Former NBA coach and current analyst Mark Jackson made headlines not long ago when he offered his take on who was superior between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
This week, the 56-year-old waded into a series of similarly complex debates.
Recently, during an appearance on Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay podcast, Jackson was asked to weigh in on an interesting question.
What is superior: Michael Jordan’s athleticism or Stephen Curry’s shooting?
“That’s an easy call for me,” he said. “I would take Steph’s shooting. Because we haven’t seen guys with Jordan’s athleticism, but we’ve seen athletes at the playground that never made it. If you can shoot like Stephen Curry, you’ll be alright.”
Jackson was then presented with another tough one: Shaquille O’Neal’s dominance or Tim Duncan’s fundamentals?
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“Give me the dominance,” he replied. “Give me Shaq’s dominance.”
Jackson is a very polarizing figure – which explains why he is currently blackballed from coaching at the NBA level. If he is ever given a second shot in the pro ranks, it’ll be fascinating to see how he performs. Many believe he laid the foundation for what would eventually become the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty. A second similar showing would either cement his legacy, or expose his skills for being overblown.
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