In a promotional video for the NBA 2K14 video game a couple of weeks ago, Michael Jordan said he wished he had the chance to play some of the game’s all-time greats, and felt like he could have beaten them all one-on-one. All except for one Kobe Bryant.
Jordan’s reason for possibly losing to Kobe:
“He steals all of my moves.”
And there was certainly proof to those claims in the video on this link.
Well, Bryant, who at the time admitted he lifted some of Jordan’s moves, said that His Airness was guilty of some thievery as well. Here’s what he had to say in an interview on Power 106 FM:
“I’m a student of the game, you know, so I know the history; I know where Michael’s moves came from. I know they came from David Thompson. I know they came from Dr. J. I know they came from, in particular, Jerry West. So Michael didn’t invent the wheel. He stole a lot of moves from a lot of great players.
“I just so happened to steal some moves from him, and I just probably stole them better than anybody else has. You have to learn from the greats that came before you, that’s how it should be done.”
You know what they say: Imitation is the best form of flattery.
Here’s the interview:
- MJ: In my prime, I could beat LeBron James one-on-one
- Kobe vs. MJ: The identical plays collection 2
- Kobe vs. MJ: Identical plays 1