When conversations are had about the closest player we’ve ever seen to Michael Jordan, the name that comes up most often, by far, is Kobe Bryant.
It is clear from watching Kobe that he has watched hours and hours of tape of MJ and not only has an incredibly similar style of game, but also a lot of the same mannerisms.
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You can find countless photos of them both on the internet looking like almost the same player.
Starting with the jersey chew:
This right-handed one hander could be the same player:
The classic hands on knees, tugging on shorts pic:
Kobe and MJ throwing down the reverse:
The patented fadeaway, which very few players in the history of the game have truly mastered like Kobe and MJ:
Even their jumpshot form is similar:
Pictures are one thing, but you can the shocking reality in this perfectly edited video, putting all of their identical players together in one video. Wow.