Saturday , Jan , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Read Books Phil Jackson Gives Him

 Kobe Bryant, who rolls his eyes whenever Jackson gives him a book, probably won’t be perusing what Jackson handed him: "Montana 1948," a Larry Watson novel about a middle-class Montana family torn apart by a scandal in the late 1940s.

"He never reads my books so I got him a book about Montana," Jackson said Thursday. "I’m not looking forward to having a review from him. It was about a part of the country I grew up in, so it was something special for me to give it to him."

Pau Gasol was given "2666," an 898-page novel by Roberto Bolano that focuses on hundreds of unsolved murders in northern Mexico.

"Pau’s a reader," Jackson said. "He’s got himself a tome right there."