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Phil Jackson: Kobe ain’t as good as Jordan

Chuck - Red's Army March 14, 2011 Uncategorized 4 Comments

Via Slam Magazine (and LA Times):

“Kobe has patterned himself after Michael, and there are a lot of identical things there, but it’s one thing to hope to be like him, it’s another thing to be like him.” So when Jackson’s next book comes out, and it will, will Jackson reveal who he thinks was best — Jordan or Bryant?

“We have to take Michael Jordan out of the equation. Stop comparing anyone to Michael Jordan. It’s just not fair. He was remarkable. Kobe’s in his own sphere. He doesn’t shoot the same percentage [.455] as Michael [.497]. He has the same characteristics as Michael, but he’s not the same player. It takes nothing away from him — he’s a great player in his own right.”

Jackson then tells a story about Jordan playing 27 holes of golf before a playoff game against Miami — in which he scored 56 points. “He had this unbelievable amount of energy that I’ve never seen anybody have,” says Jackson, who wasn’t thrilled with Kobe’s late-night extra practice in Miami. “We’d play three games in four nights on the road and he’d be better the third night than the first. Remarkable.”

Phil despises Kobe Bryant.. flat-out despises everything about him. This hatred for Kobe is the only thing I like about Phil.

Once Jackson retires from the Lakers and has time to write another book – we are going to hear all sorts of unflattering stories about Kobe. Count on it.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/fishersmuscles Fisher’s Muscles

    I think Phil’s just trying to send a message to Kobe that he needs to start playing better (passing the ball more). I don’t think he would give an honest opinion on that until after his career to avoid hurting Kobe’s, or maybe even Jordan’s, feelings. In the end he’ll probably just say they are different players that have different strength’s (shooting for Kobe, driving for Jordan).

  • http://profile.typepad.com/iamsaws iamsaws

    Can we all finally just agree that Jordan is the G.O.A.T no questions, no discussion.
    There is noone and might never be anyone better.
    He is the Babe Ruth of Basketball. PERIOD.
    In my opinion he is the greatest player at his respective sport to ever live.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/licktheglassitol Classless

    Argument ender: Kobe won 3 titles when a) he wasn’t even close to his peak and b) with one of the greatest centers of all time in his absolute prime. Jordan won 6 titles with no big men of cosequence and depending on absolute efficiency from Pippen’s game and his own game (something Kobe has never had).

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p014e5fde340f970c Wowzers

    However, there is an argument, and that argument will never end. There will be those that claim that Kobe Bryant will be the greatest of all time. Thus, there is no such thing as an argument ender, because there will always be those who argue for Kobe Bryant.