Jackson sometimes chides Bryant -- too many shots, too few passes -- but on Monday, he was in a complimentary mood.
"Kobe's plying as well [or] better than he did last year. Most of that is simply because he's been our leader," Jackson said. "He's more determined in that aspect."
"Most of it's the push, it's the drive. Every game he comes out and there's a purpose that these guys have to play for," Jackson said. "There's a reason to go out there and win, there's a motivation that he provides by always pressing the team forward.
"A lot of times it overrides guys. They get upset that they're not getting as many shots or something, but he says, 'OK, come get the ball. If you want to take it from me, you've got to show you're as hungry to score, as hungry and aggressive as I am.' That's the leadership that he provides."