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Was Michael Jordan Really “10 Times Better Than Kobe Bryant” As Reggie Miller Just Suggested?

Submitted by on December 17, 2014 – 10:36 amOne Comment

Reggie Miller knows the game of basketball. Some people don’t like the way he analyzes games as a broadcaster, and others think some of the evaluations that he makes are way off base. But Miller has been around the game of basketball for a long, long, long time now. He’s played it. He’s watched it. He’s studied it. And he knows just about everything that there is to know about basketball. So when he goes out on a limb and says something crazy, he’s not just trolling people. He’s saying what he feels based on his experience.

But even with all of that being said, didn’t he go a little bit too far on The Dan Patrick Show yesterday when he was asked to compare Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant?

With Kobe passing MJ on the NBA‘s all-time scoring list recently, Patrick asked Miller whether or not Kobe should now be considered a better player than MJ. And Miller didn’t hesitate to throw his support behind Jordan, who he considers to be the best basketball player to ever walk the planet. In fact, it doesn’t sound like he even thinks Kobe is in the same class as MJ.

“Michael Jordan on his worst day is 10 times better than Kobe Bryant on his best day,” Miller said. “And that is not shortchanging Kobe Bryant.”

Really, Reggie? “Ten times”? You think that MJ was that much better than Kobe?

As someone who grew up watching MJ play, I can say that I, too, have said things like, “MJ was a thousand times better than Kobe!” It’s what sports fans do when they’re trying to make a point. But it seems disrespectful for someone like Reggie Miller to come out and say that MJ is significantly better than Kobe. He should know better than anyone else that it’s difficult to compare players who didn’t play in their primes in the same era. So while I don’t think he’s necessarily wrong about MJ being a better overall player than Kobe, I do think he probably should have left the “10 times better” part out of the conversation. Because all it did was make Miller sound like he was trying to make headlines with his statement as opposed to simply showing off his knowledge of the game of basketball by giving an honest breakdown of the MJ vs. Kobe debate.

What do you think about what Reggie Miller said? Is Michael Jordan really “10 times better than Kobe Bryant” or did Miller take it too far with that statement?

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