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Quote of the Day: Kobe is still Kobe

Apr 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

And that is what makes him different from those around him. It’s not the sentiment. That can be prodded from almost any professional athlete. It’s that after a loss, a a bad loss, in which he’d just gotten back, in a shortened season, with the playoffs on the horizon, he didn’t need any prodding. He went right to that place, that rarified mental place that really only Bryant and Jordan have ever occupied in this game. He goes immediately there. Winning is everything and it’s the only thing that matters.

That’s why he’s Kobe, for better or worse.

  1. jeffw - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    I see a Lakers vs. Heat final. That will be a great series…

  2. spavs412 - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Kobe is the man!!

  3. finsfan71 - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    jeffw,

    I think you need new glasses. Lakers are a good team, not a finals team.

  4. rexismybff - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    “Winning is everything and it’s the only thing that matters.”

    And yet, he doesn’t ask to be put back in the game last night in the 4th quarter, down 24 points to the Spurs at home? He looked pretty relaxed on the bench to me, watching the Laker scrubs finish out that disaster of a game. Didn’t look like he had the itch to try to “win” last night.

  5. thebigkahuna23 - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Is that a needle in your pocket Matt, or are you just excited to be blogging about Kobe?

  6. donfelder440 - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Something tells me Bill Russell might have had similar feelings. And I hate Boston sports. But still, try having some respect for the ENTIRE history of the game

  7. dgbk - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    russell didnt care about winning he was only interested in cool commercials :/

  8. urodaddy07 - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Rexis, really – they’re down 24, Kobe is just back fom injury. You really think Kobe could bring LA back last night, against a better team. He’s good, but even he knows he ain’t tat good.

    • rexismybff - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Well, if you don’t seem to mind losing 2 straight by 20+ points to your biggest rivals with only a week left before the playoffs start, I just don’t see how you can claim that you have a “winning is everything and the only thing” attitude. Getting blown out at home, and sitting casually on the bench the entire fourth quarter with a “who cares?” look on your face does not show me a “winning is everything” attitude.

      The only Laker who yelled at his teammates to fire them up last night was Bynum. Maybe he’s the new Lakers’ “leader”?

      • tommy972 - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Makes no sense to put Kobe back in and risk injury. Why do you think Popovich rests Ginobili, Duncan, and Parker? For playoffs, silly.

      • oldmanbasketball - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        There’s a difference between being brave and taking risks, and being stupid. Coming into a game down by 24 in the 4th, your first game back from injury, would be the latter. Anyone with a basketball IQ greater than 5 would recognize this…

      • urodaddy07 - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        see your point, but I think these guys practice the “I could care less” look at least as much as they practice basketball

  9. savvybynature - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Well then he’ll be happy to know he was voted biggest d-bag on the West Coast ;) Haha, j/k.

  10. steve1r - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    And it was important to use an entire paragraph to report this because…………………? Are we going to get a report on the dinner he ate too? Jeez, how firmly planted are your lips on his back end?

  11. starship7 - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Lakers will be nowhere near the finals this year.

  12. 00maltliquor - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    “I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence”- Ricky Bobby

  13. lakerade - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Will it be infectious enough come playoffs

  14. talkingfan - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Go KOBE, he still got game

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