November 22, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Former NBA star Alonzo Mourning says Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has developed such a floor presence during the playoffs that he can't figure out what exactly it is coach Phil Jackson is doing on the bench.
Mourning says Bryant is the one who is driving the mission of the current Laker team. He says the communication level with his teammates has been especially obvious in the finals against Orlando.
Mourning was speaking Wednesday on a teleconference promoting next month's Amercian Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe.
"I think Phil is just showing up, to tell you the truth, and Kobe is doing all the work to make this team successful," he said.
Mourning, who won an NBA title with the Miami Heat, retired this year.