Phil Jackson clears up 'un-coachable' Kobe Bryant comments

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While Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson are one of the most successful coach/player duos in NBA history, they haven't always seen eye-to-eye. 

Following Jackson's first tenure at the Staples Center that included a three-peat with the Black Mamba and Shaquille O'Neal, he wrote a book that seemingly criticised Kobe, before returning in 2005.

After he went back to the City of Angels, Jackson and Bryant won two more titles and enjoyed great success but there was always an underlying issue.

However, in the latest edition of the Phil Jackson Chronicles, the now- New York Knick president wanted to clear up what happened, and insisted that he never said Kobe was 'un-coachable'.

"(After) Shaq was traded, I didn’t re-sign with the Lakers and I wrote a book," Jackson wrote. 

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"I never really said that Kobe was ‘un-coachable.’ What I did write was that I couldn’t coach him anymore. In any case, Kobe was always sensitive to criticism, so he was hurt by the book."

Whether Kobe was 'un-coachable' or not, he sure had the individual brilliance needed to be a superstar. Jackson could see that from the get-go and it brought incredible success to the Lakers.

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