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Kobe responds to Phil Jackson comparing him to Michael Jordan

By Royce Young | NBA writer

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You know how Phil Jackson essentially picked Michael Jordan over Kobe Bryant while measuring the two against each other recently?

Big shocker here: Kobe didn't like that.

After Jackson said he'd take Jordan in defense, leadership and other areas, Bryant responded on Twitter.

Bryant's rebuttal kind of makes sense, but not entirely. Because the areas in which Jackson picked Jordan --- leadership, physical strength, defense, etc. -- really don't have anything to do with who Bryant did or didn't play with. I think Bryant is among the many who probably are misunderstanding or misrepresenting what Jackson said by taking it like this was some statement MJ was superior in every way to Bryant.

An example from Jackson's comparison:

"One of the biggest differences between the two stars from my perspective was Michael's superior skills as a leader," Jackson wrote. "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 all honesty, though, the fact this is at all a discussion and that Jackson finally felt it necessary to compare the two should illustrate how great Bryant has been.

Because really, he's the only current player whose resume you could try and stack up against Jordan's. That's really been unforunate for Bryant in some ways, because while he can't measure to Jordan, he's the only player who even remotely has a case. And people love to argue and discuss this stuff, so therefore, Bryant kind of gets the short end when it comes to this.

 
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