Better together: Kobe and Phil

Originally Published: June 15, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

ORLANDO -- Maybe we need to start a new theme: Kobe Bryant can't win a championship without Phil Jackson.

The great irony of Bryant's drive for independence from Shaquille O'Neal was that it reinforced the philosophy that you can't do it on your own. Everyone needs help, and the method for Bryant to acquire the greatest individual reward of his career -- the 2009 NBA Finals MVP trophy -- was to buy into the wisdom of his coach and former nemesis. In turn, the final steps of Bryant's ...

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