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Phil Jackson wanted Kobe to be more like Lebron




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In a recent interview with HBO Real Sports, Jackson opined on how the Heat are utilizing James this season. Here's the transcript via the Palm Beach Post:

"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."

A few things are interesting here. First, Jackson's words reinforce something that's been true ever since James graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as a high schooler. Everyone wanted LeBron to be Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant or Magic Johnson, but the thing that we often miss -- and should embrace -- is that James is uniquely great. James is James. He is not Jordan or Bryant or Johnson, and that's OK.



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so Kobe > Lebron





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I'm sure he did want him to be a significantly better basketball player





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this thread

I do not want






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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.”

Pretty sure Kobe would rather be compared to Michael than Scottie.






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the NBA season cannot come to a conclusion fast enough





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What does Phil know anyway? Shit, had this been about Durant, who I am also a fan of, the thread would have been more like this:






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He is not Jordan or Bryant or Johnson, and that's OK.








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LeBron


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he was like Scottie Pippen was to the Bulls


i remember when someone laughed when i said that lebron = pippen






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i remember when someone laughed when i said that lebron = pippen



He's a better version of Pippen though, which is amazing because Pippen was really freaking good.






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exactly





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20 pages?





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There's a difference between saying they're used similarly and LeBron = Pippen





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There's a difference between saying they're used similarly and LeBron = Pippen



meh






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He's a better version of Pippen though,


lebron doesnt remind me much of pippen. at all.






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LeBron's usage %s are much higher.

I don't like the comparison either.






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he doesn't remind you of a SF that could lockdown the 1-5.....had mad hops...decent shooter from beyond the arc, but had an amazing mid-range game...and would rather defer to the player with more of a killer mentality.


lbj is just a better version of all of that.






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and would rather defer to the player with more of a killer mentality.
His career is far from over and is quickly shedding that image.






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