I have been closely following NBA for 22 years. I am not fan of any team. I am just a huge basketball fan. I only miss a few games during regular season and never miss a playoff game.
Every time I read a post in a blog/forum I see people comparing Kobe to MJ. If you are one of them you qualify AT LEAST one of the followings:
1 - You have never seen MJ playing
2 - You saw MJ playing but you forgot about it since you suffered memory loss for some reason
3 - You don't know anything about basketball
4 - You are idiot/stupid/moron
Kobe is certainly one of the 3 top players in the league along with L. James, D. Wade. Kobe was far from being considered a great player until 3 years ago when he finally decided to be team player. And he won 2 titles as he deserved. I wish he did this 6-7 years ago. Because as he become a team player his abilities stated diminishing result of his age and high mileage on his knees.
BUT PLEASE STOP SAYING THAT HE COULD BE COMPARED TO MJ IF HE WINS ANOTHER TITLE. Not even close. MJ is M3, Kobe is 335i without a chip.