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Over the years, getting legendary NBA head coach Phil Jackson to compare Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant was damn near impossible. But in Jackson’s forthcoming new book, a memoir titled Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, he does just that. Basically, it seems like the Zen Master gives the edge to Air Jordan.
The Los Angeles Time printed some excerpts of the book where Coach Jackson compares the NBA Hall of Famer and the sure to be first ballot Hall of Famer.
On their skills as team leaders:
“Michael was more charismatic and gregarious than Kobe. He loved hanging out with his teammates and security guards, playing cards, smoking cigars, and joking around,” Jackson said in the book, which was obtained in advance by The Times.
“Kobe is different. He was reserved as a teenager, in part because he was younger than the other players and hadn’t developed strong social skills in college. When Kobe first joined the Lakers, he avoided fraternizing with his teammates. But his inclination to keep to himself shifted as he grew older. Increasingly, Kobe put more energy into getting to know the other players, especially when the team was on the road.”
On their defense:
“No question, Michael was a tougher, more intimidating defender. He could break through virtually any screen and shut down almost any player with his intense, laser-focused style of defense,” said Jackson, who coached Jordan to six championships and Bryant to five.
“Kobe has learned a lot from studying Michael’s tricks, and we often used him as our secret weapon on defense when we needed to turn the direction of a game. In general, Kobe tends to rely more heavily on his flexibility and craftiness, but he takes a lot of gambles on defense and sometimes pays the price.”
On getting buckets:
“Michael was more likely to break through his attackers with power and strength, while Kobe often tries to finesse his way through mass pileups,” Jackson wrote. “Michael was stronger, with bigger shoulders and a sturdier frame. He also had large hands that allowed him to control the ball better and make subtle fakes.
“Jordan was also more naturally inclined to let the game come to him and not overplay his hand, whereas Kobe tends to force the action, especially when the game isn’t going his way. When his shot is off, Kobe will pound away relentlessly until his luck turns. Michael, on the other hand, would shift his attention to defense or passing or setting screens to help the team win the game.”
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success is in stores Tuesday, May 21.
So, if you had to pick one, who would it be; the Black Mamba or Air Jordan? Let us know in the comments and check out some of our favorite MJ vs. Kobe pics in the gallery.
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The Carmelo colorways continue with a Black/Neo Turquoise installment of the Jordan Melo M9. A carbon fiber graphic covers the majority of the upper paneling, with shiny hits tagging the tongue and toe box. Neo turquoise brightens up the branding, cushioning, and Flywire support, with an icy oustole finishing off this release. The Jordan Melo M9 is available now at Finish Line.
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The Air Jordan 4 has a classic silhouette, but new colorways slapped onto the Tinker Hatfield designed shoe can be either be hit or miss. You can consider this “Stealth” colorway a home run.
“Stealth” is just one nickname since it can also just as easily be called “Oreo” or “Shadow.” The black and grey shoe also has a speckled midsole while the upper appears to be suede and nubuck. You can trust that these will be off racks and sold out online before you can nab a pair if you half step on getting yours. No word on when these will exactly be dropping, so stay tuned.
Check out early photos of the Air Jordan 4 “Stealth” in the gallery. We also threw in some new pics of the UNC PE version of Michael Jordan’s fourth signature sneaker in there, too.
Will you cop? Let us know in the comments.
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The venerable Air Jordan 1 arrives in stores this month in a simple and clean Cool Grey colorway, executed in a mid-top silhouette and an upper dressed entirely in tonal leather. Contrasting hits of white appear at the laces, midsole and signature Jumpman and Wings logos, while the rest of the shoe is draped in neutral Cool Grey. Familiar details — including a nylon tongue and sturdy cupsole construction with a concealed Air-Sole unit — draw a direct line to the original Air Jordan 1 from 1985. Find the kicks in stock now at select Jordan Brand retailers, including Rock City Kicks.
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A colorway that has been utilized by the Jordan camp on a range of other footwear silhouettes in the past sees a return today in the form of the celebrated Air Jordan 4 model. Having seen a few releases lately in various colorways, the latest iteration is relatively understated in its execution with a predominantly Stealth black upper that is juxtaposed against a speckled midsole and a pure white outsole. Hits of tonal grey play a role in the outer toe border and tongue Jumpman tag while contrasting hits are also given exposure on the inner lining and lace hoops. Release date information is still unannounced — stay tuned for further information on this drop.
Grantland takes us back to the younger years through the latest installment of their “Story Time with Jalen Rose” series. In this episode, Rose recounts his experience playing against a Wizards-era Michael Jordan. Watching Jordan play during his championship run with the Bulls, Rose found himself surprisingly confident when playing against Jordan in a different context. With an already notorious penchant for expressive commentary, Rose succeeded in his quest to challenge Jordan, but ultimately, committed some ‘personal fouls’ in the process. Enjoy the humorous video above.
Gas mask aficionado Freehand Profit carved up a pair of Air Jordan 4 “Fire Red” to create his latest piece. Inspired by the mask of Marvel Comic’s Ironman, the Air Jordan 4 “Fire Red” Gas Mask features red outlined eyes slots that are similar to its super hero counterpart. This mask also features a unique nosepiece, and the soles are brought together to form a mouth. The “Fire Red” 4 mask was made specifically for the people at Drunk Off Shoes in Montreal, but you can follow Freehand on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with his latest exploits.
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J.R. Smith may not have had his best shooting night in Game 4 against the Pacers, but he did bring the heat. Before switching to the Nike Hyperdunk Low in Indianapolis, Smith rocked a PE pair of Air Jordan 5s. This makeup appears to be a borrowed exclusive from teammate Quentin Richardson, sporting bright orange and purple from his Phoenix Suns days. Check out Smith’s kicks and see who wore what in last night’s double-header in this playoff edition of Kicks On Court.
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Kickasso is at it again, and this time he’s making a custom pair of the Air Jordan 11 for his client Joe Haden. The Air Jordan 11 “Gold Brick” Custom features the “Playoff” 11 silhouette as the base with gold patent leather instead of black. Will Joe Haden rock these in post-game conferences in the upcoming NFL season? Stay tuned to Nice Kicks for any further information.
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