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LeBron really doesn’t care that Kobe Bryant isn’t in finals

Jun 12, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

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Seriously, I can’t wait for the games to start so we can talk about those.

Because right now the conversation has evolved to what Scott Brooks thinks about Russell Westbrook’s fashion choices and who LeBron James wishes he had played in the finals.

Actually, LeBron doesn’t really care who is lines up to play him in the finals. That’s what he said when asked if he was disappointed he hadn’t faced Kobe Bryant in the finals the last two years. Via Ben Golliver (of Blazers Edge and Eye on Basketball).

“LeBron and Kobe? I was disappointed that LeBron [versus] whoever it was didn’t happen. I didn’t give a damn if it was Kobe or not. Hey, listen, I understand it’s LeBron and Durant — that’s you guys’ storylines. I’m in the Finals so it doesn’t matter. I don’t care who it’s against. It could be us against a college team or high school team.”

LeBron has been in the finals two straight years, it’s not on him this matchup hadn’t happened. It’s on Kobe.

And what is he supposed to say here? Why should he care? If he says he is disappointed not to be playing Kobe it’s a slight to Kevin Durant. If he says he doesn’t care, Kobe’s oversensitive fans will take that as a slight to their hero.

Whatever. Can we just start playing the games?

  1. acdc363 - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    He wishes it was against a college or high school team cause it’s the only way he’d win a ring!

    • 808raiderinparadise - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      I can’t believe another pathetic LeBron hater actually gave him the edge to win against a college or HS team.

      Thought you would be even more of a salty/hater/loser and make some pathetic joke that he couldn’t even amount to that, you took the wrong route ….

      • acdc363 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM


  2. datdude14383 - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Just like it wasn’t on Kobe when he made it to 3 straight finals and Bron didn’t show up.

  3. packhawk04 - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    “Lebron has been in the finals two straight years. Its not on lebron… its on kobe.”

    Good point. Now, for all the lebron lovers, kurt, its on lebron that he doesnt have a ring yet. Its on kobe that he has five.

    • shockexchange - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      It’s actually on Shaq, and Pau/Bynum that Kobe has 5 rings.

      • really2011 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        As it is on Wade/Bosh/Williams/West/Shaq, etc that Lebron doesn’t have any? And by the way let’s keep it consistent – if he get’s one this year – it’ll be on Bosh/Wade. Hey for that matter Jordan’s rings are on Pippen and Co. never got one without them. (only to illustrate the point)

        In all seriousness it’s a bit ridiculous to dismiss Kobe’s accomplishment because of his surrounding cast, especially if you are willing to dismiss it for too of the biggest head cases in the league (Gasol/Bynum) Bottom line is that Lebron, Kobe, Jordan, and the rest of the “stars” all had good supporting casts – the only difference is that Lebron hasn’t converted that into championships thus far and has in some cases personally fizzled out in the losses.

      • caseybojangles - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        dont forget the refs in lakers-kings game 6 in 2002…

      • 808raiderinparadise - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM


        “Big shot Rob” (Robert Horry) ….. countless times

        Derek Fisher against Spurs .2 seconds

        Last time I checked I never saw Wally Szerbiak in CLE or Mario Chalmers in MIA win anything for LeBron.

        NOT TOO MENTION LA LAKERS Being the best NBA franchise ever helps.

        and some coach/guy named Phil Jackson ….

      • kobefan824 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        808raider derek fisher’s shot has .4 seconds left, actually historically the celtics are the greatest franchise ever.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Took the words right out of my mouth acdc.

  5. lakerade - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    I wish lebron would just make a Decision on this.

  6. cantonbound13 - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Kobe has 5 rings, LeBron 0. LeBron said he’d win 9. It’s on LeBron.

    • soflasfinest - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      It’s on YOU to get Brons D out of you mouth bc he’s all you talk about! Literally get it outta your mouth, he’s mindf’ing you.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        I just love how LeBron talks sh#* about how he’s going to be the best & win 9 titles. How even when he loses he goes back to his great life & we all have to go back to work the next day. Yet he has not won anything!!!! And fools like you defend this clown.

    • canehouse - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      No! Enough with this propaganda… Lebron actually said he really believes that they can win that many if they play hard, take care of business, and do it the right way. Feel free to digest what “the leader in sports entertainment” filters at you… but the fact is he didn’t really gurantee anything… obviously he was playing up to the fans too.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

        Didn’t he say Pat Riley could play point guard & they’d still win? How are you going to spin that one?

  7. cosanostra71 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Does anyone else not like those “Los Lakers” jerseys? The Lakers have worn the same uniforms more or less for most of their existence, don’t mess with what works…

  8. mrlitl - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    U don’t have to discount what Kobe has done to prop up LeBron. They’re both great players. Nobody wins alone though. Not even MJ.

  9. lakerluver - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    THANK YOU!! Name me 1 great player who won a title by himself? Just ONE!! Wilt averaged 50 AND 25 for a WHOLE season and didn’t win a title that year. Honestly, he could very easily be considered the greatest player of all time but how many titles did he win? I think one. Russell wasn’t half the player Wilt was but he won multiple titles. No one criticizes Bird for playing on a frontline with two other HOF players. No one criticizes Magic for playing with other HOF’ers. No one criticizes MJ for playing with Pippen for all six titles and for playing with Rodman, another HOF’er. BUT Kobe gets criticized. And, really, is Pau a HOF player? Shaq is but Pau right now is borderline at best.

  10. loungefly74 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    don’t worry man…Kobe legacy is already cemented as one of the all time greats. real NBA fans know what you say is true. (unlike shockexchange)

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