Scottie Pippen on how Kobe Bryant compares to Michael Jordan

The NBA Hall of famer weighs in on the surprising loss of the NBA all-star and how much he reminded him of his former teammate.
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insights, and we're going to go now to Scottie, and okay. You guys were rivals on the court, but you and so many, you said you had great respect for tell us about that respect. Well, you know, looking back at kobe in 1996, I was in the prime of my career, and had an opportunity to watch a young man's career for 20 years, to watch him blossom season after season, to rise to the top, to be able to take the torch and really carry our league for 20 years, and, you know, he was a special player because we watched him come out of high school as a very raw, charismatic player, and he developed in my eye, as one of the best players we've watched on the basketball court. He had it from his style on the court as well as off the court. His competitive fire was unmatched, and, you know, for me, I look back at kobe and I watch his growth and development. He was one of those players that idolized Michael Jordan, but he mimicked Michael Jordan in a lot of ways and it was a guy I watched him watch films on one of the greatest players that ever played the game, and he emulated his game to the "T", and to some degree overcame all of his weaknesses and became to me, one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Scottie -- I heard a few players said kobe Bryant never had any weakness in his game. He worked hard and he became great at every part of his game. You played with Michael Jordan, and you played with how do you compare the two legends? Wow. Very close. Two of the most charismatic players that I have ever seen in the game. Iconic. Those guys really set the bar in terms of guys that could play, two-way players, played hard on both ends of the court. Kobe wanted to be known as the greatest player to ever play the game. I mean, he wanted to be better than Michael Jordan. He wanted people to realize that he was right there, and that he put in the work to let you know that, you know, he is one of the greats. All right, Scottie. Thank you so much. Derek, thank you as well. We really appreciate you guys sharing your thoughts on kobe, and thank you so much for your time this morning.

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