Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register has a fascinating column detailing the connection between Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant, specifically regarding the design of Bryant’s winning shot in Milwaukee on Wednesday night and its similarity to a certain game-winner Michael Jordan once hit in 1991…
O.C. Register: Jackson started drawing the diagram on his board, designing a play from the backcourt, and Kobe Bryant was baffled. He interrupted with a furrowed brow and started to point toward the scoreboard to remind his longtime coach that only 5.4 seconds remained in overtime, and the Lakers were losing by one.
“Huh?” Bryant actually said in the huddle.
Bryant turned to appeal to co-star Pau Gasol to bring Jackson to his senses. Jackson stopped drawing and just gave Bryant a dead-eyed look that basically said: “Are you going to let me do what I do or what?”
Jackson resumed drawing in the backcourt, and with that, Bryant ceased being surprised.