Phil Jackson Wanted Kobe to Be More Like Lebron…Didn’t Quite Work Out
Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in NBA history.
They will be talking about his game for many years to come, but Phil Jackson was smoking that really good weed if he ever thought Kobe would ever adjust his game to be a pass first player.
Here is Phillip talking about how Lebron is being deployed in the NBA Finals and how he wished Kobe would have been able to be that type of player.
“Oh, they’re– they’re using LeBron every possible way they can. He’s such a great player. I still think his game is gonna grow. I still think it’s gonna grow. But he was like Scottie Pippen was to the Bulls. He’s maybe a pass first and shoot second player. Whereas, you know, Michael or Kobe are like, “I’m gonna shoot this ball.” Every time they get the ball, they’re looking to score. LeBron’s not like that. And I love that about him. But he also, when he goes after scoring, he’s also terrific. You want a player that can do both. I tried to get Kobe to do both for numbers of years, and he could. But his first instinct is to beat the guy that’s in front of him.”
Many people forget than Lebron played a lot of point guard in high school, I always thought his passing skills were better than his offensive skills.
His offensive game has evolved to the point he is pretty much unstoppable, but he is still about finding the open man and the all around game.
You need players like that, but you also need stone cold killers like Kobe Bryant.
Two different players who shouldn’t even be compared because they are nothing alike and careers aren’t very comparable at this point.