Jordan Versus Kobe: Laughable Comparison?

Phil Jackson is breaking his silence in comparing Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan. In his new book entitled "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success," Jackson candidly talks about what separated Michael from Kobe.

The Los Angeles Times provided some details of Jackson's Jordan and Bryant comparison. In terms of advantages, Jordan has  Bryant beat in the leadership department, according to Jackson.

"One of the biggest differences between the two stars from my perspective was Michael's superior skills as a leader," Jackson writes. "Though at times he could be hard on his teammates, Michael was masterful at controlling the emotional climate of the team with the power of his presence.  Kobe had a long way to go before he could make that claim. He talked a good game, but he'd yet to experience the cold truth of leadership in his bones, as Michael had in his bones."

Jackson coached Jordan to six titles with the Chicago Bulls and Bryant to five with the Los Angeles Lakers. Jackson's book will hit the shelves on May 21st. begin inline 1 INLINE QUOTE-BOX MODULE