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Lakers vs. Celtics Game 7: Kobe Wins Fifth While Proving He Isn't Close To 23

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers struggles to hold both the Larry O'Brien trophy and the MVP trophy after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Chris MurphyAnalyst IDecember 25, 2016

Please stop comparing Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan. It is unfair to Bryant, disgraceful to Jordan and a waste of time.

There simply is no comparison. 

Jordan beats Bryant in every offensive category in the regular season, in the playoffs, in game sevens, on any court you can find except beyond the arc where Bryant clearly has the upper hand.

And speaking of hand, now that Bryant's hand is full of rings, the comparisons will begin.

Let's put that to rest right now.

Any human being who saw Kobe's 6-for-24 showing in Game 7 of the NBA finals Thursday night should not be allowed to whisper Bryant's name in the same sentence as Jordan's.

Bryant was 0-for-6 from beyond the arc, scored 11 of his 23 points at the free-throw line and committed four turnovers.

Yes, Bryant had many long rebounds fall in his hands thanks to the bricks of Ray Allen and company but that doesn't excuse the fact he was essentially useless on offense as the Lakers won on the shoulders of the team's big men.

In the biggest game of the season, he simply disappeared.

Bryant has now won two championships when he was the best player on his team. He has four more to go to catch up with Jordan.

Jordan will trade you Scottie Pippen for Shaquille O'Neil.

How would that turn out?

 

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