Kobe Bryant And The Double Standard: Let's Just Be Fair

Chris HoustonContributor IIIOctober 10, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 holds the Larry O'Brien trophy as he rides on the top of a double decker bus at the start of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship victory parade outside the Staples Center on June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

First of all let me say that I am a huge Laker/Kobe fan...with that said...
Kobe and Jordan have very similar games. And the point I will try to make is that Kobe vs Jordan in skill and Kobe vs Jordan in Career are two completely different arguments....

No one will ever pass Jordan as far as the total career package. He is responsible for or influenced very heavily the globalization of the NBA/NBA contract structure and sizes today/Athlete Endorsements/ etc..etc. all while dominating the league in the 2nd half of his career.

His list of accolades on and off the court is virtually impossible to surmount. But when Kobe fans say that Kobe is better than Jordan, most (some in less than intelligent ways I will admit) are saying that barring what Jordan did for the sport or what you may think of Kobe personally, watching a Jordan game and a Kobe game, some make it out to be a Grand Canyon disparity between the two's skill levels when really there isn't such a drastic dropoff as some make it out to be. Thats's all. Let's Just Be Fair.

I won't sit here and say Kobe is better than Jordan OR that Jordan is better than Kobe. I just hate that often times when it comes to Kobe, there is a double standard. Let's Just Be Fair.

Kobe and Jordan are both guilty of being labeled ballhogs during their careers, both have before been labeled dirty players, both have had questionable conduct on and off the court i.e. Kobe Rape Case, bashing Bynum, Jordan cheating on his wife, punching two teammates, gambling problems, bashing Kwame etc. both have problems and issues but it seems like ONLY Kobe's are aired over and over by the media for everyone to see. Let's Just Be Fair.

If you are gonna say Jordan is the greatest because of his championships then say Bill Russell is better. If you are gonna say he is the greatest because of his all around stats then what about Oscar Robertson? If you are gonna bust out statistics regarding scoring averages and FG%'s then I will show you Wilt Chamberlain stat lines that would put Jordan's best to SHAME literally. If you would like to argue the difference between supporting casts I will gladly tell you that Jordan benefited tremendously from his supporting cast which was much better than it was given credit for. I just want things to be looked at fairly.

I don't care if you think Jordan is better than Kobe, that's your opinion and a very respectable one at that. Just don't sit here and tell me that they aren't in the same conversation SKILL wise. That's when I will simply dismiss everything said from then on and label you either very ill-informed, or simply a HATER