The comparisons have been made.
Judging from their eerily similar playing style and in-game competitive fire, these two legends are forever linked, whether they—and their respective fans—like it or not. The two also sit right next to each other in the NBA's all-time scoring list, with Kobe having passed Michael last year for the No. 3 position.
That is why when the Black Mamba's farewell tour hit Charlotte Monday night (Tuesday morning, December 29, Manila time) for his last stop in the city that actually drafted him, Hornets team owner Jordan had some emotional parting words for his "air apparent":
*Trying hard not to cry*
Here's to hoping somebody with the same drive and love for the game as these two would soon emerge.