On the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who last week became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1986-87 to score 35 points or more in nine straight games: "People ask if Kobe is the next Jordan, but I don't think you can compare the two. Kobe at 24 has been winning championships at a much younger age than Jordan won his. Still, Jordan used to score whenever he wanted to, which is what Kobe's doing now. I've never seen him have a run like this, but he's doing it because his team has needed it so desperately. He pretty much single-handedly put them on a seven-game winning streak and back into playoff contention. Last week Denver threw three defenders at Kobe, and he still beat them. If he keeps playing like this, he's going to be completely worn out. But I think you're going to see his teammates—Shaq, Robert Horry, Brian Shaw—stepping up and following his example."