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Lakers all kiss Kobe's a–

Mar 18, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

Thumbnail image for Bryant_game2.jpgKobe Bryant can dominate the ball and take the Lakers out of their offense. In other breaking news, the sun rises in the East and Kirstie Alley may have put on a few pounds.

So Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles asked the Lakers shooting coach Craig Hodges if anyone stands up to Kobe on this team, if anyone who tells him to start moving the ball and sharing.

“No,” Hodges says flatly when I ask him at one point in the first half if any players on the team stand up to Kobe Bryant and critique him if he does something detrimental to the team. On this occasion it was Bryant not sprinting back on defense after turning the ball over with a bad pass.

“Not one. They all kiss his a–.”

Welcome to the modern NBA locker room — nobody really stands up to LeBron James, and Hodges admits nobody on his Bulls stood up to Jordan. Nobody barks at the Alpha Dog. And Phil Jackson just lets everybody figure things out for themselves, learning lessons that stick better that way.

Lakers fans may not like the waiting, may not like the lack-of-urgency, but Hodges expouses what other coaches ad players say — the Lakers are bored with the season but they can flip the switch fast.

More so than confidence, Hodges thought that the Lakers were just a little bored with the season.

“There’s enough games left now to really feel the need to be ready for the playoffs and our energy is getting to that playoff mentality.”

This is a really great piece by McMenamin. Hodges is honest and expresses his love for Andrew Bynum and his frustration that the Lakers don’t run the triangle well this season. He talks about Tex Winter (who coached Hodges in college). About how long Bryant can play.

Just don’t expect any Kobe bashing. Hodges kisses his a– plenty, too.

  1. spirothegreek - Apr 1, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    If Lebron is going to be a Laker, then Phil will be coaching for another 10 years. Time to put those rings on his toes. The triangle will run smoother with Lebron than Kobe.

  2. 85celticsfan - Apr 5, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    What r u kobe’s damn lawyer,give it a rest buddy.

  3. santi - Apr 6, 2010 at 3:31 AM

    It’s Lebron James’ season.No offense to Kobe.You need to share the ball.You can’t win all by yourself.dammit they can use that $90 million to get a quality player next season.Trade Kobe and get someone else.When Kobe was hurt lakers are winning.When he came back
    they start losing again,I agree with Odom when he said that the reason they are winning because Kobe was not at the line up.Too much money for an aging star who commit lots and lots of errors.HOLLY MOLLY $30 million annually for 3 years.

  4. brally - Apr 14, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    u r funnyyyyyyyyyyyy dude.

  5. Laker Monster - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    Hell, if Kobe paid off my $400,000 mortgage, I ‘d suck his dick.

  6. Anonymous - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    I got throat problems though. I’d just pray it’s not to big.

  7. Vahagn Mkhikian - Apr 16, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    I agree with Odom when he said that the reason they are winning because Kobe was not at the line up.
    Where do these Kobe haters get these quotes? Everyone on the Lakers LOVES Kobe. Do you think Pau Gasol dreams even for a minute he would be anything with Kobe? He knows who averaged 33 6 and 6 in the Finals to get him that ring. Before that, Pau never even won a playoff game, now he’s been to the finals 2 years in a row and is being called the best 4 man in the game by some people. He just got a ridiculous extension, he can thank Kobe for that.
    As for you Kobe haters, the reason why the Lakers and their fans care about Kobe so much is because he’s given every single thing to this team in 15 years. You can’t name 5 games in 15 years when he mailed it in and didn’t play HARD. Even if you talk about Phoenix game 7, that was only one half, in the first half he scored 20+ points.
    Kobe IS this franchise and he works harder than all of our bench players COMBINED!

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