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Michael Jordan said in an interview with NBA TV that, if given a choice, he would take Bryant over LeBron James.
Widely considered the greatest player of all-time, Jordan said it would be a tough choice between Bryant and James. However, Bryant's five titles with the Los Angeles Lakers compared to just one for James with the Miami Heat, would be his deciding factor.
"Five beats one every time I look at it," Jordan said. "And not that (James) won't get five. He may get more than that, but five is bigger than one."
Of course, Bryant has been around a lot longer than James to rack up his titles. Bryant is in his 17th season while James is in his 10th.
James, in the midst of a record run where he has put together at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting in six straight games, was not too worried about Jordan's choice.
"It doesn't matter to me," James said at the Heat's shootaround in preparation for Thursday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. "If you take Kobe one and I go second, it doesn't matter. I don't get too involved in what guys say about me or if you take Kobe or if you take LeBron. As long as I'm on the floor and I make plays for my teammates, I don't do what I do for other people's approval."
Jordan, who turns 50 years old on Sunday, won six championships with the Chicago Bulls and was named NBA MVP five times over his celebrated career.