Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 5/17/13
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In his upcoming book, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success", legendary coach Phil Jackson compared the careers of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. "Michael was more charismatic and gregarious than Kobe," Jackson writes. "He loved hanging out with his teammates and security guards, playing cards, smoking cigars, and joking around. "Kobe is different. He was reserved as a teenager, in part because he was younger than the other players and hadn't developed strong social skills in college. When Kobe first joined the Lakers, he avoided fraternizing with his teammates. But his inclination to keep to himself shifted as he grew older. Increasingly, Kobe put more energy into getting to know the other players, especially when the team was on the road." On Friday, Bryant took to Twitter to respond to Jackon's writings.The comparisons are apples2oranges Wonder what the perception would be if M played wit @shaq instead differentroles differentcareerpaths Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 17, 2013Some other differences Jackson notes in his book are the differences in the two players' defensive skills and accuracy. No surprise Jordan comes out on top. "No question, Michael was a tougher, more intimidating defender," Jackson writes. "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." Bryant is currently recovering from surgery on his left Achilles tendon.
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