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Ham: Kobe more fluid, a better shooter than Jordan

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08:12 AM ET 01.04 | As a Lakers assistant coach, Darvin Ham has the occasion of sometimes guarding Kobe Bryant, which puts the former NBA player in a unique position to compare Bryant to Michael Jordan. Here's how Ham described the task of defending two of the greatest 1-on-1 players of all time: Q: On the similarities and differences between KB and MJ: Ham: I think Kobe is a far better pure shooter. I think they're both equal in having initial moves, counter moves, and then if you stop the initial and counter, they have an escape move. They're totally identical in that aspect. Mike was probably stronger, but Kobe is more fluid. Take nothing away from Mike (because) he had an amazing, amazing arsenal of moves, but Kobe is a lot more fluid.

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January 4, 2013  08:30 AM ET

Jordan was the waaaay better shooter!

January 4, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Kobe is more talented than Jordan but Jordan worked harder....

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January 4, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Not the first time I heard this. Kobe might be a better shooter but he always try to take the difficult shot, causing his shooting percentage to be way low if we compare with Jordan shooting percentage . I do agree that Jordan was more stronger and could absorb contact better than Kobe.

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January 4, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Jordan's decision making and leadership are better than Kobe, thats for sure.
Sometimes Kobe just forces things too much

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January 4, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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Jordan's decision making and leadership are better than Kobe, thats for sure.Sometimes Kobe just forces things too much

I agree with you to an extent.
But, I do notice how many are critical about Kobe "forcing things too much" now that the team is doing poorly...it's accepted when they win thougjh.

If MJ was on the Lakers now with this coach, roster and at this stage of his career, I believe he too would would fall into the same trap of trying to do too much.

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January 4, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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Kobe is more talented than Jordan but Jordan worked harder....

Hard work beats talent when talent stops working hard.

January 4, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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Kobe is not a leader. He's an assassin but not a leader. Jordan gets his teammates to be on the same page while Kobe just does his stuff. There's too many times that Kobe quit but lucky thing his teammates saves the day(2010 finals)...

I think you are biased and not making fair critiques.

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