Phil Jackson says Mamba “went beyond Michael in his attitude towards training”.

Having coached both legends at the very height of their respective powers, the Zen-meister knows Kobe and MJ pretty much as well as anyone, basketball-wise.

And,  like (almost) everyone else, he acknowledges that Jordan was the better overall player.

But answering a question from the NY Post about Carmelo Anthony, Jackson revealed that Kobe had the edge when it came to training.

Q: Is Kobe Bryant the model for Carmelo Anthony?

A: “No. No one can approach that. I don’t expect anybody to be able to model their behavior after that, although Kobe modeled his behavior a lot about Michael Jordan, but he went beyond Michael in his attitude towards training, and I know Mike would probably question me saying that, but he did.”

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