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Only Kobe......Says MJ

Michael Jordan thinks only Kobe Bryant deserves comparisons

Kobe Bryant explains the plot of "Single White Female" to Michael Jordan (Jamie Squire/Getty).

Ever since Michael Jordan retired — all three times, really — the NBA has searched for the heir to his throne. Many players have popped up as pretenders to the throne, from Harold Miner to Jerry Stackhouse to Vince Carter. In recent years, people have stopped trying to find a clone and just searched for a similarly dominant great player. If you ever wondered why LeBron James is seen as such a failure, a lot of it has to do with his inability to meet the example set by Jordan.

There are many great players in the NBA these days, most of whom have never been directly compared to Jordan. Nevertheless, His Airness says only one player comes close enough to his greatness to merit the comparison. Not surprisingly, that player is Kobe Bryant. Here's what Roland Lazenby, a great writer currently working on a Jordan book, tweeted on Sunday (via PBT):

Kobe's ultimate competition is MJ. That's why MJ watches him. MJ made people think what he was doing wasn't human. Ditto the Kobester.

I never said Kobe was better than MJ. MJ just told me Kobe's the only one to have done the work, to deserve comparison.

Congratulations, Kobe: Your life's work has meant something. All that time spent aping Jordan's movements and skills has paid off. He acknowledged you. You made it.

Of course, if the notoriously petty Jordan was going to mention anyone, it makes that he'd single out Kobe, and not just because he'd consider the mimicry flattering. Bryant really does work harder than everyone else, and he's been good for long enough (with no signs of slowing down) that he may eventually top Jordan's longevity. They're similarly insane competitors.


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Yep, I need that MJ/KB poster. Thats timeless.

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The Suns added Michael

The Suns added Michael Beasley, Goran Dragic and Jermaine O’Neal in free agency. The team also tried to lure high scoring restricted free agent shooting guard Eric Gordon from New Orleans with a max level contract, but the Hornets matched the offer sheet.

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The Atlanta Hawks are

The Atlanta Hawks are currently on a five-season playoff streak, but will enter the 2012-13 campaign with only five players on the roster from last season. Gone are dependable veterans such as Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams via offseason trades. In their place are at least eight players who are entering contract years.

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Now for the worse news:

Now for the worse news: Starting small forward Alonzo Gee has been nonexistent in the preseason. He averaged just 3.5 points in the first two games and scored a measly two points Friday. Gee needs to get it together, man. And fast.

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So even though Gentry and the

So even though Gentry and the Suns' coaching staff is wisely mixing in tactics familiar to four players who used to play for Adelman (Scola and Dragic in Houston; Michael Beasley and Wesley Johnson last season in Minnesota), a lot of the offensive flow is supposed to look familiar.
The Suns will continue to seek a quick tempo, using ball screens off of Corner sets and other designed quick-hitters.

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"It was just a good win,"

"It was just a good win," Gentry said. "I think for us … we're trying to create a winning environment, so first and foremost, I think you have to do it at home."

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Bryant joked that he was

Bryant joked that he was "devastated" upon hearing Parker avoided giving him the ball. He laughed and appeared to be holding back multiple times when reporters relayed Parker's frustrations.

Parker came under criticism for other reasons. He was known to have a surly attitude and his professionalism came into question, including the time he missed a team plane because he overslept. Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and Parker never saw eye to eye, either.

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Morris, who made 6 of 11

Morris, who made 6 of 11 shots, would have been even more impressive had he successfully finished a couple of slick, lane-area spin moves.

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To put it lightly, the first

To put it lightly, the first 10 years of Eddy Curry’s NBA career have not gone smoothly since the big man was taken with the fourth overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2001 NBA Draft. Two years ago, he found himself out of shape and out of the league, a drastic fall from grace after averaging double figures for six straight seasons with the Bulls and New York Knicks. The veteran spent the 2010 season on the proverbial scrap heap, but was determined to revitalize his career and image.

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