Tuesday , Oct , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant isn’t mad at Michael Jordan

Bryant didn’t take Jordan’s comments as an insult. "It’s an accurate statement," Bryant said. "I’m definitely one of the top 10 guards. It could mean two, it could mean one, it could mean four or five. I’m definitely one of the top thousand. Look, I know how he feels about me.

"There have been a lot of great guards to play the game. For me to sit here and say, ‘He should have said top five,’ that’s disrespectful to the other guards that I’ve watched."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: With age comes wisdom.

No doubt about it, Kobe Bryant took exception to Michael Jordan saying he was a top ten guard of all time.

After all, Bryant is the best and most successful player of his generation. And when he retires, the Black Mamba may be The Greatest of All Time.

Think Jay-Z. Think Wayne Gretzky. Think Mohammed Ali. And yes, think Michael Jordan.

Years ago, during Bryant’s more volatile days, he may have responded publicly to Jordan undervaluing his career and talent. The Lakers superstar is that competitive.

Not today.

With all the criticism Bryant has endured, Jordan`s take was like water off a duck’s back. So Bryant downplayed Jordan’s comment.

There’s no sense trading barbs through the media with an icon like MJ. This is a battle he can’t win.

Better to use his comments as motivation. Better to win a third consecutive and sixth championship. Better to let his play do the talking.

Such wisdom comes with being on the other side of thirty. And it’s something Bryant learned the hard way.

–Oly Sandor.

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