Bryant shoots to kill

Brian Schmitz

Orlando Sentinel

It comes down to a jump ball between two different kinds of Lakers, doesn't it?

Kobe Bryant is the better player, Magic Johnson the better performer.

Kobe is a cold-blooded assassin; Magic is Showtime charm and smiles.

Lakers fans respect Kobe; they adore Magic.

Enough with sentiment.

The truth is this: If I had to win one game to save the world and prove the Mayans wrong, I'd go with Kobe. He's the greatest player we've seen since Michael Jordan — even Jordan says so.

Name another player today who would cut out your heart — and any other organ — to win?