I don't think anyone said anything bad about Kobe except that he is way too competitive. Indeed Kobe copied all the moves, but that's how basketball works, you get a move and work on it till you make it yours. I think hes IQ is off the roof and he used to be a great player, yes he didn't pass a lot but he was a game server and basically did everything to win.
The comparison with Jordan is a bit overrated as I don't think you can compare them, they played in different eras, with different styles of the game. Just think about it how center oriented the NBA was before Jordan came, everyone was looking for a center. Now it's all about the guards.