Kobe Picks His All Time Starting 5 Team,Leaves MJ Out

Kobe Bryant passed over Michael Jordan for his ideal group to join in a pick-up basketball game, saying he’d take Magic Johnson as his backcourt mate along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Bill Russell.

Jordan, a five-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player who ranks third in league history in scoring, last month said his dream pick-up team would include Johnson, former Chicago Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen, James Worthy and Hakeem Olajuwon.

“That’s not a bad group,” Bryant, who plays the same shooting guard position as Jordan predominantly did, said in a Bloomberg Television interview to promote the new Kobe 9 shoes being released by Nike Inc. “It’s tough, because I’m liable to pick the same group that he picked.”

Bryant, 35, then selected a quartet of Hall of Fame players who between them collected 25 NBA championships and 17 MVP awards.

Like Bryant, Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson played for the Los Angeles Lakers, with Jabbar scoring the most career points in NBA history and Johnson ranking fifth all-time in assists.

Russell and Bird both played for the Boston Celtics, with Russell winning a record 11 titles from 1957-69 and Bird capturing three straight MVPs from 1984-86.

Written by Nick


Nick the Quick White is an avid fan of basketball and hip hop, and a contributing writer with WJS since 2013. Nick has interviewed rappers, ballers, rapper ballers, and baller rappers on the site and continues to preach that the NBA should have a team in Europe. Maybe because Nick currently lives outside London where to them Football is actually played with your feet, can you believe this fatuousness?

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