Nobody knows when it began but Kobe Bryant has seemingly sought to eclipse Michael Jordan since he was an 18-year-old rookie. His next championship would be his sixth, like Jordan, and his next gold medal would give him two, like Jordan. He even grew a goatee similar to the one worn on Jordan's face during the '92 Olympic Games.
However, his comments about whether the 2012 incarnation would defeat the original Dream Team show's he's got a little Clyde Drexler in him as well.
You may or may not remember the other quote Drexler gave Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum after he discussed Magic Johnson's inclusion on the Dream Team.
"I don't fear anyone. I don't think anybody was better than me," Drexler told McCallum. "I had a lot of success against Jordan. I beat him often. At his game. Which is also my game. I was bigger, faster. I did everything he could do. Except shoot more."
Drexler was right that Jordan couldn't do anything he couldn't do but Jordan as McCallum points out Jordan did everything better. The same could be said for Jordan's career versus Bryant's and for the Team USA comparisons.