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Report: Kobe’s trash talk got on Durant, Westbrook’s nerves during Olympics

Dec 8, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook AP

When team USA scrimmaged this summer, Kobe Bryant often lined up opposite Russell Westbrook to guard him. To challenge him. And in vintage Kobe fashion, he talked a lot of smack.

Did you watch the first half of the Lakers loss to the Thunder Friday night? When Westbrook went off for 27 points and hit five three pointers in the first 24 minutes? Think he was a little fired up? Combine that with Westbrook being covered by Chris Duhon and you have a point explosion.

Ric Bucher of says both Westbrook and Kevin Durant have a little extra motivation against the Lakers because Kobe wouldn’t stop talking during the Olympics.

…source says the Black Mamba talked relentless smack during the Olympics that the Thunder stars weren’t going back to the Finals after the Lakers acquired Steve Nash and then added Dwight Howard right before the U.S. played Spain for the gold medal. Kobe also made a point of guarding Westbrook during practices and pumping him up, the theory being that he wanted to incite Russ to bump heads with KD over who the team’s best player is. (If you think that’s too conspiratorial to be real, you don’t know Kobe.) KD, in particular, got tired of hearing him. For what it’s worth: KD and Westbrook’s combined 69 points is the highest single-game total they’ve posted this season.

I’d take this with a little salt. Durant and Westbrook were fired up to play the Lakers and lately the Lakers defense looks like it consists of cardboard cutouts of the players. They were likely to have a big night no matter what.

But is it really hard to picture Kobe pushing and pushing and the more mild-mannered Durant getting peeved?

I bet Kobe wasn’t talking much Friday night. He’s got his own problems to worry about right now.

  1. acdc363 - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM


    • doctorfootball - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      If you truly didn’t care you wouldn’t have posted anything. You just proved the opposite was true.

  2. pudgalvin - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    4 posts about a crappy Lakers team without acknowledging that there was 12 other games played last night.

  3. rodge1 - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Watching Kobe fall farther and farther away from a title is awesome.

    • teambringitstrong - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Pretty sad life you have when awesome describes your feeling at someone else’s failures. Just go ahead and stop breathing.

      • philtration - Dec 8, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        Even sadder life when you feel compelled to defend a load mouth that would not give you the time of day.

      • scalfor3 - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:49 AM

        @ teambringitstrong- hows the weather up there on your pedestal?

  4. robmar924 - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Kobe has earned the right to talk smack…and why is this news that stars talk smack to other stars?

    • badintent - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Too bad Kobe’s smack talk to Vanessa earned him a bill for $150 million.Check please. Made payable to Gloria Allred.

      • frankyvito - Dec 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        They are not divorced

      • badintent - Dec 26, 2012 at 2:28 AM

        technically not …yet. She got some very heavy divorce lawyer firm working OT, Kobe’s got knee pads on from crawling on his knees trying to work out a reconciliation /settlement ( with some high price law firm too ) TMZ is all over this one.Wonder if he’s buying another $5 million piece of ice again to smooth things again. worked the first time

  5. shockexchange - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Who wouldn’t be peeved? Horry Jr has been carried his entire career, first by Shaq, and later by Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ___ time. L.A. still has “exceptionally more talent” than the rest of the L and they still rank in the bottom half of the Western Conference. Can you say “over-rated.”

    • badintent - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      You forgot Duncan as well.. It’s OK, Horry’s punk hip check on Nashin the Western playoffs speaks volumes with no talking.I would have paid good $$ to see Rick Mahorn ( his brothers were former gang enforcers) take on Horry in the parking lot.

      • tubal22 - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        I don’t think you should post anymore….

      • badintent - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        Not only is it my first Amendment Right but it is my God given right. I think you should not think.. anymore… might hurt yourself.Happy Holidays.

        I’m David Stern and I approve everything badintent post.

      • thraiderskin - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        I agree

      • louhudson23 - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        I think he was calling Kobe “Horry Jr.” Hence the derisive response by tubal to your response …..

      • 1historian - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        I remember him from the Pistons. Johny Most absolutely HATED the guy. Of course Johny hated all non-Celtics. There was a Philly player he named ‘Filthy McNasty’.

        The good old days.

  6. kvanhorn87 - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Hey guess what? There were other games last night!

  7. iamjimmyjack - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Rick Bucher just wants to be noticed. He’s mad that he got kicked off ESPN. His “sources” are the same people that Chris Brousard uses…their made up.

  8. buffalowned - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    No one other than lakers fans like Kobe. Guy’s a tool

  9. crackrocksandotterpopz - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Hehe….how bout dem Warriors??

  10. sportsnut101 - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    lakers not going to finals dont worry kobe

  11. kavika6 - Dec 9, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    What a great leader. Trying to create chaos and jealousy on the Olympic team between two regular season teammates and friends. Whether it was revenge for being knocked out of the playoffs by them or trying to screw up the next season for them, it certainly wasn’t in the interest of of bringing home another gold medal.

    • skids003 - Dec 10, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      I think it’s a testament to KD and Westbrook that they didn’t let it get to them, and took it out on the great Egotistical Kobe last night.

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