Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer
Steve Kerr played with Michael Jordan and against Kobe Bryant. Similarities? Differences?
"Kobe is the closest thing to Michael [Jordan]," Kerr said. "Everybody has been compared to Michael. LeBron [James] has been compared to Michael. I don't think LeBron is Michael at all. I think he's a very different player, different mentality, mindset. Kobe has the same mindset and mentality that MJ had. The assassin, the ‘I'm-going-to-rip-your-throat-out-with-my-scoring,' low-post dominant fadeaway jumper, footwork [approach]. I thought Kobe's footwork was one of the best parts of his game, probably the most underrated because everybody focused on his shooting and his athleticism. But his footwork got him open. That's where he was so similar to Michael. He could just get any shot he wanted, and he never feared missing. He didn't care about missing. He missed tons of game-winning shots, made tons and just went onto the next game and did the same thing over and over again. Just an absolute assassin. The mentality was so ferocious and competitive. That's what I remember most."