Michael Jordan came into the NBA and created a trend like no other athlete in history of sports. Was it the amazing highlights? Was it his will to win? Was it that he could carry a team on his back? Michael also had natural charisma. But, one thing that was over looked was his fearlessness. Michael simply dared to be great. Michael would continue to win NBA titles because of this. Even after his first retirement from the NBA to play baseball under heavy criticism or launching his basketball comeback under heavy doubts, he would continue to show the same unshakable confidence. After his comeback he would lead the Chicago Bulls to three more NBA Championships. Michael Jordan would have many players that would try to emulate him the player that seems to display the same fearlessness and confidence the most was none other than Kobe Bryant. The moment Kobe Bryant decided to skip college and go straight to the NBA; like Jordan he faced skeptics. But, Kobe was determined to show everyone that he could become successful in the NBA. He began to show it as soon as he stepped on the court. Kobe gained the reputation of the human highlight reel that wasn’t afraid to step up to big shots. Even though he wasn’t afraid to shoot those shots he would miss four straight air balls in the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz. He would learn from this lesson and he would just keep coming back getting stronger and better day after day. By 2000 he would be one of the driving forces leading the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA finals. Kobe and the Lakers would win their next title the following year but even that wasn’t enough for him he would continue to work harder to be the best basketball player that has ever lived. Some said that he might have pushed the limits too far on becoming the best messing up the Lakers chemistry. But, Kobe managed to evaluate his game to new heights and still fitting in with his teammates. By rising to new heights he kept in harmony with his team. Michael Jordan would then make another return to NBA under extreme heavy criticism. People would think that Michael Jordan returning from retirement would destroy his legacy. But, Michael would prove the naysayers wrong by being the same old Jordan. Michael would be giving the opportunity to face Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. But, Kobe Bryant made it clear that it was his league now dropping 55 points on Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards.