In an interview with FOX Sports Live, Jackson says that in the year after Jordan retired from the Chicago Bulls (the second time; not that time he went to try and play baseball), Bryant told Jordan he could do just that.
Jackson wanted Jordan to “talk to Kobe a little bit” after a game.
“First thing Kobe says is, ‘I could kick your a** one-on-one,'” said Jackson, describing the meeting between the two.
Jordan talks about playing guys like LeBron James and Bryant in one-on-one, and he essentially says that Bryant would have a shot…only because Kobe steals MJ’s moves.
We hear the comparisons constantly, and many do feel that Bryant is the closest thing to Jordan in terms of skillset and style of play.
However, where they may actually be most similar is in their competitive nature.
It’s always fun to hear things like this, and I’m sure even Jordan, somehow, some way, enjoyed the fact that Bryant said he could beat him.
Jordan’s response? According to Phil Jackson, the legend said, “he just might”.