In pictures: Kobe Bryant = Phil Jackson

April, 22, 2012
After a seven-game absence because of a shin injury, Kobe Bryant will play Friday when the Los Angeles Lakers face the San Antonio Spurs (9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN).

But Bryant didn't waste his time on the bench, earning the nickname "Coach Kobe" by all but grabbing the clipboard from Mike Brown and instantly getting frustrated with Andrew Bynumblown away by Andrew Bynum's impressive play.

So where did Bryant learn all his moves? Phil Jackson, duh. And this is not just conjecture. Playbook has uncovered some irrefutable visual evidence that Coach Kobe is indeed a Coach Jackson clone.

Those moves:


Kobe Bryant Phil JacksonGetty Images
Sitting quizzically.

Kobe Bryant Phil JacksonGetty Images
Folding arms.

Kobe Bryant Phil JacksonGetty Images
Asking for five of something.

Kobe Bryant Phil JacksonGetty Images

Kobe Bryant Phil JacksonGetty Images
Shrugging and throwing up hands while glaring.

Kobe Bryant Phil JacksonAP Images/Getty Images
... and getting frustrated by Ron Artest/Metta World Peace.

Phil Jackson and Ron ArtestAP Photo/Jae C. Hong
Kobe BryantAP Photo/Matt York
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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