Phil Jackson has had the pleasure to coach two of the best shooting guards of all-time in Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. While he would rarely compare the two as a head coach, he is not shy with the comparisons in his new book.
While the book is yet to be released, the LA Times have gotten hold of a copy and shared some interesting quotes. Judging by the quotes that are offered, it is very clear who Jackson prefers. Here is a little teaser:
“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,”
“No question, Michael was a tougher, more intimidating defender. He could break through virtually any screen and shut down almost any player with his intense, laser-focused style of defense,”
“Michael was stronger, with bigger shoulders and a sturdier frame. He also had large hands that allowed him to control the ball better and make subtle fakes.
“Jordan was also more naturally inclined to let the game come to him and not overplay his hand, whereas Kobe tends to force the action, especially when the game isn’t going his way. When his shot is off, Kobe will pound away relentlessly until his luck turns. Michael, on the other hand, would shift his attention to defense or passing or setting screens to help the team win the game.”
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success is to be released on Tuesday, May 21st. Other than comparisons of the above-mentioned players, Jackson shares other pivotal moments and interesting stories about his illustrious coaching career.
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