" and excitement.

Kobe's game surely resembles Jordan's game:  Both of them are complete players. They have virtually no weaknesses. 

They can score from anywhere on the field, with the three ball, and mid-range jumpers in their arsenal.  They can both post-up players, and use their bodies to slash their way to the rim.

It's what makes them the most feared players in their respective eras, especially when it comes down to the clutch.

Kobe and Jordan are even similar in the fashion they win their numerous championships, having both experienced the rare event of a three-peat.

Bryant and Jordan have even been led by the same coach with the most NBA championships: Phil Jackson, who won six times with Jordan and four with Kobe.

So, is this a good sign for Kobe?

Kobe has the talent to lead his team to back-to-back championships, and with the Lakers' squad, they have the potential to track down another three-peat.

I doubt that this would happen, but we can never underestimate the "heart of a champion."

If Kobe can reinvent himself from the most despised NBA player in the world a few years back, to the bona fide champion he is now, he has the will to accomplish a feat like this.

All we can do now is wait and see.