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J.R. Smith decides to taunt Kobe

Feb 24, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

nba_smith.jpgIt takes a certain confidence for an opposing player to snipe at the indisputable Western Conference favorite Los Angeles Lakers, and something between arrogance and complete stupidity for an opposing player to take a shot at Kobe Bryant. If that’s not a cue for the Nuggets’ J.R. Smith, then I don’t know what is. Here’s what Smith had to say about Kobe on Twitter (via the OC Register):

“Dont get me wrong kobe is great but not when he play me”

Not only is Kobe one of the best players in the league, but he’s competitive beyond belief and just about the last guy on the planet that you’d want to give bulletin board material to. Considering the Nuggets and Lakers could very well have a date in the Western Conference Finals, I wouldn’t say it’s the smartest thing in the world to give Bryant extra motivation…especially considering Smith’s fleeting interest in defense.

And for the record, Kobe is averaging 26 points (46.2% FG, 45.5% 3FG), six rebounds, and an assist against Denver. That’s technically a notch below his season averages of 28.0 points (46.5% FG, 35.5% 3FG), 5.4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game, though Bryant is averaging three less shot attempts per game against the Nuggets.

The two teams — plus Smith and Bryant — meet in a nationally televised game Sunday.

  1. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    What is a Pu dollar dollar y?

  2. edd - Feb 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    JR’s game is as forgettable as his name…oh, and Kobe just remember MJ is still and will always be da man. While I’m here, Lebron, hit a free throw.

  3. Skids - Feb 25, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    I’m sure he hit the game winning shot just because he remembered what this idiot said. He’s good but he’s not the Great One.
    JR Smith is a neverwas, he’s a bum.

  4. Eric - Feb 25, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    J R is simply more physical talent than brain. I’m a Nuggets fan and evryone knows J R is an idiot.

  5. jxhopper - Feb 26, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Is this guy “JR Smith” a total retard or what? Kobe lights up that no defense playing scrub at will, always has.
    This moron is delusional. If he can stay out of nba suspension (or jail), he may just get the leopard out of the tree again.
    PS… who is this mental midget “JR Smith” and what has he ever done?
    Oh yeah… he’s a fake wanna be thug who thinks he is significant.

  6. Laker N brooklyn kid - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    oh my god, this chile is craZy………

  7. Laker fan brooklyn kid - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    A man pushes a car in during the morning commute in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, Feb. 26. A windy winter storm moving through the Northeast knocked out power and caused travel delays.

  8. Nick - Feb 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    I hate all this BS about ‘motivation’. If a player is so scared of another player that he won’t say anything to him, lest he get’s ‘motivated’, then that player doesnt have the nuts to play professional sports.
    JR Smith and the Nuggets should walk into a series against the Lakers with confidence that they’ll beat Kobe and his team. Anything short of that, and they’ll get lynched. While I dont necessarily advise trash-talking, i think an NBA player needs confidence and belief in himself – he shouldnt be subservient to his opponents!

  9. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 27, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    That’s one mean stuff, this JR dude (who he?) is smoking. Hasn’t the NBA called on the services of the DEA?

  10. capimex - Feb 28, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    all i have to say is….Ruben Patterson. And get Kobe’s D**k out ya mouf fool. lol

  11. capimex - Feb 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    all i have to say is….Ruben Patterson. And get Kobe’s D**k out ya mouf fool. lol

  12. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 28, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Lakers just handed the Nuggets a loss. So, Smith, you were saying? You were even hardly a factor and Kobe dished out 12 assists for good measure. Take that, wannabe!

  13. Waffel Rezepte - Mar 1, 2010 at 10:32 AM

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  14. reddgirl - Mar 1, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    The site for girls knitting and sewing in under lifestyle. This is for sports, if you want to vent on a social issue, take it to your mom, maybe she will listen to you. If you can’t hang with the boys talking sports, get off the site.
    BTW, I’m a female, and I hate it when men can’t stay on point.

  15. MJ - Mar 1, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Melo a champion with no NBA rings? In the words of Weezy about Kobe…”Str8 up outta high school…the brackets ain’t for me!”…ON TO THE NEXT ONE!

  16. Mamba24 08 - Mar 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Remember the Western Conf. Finals last year?? did JR stopped Kobe??
    man!! what a stupid thing to say…

  17. Justin - Mar 1, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Who IS JR Smith?
    Half his family probably does not know who the hell he is
    Kobe would pimpslap this fool anyday of the week

  18. young jr - Mar 3, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Mann look, j r is to nice for him

  19. w.danjin - Mar 5, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    broke toe!

  20. mania16 - Mar 13, 2010 at 3:23 AM

    Either you are the biggest chump who thinks they know basketball—or you are jsut as stupid as jr smith

  21. George Gaines - Mar 17, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    JR you need to first get a ring, just one Kobe has three or for. So go ahead and mess with the Black Mamba I just hope yuour ready to play some defense. Because if you meet the Lakers in the playoffs I’m sure it’s going to be on!!! Free country just don’t get mad… Good luck your going to need it.

  22. TSquared - Mar 18, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    LOL, you know what’s a bit funny! If you look at JR Smith on the court atleast a few times this year, he’s even rockin’ KOBE’s shoes!! I think he’s trying to stur up something b/c the Lakers struggle when Kobe is chucking it up 35 times a night; and I’m a die hard Laker fan! Oh yeah, remember Ruben Patterson, the “Kobe Stopper” how exactly did that work out?!? HA!

  23. Alexandra - Apr 3, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Ever heard of a comma, Mr. Grammatically Correct?
    http://bilge-kagan.org

  24. kc - May 3, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    your an idiot no he is not

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