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Phil Jackson made some of the media rounds to promote his new book Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, yet another memoir where Jackson tries to impart his wisdom and tell the stories of his coaching successes.
The book has gotten some notice for Jackson's first-ever public comparions between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan -- a fan boy's dream coming from the one guy who could probably make that comparison having coached both at the height of their careers and to all of their combined 11 championships.
Jackson said of the two that Jordan was a fiercer competitor because he never turned it off even when he stepped off the floor. Kobe is at least in the same ball park though, so he has that going for him even if it does not sit well with the Mamba. Jackson noted that Bryant was a bit more reserved and kept to himself early in his career because of his age.
That was the story Jackson was sticking to when he went on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
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Looks like Phil Jackson won’t be back to coach the Los Angeles Lakers any time too soon. In his new memoir “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success” that will be out next Tuesday, Jackson finally compares Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant as players. Jackson clearly favors MJ over Kobe. Jackson has won 11 championship rings as a coach — six with the Chicago Bulls and five with the...
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In a new book, Phil Jackson writes that charges of a sexual assault committed by Kobe Bryant in 2003 impacted their relationship.
Jackson's daughter, Brooke, had been sexually assaulted by an athlete while she was in college, so Bryant's situation "cracked open an old wound."
Jackson left the Lakers following the 03-04 season.
"The Kobe incident triggered all...
By now we all know the story. The Los Angeles Lakers came into the 2012-2013 with championship aspirations for a team with potentially 4 future Hall of Famers. They struggled out of the gate and decided to fire their then head coach Mike Brown. Speculation runs rampant that the team could bring back legendary coach [...]
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....
There have been many instances where Phil Jackson was asked who he thought was better, Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. Since Jackson coached both superstars he would know better than others who try and weigh in on this issue. When he coached MJ they won six NBA titles together and just one less when Phil was in L.A. with Kobe.
Countless times he was asked and as per usual Phil would...
The Lakers soap opera doesn’t end just because the season does. As Phil Jackson begins press for his new book, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.” excerpts are being released to the public. Phil Jackson weighs in on the age old debate about Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan. Phil compares them as teammates and said that Jordan had the edge in the locker room, in part because...
If there is one person on the planet that could compare Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant it would be Phil Jackson. Just think how lucky Jackson was to coach two of the best players ever to play the game and when NBA titles with them.
Now Jackson is writing a 339 page memoir. The book is titled “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.” And will be on book shelves on Tuesday. In that...