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Kobe says he’d choose LeBron if he could pick a teammate

Feb 9, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant is a scorer. Which is why getting Chris Paul — a playmaker who sets others up as well as anyone in the game — made a lot of sense to Kobe. It made less sense to David Stern (and other NBA owners) and so that trade got shot down.

Wednesday Kobe was talking trades — he said he expects the Lakers management will try to do something but refused to speculate on what — when reporters asked him who would be his ideal teammate of current players. Kobe went another direction than the Dwight Howard response most might have suggested. From

“It’s a tough question because I’ve played with a lot of great players being on the Olympic team,” Bryant said. “I think that the player I would probably play with the most where the pieces would fit would be myself and LeBron [James], believe it or not, because he’s more of a facilitator and I’m more of a scorer. … He’s a modern version of what Oscar [Robertson] was. He just puts up genius numbers.”

It would be interesting to see how LeBron’s “I want the game to be fun” mentality would blend with Kobe’s drive and demeanor. And by interesting I mean like sitting around waiting for the volcano to erupt, covering Los Angeles in ash as if it were Pompeii.

But on the court, it could really work. Kobe’s right. Well, as long as Kobe would trust LeBron more than he seems to trust Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol late in games.

  1. mgscott - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Kobe wouldn’t have to worry about not getting the ball in the 4th qtr.

  2. mlblogsbig3bosox - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Ermm.. I wouldn’t trust LeBron late in games more than I trust Gasol or Bynum so there’s your answer.

  3. shockexchange - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Of course he would. After reading the Shock Exchange’s “Lebron Rules” > , Lebron has cut down on the 3 point attempts and improved his effectiveness in the mid-range. Since, he has become by far the best player in the game.

  4. zblott - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    His favorite teammates better be big men who can get offensive rebounds and defend the rim – it’s the formula that has won him 5 rings.

    • dirtydavis - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      I agree 100%. Guards + Centers= Championships.

      J, West and Wilt
      Magic and Kareem
      Drexler and Hakeem
      Duncan and Parker
      Kobe and Shaq
      Kobe and Pau
      Russell and Cousy

      • beagle11 - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        Jordan and Perdue
        Jordan and Longley

      • sasquash20 - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

        Russell had more the Cousy bro. Tom Heinsohn, is a HOFer, Tom Satch Sanders was a quality player and a HOFer, Bill Sharmen another Hofer both as a player and then again as a coach, KC Jones is another HOFer, Sam Jones another HOFer, Frank Ramsey (the original 6th man, and there are more I can’t remember. Oh I hate the Celtics. But Russell’s Celtics are without a doubt the best team of all time in all of sports, not just basketball. Not to dog Russell because at worst he is the 2nd best player ever, but he had tons of help.

  5. tampajoey - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    That’s because Kobe can compensate for Lebron’s shortcomings… no heart, choking in the 4th quarter and not being a winner.

    In the 4th quarter of a close big game, Kobe and Lebron aren’t even on the same planet. One shines and the other one sinks under the pressure.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      There are about 7 Billion people in the world. Out of all these people LeBron Raymone Jamesn born in 1984, in Akron, Ohio, USA; to a teenage mom and no dad, plays basketball better than ANY of them.

      But here’s a guy who hides behind the name Tampajoey. A guy with nothing better to do on a Thursday at 1:37pm than to post anonymous posts on a ridiculous website about professional basketball. And his posts are ONLY about LeBron being a loser and a choker. Nothing about coaching strategy. Nothing about how great any particular player is. Just anti-Lebron garbage.This despite the fact that the greatest accomplishments in Tampajoey’s entire life would pale in comparison to anything LeBron James will do on a typical Thursday.

      And so Tampajoey has a deep and irrational resentment of LeBron James. Tampajoey resents LBJ so much that he watches every second of every game that Lebron James plays. It eases Tampajoey’s mind that LeBron has not yet won a ring. Why? Because this fact makes Tampajoey feel a little better about his own life being such a disappointment, and ultimately meaningless. For a short moment, Tampajoey can feel just a little better about himself beacuse a man as blessed as LeBron James can experience just a little failure now and then; much like Tampajoey has experienced for most/all of his life.

      What does it say about a man who celebrates when a man whom he has never met fails to achieve goals that 99.99999% of humankind could only dream of accomplishing?

      Take a good long look at yourself, Tampajoey (and many more of you out there). Tell us. Are you a winner? Or have you been given the gift of life and choked it away.

      • cowhawkfan - Feb 9, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        I’m not familiar with Tampajoey other than his post above, but I see nothing wrong with his post. In fact, the guy who writes a novel about another person’s posts on a “ridiculous website about professional basketball” seems to have a “deep and irrational resentment” of Tampajoey. Just saying…

      • adamthompson24 - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM

        1972, I think you need to get off your couch, out of your mom’s basement, wherever you reside while writing truly narcissistic babble, and take a long look in the mirror…reading your post literally made my jaw drop…and you felt justified/conviction in writing it…you’re pathetic

  6. hystoracle - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Who is asking all these stupid nonsense questions? Of all the things that these players can be asked about that pertains to the games they are actually playing, we ask hypothetical BS questions about who is better than who and who you would rather play with. Or we are whining about someone’s tweets or we are tweeting about other teams and other games when we should be focused on our own team and our own game. Ridiculous.. No wonder this league isn’t taken seriously anymore. I think you could put Jordan, Magic, Bird, and Kareem together and beat 95% of the teams in this league even though they are all old and out of shape. They played better basketball then. They focused on the game not all the nonsense.

    • nolanwiffle - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Careful. Your comment can and will be deleted (censored) if you speak ill of The Association.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      Put yer money where yer mouth is and get back to me.

  7. goforthanddie - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Makes perfect sense. Kobe could take the first 3 quarters off and be nice and fresh for when it takes guts and mental strength.

  8. diabloryno - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    I’m pretty sure if PBT post that LBJ has donated $100 Million to help cure cancer it wouldn’t be a positive response or a back handed comment at him. The guy is on pace to have to the best single season in NBA history and I don’t think anyone has noticed yet.

  9. skinzfan21 - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I’m a Bulls fan until I die, but I think its amazing how so many people can talk so much trash about this guy! At the end of the day, whether you feel he only plays 3 quarters (which I strongly disagree with) he is still the best player in the world PERIOD! And its gonna be so funny how all these haters turn into d**kriders when he gets a ring! And it will happen, but it’ll still be some idiotic people not wanting to give him his due credit…..smh

    • stadix093 - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      I agree he is the best player on earth. I do think his fourth quarter showings are suspect though. Look at his stats in the finals. Look what he did vs the Clippers this year,(I was there enjoying his glorious failure in person) look what he did against the Bucks last week when he had 20+ in the first quarter then he watched Brandon Jennings go nuts when in counted in the fourth, and look no later than last night. I think he was like 0-7 in the second half? The guy is amazing for sure but he has his flaws as does every NBA player.

      • mannyfresh209 - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        You realize not even a week ago, Kobe had 24 points going in to halftime against Philly. He ended that game with 28 points and a loss. You do realize this, right? Everyone does it bro, get off LeBron and his jock. It isn’t manly and it’s kinda gross

  10. mannyfresh209 - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    And, just so we are all clear, everyone realizes that without LeBron the Heat would’ve been an even bigger “failure” than they were, right? Without LeBron, the Heat don’t make the Finals last year. And we all know why, because Dwyane Wade sucked for the first 3 series of last season’s postseason.

    Then again, everyone would’ve probably blamed LeBron for that, too.

  11. tcclark - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Lebron is no where near the kind of player Oscar Robertson was. The Big O was the greatest PG of all time, (yes Lakers Fans, even better than Magic). He had the only season averaging a triple double and averaged a triple double through the first five years of his career. People forget that Oscar was only about 6’5 and wasn’t the most athletic guy in the world. Lebron is 6’9. He gets by on sheer physical size and athleticism. Not to mention the fact that Oscar Robertson averaged more than 28 points a game and at least 9.5 assists each of the first 8 years of his career…. without the 3 point line. Oscar Robertson was one of a kind and will never be replicated. I lost respect for Kobe for even suggesting it.

    • nolanwiffle - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Bill Simmons would disagree with you. He has an interesting take on Oscar in his last book….give it a read.

  12. jimeejohnson - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    He’s got to weather the storm. I am glad he’s eager to play with Team USA in the Olympics. His talents are unmatched by anyone in the world, and his above the rim game will be too much for any team to handle. As far as an NBA title is concerned, his time’s coming, any day, although Kevin Durant may get in his way.

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