There has been controversy among fans of the NBA about who is better between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, its been going on every since 1996 when Kobe was drafted to the NBA right out of high school. Kobe Bryant is an excellent basketball player, but he is not better than Michael Jordan for the fact that Jordan led his team to six NBA championships, the center of the Chicago Bulls offense as well as the leading scorer, and has one of the number one selling tennis shoe companies in America.
In the 1984 NBA Draft, Michael Jordan was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 3 overall pick. This was after seeing Jordan perform a wonderful three years in North Carolina and co-captain and star of the Olympic basketball team in 1984 which as you should know picked up the gold medal. During his rookie year, Jordan led the team in points (28.2) , rebounds (6.5), assists (5.9), and steals (2.4) per game. Kobe only averaged 7.6 points and 1.9 rebounds. Jordan's performance earned him the rookie of the year award, a spot on the All-Star team, and a place on the all-rookie team, but Chicago lost in the first round of the playoffs. The following season, Jordan continued his scoring feats, recording 50 or more points during 8 separate games of the 82-game season; Kobe only upped his game to 22.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. Jordan ended the season with 3,041 points and a 37.1 points per game average "becoming only the second player after Wilt Chamberlain to score more than 3,000 points in a single season. The totals also earned Jordan the first of seven consecutive scoring titles.
After the 1990-91 season the Bulls swept the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals and then defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Jordan won the league MVP award for the second time and was named MVP of the championship series. Two more NBA titles (and two championship series MVP awards for Jordan) followed in 1992 and 1993.