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The "next Michael Jordan" debate/discussion will never stop raging. Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, though, thinks the case has been closed for a long time.

Speaking to the crowd at the Seattle Basketball Pro Am, the Emerald City native introduced Kobe Bryant as "this generation's Michael Jordan." Check it out, as captured by davidverts on Instagram:

Bryant certainly has something of a claim, using his prodigious shot-creating ability to win five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Others, though, believe LeBron James deserves the title, while many surely believe there will never be a "next Michael."

What do you think?


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NBA free agency predictions?

NBA free agents can't officially sign until Thursday. But the noise surrounding the league's best available players just keeps growing. LeBron James reportedly is considering the Cleveland Cavaliers. His former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh apparently is interested in the Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony could leave the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers, while Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson might join Melo in L.A., or take his talents to the Dallas Mavericks. How will it all play out?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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Mike D'Antoni's resignation has opened up one of the most desirable coaching positions in all of sports. Whoever ends up becoming the Lakers' new head coach won't have it easy, but the chance to win a championship might end up trumping any fears about rebuilding. Some big names have been thrown around -- former NBA coaches, current college coaches, and even a current player -- but who do you think is the strongest candidate?

Lakers coaching candidates

John Calipari

Mike Dunleavy

Derek Fisher

Lionel Hollins

George Karl

Steve Kerr

Kevin Ollie

Kurt Rambis

Byron Scott

Tom Thibodeau

Jeff Van Gundy

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D'Antoni resigns as Lakers coach

Mike D'Antoni has resigned as Los Angeles Lakers head coach after the team declined to pick up his option for 2015-16. D'Antoni didn't exactly cover himself in glory in 2013-14 -- the Lakers' 27 wins were the franchise's fewest since it moved to Southern California -- but the coach was without Kobe Bryant for all but six games and stuck with a team filled mostly with castoffs. In other words, no matter who Los Angeles hires, the team's future still is murky.

Who or what was most to blame for the Lakers' struggles this season?

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  • How many more years does Kobe Bryant have as an elite player?

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  • How would you rate Mike D'Antoni as an NBA head coach?

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Kobe Bryant missed all but six games in 2013-14 due to injury. This forced him to watch as the Los Angeles Lakers set a franchise record for most losses since the team moved to Southern California (55, with one game left). Surprise: He wasn't happy, something he reiterated Wednesday on Twitter, while making a bold proclamation about next season:



Do you agree with Kobe's prediction?


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