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Kobe Bryant a no-show to All-Star media availability

Feb 24, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT


The 2012 NBA All-Stars had their first mass media availability session of the weekend on Friday, and everyone who was named to the team managed to show up and tolerate the wide-ranging and sometimes-inane questions from both traditional and non-traditional media outlets.

Everyone, that is, except Kobe Bryant.

Bryant was a no-show to the festivities, which was a disappointment to the 50-75 media members who had camped out at his table since the beginning of the Western Conference’s scheduled time, and stayed all the way up until the very end. About two minutes before it was all over, an NBA spokesman informed those waiting that Bryant was “ill” and would not be in attendance.

The delay in notifying the waiting masses of Kobe’s absence was supposedly due to the fact that Bryant was unreachable until that time, the spokesman said.

Bryant has been what you might call “fashionably late” to the past couple of these sessions that I’ve covered, regularly rolling in 10-20 minutes after the event’s scheduled start time. It’s tough to blame him, as many of the questions are either soaked in silliness, or are simply requests for shout-outs to fans living in faraway foreign lands.

There’s also the fact that all is not great in Laker-land right now, beginning with Bryant’s rant less than a week ago that the organization make a decision on whether or not to trade Pau Gasol, and, most recently, the Lakers loss in Oklahoma City last night that had Bryant and James Harden jawing for an extended period near the game’s end.

It’s fine, and honestly, completely understandable for Bryant not to want to show up to this circus, especially with everything swirling around the Lakers at this point in the season. If he is indeed ill, then hey — we wish him a speedy recovery. It just would have been nice to have a little more than a two-minute head’s up.

  1. stadix093 - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    He is probably at his hotel feeling as sick as the rest of the Lakers fans after hearing about the Rasheed Wallace thing.

  2. goforthanddie - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    He had better things to do.
    Hint: “Better things” includes everything.

    • scir91onYouTube - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:12 AM

      too bad because the fans are the ones who pay his salary.

  3. Justin - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    It is because him and the media are at different lunch tables. Maybe next year they will be at the same one.

  4. chargerdillon - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Queue the AI Spinoffs: WE’RE TALKING ABOUT INTERVIEWS MAN……interviews!

    Not a game man, not All Star Shoot around man, INERVIEWS. Not the 3point contest man, not the dunk contest, INTERVIEWS……we’re talking bout INTERVIEWS…..

    Interviews man……….. interviews……….interviews man…….interviews

    ok im done

  5. mogogo1 - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Based on the fact everybody else showed up, I’m guessing these are mandatory appearances. What does the league do when a guy comes up “ill” at the last minute like this? If the answer is “nothing” my prediction is within a year or two there won’t be any players at this thing.

    • scir91onYouTube - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:11 AM

      there is a 10k or 20k fine for not appearing on media day

  6. losangelasbasketball - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Mambas got bigher stuff in his dome.

  7. scir91onYouTube - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    there is ALWAYS something “swirling” around the lakers team. what a useless excuse made by the author. secondly, yes he has to give shout outs to fans around the world. DUH! he is paid millions of dollars to PLEASE THE FANS! that is his JOB. it’s like telling a bus driver he has to tell the people who get on the bus which other buses connect to the line he is on or some technicality or something about the bus. the fans ARE the game. without the fans, kobe doesn’t get paid. never ever discount the fans. they pay his salary AND YOURS (the fans read your website on sports and support ad revenue which pays your salary).

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