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Kobe Bryant responds to Mark Cuban’s amnesty suggestion in epic fashion

Feb 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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A couple of days ago, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested in a radio interview that maybe it was time for the Lakers to consider amnestying Kobe Bryant, given the team’s current position out of the playoff picture and the astronomical payroll and luxury tax bill the franchise would be looking at next season.

Cuban has clarified a couple of times since then that he was speaking hypothetically of course, but make no mistake — his comments were meant to tweak the Lakers, and it worked on multiple levels.

The Lakers issued a statement through their team spokesman in response to Cuban’s comments, which means that Cuban’s mission was accomplished — at least in terms of his remarks reaching people in the organization who matter, and annoying them in the process.

Where this all backfired, however, was Sunday afternoon at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Bryant put in a vintage performance, scoring 38 points including 14 in the fourth quarter to send Cuban’s Mavericks home with a loss. After it was all over, Bryant took to Twitter to eviscerate Cuban with two simple words.

Bryant has always been criticized on the court for his lack of efficiency, but it’s hard to argue that he did anything other than use this medium to perfection in delivering an epic response.

  1. dko83 - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Maybe if every owner trash talked him they wouldn’t be outside the 8 seed right now.

    • tsi431 - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      Maybe if a 25 year old center didn’t break his hip, and the other 27 year old center isn’t coming off back surgery. They wouldn’t be in 9th.

      • dko83 - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Yep, that’s totally the reason.

  2. 3superman3 - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    Lebron is only making 16 million bc he chose that.

  3. rodericksilva - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    You all just wish he was on your team. You would have experienced 5 championships by now.

  4. aboogy123456 - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Thanks Kobe for a great weekend, Portland on Friday and Dallas yesterday.

    Where are all the haters that say kobe is a ballhog and the team would be better without him? Yesterday’s game was nationally televised so you all hopefully saw real talent on display. Come on, when the lakers lose I still defend kobe against you idiots. I said despite everything that was going on, he would be a leader and not give up on this season, and after the last couple games you can see what a true leader in the league is.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      ya know who i miss? MAGICBUCS! where is that guy? i have not seen him on here the past few weeks. oh…thats right, the magic have tanked in that time and homeboy is too scared to say anything. damn troll.

  5. omniusprime - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Kobe certainly showed up Mark Cuban Sunday by amnestying the Mavs to another defeat. As bad as the Lakers have been the Mavs have been worse. Maybe Cuban should shut up and start trying to rebuild his team. Oh wait he was trying to sucker the Lakers into dropping Kobe, silly boy with more money than brains.

    It was nice to see the California Kids make the texans sad on their home court. If Kobe were really interested in winning another championship next year he’d ask for a pay cut so the team could bring in some better bench players. Kobe has to decide if being selfish is worth more than being smart and unselfish.

    Go Kobe!!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! Thanks Dr. Buss, Rest in Peace!!!

  6. adfranco - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Why do some of you act like Kobe signed his contract yesterday by bringing up the fact that he is in his 17th NBA season and shouldn’t be making $30 million? He signed an extension in 2010, after the Lakers won the championship the previous year and before he lead them to another one. Worth the money to me. Besides, even if Kobe wanted to take a pay cut to help the team, correct me if I’m wrong, but he can’t do that in the middle of his current contract. Now, after his contract expires after next season and he still expects to make this type of money, then that’s a problem and won’t be fair to the team. Kobe’s main goal is to win though, so if he doesn’t want to retire yet, then I expect him to do what Tim Duncan did and take less money so the team can attract free agents and a better bench and be able to make another title run with him.

  7. fm31970 - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    “Where this all backfired”

    I wouldn’t be so sure. Cuban’s no idiot, and he not only got under the Laker’s skin, he got under Kobe’s, too. He know the Lakers don’t play their best when Kobe dominates the ball on the offensive side, so if Kobe carries the team for the next eight weeks, guess who’ll be tired and injured by season’s end? That’s right, Kobe. Cuban knows EXACTLY how to play on Kobe’s arrogance, but apparently Kobe has yet to learn he’d be better off keeping any reactions to himself, as he’s only validating Cuban by going public with his reactions.

    Seems like Cuban is three steps ahead in this game.

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