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Kobe Bryant vs. Phil Jackson

Kobe Bryant vs. Phil Jackson

Los Angeles Lakers 2004

Rarely do player-coach feuds end up in literature, but with Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson anything was possible. The catty Jackson resorted to name-calling in his book “The Last Season,” bandying about a lot of mean words and phrases to describe his former star player. The two did manage to mend fences and win another two rings together, although the sniping did still occasionally flair up when Jackson took his next book to press. Jackson’s retirement certainly has not meant the end of Kobe’s on-court success, although perhaps it is worth noting that No. 24 has never won a ring without Phil Jackson as his coach.