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Quote of the Day: Kobe Bryant offers LeBron a cookie

Jan 16, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

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“What does it matter? What does he want, a cookie for that?”

Kobe Bryant, responding to LeBron James‘ comments that what the Heat went through when the “super team” formed in Miami was much more pressure than what the Lakers have dealt with this season. The Kobe quote is via Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com

Kobe better have a cookie for Dwyane Wade, too, he said something similar.

“No one will ever be able to compare what we went through,” James said. “Even though they’re not winning and they’re losing a lot of games, it’s still nowhere near what we went through. Yeah, right. That level of magnitude was nowhere near where ours was two years ago. Nothing. Nothing compares to it.”

“Because of everything that happened in 2010 with offseason signings, it was, automatically, just a lot of negative things that was said about us,” Wade said. “[Los Angeles] didn’t go through that at the beginning. They didn’t go through anything negative about bringing those guys together, so ours started off bad and it stayed bad for a while, and then we got better.”

Here we will point out that what the Heat went through and the animosity toward them was brought on in part by themselves. The pep rally, the “not three, not four, not five…” line from LeBron himself. They came off as arrogant and it turned a lot of fans off. 

Some fans were bothered by the fact the three players (Chris Bosh, too) played a big role in getting together. Personally, the players having some power that used to belong to the teams is fine by me. But the amount of hubris surrounding LeBron’s entire free agent process, how Cleveland was left dangling, how teams had to come kiss his ring to pitch him, how he ended up in Miami was a PR disaster Miami brought on itself. The Lakers at least didn’t go that far. 

  1. savvybynature - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Great quote. Heat need to get over themselves and focus on THIS season.

    Sure they got baited by a reporter, but they are both veterans. No excuses for giving such a sophomoric, self-victimized response.

  2. thraiderskin - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    I could really go for a cookie…

  3. justaride88 - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Right now, in 2013, Lebron is better overall player than Kobe is. But not by a that big of a margin and Lebron hasn’t reached Kobe’s prime level yet and I doubt that he will ever and here’s way:

    It took Lebron 2 finals failures and almoust 10 years to actually develop he’s post game, wich still needs a lot of work. He just does not put in as much work in raising he’s skill as he should. James is a physical phenomen and he’s relying on that too much. You all remember that after Kobe won he’s first title, he spent all summer on perfecting he’s game. Thats afeter he won it all at very young age, he just has diferent drive than Lebron does.

    There are too many stat sheet readers and to few fans who watch games outside higlights on youtube, otherwise we would never ever had a discusion about who’s better perimeter shooter. Theres one question we have to rembember: “Why Jordan is BOAT and not Wilt Chamerlain?” I mean Wilt had way better averages than Jordan did, but it’s obvious who was better player. Same thing here.
    And btw, about defence – Lebron has raised his play on D, but in he’s prime, Kobe still was better.

    • soopreme - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Lebron James has been the best player in the league since his second season.
      The versatility in his game has been unmatched since Magic and magic doesn’t play the type of D that Lebron plays.
      I have heard coaches say that Lebron is the best perimeter defender they have ever seen. He can guard the 1 thru 5.
      Think of the series with Chicago a few years ago when he completely shut Drose down. The other night when they played Utah down 21 going into the 4th, they were getting killed in the paint. It wasn’t until Lebron started guarding the center and shut him down, that they were able to cut the lead to 2. Kobe is not even in the same conversation and anybody who believes that doesn’t know anything about basketball.
      If you ask all 30 nba teams if they had a choice of Kobe or Lebron in their primes 100% of them would choose Lebron.

    • bougin89 - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      I couldn’t disagree with you more on this. Their games are completely different. Lebron is on a whole different level when it comes to making his teammates better. Kobe won a ring at a young age which is impressive but Shaq was the best player on that team. I’m not one of the people that think Kobe was “just along for the ride” because he played a HUGE part in that but the fact of the matter is he wasn’t even the best player on his team for his first 3 rings. Kobe is a much better perimeter shooter, I don’t think anyone would disagree with you there but Lebron is a much more efficient scorer. Say what you want but I’ll take dunks and fantastic finishes at the rim all day over lower percentage perimeter shots. Except for his rookie season, Lebron has finished every season with a higher FG% than Kobe’s career best season FG% season. He scores almost as many points as Kobe while being a pass first guy.

      • scalfor3 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        I dislike both Kobe and Lebron, but Kobe never played as well as Bron did in the finals last year. Lebron in his prime (now) does way more to help his team than Kobe.

  4. returnofmeezle - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    it proves how versatile LeBron is. and when he started guarding rondo is when the series changed and we know the outcome. how often is Kobe asked to guard the hot hand no matter what position and be the offense catalyst?

    the Lakers have won alot of games Bcus of Kobe but he has cost them alot too. I’ve seen him shot his team out of games. LeBron not so much. now LeBron is starting to get that killer instinct, he is far from done winning championships

  5. knickstape84 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    i don’t care how many titles Jordan won he is not better than Wilt. Its sad when they talk about greatest players ever add in centers i know its easier for 5s to dominate but Wilt was a monster… stop with the Lebron is better than Kobe. and using FG% is stupid. Lebron Gerg to the basket more and takes shots closer to the basket hence the reason his FG% is better. Lebron is better now but by a small %. Kobe in his prime was MJ of his time. Lebron and KD are the best players in the league but Kobe isn’t that far behind and this is at 34. Lebron hasn’t really worked on his game he plays off his brute strength and athletics… he doesn’t really have a smooth basketball game. he doesn’t have alot of basketball skill moves like sweeps and triple threat moves. he just beats you with strength and athletics. doesn’t mean he isn’t great but when 32 hits if he dont get a consistent jumper he won’t be doing all those acrobatics…. still he is great just not better than Kobe in his prime

    • bougin89 - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Kobe is at least one “level” behind Lebron and KD right now. If you had any momentum in this comment it was completely lost when you wrote “Lebron hasn’t really worked on his game he plays off his brute strength and athletics… he doesn’t really have a smooth basketball game”. If you don’t think Lebron’s game is smooth you haven’t watched him play. Also, do you not account for passing as an offensive strength?

      I won’t even start for how hypocritical your comment is on FG% for Lebron vs. Kobe while you started out your comment saying Wilt is the best ever. So you discredit making baskets at the rim for Lebron but when Wilt was constantly making layups and dunks he is the best ever?

      Wow.

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