Saturday , Dec , 19 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Is Kobe Bryant really as clutch as Michael Jordan?

Kobe Bryant can close. But can he close like Michael Jordan? Well, Hall of Fame sideline boss Phil Jackson thinks so. Zen-Master Phil, who currently coaches Bryant’s Los Angels Lakers and led Jordan’s Chicago Bulls to six NBA Titles, believes ‘Black Mamba’ is as strong a finisher as ‘His Airness’ …


Is Kobe Bryant really as clutch as Michael Jordan?Kobe Bryant can close. But can he close like Michael Jordan?

Well, Hall of Fame sideline boss Phil Jackson thinks so. Zen-Master Phil, who currently coaches Bryant’s Los Angels Lakers and led Jordan’s Chicago Bulls to six NBA Titles, believes ‘Black Mamba’ is as strong a finisher as ‘His Airness’. 

“He’s (Kobe Bryant) as good as Michael (Jordan) was in those situations (finishing games),” said Jackson “M.J was terrific.”

Bryant is great in the clutch. Always has been. However, his buzzer-beating heroics have come mostly during regular season games, while Jordan won a playoff series and NBA championship with end of game shots.

Does Bryant’s recent game winners against the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks make him Jordan’s equal in terms of clutch play? Watch the four clips and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below. 

(Jordan won a playoff series with this jump shot over Craig Ehlo and killed the Cleveland Cavaliers.)

(Jordan won an NBA Title with this shot over the Utah Jazz’s Byron Russell.)  



(Bryant left Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat speechless with this miracle three-point.)


(Charlie Bell played great defense, but Bryant’s offence was better.)   


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