Phil Jackson compares Jordan and Kobe (2008)





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Published on Jul 14, 2008


This interview took place early 2008
(Summary of Phil's comments)
-Kobe has better skills
-Jordan had amazing hands and was stronger
-Jordan would save his best scoring performances for better competition
-Kobe scores at random, and goes on scoring streaks
-Jordan was a more efficient scorer
-Kobe is probably a better ouside shooter
-Jordan was probably the best inside player ever
-Jordan had more control of the ball

That's my summary, if you think It is not right, just tell me.

Now for my thoughts. I think this is a very interesting video, however we will not know Phil's full thoughts on the two players until he is done coaching Kobe. For example, if Phil thought Jordan was far superior to Kobe, he wouldn't want to say it while he is still coaching him, because that could harm the relationship they have. Also, Jordan had already been in the league for five seasons before Phil started coaching the Bulls, but I doubt it would change Phil's view on Jordan at all had he been his coach since the '85 season. I do not agree with Phil on Kobe having a better skillset. Jordan just was not as flashy. He used simpler moves to produce on either offense or defense more effectively. I also think Jordan had just as good of an outside shot as Kobe, but did not get to show it off until later in his career, because 3's were not used nearly as much as they are today.

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