There will never be another Kobe Bryant, neither another Michael Jordan.
Since the (2nd and 3rd) retirement of Michael Jordan, people have been looking for the heir to the greatest basketball player that ever lived. With the emergence of Michael Finley, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill and a few others during the 90’s – there has no other player that had gone the closest comparison to Jordan other than Kobe Bryant.
Jordan acknowledges this and even considers Kobe as today’s version of him. With both players being compared most often, they two basketball icons have a mentor-student relationship. This time – the student – Kobe Bryant, admitted during the post-game press conference against the Pacers that he consulted his mentor on retiring this season.
“This is it,” Bryant said. “(Jordan) is actually one of the first people that I told over the summer. We’ve been in frequent contact.”
Bryant did not indulge more the details of their conversation and it leaves only the fans to wonder what it was.
“We had some laughs, went back and forth about it,” Bryant said. “But the important thing for him, he said, ‘Just enjoy it. No matter what, just enjoy it. Don’t let anybody take that away from you, no matter what happens, good or bad. Enjoy it, man.’
Now that Bryant already declared that the 2015-2016 NBA season will be his last, ticket prices on the last games of Kobe Bryant recently spiked up.
By the looks of it, the Lakers will have a long shot in making the playoffs which marks the date of March 15 to be the last NBA game that Bryant will play and it will be held in the Los Angeles Lakers home court – the Staples Center.
With Kobe Bryant’s pending retirement date, one could already ask – “Who will be the next Kobe Bryant?”