In the midst of the Lakers' six-game trip, on a cold night in Toronto, Jackson did something that was unexpected.
He compared Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
It was brief by design because he typically bristles when asked to compare two of the best he ever coached, but it was an analysis nonetheless, despite its brevity.
"They're two of a kind competitively," he said. "Kobe's probably a better outside shooter, Michael a better post-up player."