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Kobe Bryant on Mike Rice: “I would have smacked the hell out of him”

Apr 10, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant‘s reaction here on the Jim Rome show on Showtime was pretty typical of players in the NBA after watching the video of now former Rutgers coach Mike Rice — they say they wouldn’t have put up with that.

Some certainly wouldn’t have. Kobe is likely one of those.

But some would have — the college sports dynamic is that the coach has all the power. Not just over playing time but over your scholarship and where you can transfer to if you try to leave. People with power can be abusive. You can bet Mike Rice is not the only college coach acting like this right now.

But I thought Kobe’s tweet referenced by Rome was spot on.

I heard Duke and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski talking this summer about how players now were different. He’s an old military guy — and he runs a strict practice — but his point was that players today want to know why they are asked to do something. They’re not just going to say “how high” when you ask them to jump, they want the reasoning. Coaches need to build up that trust.

And there’s nothing wrong with that — whether it’s myself with the other writers here at PBT; my bosses with me; virtually every work situation out there explaining context is a good thing. People are more likely to buy in and work hard if they know why, if they get a glimpse of the big picture. The smart coaches have learned that. Kobe learned the most from a very, very smart coach.

  1. ortizmari27 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Yea just like u smacked Ron when he elbowed ur face!!! Stfu 24

  2. mazblast - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    As if KoMe knows anything about the dynamic of a college basketball program. Or about smacking the hell out of someone who could fight back.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:14 PM


    • thesecondlakerzealot - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      And you watched this video because…?

  4. mp4philly - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Such a fake tough guy

    • thesecondlakerzealot - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Okay kid. Tell me the last time you won a world championship with a broken finger and no cartilege in your knee. If it were you, I doubt you could even open your eyes

  5. reesesteel23 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    I’d like to hear from Chris Childs on this issue

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      The Childs who punched and ran?

      • badintent - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:41 AM

        Call Raja Bell, he of the neck choke and non-ran assault

  6. patfic15 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Kobeisha continues to speak in hypotheticals. Calm down sweetie, nobody is throwing the ball at you. It was just a bad dream…just like your season. Lol.

  7. kb2408 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Rice was actually the “fake tough guy”, not Kobe. Maybe Kobe might not have smacked him, but I bet you Jellybean Bryant would have. Rice should never be allowed to coach again.

  8. dalucks - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    As a 18 or 19 year old college student, I highly doubt it. Besides, any 18 or 19 year old kid that fights his coach will be the villian by the media.

    • dannymac17 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Not after video like that leaks

  9. livingsacrifice86 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    A-hole does not equal tough guy

  10. modellforprez - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    lets jump em” like 88

  11. Distinguished Male - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    “They’re not just going to say “how high” when you ask them to jump, they want the reasoning”

    That’s kind of sad. I mean, in the Rutgers situation, the players had every right to at least resist Rice’s ridiculousness. But more and more it’s about the players, or even individual player, in TEAM sports. What’s the point of having a coach if he’s just going to have to cater to the player, by “explaining the context” like you say? Isn’t the whole point of a coach, someone who knows from experience what is best for the team? What is best for his players?

    Obviously, I’m not talking about Rutgers here, but these days you’ll see a team that goes out to find a coach to fit the players, instead of vice versa. I’m not saying that players need to do everything a coach says, or that a coach shouldn’t try to build a camaraderie with his players, but rather lamenting how the coaching profession seems to be losing respect in sports.

    • Distinguished Male - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Guys like Rice don’t help

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