Michael Jordan would not make Kobe Bryant's dream team if he was able to assemble a group of players for some pick-up basketball, with the LA Lakers superstar preferring to recruit some legends from the franchise he represents.
Last month, Jordan was asked to chose his own five-man dream outfit and, with himself included of course, picked out Scottie Pippen, Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson and James Worthy. Perhaps this snub influenced Bryant when it came to his turn.
"That’s not a bad group,” Bryant told Bloomberg when told of Jordan's selection. "It’s tough, because I’m liable to pick the same group that he picked."
But Johnson was the only player Bryant chose who also featured in Jordan's team, with Kobe going tit-for-tat with the Chicago Bulls icon and leaving him out of the team. Bryant also chose Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Bill Russell.
That's a Lakers heavy selection from Bryant, who is set to finally make his return for LA this weekend after missing eight months of action due to a serious ankle injury.
Bryant sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon playing against Golden State Warriors in April, an injury that forced him to miss the playoffs as well as all of the Lakers games so far this season.
The 35-year-old is fit again and, although he will not play against Sacramento Kings on Friday, he is expected to finally hit the court for the Lakers against the Raptors on Sunday.