Lakers in Photos: Coaching Kobe

Kobe Bryant: "I think [the relationship between Jackson and Bryant] has grown in the sense in that he understands me more as a person. Back in the day, he felt like he had to try to get to me, get inside my head and he doesn't need to do that, because I'm already wired. ... So now, he empowers me to lead the troops and I in turn understand him better." (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)