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Kobe Bryant explains why “I don’t take charges”

May 15, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant played along side Derek Fisher for years, one of the better guards at drawing the charge in the league for many years.

But you don’t see Kobe take them. Pretty much ever.

And he said Tuesday there is a reason for that. From the Associated Press:

“I learned from my predecessors, man,” Bryant said Tuesday. “Pippen had a (messed) up back taking charges. Bird had a (messed) up back taking charges.

“I said, `I’m not taking charges.’ I figured that (stuff) out at an early age.”

With Kobe, you know he is speaking honestly when his conversation is littered with words we need to replace with euphemisms in parenthesis on this site. He went on to say he saw Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson only take one charge each.

That quote is pretty much a Rorschach test for what you think about Kobe. If you can’t stand him you think what he said selfish and fitting with his me-first not team-first personality. If you are a Kobe fan you think that’s just smart — guys who carry the team should not be risking injury standing in front of LeBron James waiting to get run over.

I’ll say this — plenty of guys feel the way Kobe does but wouldn’t say it.

  1. Justin - May 15, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    The Thunder “took charge” of the series in game 1.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      Typical. Had the Lakers won Game 1, you’d be finding every possible way to discredit it.

      • Justin - May 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM

        Actually, I was just jumping at the chance to use the term “charges” in the form of a pun. Hence the quotations. Settle down buddy

      • jag8r904 - May 16, 2012 at 2:43 AM

        Oh, your absolutely correct! And the Lakers would have one game. If they only could have scored 30 more points.

  2. liljere24 - May 15, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    If Lebron said that it would be a national story and everyone would kill him for it. Just saying….

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      We typically DO rip losers.

      • africanballer - May 16, 2012 at 8:16 AM

        wow, according to you this league has produced lots of losers: karl malone, patrick ewing, charles barkley what a bunch of losers right?

    • Justin - May 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      Tim Duncan > Kobe Bryant

      • ahemahem - May 16, 2012 at 12:45 AM

        Yes, we know Timmie is the older one.

      • mightyquinn69 - May 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        And you are dreaming. Wake the F up!

      • 20dollardinners - May 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        I would argue that T.D. has been more successful with less talent and offers a more complete overall game. He is certainly the best power forward of all time.

        While Kobe is my personal favorite player, he has had Shaq for 4 of them and the Pau/Bynum for the other 1. I give him a lot of credit for the last 1.

        I think it’s actually a very good comparison. While the average viewer would say “wow Kobe just scored 40 points” the real basketball would see “with taking 30 shots.” He is a scorer and one of the best ever. However as a champion – I think TD had been more integral to his 4 rings.

        Tim Duncan is boring, fundamental, and soft spoken. So he’s never going to be the ‘shiny object’ Kobe is.

      • Justin - May 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        @20dollardinners

        I actually kind of put that to get a rouse but that is a great assessment. Funny thing is if you look at all their accolades Tim Duncan is one ring short of being nearly on the same level as Kobe. Yeah he is getting older but someone just dropped 26 points in game 1.

    • ahemahem - May 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      Don’t know if LeBron would be saying it–but he’s probably listening.

    • mikejd12 - May 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      couldnt agree more everyone is always up the guys behind!

  3. robmar924 - May 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    If Lebron said that it would be a big deal because hes built like a linebacker…just sayin

    • mikejd12 - May 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      hahah now this is funny, i hammer people for busting lebrons chops but this is funny lol

  4. isujames - May 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    He’s not a team player,this is one of the many reasons why I am not a fan of his.

    • mightyquinn69 - May 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      My question to you is this. Have you ever played organized basketball? Well, I have and I didn’t take then either. Most of the time you don’t even get the call, and for your efforts, you usually get a nice bruise on your chest, or a knee in the stomach, or groin, etc, etc… When Kobe’s career is over, he will be happy he didn’t take charges.

  5. explosionsauce - May 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Not a Kobe fan but totally agree. He’s too important to his team to risk it.

  6. lakerluver - May 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    You lames hate all you want. 5 rings, 1st ballot HOF, arguably the 2nd best player ever, millions in the bank, two beautiful daughters, and a fine arse wife!!! Now tally up what YOU have.

    • andyhr17 - May 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Didn’t his wife leave him?

      • cosanostra71 - May 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        last I heard they were trying to work things out… but the divorce proceedings were still moving forward. Regardless, that is one thing you can’t say Kobe has going for him. Even those who like him can’t argue that he cheated on her, several times.

      • mightyquinn69 - May 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        @cosanostra71: It’s truly amazing that we, Man, are not monogomist by nature, but some of us make a big deal out of a man “Cheating” on his wife. This happens all the time. Except for the men on this site. They are all monogamist, I suppose….lol, either that or they’re ugly as an old lady’s ass, and therefore can’t get no azz anyway,…lol

    • blue18hutthutt - May 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      I bet even other Laker fans are embarassed by this post

      • ahemahem - May 16, 2012 at 12:49 AM

        Laker fan here but I’m guessing that guy’s really young.

      • mightyquinn69 - May 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        Why would Laker fan be embarrassed? Are you serious? There are many star players that don’t typically take charges. I wouldn’t either, if I was the top scorer on my team. That’s the role of lessor players. Don’t get it twisted. Every player has his role, and the star doesn’t typically take charges..

      • blue18hutthutt - May 20, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        That wasn’t directed at Kobe as a player – it was directed toward the presumably adolescent ball washer who posted above me with the infantile butthurt plea of “Please love my Kobe”

    • prefontaine35 - May 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      easily the second best player ever.

  7. otissistrunk - May 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    With everything he has,Kobe Bryant is still a self-centered a**hole

    • ahemahem - May 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM

      It takes one…

  8. cowboychris5xchamps - May 15, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    @ lakerluver you’re such a f#(&!ng mark!!!!! You suck scum you f@&&! He lost that wife of his and half of his net worth and all those homes too you jock sniffer! OKC in 5!!!!

    • phaden27 - May 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      A Texas fan rooting for OKC? Oh my I must have entered Bizzaro world…

  9. raiderchris10 - May 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Full Name: Michael Jeffrey Jordan
    Born: 2/17/63 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
    High School: Laney (Wilmington, N.C.)
    College: North Carolina
    Drafted: Chicago Bulls (1984)
    Transactions: Signed with Washington Wizards, 9/25/01
    Height: 6-6; Weight: 216 lbs.
    Honors: Six-time NBA champion (1991-93, 1996-98); MVP (1988, ’91, ’92, ’96, ’98); 10-time All-NBA First Team (1987-93, 1996-98); All-NBA Second Team (1985); Defensive Player of the Year (1988); Nine-time All-Defensive First Team (1988-93, 1996-98); Rookie of the Year (1985); 14-time All-Star; All-Star MVP (1988, ’96, ’98); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (’96); Olympic gold medalist (1984, ’92).
    Summary | Complete Stats
    CAREER AVERAGES
    REBOUNDS PER GAME
    YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
    84-85 CHI 82 82 38.3 .515 .173 .845 2.00 4.50 6.50 5.9 2.39 .84 3.55 3.50 28.2
    85-86 CHI 18 7 25.1 .457 .167 .840 1.30 2.30 3.60 2.9 2.06 1.17 2.50 2.60 22.7
    86-87 CHI 82 82 40.0 .482 .182 .857 2.00 3.20 5.20 4.6 2.88 1.52 3.32 2.90 37.1
    87-88 CHI 82 82 40.4 .535 .132 .841 1.70 3.80 5.50 5.9 3.16 1.60 3.07 3.30 35.0
    88-89 CHI 81 81 40.2 .538 .276 .850 1.80 6.20 8.00 8.0 2.89 .80 3.58 3.00 32.5
    89-90 CHI 82 82 39.0 .526 .376 .848 1.70 5.10 6.90 6.3 2.77 .66 3.01 2.90 33.6
    90-91 CHI 82 82 37.0 .539 .312 .851 1.40 4.60 6.00 5.5 2.72 1.01 2.46 2.80 31.5
    91-92 CHI 80 80 38.8 .519 .270 .832 1.10 5.30 6.40 6.1 2.28 .94 2.50 2.50 30.1
    92-93 CHI 78 78 39.3 .495 .352 .837 1.70 5.00 6.70 5.5 2.83 .78 2.65 2.40 32.6
    94-95 CHI 17 17 39.3 .411 .500 .801 1.50 5.40 6.90 5.3 1.76 .76 2.06 2.80 26.9
    95-96 CHI 82 82 37.7 .495 .427 .834 1.80 4.80 6.60 4.3 2.20 .51 2.40 2.40 30.4
    96-97 CHI 82 82 37.9 .486 .374 .833 1.40 4.50 5.90 4.3 1.71 .54 2.02 1.90 29.6
    97-98 CHI 82 82 38.8 .465 .238 .784 1.60 4.20 5.80 3.5 1.72 .55 2.26 1.80 28.7
    01-02 WAS 60 53 34.9 .416 .189 .790 .80 4.80 5.70 5.2 1.42 .43 2.70 2.00 22.9
    02-03 WAS 82 67 37.0 .445 .291 .821 .90 5.20 6.10 3.8 1.50 .48 2.11 2.10 20.0
    CAREER 1,072 1,039 38.3 .497 .327 .835 1.60 4.70 6.20 5.3 2.35 .83 2.73 2.60 30.1
    Playoff 179 179 41.8 .487 .332 .828 1.70 4.70 6.40 5.7 2.10 .88 3.05 3.00 33.4
    All-Star 13 13 29.4 .472 .273 .750 1.70 3.00 4.70 4.2 2.85 .46 3.23 2.40 20.2

    CAREER TOTALS
    REBOUNDS
    YEAR TEAM MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
    84-85 CHI 3,144 837-1,625 9-52 630-746 167 367 534 481 196 69 291 285 2,313
    85-86 CHI 451 150-328 3-18 105-125 23 41 64 53 37 21 45 46 408
    86-87 CHI 3,281 1,098-2,279 12-66 833-972 166 264 430 377 236 125 272 237 3,041
    87-88 CHI 3,311 1,069-1,998 7-53 723-860 139 310 449 485 259 131 252 270 2,868
    88-89 CHI 3,255 966-1,795 27-98 674-793 149 503 652 650 234 65 290 247 2,633
    89-90 CHI 3,197 1,034-1,964 92-245 593-699 143 422 565 519 227 54 247 241 2,753
    90-91 CHI 3,034 990-1,837 29-93 571-671 118 374 492 453 223 83 202 229 2,580
    91-92 CHI 3,102 943-1,818 27-100 491-590 91 420 511 489 182 75 200 201 2,404
    92-93 CHI 3,067 992-2,003 81-230 476-569 135 387 522 428 221 61 207 188 2,541
    94-95 CHI 668 166-404 16-32 109-136 25 92 117 90 30 13 35 47 457
    95-96 CHI 3,090 916-1,850 111-260 548-657 148 395 543 352 180 42 197 195 2,491
    96-97 CHI 3,106 920-1,892 111-297 480-576 113 369 482 352 140 44 166 156 2,431
    97-98 CHI 3,181 881-1,893 30-126 565-721 130 345 475 283 141 45 185 151 2,357
    01-02 WAS 2,093 551-1,324 10-53 263-333 50 289 339 310 85 26 162 119 1,375
    02-03 WAS 3,031 679-1,527 16-55 266-324 71 426 497 311 123 39 173 171 1,640
    CAREER 41,011 12,192-24,537 581-1,778 7,327-8,772 1,668 5,004 6,672 5,633 2,514 893 2,924 2,783 32,292
    Playoff 7,474 2,188-4,497 148-446 1,463-1,766 305 847 1,152 1,022 376 158 546 541 5,987
    All-Star 382 110-233 3-11 39-52 22 39 61 54 37 6 42 31 262

    Full Name: Michael Jeffrey Jordan
    Born: 2/17/63 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
    High School: Laney (Wilmington, N.C.)
    College: North Carolina
    Drafted: Chicago Bulls (1984)
    Transactions: Signed with Washington Wizards, 9/25/01
    Height: 6-6; Weight: 216 lbs.
    Honors: Six-time NBA champion (1991-93, 1996-98); MVP (1988, ’91, ’92, ’96, ’98); 10-time All-NBA First Team (1987-93, 1996-98); All-NBA Second Team (1985); Defensive Player of the Year (1988); Nine-time All-Defensive First Team (1988-93, 1996-98); Rookie of the Year (1985); 14-time All-Star; All-Star MVP (1988, ’96, ’98); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (’96); Olympic gold medalist (1984, ’92).
    Summary | Complete Stats
    CAREER AVERAGES
    REBOUNDS PER GAME
    YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
    84-85 CHI 82 82 38.3 .515 .173 .845 2.00 4.50 6.50 5.9 2.39 .84 3.55 3.50 28.2
    85-86 CHI 18 7 25.1 .457 .167 .840 1.30 2.30 3.60 2.9 2.06 1.17 2.50 2.60 22.7
    86-87 CHI 82 82 40.0 .482 .182 .857 2.00 3.20 5.20 4.6 2.88 1.52 3.32 2.90 37.1
    87-88 CHI 82 82 40.4 .535 .132 .841 1.70 3.80 5.50 5.9 3.16 1.60 3.07 3.30 35.0
    88-89 CHI 81 81 40.2 .538 .276 .850 1.80 6.20 8.00 8.0 2.89 .80 3.58 3.00 32.5
    89-90 CHI 82 82 39.0 .526 .376 .848 1.70 5.10 6.90 6.3 2.77 .66 3.01 2.90 33.6
    90-91 CHI 82 82 37.0 .539 .312 .851 1.40 4.60 6.00 5.5 2.72 1.01 2.46 2.80 31.5
    91-92 CHI 80 80 38.8 .519 .270 .832 1.10 5.30 6.40 6.1 2.28 .94 2.50 2.50 30.1
    92-93 CHI 78 78 39.3 .495 .352 .837 1.70 5.00 6.70 5.5 2.83 .78 2.65 2.40 32.6
    94-95 CHI 17 17 39.3 .411 .500 .801 1.50 5.40 6.90 5.3 1.76 .76 2.06 2.80 26.9
    95-96 CHI 82 82 37.7 .495 .427 .834 1.80 4.80 6.60 4.3 2.20 .51 2.40 2.40 30.4
    96-97 CHI 82 82 37.9 .486 .374 .833 1.40 4.50 5.90 4.3 1.71 .54 2.02 1.90 29.6
    97-98 CHI 82 82 38.8 .465 .238 .784 1.60 4.20 5.80 3.5 1.72 .55 2.26 1.80 28.7
    01-02 WAS 60 53 34.9 .416 .189 .790 .80 4.80 5.70 5.2 1.42 .43 2.70 2.00 22.9
    02-03 WAS 82 67 37.0 .445 .291 .821 .90 5.20 6.10 3.8 1.50 .48 2.11 2.10 20.0
    CAREER 1,072 1,039 38.3 .497 .327 .835 1.60 4.70 6.20 5.3 2.35 .83 2.73 2.60 30.1
    Playoff 179 179 41.8 .487 .332 .828 1.70 4.70 6.40 5.7 2.10 .88 3.05 3.00 33.4
    All-Star 13 13 29.4 .472 .273 .750 1.70 3.00 4.70 4.2 2.85 .46 3.23 2.40 20.2

    CAREER TOTALS
    REBOUNDS
    YEAR TEAM MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
    84-85 CHI 3,144 837-1,625 9-52 630-746 167 367 534 481 196 69 291 285 2,313
    85-86 CHI 451 150-328 3-18 105-125 23 41 64 53 37 21 45 46 408
    86-87 CHI 3,281 1,098-2,279 12-66 833-972 166 264 430 377 236 125 272 237 3,041
    87-88 CHI 3,311 1,069-1,998 7-53 723-860 139 310 449 485 259 131 252 270 2,868
    88-89 CHI 3,255 966-1,795 27-98 674-793 149 503 652 650 234 65 290 247 2,633
    89-90 CHI 3,197 1,034-1,964 92-245 593-699 143 422 565 519 227 54 247 241 2,753
    90-91 CHI 3,034 990-1,837 29-93 571-671 118 374 492 453 223 83 202 229 2,580
    91-92 CHI 3,102 943-1,818 27-100 491-590 91 420 511 489 182 75 200 201 2,404
    92-93 CHI 3,067 992-2,003 81-230 476-569 135 387 522 428 221 61 207 188 2,541
    94-95 CHI 668 166-404 16-32 109-136 25 92 117 90 30 13 35 47 457
    95-96 CHI 3,090 916-1,850 111-260 548-657 148 395 543 352 180 42 197 195 2,491
    96-97 CHI 3,106 920-1,892 111-297 480-576 113 369 482 352 140 44 166 156 2,431
    97-98 CHI 3,181 881-1,893 30-126 565-721 130 345 475 283 141 45 185 151 2,357
    01-02 WAS 2,093 551-1,324 10-53 263-333 50 289 339 310 85 26 162 119 1,375
    02-03 WAS 3,031 679-1,527 16-55 266-324 71 426 497 311 123 39 173 171 1,640
    CAREER 41,011 12,192-24,537 581-1,778 7,327-8,772 1,668 5,004 6,672 5,633 2,514 893 2,924 2,783 32,292
    Playoff 7,474 2,188-4,497 148-446 1,463-1,766 305 847 1,152 1,022 376 158 546 541 5,987
    All-Star 382 110-233 3-11 39-52 22 39 61 54 37 6 42 31 262

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    • teehov843 - May 16, 2012 at 7:26 AM

      With all that being said… He sucks at being a GM and an owner! SHM!

    • michflaguy - May 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Wow…you are so sad. I truly hope you get a life soon.

  10. savvybynature - May 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    All the 12-year-old girl histrionics of the Heat just make Kobe look cooler by comparison.

    At least Kobe respects the history of the game.

  11. hoosiercolts - May 15, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Kobe has earned a lot of good will and get out of jail free passes by coming up big and playing his best in big moments. LeBron would get crucified if he said this because he’s the opposite of clutch. Just look at who took the last shot for the Heat tonight……Mario Freaking Chalmers. ‘Nuff said.

  12. kappy32 - May 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    I don’t blame Kobe one bit. He is paid to be the great offensive players in NBA history, not take a charge with running the risk of losing him for a long time. Kobe’s offensive output over the years has more than made up for getting probably 10-12 turnovers (10-12 is the league average of a player taking charges) had he taken charges. Kobe is no slouch on D, but it is clear that he focuses more on offense & gives about 50% on D. The fact that Kobe doesn’t put in the effort to be an elite defender is the reason why he will never be considered as good as MJ, who won a couple DPOY trophies to go along with his MVPs.

    What I don’t like about this is the double standard & outcry that would take place had LeBron said the same thing. Had LeBron told the media he doesn’t take charges for fear of getting injured, all the “experts” and “pundits” would be calling him a selfish player that puts himself above the team so he can pad his stats. I’m not a Heat fan, nor am I LeBron fan, but I respect the guy probably more than any other player in the NBA. With what LeBron did this year, he has proven to the world that he is the best all around player in the NBA & is the only player on the level of Michael Jordan. I think Kobe is a great player & when he’s done, we’ll miss him tremendously, just as we did with MJ. However, LeBron is head & shoulders above Kobe when it comes to the best player in the NBA & the “Next Michael Jordan” debates. Kobe’s comments on charges just adds to Lebron’s advantage. LeBron is always taking charges & is an elite defender who gives 110% on defense. LeBron can do everything Kobe can on offense, but LJ has better court vision & passing skills; however, LeBron sets himself apart by what he does on defense. Carmelo Anthony is an elite scorer & probably one of the top 15 offensive players all time, but LeBron made him look like a high schooler in the first round. When Wade was on him, Melo went off; when LeBron was on him, Melo was shut down. Enjoy LeBron while he is still playing because it may be an extremely long time until we see another player with the all around talent & skill that LeBron has. The double standard needs to end.

    • hoodheisman - May 16, 2012 at 1:45 AM

      Don’t let a good ball washing get in the way of the truth, eh?

      Kobe’s been 1st team all NBA defense 9 times. Jordan made it 8 times. LeBron has made it 3 times //laughs//. Interesting to see guys like Kobe and Jordan set the gold standard on how to play defense without taking charges.

      On a side note…. I don’t recall Kobe or Jordan ever choking 2 free throws in a playoff game to seal a loss. LeBron on the other hand…..

      • LogicalConsideration - May 16, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        I get so bored with who is better arguments, but I hate seeing STUPID arguments for one side or the other. Criticizing Lebron for choking is fair. But trying to compare how many times Kobe was name 1st Team All-Defense to Lebron is an utterly lame argument considering how much longer Kobe has been in the NBA. Kobe’s 9 times are in a 15 year career. Lebron’s 3 times are in a 9 year career. If you look at history, the tendency is for the greats, once they make 1st Team All Defense, to keep making it unless they have a significant injury. Whatever his flaws are, Lebron is a big strong dude less likely to suffer major injury. So, please, save the comparisons on that kind of number until after their careers.

        One thing that you can’t argue is that Kobe has spent all of his career with one of the two flagship franchises in the NBA. Thus, he has ALWAYS been surrounded by good to great talent capable of contending almost every year. By contrast, Lebron spent 7 years carrying a team of nobodies. He has now spent 2 whole seasons on a team with talent comparable to what Kobe has enjoyed almost every year for 16 years. There is a lot less pressure when you don’t have to carry a team every night.

  13. ezmagic - May 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Charges? We’re sitting here talkin bout charges?… How about flopping…

  14. aahhyeahsucka - May 16, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    No charges. But he sure flops all the time and spends a lot of time at the defensive end whinning at refs. He’s great, and for sure 1st ballot HOF, but he is also a poor sport and selfish ego maniac. its ok. it is what it is. I consider him one of the Top 15 players in history.

    • ahemahem - May 16, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      I don’t if you noticed but this story was not about Ginobili.

      • savvybynature - May 16, 2012 at 1:23 AM

        Ginobili is not a flopper AND a selfish egomaniac.

        You’re thinking of Blake Griffin.

      • ahemahem - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:38 AM

        No, Ginobili has backed off his flopping with the new rules. Kobe never did. I don’t think of Blake Griffin.

      • ahemahem - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        How can a story be about flopping and not be about Ginobili?

  15. packhawk04 - May 16, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    “If lebron said this itd be a national story and everyone would be killing him for it”

    Its nuts what five rings does for a guy…

    • africanballer - May 16, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      lol that’s funny, but very true

  16. koloofai - May 16, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    You just need to worry about Lakers not getting embarrassed again by OKC

  17. 11jlacy - May 16, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Not everyone likes kobe but he is still an elite player with a lot of b ball miles on his body he must do what he has to do to keep up with younger talent.

  18. africanballer - May 16, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    this is the one thing i appreciate about kobe, his honesty

    • JB (the original) - May 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      but maybe he should change some of his “street cred” tats to “Hello Kitty” and “Pikachu”

      • africanballer - May 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

        lol for real

  19. abchome - May 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    I never flop and I never lie…

  20. omniusprime - May 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    I have no problem with Kobe passing on not taking charges, he’s too valuable to get injured to stop one two point play. While Fisher was great at taking charges and not being injured it doesn’t mean everyone can be as lucky. He’s been smart to learn the lessons Pippen and Bird learned way too late, he’s smart to not let his body be trashed for some stupid game for the rest of his life. I bet he would take a charge if the situation were truly important and he knew he had the proper positioning to ensure a foul call going his way. Go Kobe!!! Go Lakers!!!!

  21. michflaguy - May 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    This is why Kobe is the best in the game…and maybe the best ever. He makes no apologies…not to other players who think he’s not “black” enough…not to the league for calling out bad referees…not to the Laker ownership for making bad choices (uh…can you say “this year”)…not to anyone…for anything…ever.
    And he sports this attitude all while absolutely BRINGING it on the court. Seriously…who would you rather give the ball to with 5 seconds left in a must-win situation, Kobe or LeBron.
    We all know the answer is Kobe…some of you just won’t admit it.

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