Phil Jackson Claims Shaq Created Rift with Kobe by Playing 'Clown Role'

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 2:  NBA legend Phil Jackson watches the Los Angeles Lakers play against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on April 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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It appears NBA coaching legend Phil Jackson doesn't really have a problem opening up about the relationship between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

While attending the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, Jackson spoke on the differences between Shaq and Kobe. According to Jackson, he felt the rift between the two future Hall of Famers grew due to the fact that Shaq played the "clown role" on the team.

Jackson opened up on other topics as well at the conference, including Dennis Rodman and the Chicago Bulls.

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