Kobe responds to Phil’s critique in coach’s book

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

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.

Some 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.”

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.