After his first tour of duty with the Lakers, Phil Jackson wrote a book and in it said that Kobe Bryant was “uncoachable.” Then he came back as coach to win two more titles. Said all the right things about Kobe.
But now he’s gone and written another book. And while he didn’t exactly take pot shots at the Kobester… he did says Bryant comes up short in comparisons to another super star Jackson coached — Michael Jordan.
The book is “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.” He says M.J. was the better team mate. “Michael was more charismatic and gregarious than Kobe. He loved hanging out with his teammates and security guards, playing cards, smoking cigars, and joking around.” Phil diplomatically suggests that Kobe is more reserved. But added that Jordan was by far the superior leader.
Of more importance, Phil says if Michael’s shot wasn’t falling…. he would concentrate more on defense or getting his team mates involved. While Kobe “will pound away relentlessly until his luck turns.” He adds, “No question, Michael was a tougher, more intimidating defender.”
While Kobe has played it down in recent years there is little doubt his dream as a youngster was to at least “be like Mike” if not surpass Jordan as the best ever. The one guy whose opinion counts the most apparently believes it’s still no contest.