This is what separates the men from the boys. Heart, Determination, and Willingness. Nobody wanted to win more than Michael. Now, Nobody wants to win more than Kobe.
That is why they win, their will to win. Against all odds, they will rise. Kobe's insane and vigorous work ethic has vastly improved his conditioning and performance. It has continued to make him better.
Vince on the other hand, relied solely on his god-given talent, and did not live up to full potential.
Kobe has adapted into a jump-shooter, and post-scorer, as age has robbed him of his quickness and athleticism.
Vince did not develop a post-game, and therefore he is stuck to jump shooting as his sole lethal threat on offense.
This is why Vince is in his worse years as a player. He has failed to adapt and improve his game drastically, like Bryant has.
People also criticize Vince of ditching games to treat minor injuries, and Kobe playing through major pains.
I could almost say that Vince Carter was always more talented than Kobe, but Kobe had the right mindset and hunger that made him the man he is today.
He practically oozes out his success. Vince Carter is what happens when you don't work and improve your talents. Allen Iverson is what happens.
When you do work hard, and continue to be determined to improve, Kobe Bryant is what happens. Thanks for the read.