In an interview with FOX Sports Live, former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson shared an interesting tale about a meeting he ranged between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. Jackson told Jordan that he wanted him to “talk to Kobe a little bit” after a game. Specifically he wanted Jordan to tell him to be more patient and wait for the game to come to him instead of forcing it.
“First thing Kobe says is, ‘I could kick your a– one-on-one,’” said Jackson, describing the meeting between the two.
Of course, Jordan took a stab at Kobe once before. When listing off who he’d like to play one and one, Jordan says he’d win every game except maybe against Kobe because “he steals all my moves.”
This video comparing plays shows that there is some merit to that claim. Thought it is only natural for newer players to repeat the moves of their elders and add in their own touch. That is how influence works in any industry.