In the annals of NBA history, there were few coach and player relationships like Phil Jackson/Kobe Bryant but after years of reflection, it appears that the Zen Master is looking fondly upon Mr. Bryant.
In a recent interview with Seth Davis, Phil talks about Kobe in the light of a father/son relationship:
“I love Kobe Bryant. I consider him like my son,” Jackson told Seth Davis in an interview aired on Campusinsiders.com. I consider him as someone who I had a tense relationship with, but something that has mellowed through the course of the years.”
So, Shaq was the zany cousin, I guess?
Phil Jackson views Kobe as a son [Inside the Lakers]
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