Kobe lists Jordan, LeBron in top five players he's faced


Kobe lists Jordan, LeBron in top five players he's faced

This may come as a surprise, but a professional basketball player found it difficult to play against Michael Jordan.

Kobe Bryant's farewell tour has included the NBA's third all-time leading scorer divulging into deeper, more historical answers in his media availability.

Monday the Black Mamba listed the five best players he has faced in his 20-year career:

Of course none of the names on this list are surprising, given that it includes three Hall-of-Famers and two others - LeBron and Durant - who one day will join them in Springfield, Mass.

Though Bryant and Jordan only overlapped four different seasons, 1996 to 1998 and 2001 to 2003, the pair squared off eight different times in the regular season.

In those games, Bryant's Lakers went 2-2 against the Bulls and 3-1 against Jordan's Wizards.

Bryant averaged 22.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting, while Jordan averaged 24.5 points on 43.5 percent, all of which came at age 33 and older. Bryant was never older than 24 years old when the two met, but it's apparent His Airness made his presence felt against Kobe, even in the closing stage of his career.

Bryant will make his last trip to the United Center on Jan. 20.


Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Hub Arkush (ProFootball Weekly) and Jason Goch (SB Nation) join Kap on the panel.

The guys debate which team will finish with a higher draft pick when the season ends: Bulls or Blackhawks?

Plus, hear their reaction to the MLB’s new pace-of-play rule change.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: