Kobe responds to Phil's critique in coach's book
MAY 17, 2013 1:18p ET
"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."
See Jackson discussing the Kobe/MJ comparisons, his future, Mike D'Antoni and more on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday:
On Friday, Bryant took to Twitter to respond to Jackson's writings.
"No question, Michael was a tougher, more intimidating defender," Jackson writes.
Listen friends of bball; don’t get hung up on words. I was most fortunate to have the chance to coach two of the greatest gds. EVER MJ/Kobe— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) May 17, 2013
"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."
Jeanie Buss, who's engaged to Jackson, daughter of late Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and currently serves as the Lakers executive vice president of business operations, had this to say on Friday.
Bryant is currently recovering from surgery on his left Achilles tendon.
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