This will be my last post on the Kobe/MJ topic because we’ve gone off track a bit (admittedly, I played a large part), although I suppose this would be the thread to do that.
In sum - I’ve already admitted that MJ>Kobe, so need to discuss that. However, I did say that Kobe was more skilled than MJ and provided evidence of that. LAW has expressly admitted that Kobe was a better shooter and ballhandler, which supports my contention of Kobe being more skilled, whereas MJ was more athletic and played against individual defenders that were not very athletic.
LAW - it can only be 2 things, you either aren’t a very big fan of the NBA, or memory has simply failed you. To bring Tayshaun Prince’s name up in the context of 2008 is absolutely ridiculous. I concede, as someone who attended every game in 04 that Prince made life difficult on Kobe. But to say that Prince would’ve locked Kobe up in 08 is a complete joke. You make the faulty assumption that Prince was the same level defender in 08 in relation to 04 - that is simply false.
Here is footage from 2006 where you see Kobe is able to create separation on Prince off the dribble and footwork. Nothing ridiculous but you can clearly see Kobe has the advantage and can get to his spots. At this point, Prince is still a good defender, but clearly not a the same level in relation to 04
Go to the :50 second mark
Fast forward 2 years to 2008 and its very clear that Kobe has an absolute mismatch on Prince and is able to get wherever he wants on Prince whenever he wants. He clearly has a huge advantage in terms of first step quickness, elevation, and lateral agility. To be blunt, he embarrassed Tayshaun on a good number of plays here throughout the 2 minute clip, and nearly made him fall on one occasion.
To add insult to injury, here’s another clip of Kobe just absolutely embarrassing Prince in 08 once again
LAW - if you want to say MJ>Kobe, I doubt many would argue, but you’ve already conceded Kobe was more skilled. I know you’re a Piston homer at heart, but man c’mon, to say Prince could’ve checked Kobe in 08 is a joke and you look foolish for saying that to be quite honest.