Kobe or MJ - Who would win in a game of one-on-one?

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The NBA has been blessed with so many superstar talents over the course of it's long and illustrious history.

While each definable era has featured a number of great players, only a select few are regarded as among the best to have ever picked up a basketball.

Two wonderfully-gifted guards that certainly deserve to be included on such a prestigious list are Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

The former, widely considered to be the greatest player the NBA has ever seen and was affectionately-dubbed 'His Royal Airness', won six-NBA titles and was a five-time MVP during a glorious and immensely successful period with the Chicago Bulls.

Bryant, meanwhile, although now blighted by injury woe, has become synonymous with the Los Angeles Lakers since entering the league in

Due to the respective abilities of the two players, fans and analysts often like to ponder the question over just who of MJ and Kobe would come out successful in a game of one-on-one.

Well, in an amusing and thoroughly entertaining recent interview with Fox Sports, former Lakers and Bulls championship winning head coach Jackson - who has experience of working with both players - has had his say on the debate.

The 68-year-old, who was coach of the Bulls between 1989-98 and between 1999-2004 and 2005-11 with the Lakers, is revered in the coaching fraternity himself as one of the true greats and opts for Jordan.

In the interview - which can be seen above - he is also quizzed about a number of other hypothetical match-ups and gives his thoughts on who would win contests between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, Metta World Peace and Dennis Rodman as well as Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard.

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