Chicago Bulls Fans Worried Kobe Bryant Might Surpass Michael Jordan's Greatness

Ros DumlaoCorrespondent IJune 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the second period while taking on the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 15, 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Thursday morning, I turn on ESPN 1000 AM in Chicago, and I get the news that Bulls fans are sporting Celtics jerseys. 

Obviously, they're wearing the green jerseys because they're rooting for the Celtics in Thursday night's Game Seven between the Lakers and the Celtics. 

But the point that Waddle and Silvy (the midday talk-hosts) made is that Bulls fans don't want Kobe Bryant to win his fifth NBA Championship title. If he does, he will be one title away from matching Michael Jordan's feat of six titles. 

Bryant will be closer to achieving what MJ achieved and will be close to surpassing Jordan's greatness. Bryant might be given the title as "the greatest basketball player of all times" and many Bulls fans dislike that idea. 

As a Bulls fan, I don't want Bryant to be "better" than MJ. 

An article in the Chicago Tribune explains some great reasons why Bryant will never accomplish what Jordan accomplished, if you're not just looking at numbers. 

At the same time, Lakers' Lamar Odom laughed when asked about the comparison, saying there really shouldn't be a comparison. 

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As much as I'm not an Odom fan, he is right. 

Bryant has his own swag in dunking, and Jordan authored his own way of playing basketball. I can't picture Bryant sticking his tongue out when dunking.

Even if the Lakers happen to win tonight, Bulls fans shouldn't worry; Kobe is great in his own way, and will always follow in the shadow of Jordan. 

Here are some numbers to think about that ESPN 1000 mentioned:

Kobe is 4-2 in NBA Finals.

MJ is 6-0.

Kobe had more years to accomplish what MJ accomplished.