Phil Jackson says Michael Jordan is better than Kobe Bryant

The Zen Master says Jordan was better than Kobe

5/17/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Blog Photo - Phil Jackson says Michael Jordan is better than Kobe BryantKobe Bryant is one of the few modern athletes who are in the conversation for the best NBA player of all time. Obviously Michael Jordan is the frontrunner, but Kobe is one of the few who have been compared to him.

The guy with the most interesting perspective would definitely be Phil Jackson, who has coached both of them to multiple championships.

In his new book, Jackson doesn't shy away from the comparison

"One of the biggest differences between the two stars from my perspective was Michael's superior skills as a leader. Though at times he could be hard on his teammates, Michael was masterful at controlling the emotional climate of the team with the power of his presence.  Kobe had a long way to go before he could make that claim. He talked a good game, but he'd yet to experience the cold truth of leadership in his bones, as Michael had in his bones.

"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.

"In general, Kobe tends to rely more heavily on his flexibility and craftiness, but he takes a lot of gambles on defense and sometimes pays the price

"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.

Jackson makes it pretty clear that he considers Jordan to be the better player, and by a significant margin.

It shouldn't really surprise anyone, however. Everything he says is pretty spot-on. Jordan was known for his defense. Kobe is an excellent defender, but isn't quite on MJ's level. And very few people have ever been able to   score as well as Jordan.

It's certainly no knock on Kobe that he's not as good as Jordan. But many people (mostly Lakers fans) try to make the case for Kobe. Hopefully, Jackson's breakdown will let them know how ridiculous their argument is.
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5/17/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

(Edited by MortonsLaw)

The one thing I love most about Jordan is how humble he was when asked if he's the greatest of all-time. He said he can't answer that because he never played against Oscar Robertson or Elgin Baylor. How many players today would know any player from 20-30 years before them. Most players have no knowledge of their own team's history, forget anyone else.