Kobe is the only person who can be in this discussion, but its still not close yet IMO. Kobe actually might have more skills than Jordan, but he doesn't have that same edge. This Finals definitely told me something about Kobe (maybe more about his team/coach). They came out playing hard for like the first 9 minutes of every game, attacking the basket, exuding defensive tenacity, etc. Then they just disappear and hang their heads. It's fu*king pathetic.
I know Jordan had Pippen, and I'll admit that Kobe's team is mediocre. Gasol is softer than Downy and has poor court awareness (how many times did he get blindsided in the post? Palm that sh*t above yoru head), Odom is an inconsistent liability [at times] who can't use his right and falls in love with his inconsistent jumpshot. The bench is suspect as sh*t; Farmar and Walton are useless, Turiaf does nothing on offense, etc.
I just didn't see that fire in Kobe's eyes at all this series. Not once did he try to step up and take over when they needed him to. How many times did Jordan not initiate the offense, or at least TOUCH the ball every possession? Now I guess I can partially blame Kobe's teammates/coach because you'll see him get open and call for it every so often and they throw it the other way.
The Lakers need to make a LOT of changes. They have too many players who 1) don't know their role and try to do more than they should or 2) just flat out suck a.ss.
I think once Bynum comes back next year they'll be better off, but they also need to make some changes. Radmonovich is a defensive liability with a LOW basketball IQ in general. Farmar does nothing but walk the ball up court and pass to someone else to initiate offense. He'll hit a WIDE OPEN three now and then, but he'll miss just as many. Luke Walton is a waste of a roster space. Ariza I'm not sure about, he needs to get healthy before I judge him on the Lakers.
Kobe needs more to show more intensity and get better teammates before he can really be compared to Jordan. I think they'll be back in the Finals next year, but whether they can beat the Celtics when they see them for a rematch is another issue itself.