Shooting down the double-standard on Kobe

Michael Jordan shot the ball a lot when he was young. So why isn't it OK for Kobe Bryant?

Updated: November 22, 2002, 3:54 PM ET
By Sam Smith | Special to ESPN.com

I remember talking to Michael Jordan about all those shots he took when he joined the Chicago Bulls -- 33 against the Cavaliers in his rookie season. It seems Michael was out to embarrass them from the beginning.

There were the 36 in 37 minutes against the then-Washington Bullets in his second season after returning from his broken foot. Two games later, he squeezed off 36 again to open the playoffs and then 41 shots in Game 2 when he scored a record 63 points as the Bulls were being swept ...

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