Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant: A Head-to-Head Comparison After 15 NBA Seasons

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Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant: A Head-to-Head Comparison After 15 NBA Seasons
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Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers were forcefully driven out of the 2011 NBA Playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks on Mother's Day.

The game was an unbalanced, unhinged and unbelievable finish to a series that left people wondering what happened to the two-time defending world champions. 

Ever since Kobe came into the league in 1996, people have compared him to Michael Jordan.

From their similar physical size (both are 6'6"; Jordan's official playing weight was listed at 215 pounds, Bryant at 205 pounds), to their uncanny abilities to put the ball in the basket, the two have been put side-by-side in countless conversations and comparisons.

While these two superstars' careers overlapped, they were legitimately a part of two different eras.

Jordan was the final punctuation on a time that also featured all-time great players like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas.

Kobe helped usher in a new season in league history that includes superstars such as Shaquille O'Neil and LeBron James.

After 15 seasons, Michael Jordan retired from the game (for the final time) at the end of the 2002-03 season. 

After 15 seasons, Kobe Bryant is still writing his story.

If you put Jordan and Bryant's on-court performances and achievements alongside each other, which player comes out on top?  

Lets look and see how these two superstars compare after a decade and a half in the NBA.

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