Home

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CNN

WOLF BLITZER

Travel
CHINA
Cambodia
Thailand
Phnom Penh
Angkor Wat
Consumer Reports
Thai Police Harass
Benjamin Netanyahu

Sheldon Adelson

SPORTS
JUNIOR SEAU

Michael Jordan exemplified dignity, class and respect for others -- (photo -Steve Lipofsky Basketballphoto.com)

 

Kobe Bryant is driving to be one of the best NBA players ever...the question... is he better than Michael Jordan? - (Keith Allison photo)

 

Former NBA coach Phil Jackson had massaged some of the world's biggest egos to win 11 NBA titles - (NBA photo)

 

 

 

SPORTS NOTES - KOBE BRYANT or MICHAEL JORDAN - Who's The Best?

James Loving/National Radio Text Service

 

 

One of the most agonizing NBA questions of all time is who is the best Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. If anyone knows it's the guy that shared their locker-room that person is their former coach Phil Jackson - Jason Kidd is a great choice to coach the Brooklyn Nets - The 40-year-old Kidd will be taking on the challenge of being an NBA coach without any previous coaching experience. What he possesses you can't teach that being leadership skills - FIFA TOP 10

 

Friday, June 28, 2013

PHIL JACKSON KNOWS WHO'S THE BEST

One of the most agonizing NBA questions of all time is who is the best Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. If anyone knows it's the guy that shared their locker-room that person is their former coach Phil Jackson. Jackson has been talking in part due to his pushing his book "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success." After that question was brought up to him he first claimed that the answer was the person that had the most NBA title rings while noting Jordan had had 6 NBA title rings. With Bryant having won only five that places him second place as to who is the best.

It later came out that Jackson backpedaled a bit by stating that Kobe was like a son to him. As in most paternal relationships the kettle boiled over and Jackson retired following Bryant's emotional outbursts related that the team should be built around him and not then Lakers leader and superstar Shaquille O'Neal. Jordan never made such a he or me ultimatum. It's that attitude that defines the major difference between the two. Bryant insists that he is what a team is all about while Jordan did not.

After the dynamic Batman and Robin duo was eliminated when the Lakers traded O'Neal to the Miami Heat Jackson took the 2004/05 season off to reflect and take care of his health as the emotional strain of the Lakers problems took its toll on his physical well being. Despite turning a fragmented dysfunctional team around to become three peat NBA champions 2000, 2001, 2002 the Lakers disrespected him enough NOT to renew his contract. It was obvious that the Kobe factor had set in and the Lakers organization was going to let Bryant have his way and obey his wishes. In his worming manner he got rid of Shaq and the man that put the Humpty Dumpty Lakers team together again to become winners... THE ZEN MAN coach Phil Jackson. The bottom line is... IT WAS (then & now) KOBE'S TEAM.

Jackson had similar experience with both in a different way. After winning 3-peat NBA titles with Jordan and the Bulls there was tension on the team. Jordan departed to pursue a career in Major League Baseball. He failed and was out of the league for the best part of two seasons. During that time his father was murdered. He returned to the Bulls that included Dennis Rodman who with Scottie Pippen that trio led the team to another 3-peat NBA title run.

What stands out to me is when he was playing baseball I interviewed Pippen and referred to one of Jordan's statements when he was responding to the Bulls NBA title three-peat success he referred to his teammates as his supporting cast. Pippen grumbled when he heard the reference and grunted, "Supporting cast," in disgust. Jordan may have made a verbal slip but his presence was significant was without Jordan Pippen and then rising star Toni Kukoc could not lead the Bulls to another title for the next two seasons. When Kukoc signed with the Bulls he was given a higher salary than Jordan's. That scenario is very telling.

The bottom line is having interviewed and watched the development of the two Bryant from his senior year in high school and Jordan from his college days at North Carolina Jordan wins as being the best. He is stronger, more definitive in involving his teammates than Bryant and didn't sulk when things didn't go his way.

Bryant is moody and resented by some of his teammates. The Shaquille O'Neal incident when he insisted that the team should be built around him and not O'Neal was a defining moment and is an important factor in resolving who is more valuable. Being selfish is not a good attribute. Despite Pippen's resentment of being represented as being a supporting cast when Jordan returned that was not an issue as they bonded in achieving another three consecutive titles. His success with the second three-peat team included an NBA record 72 win season in 1995/96.

Bryant recently expressed his NBA all-time team which includes Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Bill Russell and Abdul Jabbar. The problem is he is too young to really give a more definitive evaluation of talent but there is nothing wrong in that as you are what you eat.

It's necessary to have experience to evaluate who is the best between Bryant and Jordan and Phil Jackson is the man who knows best. Jackson won 6 titles with Jordan and five with Bryant. Jackson had no problems with Jordan but there were emotional flare-ups and problems with Bryant. Now it's up to you to be the judge. To be objective eliminate the Hollyweird factor and base it on basketball and human behavior. In reality does it really matter? To be fair Bryant doesn't have to be better than Jordan as he is a great Kobe Bryant. It's a matter of choice on what type of team you're putting together and how the chemistry of the players and coach bond together or fall apart.

CONTINUED - Better Than Jordan ELGIN BAYLOR - LIGHTENING IN A BOTTLE


JASON KIDD HAS THE RIGHT STUFF

The biggest news on NBA draft day was The Brooklyn Nets obtaining in a trade with the Boston Celtics two of heir former big three Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The icing on top was guard Jason Terry coming to the Big Apple to play for his ex Dallas Mavericks teammate now coach Jason Kidd. As teammates they helped the Mavs win their first NBA title when they blew out the Miami Heat 4 games to 2 to win the 2011 NBA title.

The 40-year-old Kidd will be taking on the challenge of being an NBA coach without any previous coaching experience. What he possesses you can't teach that being leadership skills. Kidd was a sophomore at the University of California when we first started to produce stories on him. Although for the most part he was fresh out of high school he was mature and incisive enough to lead and gain the respect to be the leader of that team.

His NBA career is stellar with rebounding being a strong suite. During his 19 season NBA playing career Kidd represents being the Dennis Rodman for guards in having the ability to grab rebounds from much taller and stronger players averaging (excluding this season) 6 rebounds a game which is better than many forwards and centers in the league. He is humble and has a soft spoken quiet way of getting his point across.

The assemblage of Garnett, Pierce and Terry to team up with Net stars Deron Williams and Brook Lopez have many in the NBA alarmed that this deal brings a team together worthy of winning an NBA title. It would really be interesting if Kidd decides to be a player coach in the role that former NBA star player/coach Lenny Wilkens did for the Seattle Supersonics. At this point the Nets with Kidd at the helm will be the most interesting team to watch in the NBA next season.


FIFA TOP 10 - World Cup runners-up Netherlands on the rise

 

After almost two years of playing only friendly matches, hosts Brazil are finally playing competitive football again and thus gaining a chance of moving up the ranking

The top four of the FIFA World Ranking remain unchanged, with Spain retaining a comfortable lead over Germany, Argentina and Croatia. Behind the leading pack, however, there has been significant movement in the top ten. The Netherlands, who had no matches last month, have benefited from the devaluation of older matches and moved up to 5th at the expense of Portugal (6th, down 1), Colombia (7th, down 1) and England (9th, down 2).

Meanwhile, in the top 20, Belgium (12th, up 3) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (15th, up 6) have reached their highest-ever position since the introduction of the world ranking. Belgium’s leap is thanks to a 4-2 away win in the USA (28th, up 1) at the end of May, while Bosnia-Herzegovina’s unbeaten run now stretches back over a year and comprises eight matches. Two other teams have also achieved their highest-ever position: Mali (23rd, up 3) and Albania (38th, up 5).

The upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil and the latest round of qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will ensure plenty of movement in the next edition of the ranking. After almost two years of playing only friendly matches, hosts Brazil are finally playing competitive football again and thus gaining a chance of moving up the ranking.

The results of 30 friendly matches up to 2 June have been taken into account for the current edition of the ranking, with the results of the World Cup qualification matches on 4 June to be included in the next edition.


Summary

* Leader: Spain (unchanged)

* Moves into top ten: None

* Moves out of top ten: None

* Matches played in total: 30

* Most matches played: Algeria, England, Germany, Latvia, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Republic of Ireland, Sudan, Turkey, USA (2 matches each)

* Biggest move by points: New Zealand (up 118 points)

* Biggest move by ranks: New Zealand (up 30 ranks)

* Biggest drop by points: Senegal (down 97 points)

* Biggest drop by ranks: Senegal (down 23 ranks)


FIFA TOP 10 for June, 2013

Rank -- Team -- Points

1. Spain - 1614

2. Germany - 1416

3. Argentina - 1287

4. Croatia - 1222

5. Netherlands - 1158

6. Portugal - 1137

7. Colombia - 1123

8. Italy - 1097

9. England - 1095

10. Ecuador - 1066

The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on July 4, 2013

FIFA


NATIONAL RADIO PUBLISHED IN 5 LANGUAGES

National Radio text is published in five languages, Thai, French, Russian, Khmer (Cambodian language) and English, Any of our foreign language material and our Roman Wanderaugh columns is legally available ONLY on our National Radio site. Our sports, entertainment and feature programming has been broadcast on over 1000 radio stations


.

© Copyright: National Radio. Any use of these materials, whole or in part, is prohibited unless authorized in writing by National Radio. Contact: nationalradio@yahoo.com - All rights reserved.

 

Los Angeles Lakers
NBA MAX French language
LAKERS BUSTED
Kobe Bryant
Omri Casspi

SPORTS

Colin Kaepernick

Super Bowl Pioneers

Hideki Matsui

Mike Piazza

FIFA Top 10

LUIS SUAREZ
FIFA News
Sepp BLATTER MATTER?

TENNIS

Williams Family

Joe Frazier

RONDA ROUSEY

TIGER WOODS