The Definitive Difference Between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan

Amidst the multiplicity of commentators, basketball purists, fans, and statisticians who have waxed poetic over who is the better basketball player, MJ or Kobe, it is time to definitively expose the difference between the two players.

In order to do so, we must take a momentary look at two other disciplines: theology and psychology.

For many faiths there is a foundational theological presupposition which states that all humanity suffers from a level of imperfection. Nominally called sin, it does not speak to wickedness, but rather to being "less than perfect" from an ontological standpoint.

In laymen's terms, "NOBODY IS PERFECT."

In psychology, this state of being is equated with a term which essentially means the same thing, "pathology."

Everybody has a pathology. Couples find this when they split and find new partners. The grass is rarely greener on the other side, and although sometimes it is, it just means that the new partner has a pathology that better suits them.

Greatness is often found when a person embraces their pathology and uses it to fuel something good, something productive.

The essential difference between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant is not athleticism, statistics, personality, or any of the things that we often use to measure greatness.

The difference between Jordan and Kobe is pathology.


From the time he was a child, MJ felt he had to prove himself. Unable to defeat his brother on the basketball court for years, he developed a pathological need to win. Getting cut from his high school team further exacerbated that pathology, and his career was marked by an inherent need to prove that he was the best.

During his Hall of Fame speech, the world learned what many others already knew. Michael has a pathological need to win.

He was motivated to not only defeat, but to destroy anyone in front...

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