You never know what you have until it’s gone. Or someting like that. Here’s the Los Angeles Daily News Blog reporting:

Kobe Bryant

“I love Kobe Bryant. I consider him like my son,” Jackson told Seth Davis in an interview aired on I consider him as someone who I had a tense relationship with, but something that has mellowed through the course of the years.”

Still, Jackson hardly avoided uncomfortable topics surrounding Bryant in his interview with Davis.

Jackson noted how Bryant’s thirst for scoring often made him a difficult teammate. He acknowledged asking the Lakers’ front office to trade Bryant during his first stint with the Lakers Jackson even admitted that Bryant’s eventually dismissed sexual assault charge in 2003 tainted his view toward his player partly because his daughter was an assault victim while dating an athlete in college.