Kobe’s Thoughts On Phil Jackson

11/10/12 in NBA   |   aaronjchung   |   264 respect

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While the front office of the Los Angeles Lakers have to use more tact in regards to   what they say about their hiring process, Kobe Bryant doesn’t need a filter. 
“You guys know how I feel about Phil," Bryant said. "The one thing that's kind of always bothered me is that his last year (in 2011) I wasn't able to give him my normal self, you know what I mean? Because I was playing on one leg. That's always eaten away at me. The last year of his career I wasn't able to give him everything I had. He's too great of a coach to go out that way," Bryant said. "That's my personal sentiment. For me, it was just … I took it to heart because I couldn't give it everything that I had, because my knee was shot. That's always kind of bothered me."
However, Bryant himself isn’t sure whether Phil Jackson will be coming back or not. 
"Knowing him the way I do, I think it's really just a matter of health," Bryant said. "If he feels physically up to doing it, he's a perfectionist and we all know he's a perfectionist. If he feels like he can come here and give what he demands of himself, then I think he'd be interested."
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