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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. troy10 - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Not a huge Kobe fan… but that was funny! LeBron probably doesn’t even know what he means by that either…ha

  2. divan22 - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    No, don’t give LeBron a cookie for that. Just give him a cookie for being a much better basketball player than you ever were, Kobe.

    • dannymac17 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      You realize thats not even remotely true?

      Being a Clippers fan having to watch the Lakers for years winning championships Lebron is a speck on the testicles of a gnat to what Kobe accomplished.

      Amazing.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        dannymac, my comment was to divan22, stop being so defensive lmao

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Kill yourself.

      • dannymac17 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        Eat a bag of dicks. An entire bag.

    • loungefly74 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      LOL. danm Kobe is hilarious and spot on about the comment.

      man…Kobe is at the tail-end of his career…a long successful career. you can’t take away what he accomplished. is Lebron a better player? sure. heck, he may be the greatest of all time but Lebron has a way to go to cement his place as one of the greats…Kobe has already done that.

  3. dangernearing - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    D. Wade is such a drama queen.. “No will ever go thru what we have….” Put the pipe down.

    • dangernearing - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Meant James

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        You were right the 1st time.

  4. blakspartan - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    lebron just have one ring and all of a sudden he is a better player than bryan. championship rings speak volumes.

    • kinggw - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Lebron has been better than Kobe for a while now. Back in 2007, both players were the only all star caliber players on their respective teams. One was eliminated in the first round, the other took his team to the Finals. There should be no question about who the better player is. For 3 of Kobe’s 5 rings he wasn’t even the best player on his team.

      • somekat - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        One was in the stacked West. One was in the wack east. For god’s sake, the Raptors were the 3 seed and a pre Lebron heat were the 4. In the West? The Spurs were the 3, and the D Williams led Jazz the 4. The 8 seeded Warriors were probably a 3 in the East

        I’m far from a Kobe fan, but that is just a terrible example. By that logic, AI is better than both of them. He was the only all-star calibur player on his team for years, and won plenty of series over the years

      • caseybojangles - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        and 1 of the other 2 of those 5 where he was the best player on the team was gifted to the lakers by some of the worst officiating ever seen in game 6 vs sac kings

      • justaride88 - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:04 AM

        So youre saying that Kobe’s supporting cast at 2007 Lakers were just as good as that on Lebrons 2007 Cav’s? My God

  5. miamatt - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Say what you will, but LeBron’s comments on this matter are accurate. And, for the record, I would like a cookie, preferably a double-stuffed oreo.

    • eureca323 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      They are not accurate imo. Comparing it to just the Lakers this season maybe he has a point, but he said no team ever has faced that pressure. Hmm 04 Lakers? What about all the stuff Dirk got for the 06 finals and being called a choker for years until 2011? He didn’t have great pressure? Lebron’s pressure lasted for a year basically. By the 2nd season it had let up. What about the pressure the Lakers had all those years of never beating the Celtics.

      I think Lebron/Wade are over stating it because it happened to them.

      • miamatt - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        Indeed, LeBron was specifically comparing Miami’s 2010 with the Lakers 2012.

        From my end, that was the most nationally scrutinized and criticized season I’ve ever witnessed in any professional sport, at least in the USA.

  6. aldavis4president - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    @Divan22 hahah quit watching ESPN and watch a game for once buddy!! LeBron hasn’t added anything to his game since he’s been in the league! His “post” game iz non existent he cudnt even post up jkidd vs Dallas in the finals…his shot iz still horrid and he has 1ring!! He’s always complaining bout sumn…jus shut ur mouth and play ball!! Kant stand the guy.

    • divan22 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Hahahahahahaha

      Post game is non-existent? Guess you missed the playoffs this past season. And all of this season.

      Shot is still horrid? He’s shooting 54.6% from the field this season. 40.7% from 3.

      Kobe’s CAREER HIGHS in those categories? 47.8% from the field and 37.5% from 3.

      In fact, LeBron has only shot below 47% ONCE in his entire career, and that was his rookie year.

      On the other hand, this is the ONLY time Kobe has ever shot above 47% from the field.

      (Oh, plus LeBron’s a better rebounder, passer, and defender. He’s simply better at basketball than Kobe is)

  7. prourke22 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    rings aren’t what make you the best player. than big shot bob is better than jordan? bob has 7 rings. Bill Russell is the greatest player of all-time? he has 11. LeBron is a better over all player than kobe ever was, and ever will be.

    • somekat - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      Russell is one of the best of all time

      A decent example would of been Robert Horry

      • caseybojangles - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        who do you think he is referencing with bob?

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I expressed the same sentiment when this comment was initially brought about last week. YOU BROUGHT IT ON YOURSELF. That self-imposed pressure does not compare with the inherent pressure that comes with playing in New York and Los Angeles, Bath House Boys…

    • bougin89 - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      I agree with this. Lebron and Wade shouldn’t complain about the pressure they had for the first season or two in Miami. They brought all of that on themselves. They were completely arrogant and it took Lebron getting severely humbled against the Mavs in the finals their first season to get on track. Wade apparently hasn’t been humbled at all, he is getting more and more arrogant.

  9. sdemp - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    James is bigger and stronger than Bryant, but let’s not forget what Bryant has accomplished. . . Championships that James will never match.

    If James is better than Bryant, than he must be better than Jordan!?

    Kinda hard to compare completely different players. . . Personally I think Durant is better than James, similar players playing in their prime at the same time, but only time will tell.

    James is a female dog.

  10. yousuxxors - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    shaq was going to win those first three with or without kobe

  11. fiyeaglesfiy - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Did Lebron forget about that WWE-style introduction ceremony that he Wade and Bosh put on declaring how many championships they’d win? They deserved all the negativity that came their way in 2010, any added pressure they felt, they put on themselves. Now he’s bragging like he had to overcome the most adversity, claiming this laker team has it easy compared to him. C’mon man, you asked for it.

    • bougin89 - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Nailed it!

  12. broadstbully - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    @aldavis4president,

    Your entire post is inaccurate, save for the last sentence. You’re a hater. And ill-informed. Dangerous combo. As far as the subject of the article, Kobe never disagreed. He simply articulated that he doesn’t give a rat’s ass. I’m sure LeBron was asked a question, and he answered it. Kobe was probably asked to comment on LeBron’s comment, hence the article. I really don’t think there’s anything to see here. For the record, I agree that Miami put a huge target on their own backs, and they had to handle more adversity than normal as a result. Cost to be the boss, I suppose.

  13. fiyeaglesfiy - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    I think if Lebron really wanted to overcome adversity, he would’ve stayed in Cleveland and tried to win. He thinks taking the easy way out, taking a pay cut to form a super team in order to win overcoming adversity? Dude needs to get out of his own head…

    • kinggw - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Lebron did try to win in Cleveland. Unlike Kobe, he took his team to the Finals without a cadre of all stars. Unlike Kobe he didnt beg for a trade. He played out his contract and then left and exercised his rights as a free agent. Its asinine to claim that he took the easy way out.

      • southbeachtalent - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        kinggw,

        You hit the nail on the head. People forget those little (factual) details when criticizing LeBron. Obviously (1 Championship later) he did the right thing. Besides, gauging by Gilbert’s broken hearted letter, the Cavs seem to lack leadership and direction.

      • bougin89 - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        This is where people disagree. If you believe plotting for years with two of the other best players in the NBA to team up to try to win rings is taking the easy way out then yes, Lebron took the easy way out. If you don’t think Bosh, Wade and James plotted to team up then you probably don’t believe Lebron took the easy way out.

  14. ebrownwareagle - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    @yousuxxors

    Please PROVE your Theory… Because at last check when He had Penny and crew… They got Swept IN THE FINALS! So please do tell how…

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Kobe haters are always trying to pull that “Shaq won those titles/would have won with anyone else” line. I don’t even bother with them, ebrownwareagle.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        And the Magic wouldn’t have even MADE those Finals to begin with if Pat didn’t miss that finger roll — as he STILL owned Shaq in 1995 (that year).

  15. losanginsight - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Kobe> scottie pippen jr. ( lebron)

  16. badintent - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Dudes, It Ain’t about THE cookie, IT’S THE HONEY NUTT THAT COUNTS

  17. beantown985 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    If you pay attention to what he says, this boy Lebron still uses the type of language that someone would use when they believe they’ve done nothing wrong. He says “automatically” they’re going to have more pressure on them…Automatically? As if you had nothing to do with that hate that you brought upon yourself? The 1 hour ESPN special or the championship celebration you had when the 3 divas signed together? But yea it was automatic, the unbelievable amount of self-absorbed egotistical BS that went on had nothing to do with the pressure and hate that they get to this point. Poor Lebron.

  18. bjerkrulez - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Geesh, nba players nowadays are whiners
    I would bet if the old school players were still playing they would smack the bottom of these guys

    I’m no kobe fan (his comment made me laugh though) but i’m not quite sure on lebron being the better player(yet), yes he got his ring but kobe has a set of jewelry to prove his point

    And to think of it, would the heat win a title if their team belong to the western conference?

  19. ebrownwareagle - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    @kinggw

    23-1st ring ,29-2nd ring,,25-3rd ring!
    And if you look it up the 07 season I think it was. The East was VERY WEAK!! I think 5-8 seeds had loosing records that year. As a matter of fact only the top 2 teams in the east that year record wise would have made the playoffs! Ijs YOU do the Math!

  20. ebrownwareagle - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    In the west.

  21. davidly - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    THAT’S IT !!! All of you are gonna stop sniping at one another or there’ll be no more Internets! You hear me!?

    Dwyane, Bean and ‘Bron you can stay up a little bit later and eat your cookies, but be careful not to poop your pantalon du grand garçon.

  22. ludachrisgsx - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Well said Kurt, well said.

  23. lakerchuy - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Pretty stupid for Lebron and Wade to get sucked into commenting on this. This is the type of question they should have known by now in their career to just let roll off their backs.

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      agreed.

  24. returnofmeezle - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    LeBron is a better all around player than Kobe every was. against the Celtics guarded 4 different positions, kg, rondo, Paul pierce, and Ray Allen. all in one game Kobe never had to and couldn’t if he was required to.

    kd is a better scorer but doesn’t control a game like LeBron and isn’t close to as good as a defender.

    • savvybynature - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      So he attempted to guard Rondo, and failed, and that proves he is a better player than Kobe, when you even admit that Kobe was never asked to do those things?

      Uhhmmm.. OK. They are two different players who are both undoubtedly great, but they play two different positions and have very different games. Kobe is a better scorer, Lebron a much better passer, as just one example. Who they guarded one time in a game doesn’t really prove anything.

      Bruce Bowen was a better defender than either. Is he better than both now?!?

  25. iamjimmyjack - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    What’s up with the confuse job…italicizing certain things and not others? Is this written by an amateur?

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