Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant? Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas debates

It is a discussion that will literally never go away. Our species can be on the last spaceship off of Earth to a new planet where we'll restart civilization, and one of the space-refugees will inevitably turn to another and make small talk with one question: "So, who you got? Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant?"

Some get frustrated by the unending debate, but it's all in good fun. Different generations want to vouch for "their guy," and different people value different things in their favorite NBA players. And even guys who have been in the league aren't immune to the argument. Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas addressed the topic on his Instagram account this week — and in pretty deep detail:

Arenas' conclusion: Jordan is the G.O.A.T., but Bryant is the G.O.A.T. of hard work:

"Kobe just wasn't gifted the way MJ was but u have to give him his credit for working his ass off [to] get mentioned in the same lane as this (unhumanman)."

It's a really thoughtful and compelling argument from Arenas. He doesn't bring up the way the defensive rules have changed, which might limit Jordan's mid-range dominance. On the other hand, is there any question that Jordan would have embraced getting to the rim and the 3-point shot if he played today? He didn't get a chance to "update his software," as Arenas put it, but if he had the chance, he'd still be the greatest.

(h/t Lakers Nation)

The Debate…Who's Better?!?! we have to break down the two players..ALL Stats and rules removed….you have a (self made man) #KOBE standing at 6'6 with a 38 inch vert..a work ethic of a Man who seemed #Machinelike…the basketball IQ of pure genius…the confidence of a man who ruled this planet….these type of ppl comes around every 10 years….#mayweathers #jerryrice #michaeljohnson…Now u have the (freak of nature) #JORDAN standing at 6-6 with a 48 inch vert…a work ethic of a #AlienLifeForm…the #IQ of someone who created the sport…the confidence of a man who WAS the planet..to see who jordan was,WE have to build him by combining a few players….we will all agree #KOBE is close but since #MJ jump 1 foot higher…Give #KOBE Vince Carter jumping ability and control in the air even tho #Mj jumped higher then vince,wish i could stopped there but jordans (type 2 fibers,fast twitch muscles were off the charts..giving him the ability to explode off the move like a rocket without slowing down to gather..one player that has that ability #westbrook so Now we give #KOBE #westbrook's ability to rocket move at full speed..Now we have kobe with vince carter's jumping ability and westbrook's powerful movements and takeoff ability…now only if kobe had this capability he would have been JORDAN and hint why (Phil Jackson said Jordan would avg 50 in this era)…Kobe just wasn't gifted the way MJ was but u have to give him his credit for working his ass off too get mentioned in the same lane as this (unhumanman) it shows u how hard kobe worked but now u know why jordan at 36 looked far more dominant then kobe at 36..when jordan started slowing down his 48 inch very went too 38..and he became kobe in his prime….FORGET STATS….everyone gets fooled by era and the evolution of the game…kobes creativity wasn't created in jordans era….Jordan didn't get to update his software…so u take it all away……so now ask ur self who's better…KOBEBLKMAMBA or KOBE/vince/westbrooke???? JORDAN is the G.O.A.T and KOBE is G.O.A.T of Hardwork

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