Lakers News: Kobe Bryant is the best player since Michael Jordan, according to ESPN poll

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant is the best player since Michael Jordan, according to ESPN poll

The biggest inspiration of Kobe Bryant during his entire career was Michael Jordan, who is considered as the greatest basketball player of all-time. According to a recent poll, fans voted Bryant as the best basketball player since the retirement of “His Airness” in 2003.

ESPN’s SportsNation asked basketball fans all over the world to vote on who they think is the best player since Michael Jordan. The choices were Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Stephen Curry and Shaquille O’Neal.

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As of this writing, Bryant leads the poll with 48 percent of the votes followed by James with 36 percent. Duncan is the far third with only nine percent while Shaq and Curry got three percent. Two percent of the fans think that someone else was the best player since MJ.

It is a very tough choice to make but the clear three best players among them were Bryant, James, and Duncan. Bryant and Duncan have the same number of rings while James has three championships. They all won NBA MVP Awards but fans think that it’s Kobe who had the better career.

“Mamba” was the face of the NBA after Jordan left while Duncan is not known for being in the spotlight. However, he is a model of consistency and he has never missed the playoffs in his entire career. As for LeBron, he is now the face of the league with the two elder statesmen recently retiring.

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When Shaq was asked by ESPN First Take on who is the best player since Jordan, he answered that it was Kobe Bryant. He noted that Kobe can take over games like MJ and his clutch is on par with the greatest.

“I’d probably have to go with the Kobester. ‘Cause his attitude was Jordan-like. He was able to take over games, especially in the fourth quarter,” Shaq said.

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