Most people believe that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. The Hall of Famer has a ridiculous amount of milestones to his credit and despite having walked away from the game more than a decade, is still considered to be atop the NBA totem poll.
It could be argued that Kobe Bryant has come the closest to matching Jordan’s dominance on the basketball floor. Even Jordan believes that the five-time NBA champion deserves the comparison due to his tireless work ethic that rivals his own, according to Jordan biographer Roland Lazenby via L.A. Times:
“Kobe had done the work. He [Jordan] was very aware and taking in great interest in Kobe Bryant’s great work ethic. Michael Jordan’s work ethic also is legendary. He said Kobe had done that work to deserve the comparison. He says Kobe’s the only one to have done the work.”
Receiving an endorsement like that from arguably the greatest player in NBA history is about as good as it gets. With all these motivational stories combined, it is clear that Kobe is simply on another level driven by the desire to be in an elite category.
Hopefully, there will be more stories to come with the face of the Lakers franchise having two more years left on his contract.
Aaron Gordon One on One Interview: NBA Pre-Draft Workouts