Michael Jordan has one more NBA championship than Kobe Bryant and the Hall of Famer was recently asked to assess where the Lakers star stands up against the league's all-time greats.
"He is always going to be within the conversations of some of the greatest players who've played, by the time he is finished," Jordan told USA Today about Bryant.
"Where does he rank among those, if you are talking about positions? If you are talking about guards, I would say he has got to be in the top 10."
Bryant didn't take Jordan's comments as an insult.
"It's an accurate statement," Bryant said. "I'm definitely one of the top 10 guards. It could mean two, it could mean one, it could mean four or five. I'm definitely one of the top thousand. Look, I know how he feels about me.
"There have been a lot of great guards to play the game. For me to sit here and say, 'He should have said top five,' that's disrespectful to the other guards that I've watched."
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