Kobe Bryant has never hurt for confidence. And when you’re as accomplished as the Black Mamba, it’s hard to blame him. But despite five NBA championship rings, 15 All-Star appearances, and an MVP award, Bryant is still considered by many to be a lesser player than Michael Jordan, according to USA TODAY.
During an interview with Fox Sports Live, Phil Jackson shared an anecdote from one of the first times Kobe and MJ met. After a Lakers game the year following Jordan’s second retirement in 1999, Jackson asked his former superstar in Chicago to talk to his new talisman in Los Angeles a little bit.
“Let’s meet in the chairman’s room after the game, I want you to talk to Kobe a little,” Jackson recalled asking Jordan. “I think if you convince him to just wait, just be patient allow the game to come to him … because the team kind of loses their offensive direction.”
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