Remember when Kobe Bryant told Michael Jordan he could kick his ass?

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Phil Jackson does.

And he told the anecdote to Fox Sports today.

The man who coached both superstars revealed that the pair's first meeting was a fairly frosty affair.

Jackson had asked Jordan to speak to Kobe after a Lakers game in 1999 in the hope that the wise elder statesman could hand out some useful advice to the young Bryant:

"I think if you convince him to just wait, just be patient allow the game to come to him...because the team kind of loses their offensive direction," Jackson said.

But it seems like Kobe, never one to downplay his own ability, was far from appreciative of the proposed pep talk:

"The first thing Kobe says is, 'I could kick your ass one-on-one."

So it seems like two of the greatest players ever to play the game did not begin their relationship on the best of terms - we can only speculate on Jordan's reply.

But I think we are safe to assume he would back himself.

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