My Beef with Kobe Part I: A Lil’ Too Much Like Mike August 13, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, NBA, Sports.
Before you read this post, it’s important to note that I was once a big Kobe Bryant fan. Earlier in Kobe’s career I don’t think you could have found a bigger supporter. I think he is an amazing talent and the most skilled player in the league right now. So please, don’t call me a Kobe hater. I used to like the guy. The last couple of years however, I’ve had some issues with Kobe Bryant.
One of the first issues I started having with Kobe was his mannerisms on the court. Now, I am a huge Michael Jordan fan. He is without a doubt, my favorite basketball player of all time. He is and always will be the best basketball player ever to play the game. I know everything there is to know about the guy and watched his tapes hundreds of times. So it started to bother me a little bit how Kobe’s mannerisms were exactly the same as Jordans.
Now, I’m not talking about the way he played, meaning it didn’t bother me that Kobe shot his fadaway the same as Jordan and had similiar moves. Anyone who watched tapes of Jordan would mimic his moves, and if you watched him a lot, you tended to play like him. What I’m talking about is Kobe copying Mike’s signature mannerisms verbatim.
Next time you watch a Laker game, take a closer look at Bryant. The pumping of the fist after great plays, it’s exactly the same as Jordans! The way he talks to his teammates, it’s exactly the same as Jordans! The way Jordan used to hit the floor with his fist after game winners, it’s exactly the same as Jordans! The clapping of the hands after an And 1, it’s exactly the same as Jordans! Every now and then, you might even see Bryant stick out his tongue. We young people sometimes call this swagger jacking or jocking someone’s style.
Many Bryant supporters will argue against this accusation, by saying it just comes from watching so many hours of tape, but you’d have to be crazy to think Kobe Bryant is the only person to study Jordan. There are a lot of guys in the league that have watched countless hours of tape on MJ. Everyone knows Iverson was a big fan of Jordan, but Iverson clearly has a style of his own. I’m sure Lebron has watched his fair amount of footage on Jordan, but I have yet to see Lebron have the exact same mannerisms. Dwayne Wade is another example of a player that always watched MJ, having grown up in Chicago, but Wade does not copy Michael Jordan at all.
Anyone, who is a big fan of Michael Jordan knows exactly what I’m talking about, and if you don’t, just watch an old game of his from 1985-2003. I guarantee you’ll see those signature mannerisms that Kobe blatanly copies. The film doesn’t lie.
Be sure to check back on Wednesday for Part II of My Beef with Kobe