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Kobe Bryant has the will to win… against children

Jul 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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This is your standard “Kobe Bryant refuses to lose even in absurd situations when there’s absolutely no reason for him to play like he has to win” post.

At Bryant’s basketball camp this week he participated in a friendly game of “Knockout” with some of the camp’s participants. Now, Bryant had a couple of options here. He could throw it, letting some kid walk away with a crazy memory of beating Kobe Bryant in “Knockout.” He could just not try, and leave it up to chance. Or he could destroy all the kids, even without really trying. Guess which option he chose?

And then he tore them apart. Watch.

Instead of glorifying this obsession with winning at all costs or making it seem like a bad thing, let’s just make this practical. It’s his camp. The kids are there because of him. So really, he has an obligation to make an appearance worthy of his reputation, and it’s not like he was spotting up or just nailing 360 dunks all the time. He gave the kids a perfect Kobe story. “Kobe won, even in this little game of ‘Knockout,’ that’s how bad he wants to win. What could be more Kobe than that?

Oh, and Matt Barnes… let’s just not say anything, k?


  1. metalhead65 - Jul 10, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    at least he didn’t run over any campers while doing it. again I wish this site would try and stop putting a bad light on other players in order to make your and this sites favorite player look good. never going to happen no matter how hard you try. it is all up to him to change his attitude if he wants that to happen.

  2. goforthanddie - Jul 10, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Do you honestly think a kid’s going to cry because Kobe smoked him in a cheesy playground game? Said kid would be too busy shitting himself that he’s on the same court as Kobe. As long as Kobe isn’t putting kids in traction, BFD.

  3. secdominance - Jul 10, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    If that was Lebron, PBT would have written a different story and wouldn’t have excused this hyper-competitive behavior

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      Huh? This site habitually excuses LeBron’s actions. When he mocked Dirk…no big deal. When he knocked over that kid…no big deal, etc. Not sure what articles you are reading written by Kurt, Matt, and the rest of the LeBron fan club.

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 10, 2011 at 3:32 PM

      hypercompetitive behavior? He was draining shots from the top of the key without even trying lol

  4. downtowndanny - Jul 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    dam this lockout needs to end soon, because this is not news…..and that goes for the NFL too…

  5. rreducla1 - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Over at ESPN, Moore was in the 5-on-5, and said he would miss NBA basketball so much during the lockout that he would watch pro games played in a sewer.

    So, for the first time, I agree with Moore: if they start playing pro basketball in sewers, Moore is definitely the guy to cover it.

  6. cluckycrabbyabby - Jul 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Add Matt Moore to the Silly List.

  7. socalgal64 - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    No surprise at all that this post is from Matt Moore. I didn’t even have to see who wrote it to know.

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