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Kobe Bryant “baffled,” Lakers frustrated by recent losses

Dec 12, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard AP

Lakers fans, it’s not just you.

The Lakers are frustrated with their recent play and string of losses, too. They see the loss in Cleveland as a new low-point in the season, too.

Look at their post-game comments, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Starting with Kobe Bryant, who put up an efficient 42 points in the loss to Cleveland. (You can see his full comments below.)

“This it the most challenging stretch I’ve been in in my 17 years, for sure,” Bryant said. “The most baffling…

“I don’t know if we’re too slow of a team and we’ve got to change things up a little bit and just play a slower game or what,” Bryant said. “I don’t know.”

Mike D’Antoni — the guy brought in to have answers after an 0-8 preseason and a slow start when the games mattered — didn’t have any either (again via the Register).

“I hate it,” he said. “I’m down.”

D’Antoni didn’t have clear answers for the Lakers’ problems, summarizing: “Right now, we’re all screwed up.”

Then D’Antoni made a joke Lakers fans will not find funny.

“It’s my job to fix it, and that’s what I’ll do. Give me some time … a couple or three years.”

Dwight Howard’s spirit is not easily broken, so it shouldn’t be shocking that while frustrated he remained more positive.

“There’ll come a day when it’ll all be done. Right now we’re rabbits. Everybody has a gun.”

And in the end, Kobe was optimistic, too.

“It’s going to come. I have kind of a good feeling about it for whatever reason.”

Which is more than we can say for Lakers fans right now.

  1. thebigcaptain2011 - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Kobe is flabergasted

    • badintent - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:27 AM

      Dree Brees wants an explanation.

  2. coldyron - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Where are the calls to fire this coach? He had more of a chance than Mike Brown and is doing even worse. At least Brown had them playing defense.

    • jordanburton14 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      I think that theLakers are just like the Heat. The big 4 in Bryant,Nash,Howard,and Gasol. When Mike Antoni was with the Nuggets he had one of the best players in Anthony and the were trash. Now the Mike Antoni is with the Lakers the are trash. They are 1-10 while kobe is shooting 30 plus. i think they need Phil back and they will start winning again.

  3. mungman69 - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Looks like the Lakers don’t feel like playing.

  4. addict2sport - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    D’Antonin coming off surgery doesn’t help. Hard to believe he can do what he needs to do without being 100% himself. At least it gives him another good excuse, I guess. Little Buss is killing the organization. It’s not like they’re waiting for a Nash in his 20’s to come back. They need a miracle at this point.

  5. tannethrill - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Howard needs to become the man of that team and sadly that means Kobe needs to be traded.

    No expert here but the chemistry needed to build chemistry just isn’t there.

    Gasol must be unhappy with his situation even if he isn’t acting like we all expect him to act.

    At some point they need to realize that Howard is who they’ve tied the wagon to and the coach needs to build an offense around him.

    I say move anyone but Howard and Nash, make sure you bring in some youth Howard likes and start running the offense the coach runs through Howard.

    Nash should guarantee the transition works and his personality meshes well with Howard.

    • jordanburton14 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      Kobe’s contract is up in 2 years.

    • somekat - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      The chemistry needed to build chemistry?

    • paleihe - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Nobody will trade for Kobe and his albatross of a contract. He’s due over 30 mil next year, and still has a lot of money left for this year, but those are basketball reasons.

      The Lakers wouldn’t trade Bryant for business reasons. He generates A LOT of revenue for the team, much more than he’s paid.

      • savvybynature - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        So no one will trade for Kobe because he is too expensive, and LA wouldn’t trade him anyway because he makes the team too much money?

        I think a team like the Raptors would happily trade for him. His contract doesn’t make sense from a basketball standpoint maybe but from a business perspective, sure. People will pay to see Kobe put up 40 a night even on a bad team, and his jersey is still a top seller.

        Not that it will happen, but I think there is some market there. Kobe is an international superstar after all.

    • eventhorizon04 - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Kobe famously has a no-trade contract, and I doubt he’d want to leave the franchise he’s been with for 17 years.

      Kobe is famously paid a huge amount of money and has openly talked about retirement, so any team that trades for him is getting a productive (but very expensive) player who is close to retirement.

      Lakers have no guard depth right now, and I don’t exactly see them getting a premier guard by trading Kobe.

      So a Kobe trade wouldn’t work for the Lakers or the other teams, and Kobe would probably veto any trade.

  6. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Honestly would bringing back Phil have really made this team significantly better?Their still old and still hurting.

  7. borderline1988 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    We should wait until Gasol and Nash come back to judge.

    Even though Howard and Kobe are 2 of the best players in the NBA, the rest of the team consists of bench players. At least if those bench players could defend, the Lakers would have a chance. But they can’t, and Howard & Kobe are not good enough by themselves to win games.

    • savvybynature - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      If you keep waiting to judge you might determine come March that they are pretty good, despite the fact that they are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

  8. hoodheisman - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    We want Phil!
    We want Phil!
    We want Phil!

    • abchome - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Phil probably don’t want the job now!

  9. dannymac17 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Oh hey, another Lakers blog post

    But only 1 post about how the Clippers back their coach. Yet, Kurt puts em on the hot seat.

    Amazing.

    • bozosforall - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      Amazing how your pussy ass is here on every single Lakers thread, crying like the jealous idiot that you are.

  10. lmoneyfresh - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Keep shooting Kobe, that’ll fix everything…

  11. omniusprime - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    That Dumbtoni hasn’t figured out how to fix the team’s problems already proves he is just too clueless to ever figure it out. He can take a hike over a very tall cliff if he thinks he can make jokes about his total lack of coaching ability. He shouldn’t be given a couple of games or three to figure it out, much less a couple or three years. He’s just stealing the franchise’s money and giving us nothing in return but losses and sorry excuses.

    It’s way past time for Kobe to explode publicly on Dumbtoni. The team would be better off firing Dumbtoni right now and just letting Bickerstaff run the club, at least he had the Lakers playing above .500 during his stint as head coach. The lack of Laker effort on the court proves that Dumbtoni is a monumental failure at inspiring the players to give maximum effort. Instead of forcing the Lakers to play a team offense with proper player and ball movement we see him letting Kobe shoot lights out while the rest of the team stands around with their thumbs stuck up their behinds watching the Kobe show. Even when Kobe is efficient scoring 42 points we see the rest of the team slacking off on both ends of the floor.

    I don’t think Kobe is baffled one bit, Kobe is just being super polite trying to be a good team player by not placing full blame where it belongs, on the little idiot buss boy and Dumbtoni.

    Kurt Helin when are you going to tell the truth about the Laker woes? When are you going to point out the obvious failures of the most pathetic excuse for an NBA coach into your many Laker blogs? When are you going to really chastise the little idiot buss boy for allowing his ignorant arrogance to get in the way of rehiring Phil when he had the perfect opportunity? If you’re a Laker fan and give a damn about the team then please tell the truth about Dumbtoni and his complete failure to coach our beloved team to victories.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! We Want Phil!!! Fire the little idiot buss boy!!! We Want Jeanie!!!

    • skids003 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      It’s not the coach (baby sitter), it’s the players. He can’t get out there and play for them.

    • southbeachtalent - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      “He shouldn’t be given a couple of games or three to figure it out”

      wow, that’s reasonable.

  12. ckinthekc99 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    This falls on the front office people! Kobe has been playing great, considering the injury Howard is coming off of, & the fact everyone said he wouldn’t be back til December, he’s playing great! The problem is the Lakers have failed again to add good young athletic players to this team, to blend with the age and experience of this team.

    Which leads to two options….

    1. Trade Gasol for whatever young talent you can get (this isn’t 2007 people, he’s older, softer, doesn’t fit with this team, & still makes 20 freaking million a year). This is no brainier as far as I’m concerned

    2. Stick with the plan. (This isn’t working, people are panicking & they should! This team can’t compete for title, it’s once again too slow,old, and not athletic enough to compete in Western Conference)

    • somekat - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      Who would take Gasol? Like you said, this isn’t 2007, he’s older, softer, slower, and makes 20 million a year. He’s not the type of guy that is going to turn a bad team in to a title contender if he just walks in, let alone if they give up young talent to get him. Same with a mediocre team. He’s not good enough to off set, and improve your team if you give up any major talent for him.

      At this point, if the Lakers want to move Gasol, it would just be a salary dump. They have no leverage in trading him. He can hardly stay on the court, and isn’t a game changer anymore when he does. But he still gets paid like he is. Bottom line, he only gets moved if the Lakers feel it’s addition by subtraction. I don’t see why they would

      • paleihe - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        There’s a market for Gasol. He’s a 7 footer, who can play the PF or C position, can skill, pass, rebound, and is a decent enough defender.

        There’s always a market for someone like that. And if he’s the #2 on the team, he’s incredibly good. Did you guys see him play in the Olympics? He was outstanding. He didn’t start sucking immediately after the Olympics finished.

      • Kurt Helin - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        He’s also 32 and makes $19 million. Those are the factors that limit his market, not the his skills.

      • eventhorizon04 - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        Typical fan talk.

        “This player is AWFUL and OVERPAID. Let’s trade him for some really good players!”

        If a player is awful and overpaid….he’s not going to be traded for much value.

      • sdlakerfan - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM

        I agree there’s a market for Gasol albeit limited. And they do need to dump his salary. The guy who said he didn’t start sucking right after the Olympics hit it on the head. 32 is not old for any position and centers have longer careers than any other position. Toronto and Minnesota are two possibilities. He would be much better on another team.

        Bickerstaff was 4-1 with a close loss to Spurs on a last second shot. Brown and Dantoni are 5 – 11. As soon as Brown left, it seemed they had more spring in their game. Dantoni has got them back in the funk.

      • paleihe - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

        Kurt, he may make a lot of money, but his contract is only until the end of next season.

        If I were a team like Denver, I’d try to work a deal for Gasol. They have absolutely nobody that can get buckets in the post. It’s not like Denver is going to do much this year, and most likely won’t next year either.

        I’d take a shot at it. If it doesn’t work out, his contract expires and you free up cap space. Or, you can trade him as an expiring contract to some team that’s contending.

  13. ironmike778 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Nothing more enjoyable than the Lakers tanking. Freaking love it.

    • bozosforall - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      Typical jealous post, swallowsmaniron mike.

  14. pacodawg - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    With Irving the cavs are a 500 team. That coupled with a home court advantage the cavs had the edge. No shame in this loss.

  15. datdude8419 - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Howard is far from the greatest center in the NBA I would take bynum any day as long as his attitude is in order but he was unstoppable an kinda reminded me of Shaq diesel back in the day but Kobe don’t dig this at all an very well shouldn’t !

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      Yes, Bynum’s numbers this season are fantastic…. oh, yea.

  16. ckinthekc99 - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    If you listen to the media & a lot of fans, they seem to think Gasol is “one of the most skilled big men in the NBA”. I put that in quotes because that’s all anyone says about him ever. If you are right & no one wants to trade for Gasol, then why do we constantly hear about all these trades offered for Gasol? Derrick Williams & Nikola Pekovic….Or the Toronto deal…i make both of those trades right now & don’t think twice about it! If the coach is gonna be Dantoni, you have to trade his ass

  17. fruitcovejag - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    In my opinion, they do not need to run any plays for Dwight Howard. He needs to get his points on offensive rebounds, in transition, and dump offs at the basket (easy high percentage shots). He needs to defend and rebound period. I don’t think a team can win with him being “the man”. Thought he would do well with a dominant guard. What could the Lakers get for him in a trade? Stay on him Kobe! Toughen him up!!

  18. azarkhan - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I must say, I love watching the Lakers go down the tubes.

    • bozosforall - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      And many men love seeing you go down on their flesh tubes.

  19. fotydaze - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Ok, Jim Buss wants a return to showtime, so do I. The problem with that is Magic is 52 now and owns a major league baseball team so he probably doesn’t have time. Showtime was the perfect storm. The greatest PG of all-time, players that got out and ran, the best finisher in Worthy, the best coach at the time in Pat Riley. And don’t forget if they couldn’t get the bucket in transition, they just happen to have the greatest half court player Kareem to take his place in the post and launch the most unstoppable shot. You just can’t recreate that because you’d like to see it again. I don’t know what the d’ Antoni system is but it looks like you pass the ball until it gets tip Kobe then everyone else stand and watch while he forces another shot. The triangle was a better choice for thus team because it promotes ball movement which the Lakers don’t do. The trouble with this team starts at the top with you Jimmy because your ego is getting in the way of your job, dantoni cause you don’t have the back bone to make Kobe pass the ball do you’re hoping Nash can do it for you when he returns and Kobe because as always you lack leadership skills as well as the ability to make those around you better so instead you force shot after shot to make sure you get yours. The fact that the team is 1-10 when you score 30 plus is not a coincidence. Really would you wanna hustle and play defense if you had to watch 1 team mate take all the shots? How about a players only meeting Kobe? I know I know you scored 42 last night, at least you got yours.

  20. barkley4life - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Inability to stop PG’s, perimeter defense, transition game. Haven’t we heard this before?

    J.J. Barea just tweeted “LOL @Lakers…”.

    Andrew Bynum just took his shirt off and walked out of a bowling alley just for old times sake.

  21. jerdogthompson - Dec 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Why on earth is Kobe baffled I ask?

    The team is in disarray, can’t play a lick of defense, spent all their money and hopes on a 4 all-star(not) group, no bench, no consistent 3 pr shooters, their coach is not defensively or very offensively minded( although quite offensive) shall I continue?

    Put it this way, if the Lakers lose 3 or 4 games this road trip and the top 5 in the West keep up their current place you can slowly see the term “mathematically eliminated” start to come into the headlines. I’ve said this since the preseason, I would rather have this team make it to the playoffs so they may be dismantled by the real LA team and shut up the loudmouth, self entitling, title is ours this year Laker fans once and for all.

    • bozosforall - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      Jealous of those FIVE titles by the Lakers in this millennium, jizzdumpthompson? Yeah, we know you are.

  22. cameltoehoe - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Bad things happen to bad people*. See: Colorado case.

    • bozosforall - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      Kobe has FIVE rings. Yeah, your comment really has teeth. Not.

  23. hahapapa - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Poor Coby.

  24. packfaninvikeland - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Drew Brees demands an explan…opps wrong site..

  25. donrwells3 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    I don’t understand why they fired Mike Brown.. I think they expected to bring Phil back and then they thought they’d go with the cheaper number 2 guy..

    Might have been a big mistake, should’ve kept Brown for at least a few more weeks..

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