“Michael Jordan was Stronger”: When Phil Jackson Revealed the Major Differences Between Kobe Bryant and MJ
2024/04/01

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Kobe Bryant, known for his style and demeanor on the basketball court, drew many comparisons to Michael Jordan. However, Phil Jackson, who coached both players to a combined 11 championships, found more interest in their differences rather than their similarities. In his autobiography, Jackson pointed out that Jordan had a stronger and more athletic physique than Bryant. Jordan's larger hands also allowed him to have better control of the ball. On the other hand, Jackson recognized Bryant's flexibility and referred to him as the "Black Mamba." Despite their differences, Jackson admitted that Bryant is the closest thing to Jordan and has fulfilled the expectation of being the "Next Michael Jordan." He quoted Jordan himself, who agreed that Bryant is the only player who can be compared to him.

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