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Kobe Bryant sticks up for Deron Williams

Feb 11, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

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There has become a “Deron Williams pushed Jerry Sloan out” meme going around.

Which is a very Internet way of trying to make a complex situation some kind of simple narrative. D-Will was part of the equation but there is a lot more going on here.

Anyway, Kobe Bryant stuck up for Williams when speaking with Yahoo.

“People need to leave D-Will the [expletive] alone on this,” Kobe Bryant told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday night. Bryant and Williams have competed in the Western Conference for years and won an Olympic gold medal together for USA Basketball at the 2008 Beijing Games. “Leave him alone. He doesn’t deserve to be at the front of this. That’s horse…. He’s a great competitor. He works his butt off. He’s always been a great leader. He’s clutch, performs under pressure. Enjoy the 23 great years that Jerry Sloan gave them, but don’t put this on Deron Williams.”

Was Williams happy? No. Did concerns of management about losing Williams in a couple years play into this? Yes. Did Sloan decide to walk away rather than fight this battle anymore? Almost certainly. You can decide how much of what fit in where, those are your basic ingredients. But Kobe is right, t’s not so simple as “Williams drove out Sloan.”

  1. zblott - Feb 11, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Of course Kobe stuck up for him – he pulled the same crap 7 years ago, and it dropped the Lakers down to a shell of themselves. Good luck D-Williams.

  2. steelyres211 - Feb 11, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    What Kobe should have said is “Deron, don’t put it on the coach. Running a hall of fame coach out of town is a really bad idea and you’ll be lucky if you can somehow talk him into coming back.”

  3. ibchuck33 - Feb 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    I hate kobe’s fake tough guy attitude. He always has to throw in a curse word or two, and try to boost his street creed, with the way he answers when he’s asked for a comment. And while not being in front of a tv camera, where he’s fake in a different way. And didn’t he drive away Phil Jackson years ago? I guess he is an expert relative to this storyline.

    • zackd2 - Feb 12, 2011 at 9:28 AM

      How is that different than any other NBA player?

  4. bigtrav425 - Feb 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    F Kobe…simple as that

    • craigw24 - Feb 12, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      He must really be good to make fans of other teams hate him so much that absolutely nothing will get them to admit anything good about him. It certainly was arrogant of him to dare to follow Michael Jordan.

      • zblott - Feb 12, 2011 at 2:07 PM

        Trust me, people who have a problem with Kobe really have it with the moron fans who prop him up to MJ-esque levels. If those people shut the hell up and opened their eyes, you’d no notice way less Kobe haters.

  5. ibchuck33 - Feb 12, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Every NBA player didn’t grow up with a privileged background and in Italy. That screams street creed? Me thinks not. Kobe is a faker.

  6. loungefly74 - Feb 12, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    “kobe haters” unite…a bunch of d-bags…

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