I’m not sure what Kobe is trying to say here.

The Lakers great never minded the comparisons to Michael Jordan, but at the young age of 37, Bryant has no interest in the twilight years comparison.

In an interview with USA Today’s Sam Amick, Bryant dismissed comparison of Jordan’s final years to his own, calling their respective paths “much, much different.”

“This is uncharted territory,” he said. “My 37 (years old) isn’t MJ’s 37 (when he returned after taking two seasons off to play for the Washington Wizards), you know what I mean? Nor is it the same team or the same system that he was playing in. It’s much, much different. There’s really no barometer, no (precedent) for training physically, for recovery. It’s uncharted territory.”

Jordan averaged 21.5 points per game at the age of 38, but such a stat line for Bryant would likely mean the Lakers are making no progress with the young guys.

By Glenn Erby


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