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Mike Brown says Kobe more “serious minded” than LeBron

Jan 13, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

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While he tried to be diplomatic about it, Lakers coach Mike Brown said what we’ve all thought for a while:

Kobe Bryant is far more intense than LeBron James.

Here is the quote, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register:

“There’s just a different feel to the two guys,” Brown said….

“LeBron is a guy who is still learning and still growing, and the reality of it is that being down there with Dwyane Wade has helped him,” Brown said. “They’re different personalities. LeBron, he’s a guy who likes to laugh and joke. He knows obviously there’s a time to be serious, but he’s youthful.

“Kobe is not as much. Kobe’s more serious-minded and so on and so forth. But Kobe knows how to have fun in his own way, too.”

Kobe has a great sense of humor. Just ask him. He’ll glare at you for even daring to suggest he’s not funny.

I’m pretty stunned Brown — who has coached both men in the NBA — even treaded into these waters and didn’t dodge the question. That said, it feels more like a confirmation than a revelation.

Kobe certainly is older and more mature, a guy who compartmentalizes his life pretty well. But he is by disposition also just more intense. He’s harder. LeBron may becoming more that way, but he didn’t come hardwired like Kobe, who showed up at 18 to Lakers practices and started challenging every guy on the team to games of one-on-one to push himself and prove his dominance. LeBron, from his high school days, wants winning to be a joyful team experience where he is friends with the guys on and off the court. Kobe just wants to win, he doesn’t care how it happens.

So yes, different feel to the two guys. Well played, Brown.

  1. jayrandle - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    3…2…1…
    Cue the Lebron Haters…
    (Lebron Haters live for articles like this to vent and to show their unreasonable hatred for him…but when He wins back to back Player of the Week honors after nearly averaging a triple double they remain silent…sad)

    • beagle11 - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      Are you saying you disagree with Brown’s opinion?

    • cured76 - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      back to back player of the week vs 5 titles.

    • hoytdadd64 - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      You sir are correct!! Lebron haters don’t have a leg to stand after he won “PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS” back to back…LoL of course he did it’s the begining of the season the playoffs, it’s not the 4th qtr of any finals game. Brown is not saying any thing any basketball fan shouldn’t have known already, Lebron James does not have the heart of a lion when it comes to crunch time…he does not have the killer instinct to get it done when it MATTERS THE MOST!!! That’s why he needs D Wade cause Wade has it and Lebron needs to hide behind him!!! Hope that was enough of the truth (aka Lebron hating) for you Randle.

    • stadix093 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      Notice you left out 4th, just like Lebrons games. Ooooooooh. Oooooo damn ouch. No seriously though Lebron is the best player in the nba…in the first 3 quarters. Lebron would be the greatest hockey player of all time though, they only play 3 periods. Okay I’ll stop for real. Dead serious he’s really good. I just happen to think he’s a tool, Kobe is still better, and enjoy watching Lebron fail again and again late in games. All personal opinions so what?

      • aboogy123456 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        Nicee Stadix. Why are you guys even talking about player of the week honors? really? I don’t even think Lebron cares that much about them, he would rather learn how to win high pressure games.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        stadix093…ooooh too damn funny! Inject LeBron with Tebow DNA and maybe you’ll get him to play all 4 quarters! That’ll be the perfect player, ‘Brons 1st 3 qtrs and Tebows 4th qtr genes…lol

      • destructionofmom - Jan 13, 2012 at 9:46 PM

        Give LeGone a dollar,and all you get back is 3 quarters.

      • skids003 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        Actually, Kobe is trying to prove he’s the greatest of alltime, and it consumes him. LeBron already thinks HE is the greatest ever, so he has nothing to prove, hence no drive like Kobe.

        As far as egos, they may be 1 and 2 of alltime.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      There’s nothing unreasonable about it. We have good reason.

      Unreasonable hatred is what clowns like you have for Kobe, because there’s nothing to substantiate it.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      And leb fans live for articles like this to drone on and to show their unreasonable belief in him.
      And bragging about PotW…Well, that’s about as good as he’ll ever get, so have fun. It’s not like he’ll be getting any rings except from his bride-to-be.

      • southbeachtalent - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        And haters as yourself live and breathe any and all articles concerning the Heat.

        I understand your team may be so irrelevant and horrible that the only shed of sunlight are these type of articles… It’s beyond easy getting reply’s from you haters. I’m sure Kurt holds the record for reply’s.

        I will not even comment on the actual story, Mike Brown is a JOKE. His opinion means absolutely nothing. Is Kobe a harder worker? Maybe.. but this article can be written about any other player getting compared to Kobe.

        You see, I am a sane, unbias fan and I realize Kobe is one of the best ever. Unlike most of you who insist that LeBron is horrible. Just plain dumb. If he is so horrible why is Cleveland still butt hurt??????? Why did the rest of the league whine like little girls when this team was assembled???? Oh yeah, because he sucks….

  2. worldbfree4me - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Why does Mike Brown feel he has to kiss KOBE’S JOHNSON? Last time I checked, head coaches had guaranteed contracts. Stfu and coach already Mike Brown! What the King did was businesses not personal clown!!

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      What he said is truth. His job nor standing is in jeopardy. Why don’t YOU just accept it?

      • southbeachtalent - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        Accepted….. Now what?

  3. soxpatsbscelts - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Kobe……………CHUMP! No means no!

    • duhgrate1 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      No means No.. unless that No was really a Yes but only became a No after the girl in question realized that she had the DNA of multiple men on/in her and could not think of what to do next except try and extort some money out of Kobe (in which she succeeded in).

      If that is the same lame argument that the Haters are going to use against Kobe, then how about these for Queen James.. Quitter, Choker, Loser.

      • southbeachtalent - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        Wow were you under the bed?

        Oh, and those LeBron insults are spectacular. Nothing but pure genious!!

  4. africanballer - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Kobe’s my man, and Brown is on point about the difference between LBJ and Kobe. But!!! it appears to me that Mike Brown is trying really hard to please Kobe, I’ve followed closely everything this guy has said so far apparently he’s afraid to say anything negative about negative about the black mamba

    • tampajoey - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Mike Brown is probably still gun-shy about saying anything negative to Kobe after having to deal with Lebron’s immaturity, fragile ego and weak mental toughness.

    • hoytdadd64 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Coach Brown has come out and criticized Kobe for a couple things he’s done on the court, and Kobe’s reply to media was he would be mad if Brown wasn’t critical of his play, Kobe also came out and said he heard Brown was a push over but he didn’t see it at all. If you’ve been following closely my I ask what you’ve been following?

      • sensiblebuc - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        @ hoytdadd64

        You beat me to the punch. Exacty correct.

        http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/21/kobe-bryant-is-cool-with-mike-brown-criticizing-him/

      • africanballer - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        kobe = the lakers. If he wants to to quit playing tomorrow and coach the organization will kickout brown immediately. kobe also knows how to play mind-games (it’s the package that comes with his maturity). After 12 games you think he’s figured out brown and vice versa?

  5. passerby23 - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    The reality is Brown is probably right, and there’s nothing wrong with either approach. But killer instinct wins championships. This is sort of the problem I’ve seen with Vince Carter for most of his career: wanting to look good, joke around, be liked. Does he want to win? Sure, but I’m not sure it’s the same hunger as a guy like Kobe or Garnett.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Kobe is 34? Lebron is 27? When I was 34, I was an entirely different person than when I was 27. It’s natural.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Kobe was more mature at 27 than leBron is at 27 (45).

    • somekat - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      So compare LeBron to Kobe 7 years ago

      James late/clutch/playoff struggles are not answered by that difference. Kobe had 4 rings at 27

      • kinggw - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        Actually, Kobe only had the three rings he won with Shaq at 27. When he was 27 the Lakers were losing in the first round of the playoffs. The fourth didnt come until he was 30.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 14, 2012 at 1:21 AM

        Remind me. How old was Kobe when he was crying to beverages because his team stunk? 27ish? And how old was Kobe when he was in a position to be accused of rape? 27ish? Ah yes, that’s right. Good comparison.

  7. soxpatsbscelts - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    duhgrate1 | Jan 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EST
    No means No.. unless that No was really a Yes but only became a No after the girl in question realized that she had the DNA of multiple men on/in her and could not think of what to do next except try and extort some money out of Kobe (in which she succeeded in).

    If that is the same lame argument that the Haters are going to use against Kobe, then how about these for Queen James.. Quitter, Choker, Loser.

    R A P……………….E!

  8. dirtydavis - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Any of you guys like Vicente Fernandez?

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Yeah, he’s a legend. I hear his concerts go off like no other and the women that flock there are good to go. lol, random a$$ question on a basketball forum!

      • dirtydavis - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

        Chente is the $hit!!!

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Agreed. Chente is the $h!t.

  9. goforthanddie - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Kobe’s more serious than 99% of the league. Maybe that’s why he’s an unretired legend, while leb’s an unretired laughingstock.

  10. dgbk - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    is anything actually givin to the player of he week other than a pat on the back

    • goforthanddie - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      If leb wins one more, he can hand-pick a PG or C from any team in the league to join the Heat.

      • destructionofmom - Jan 13, 2012 at 9:53 PM

        One more stupid “good job in those TWO GAMES this week”? You are a retard.

  11. lakerluver - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    TRANSLATION: Kobe has more intestinal fortitude than LeBron, wants to win more than anything, and will cut your throat to do so.

  12. lakerluver - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Some of you guys crack me up with your delusional comments!! Giving LBJ props for meaningless regular season awards. Kobe has been a star on FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS!! Even when Shaq was the games most dominant player, Kobe was the LAKERS “best” player. LBJ hasn’t won JACK!! Yea, I know, but he’s only 27 and Kobe’s 33!!! Blah, blah, blah!! And next season he’ll be 28 and STILL ring less!! After choking against Boston and peeing his pants against Dallas how can any of you dare compare him to Kobe?!!

    • goforthanddie - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      They’re too invested in the “Not 1, not 2, not 3″ horsesh!t; they need to keep pushing leb in hopes that one day Wade/Bosh will win him a title and his adoring saclickers can point fingers and go HA ha.

      • southbeachtalent - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        Of course….

  13. jlyer - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Although I’ve never been a huge LBJ fan, you can’t deny he is a very talented and well-rounded player. He is one of the very best in the NBA currently. However, he needs a few years more years of experience before he can be compared to Kobe.

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      No, he’s horrible. He will never win. If you give him a dollar…………..

  14. destructionofmom - Jan 13, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    No comparison,Kobe has 5 rings,prob retire with 7 or 8 and Le Bone wont have any.

  15. omniusprime - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Yeah LeBoring James got player of the week for sitting on the bench, that’s how jaded the pundits who vote for Player of the Week are towards Queen James. When Kobe came into the league he had to earn his position on the floor and his greatness, the idiot pundits handed that to James before he ever scored one point in the NBA. Kobe has always been a much more professional person in his work ethic because he’s far more intelligent than James will ever be. James has always been a boy in a man’s body and he’ll never grow up mentally.

    Even at his advanced age Kobe is still one of the greatest basketball players to ever grace the hardwood, Queen James still isn’t as great and never will be because he’s a wimp when the real pressure gets turned up in the playoffs. Queen James is only great in the minds of deluded pundits. Kobe has been impressive with that wrist injury, something Queen James will never have the mental toughness to duplicate. Kobe will always be greater than Queen James because Kobe has the intelligence LeBoring will never acquire.

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      So LeBron won player of the week becasue everyone else sucked? He received the award while sitting on the bench… hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa. Ok.

      And apparently you have witnessed both Kobe and LeBron’s workouts…

  16. Jacely Beans - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Well, the coach who coached two future hall of farmers. :))

  17. diablito0402 - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Hell, chente is more clutch than leBrick, he finishes concerts with a bang,,,

  18. nicosanchez02 - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Kobe chump no means no, it this was an article about his personal life! But this is about kobe vs Lebron basketball related and I’ll use your words Lebron chump no 4th quarter no means no 4th quarter showing that is!

  19. borderline1988 - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    In the end, they’re both overrated.

    Kobe is a volume shooter, who’s career FG% is pedestrian (and it’s not like he hasn’t had players to pass to). For all his 4th quarter heroics..how many times has he been bailed out from horrible shooting nights by talented teammates? He has had the NBA’s best frontcourt on his team for every one of his successful seasons.

    Lebron is incredibly talented and physically gifted but lacks the mental toughness to win tight ballgames in the playoffs. I used to be a huge Lebron fan, but late-game moments are obviously getting to his head. Having Lebron on your team makes you the best regular season team in the league, but it ends there.

    Who wouldn’t take a Tim Duncan or Shaq in their primes over either of these 2 players?
    Tim Duncan was a huge difference maker on both sides of the floor. A totally complete player, and also a team player. Duncan in his prime was a greater player than Kobe. Plain and simple.

    • oxxxxx - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Duncan are you nut’s lol

  20. oxxxxx - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Lebron most points 61 ? Kobe 81 MVP Lebron 2 Kobe 1 MVP is when you are in the best team in NBA Lebron 2 mvp’s in playoffs 0 mvp’s 0 championships in 8 years this is his 9th Kobe has 5th who knows if he end with 6th and he will get his 6th ring to Lebron reach 6 championships he has to make 6 in a row that will his 14 NBA season the fact is that will never happen clutch’s takes you to championships and Lebron doesn’t have that. for the hall of farmers i don’t know who is paying you maybe its Jordan or David stern lmfao but seriously some one is paying all of you to credit Lebron if your going to compare Lebron Kobe clutch s do it career vs career and you will see that you can’t compare Lebron to Kobe because Kobe is and will be superior to him.

  21. oxxxxx - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    by the way Kobe the best player ever in NBA history hate the fact kobe haters

  22. southbeachtalent - Jan 17, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    As usual, same ole haters jumping on any and every Heat article. Irrational, non-sensical, bias and plain dumb. I am sure we can find the same posters posting the same ole song on any of the following threads:

    Most Commented

    Mike Brown says Kobe more “serious minded” than LeBron (47)
    Report: Team USA sets 19 players for preliminary Olympic roster (46)
    Chris Bosh: ‘(Heat) are still the best team in the league.’ (43)
    LeBron James says he “can relate” to Tim Tebow (42)

    Guys at least post something original and something that resembles a sane thought.

    Regardless, thanks for keeping us in the spotlight!

    GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!

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