Kobe Bryant: How Will Lakers All-Star Fare Under A New Head Coach?
Kobe Bryant Will Have To Work With A New Head Coach For The First Time In Five Years
Kobe Bryant has been in the NBA for 14 years. In that time he has won an MVP award, six NBA Championships, been named to 13 straight all-star games and a nine-time first-team all-NBA selection. He has only won championships under one head coach, though: Phil Jackson.
Can Kobe Bryant win a championship with another coach?
It's unfair to judge Bryant the last time he played for a coach other than Jackson, which was in 2004-05, because the team was rebuilding and in no position to contend in the Western Conference.
But you can't dismiss the impact that Jackson has had on Bryant's career. Their history has been very well documented, and even though they didn't always see eye to eye there is a deep level of respect between the two men.
Rumors have the Lakers interested in Rick Adelman because his coaching style is so similar to Jackson. But, and I know this is the most obvious statement ever made, he is not, in fact, Phil Jackson.
Bryant will be fine under a new coach, learning the new system, but there is something about the way Jackson was able to manage him that made their dynamic so unique.
Whoever the Lakers hire to be their next head coach - Bryant has publicly endorsed Lakers assistant Brian Shaw - they have to know how to coach Bryant, because this team is going to go as far as he is able to take them.
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