Kobe Bryant says he learned a lot from Phil Jackson

The evening before Mike D’Antoni was due to arrive in Los Angeles as the new coach of the LakersKobe Bryant was still talking about Phil Jackson.

Jackson’s effect on the Lakers superstar runs deep, so much so that Bryant said his former coach’s teachings still influence every aspect of his game.

“I’m basically the baby zen master,” he said.

When asked if he would have been a member of five NBAchampionship teams if it weren’t for Jackson, Bryant didn’t hesitate.

“Probably not,” he said.

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