Phil: I would take Russell before MJ
At this point you have to ask what won’t Phil Jackson say.
Kobe shared his opinion of the comparison.
Well, get ready for this one. In an interview with Time magazine, Jackson said he would take former Celtics legend Bill Russell instead of Michael Jordan to start a team.
Russell, who won an NBA record 11 titles during his playing career, is considered the ultimate winner by many. But Jordan, who won six titles during his career, never lost a Finals series.
This is somewhat of a shocking answer by Jackson, who won 11 titles during his coaching career, because he coached Jordan during his six titles.