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Former players that played with MJ say that Kobe is the better offensive player of the two but not the overall better player.
Kobe never gets a free pass. Everything is scrutinzed with Kobe more then any other player in the league. Most of its media driven. EVERYTHING he does is criticized. Kobe has faced some of the same things MJ but the media doesnt let up him because of his people skills and wasnt charming enough to "win" over the media.
MJ always got free passes on crap he pulled because he was good at portraying an image and established a good relationship with the media.
Most Laker fans are Kobes side because at the end of the day, Kobe gives his all on the court.
Kobe is an enigma because most people dont get a sense of Kobe or who he is. Because of this media defers to a dislike. Most people cant see whats going on his head.
Alot of people outside LA may not like Kobe but its pretty unarguable whos the best player in the game.
Kobes legacy is a concern of his and he needs to win about 3 more rings and a few MVPs to be in the discussion.
Kobe may not be statistically over the course of a career "better" then MJ but hes just as competitive and both have super offensive capability maybe more so then anyone ever.