Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan?
It's a debate basketball fans have had throughout nearly the entirety of Bryant's career once it became clear just how heavily Jordan's game had influenced Bryant. By the end of their time in the NBA, most statistics would point to Jordan having the better overall career, but it's hard not to argue the two were very close at their respective peaks.
Lakers forward Metta World Peace has played against both legends, and he told Dan Patrick on his eponymous radio show that he thinks the battle would be fought to a standstill.
"If both of those guys were in their prime playing against each other, they're both giving each other 50," World Peace told Patrick when asked to compare his former teammate to the Chicago Bulls' superstar. "Kobe is not going to stop Jordan, and Jordan is absolutely not going to stop Kobe."
Both Bryant and Jordan were pretty good defensive players in their prime, but they were also so great offensively it's hard not to agree with Metta that these two would set fire to some theoretical nets despite their best efforts to stop each other. If mankind ever does develop time travel, the first thing we need to do is make this game happen with World Peace as a live game analyst.
You can watch the full (very entertaining) interview here:
Quotes transcribed via the Dan Patrick show. You can follow this author on Twitter at @hmfaigen.