Kobe Bryant elaborates on Michael Jordan comparison

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CHICAGO - The Kobe Bryant farewell tour passes through Chicago for the final time tonight.

It's a special stop for Bryant, who grew up idolizing Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

As a kid living in Italy, Bryant studied film on as many NBA players as he could get his hands on.

But, when he moved to the States and realized he wasn't going to be 6'9" he "started studying Michael exclusively."

Anyone who's watched Bryant play can plainly see Jordan's influence - from his intense demeanor in both practices and games to the eerily similar shooting style, tongue and all.

Before taking the floor at the United Center one last time, Bryant elaborated on why he thinks the two are compared so often.

The game kicks off tonight on WGN at 7:00 pm, with pregame at 6:30 pm.