Hot Clicks: Rip Hamilton Calls Kobe Bryant 'The Closest Guy to Michael Jordan'

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Michael Jordan has dominated headlines since the premiere of 'The Last Dance' and as players and fans reminisce on the earlier days of basketball, former NBA stars have taken time to appreciate other players from their days in the NBA. In today's edition of Hot Clicks, former NBA champion Richard Hamilton reflects on the career of the late great Kobe Bryant. Hamilton had this to say about Kobe after CBS ranked Bryant 10th on their Sports List. "First of all, whoever voted and put Kobe [at 10] just flat out disrespected him. I feel like Kobe Bryant is the closest guy to Michael Jordan that we have ever seen. When you look at his stats and see, yes, he was an 18-time All-Star, he was a 15-time All-NBA player, tied with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but when Magic Johnson comes out and says Kobe Bryant is the best Laker of all time, that means better than him, and better than the guy Magic played with, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar." SI's Robin Lundberg reacts to Hamilton's comments and why explains why Kobe was able to garner much respect from his peers. 

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Robin Lundberg: If Michael Jordan is number one on your list and Kobe Bryant is the player most similar to him since, shouldn't Bryant be ranked higher than 10th? Richard Hamilton sure thinks so. 


As he ripped CBS Sports List when he participated in making because of Kobe's ranking dubbing it disrespect even went so far as to say he was scared of Kobe on the court. I said before, Bryant's entire game was a tribute to Jordan and he emulated him while daring to be as good or better. And whether or not that means ranking him the 10th best player of all time is disrespect is up for debate. Well, what's not debatable is that Kobe Bryant has the utmost respect from those who played against him. 

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