By Paramjit Mahal, Project Spurs.com
At the start of the season, Lakers' Kobe Bryant looked to be on the path to acquire his sixth ring and tie Michael Jordan. But a funny thing happened on the way to the coronation, reality decided to rear it’s head.
After Bryant called out Dwight Howard (though he did deny it), I began to think about the differences between their two careers.
Both were successful with multiple title runs with teams built around their talents. But they took two completely different paths to success. These two distinct paths taken have also showed the difference in how superstars conducted themselves in the NBA of the late 1980s/early 1990s and the NBA of the 2000s.
Jordan won his championships by setting a hardworking example, but also by ensuring that his teammates carried their weight. He was notorious for going hard in practice, and making sure that his teammates matched his level of focus and intensity.
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