When it comes to comparing Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, all points are moot when they're put up against Phil Jackson's (a.k.a the dude who coached the two) comments. Like, come on, what credentials can anybody possibly have against a man with 11 championship rings? So when The Zen Master says Jordan was a better leader and defender than Bryant, you best believe it.

The comment was just another gem in his new book, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success:

"One of the biggest differences between the two stars from my perspective was Michael's superior skills as a leader," Jackson writes. "Though at times he could be hard on his teammates, Michael was masterful at controlling the emotional climate of the team with the power of his presence. Kobe had a long way to go before he could make that claim. He talked a good game, but he'd yet to experience the cold truth of leadershipin his bones, as Michael had in his bones."

"No question, Michael was a tougher, more intimidating defender," Jackson writes. "He could break through virtually any screen and shut down almost any player with his intense, laser-focused style of defense."

The Zen Master has spoken.

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[via ESPN]