Kobe Bryant against Michael Jordan.
Even though I've heard it and read it all before I just couldn't help myself.
Being that I've been around long enough to see both players in their prime, I laughed at this statement. Agitated at my sudden sense of humor, the writer told me to prove to him where Jordan ever had a bad game in the finals.
Let's take a trip down memory lane, skip the eight times Jordan was bounced out of the playoffs early to the 91' finals.
NBA finals, MJ was flirting with a triple double, bringing in 29 points on 28 shots only making good on 11 of those shots.
Moving along to game four of the 92' finals, Jordan pulled in 32 points off 26 shots. Out of the 26 shots he took, he made good on 11. The kicker is that he had five turnovers and couldn't score the last 10 minutes and thirty seconds of the game.
Now we have arrived at the 93' NBA finals Game three, once again Jordan pulled in 44 points on a whopping 43 shots! Out of the 43 jacked up, he only made good on 19.
MJ not looking so God-like anymore is he?
In game two, Michael took 22 shots posting 29 points, making good on only nine of those shots. To start the third quarter, Michael would miss seven straight shots and he will miss six free-throws for the game.
Oh I'm just warming up.
He would go on to add five turnovers to that. A good point to remember is that, this is his third bad game in the same finals series.
No? Ok, I guess we must continue then.
Scottie Pippen tied a Finals record with seven 3-pointers to lead the comeback. The Bulls would get no closer as Michael Jordan missed three consecutive 3-pointers and John Stockton made six straight free throws.
Game four wouldn't get much better for MJ, only scoring 22 points off of 27 shots, 16 of those shots missing the mark.
Game five of the 98' finals will be our next crime scene, where the Jazz will go on to steal Jordan's glory. Jordan posted up 28 points on 26 shots making good on only nine of those with four turnovers for the game.
Kobe probably would have missed that shot too! Probably.
When the smoke clears, these bad games will never be able to debase Jordan's legacy and neither will Kobe's bad games be able to taint everything he has done in his ongoing saga of a legacy.Because, as I see it, Kobe is only picking up where Jordan left off. Someone has to continue on the legacy, even if it has stumbling blocks along the way.