The NBA playoffs are now well under way; all fire extinguishers are currently being hidden from all of the New York Knicks players and spectators are ready for some great matches and magic moments from the current stars of the game. Big names such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are always in the mix to produce something special at this point, as they have done in the past.
However, will any of these players be able to perform well enough to make them ‘the next Michael Jordan’? It’s something that is mentioned often by the media, especially because there is a talented generation playing in the NBA right now who are producing stellar performances.
Looking back though, it’s hard to see another man bring as much excitement to the NBA as Michael Jordan did.
Michael Jordan will definitely enter Play with Flair’s Hall of Fame, but which other basketball greats should join him?
As I’m based in the UK, I can safely say that there is a great buzz around as we prepare for London 2012. Organisers are even providing tourists with the Olympic Legends Map, if they weren’t already confused when walking about London.
All of the names on the map are rightly placed as legends of the game, but I’m excited about the man sitting on the basketball and tennis line (the black line) named Kobe Bryant.
He may have experienced some troubles in his private life recently, but this man is a living legend of the game. London 2012 will be only his second involvement with the USA team in an Olympic competition. His impact in Beijing 2008 was unquestionable as he helped Team USA win their Gold medal with a 15 point average.
Some in the NBA are beginning to question Kobe Bryant, as he is no longer one of the young talents in the game. Yet, he is still the most recognisable face of the LA Lakers and the amount that he has acheived in his 15 years as a professional shows that the talent of legends lasts forever.
See Kobe Bryant’s highlights from the Beijing 2008 final here: