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Kobe Bryant says he’s done tweeting during Lakers’ games

Apr 22, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant doesn’t want his tweeting to be a story.

And it was — they were putting his tweets up on the broadcast during the game. Players and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni were asked about Kobe’s comments after the game. (And before you tell me this was a “media driven” story, we have done just one post on it before now and looking at the numbers you REALLY care about this.)

So Kobe is done tweeting during games.

Does it matter? Not to the players.

If you play in Los Angeles (or New York or Boston or…) and get easily distracted by things on the periphery of the team, then you don’t last long. There are always distractions and drama around the Lakers, but the players on this squad are fairly good at tuning that out.

Kobe is not the problem for the Lakers. San Antonio’s defense that’s another story. Same with Tony Parker’s dribble penetration and Manu Ginobili’s shooting. There are a host of issues bigger than Kobe.

  1. timb12 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Kobe’s been a role model of mine for years…but knowing he’s a George Lopez fan is really making me question my decisions.

    • lucifershuttlesworth - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      Bet you’re not from Colorado,

      • 4thquartermagic - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Me thinks your referencing George’s show in Denver years ago. Ha I was there when he walked off the stage.

        “Hey George? Why you crying!”

      • lucifershuttlesworth - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        That’s funny man, i was just referencing the Vail incident tho. Seems like people in Colorado are the only ones who remember it. I haven’t lived there since i was a kid, long ago. What up Greeley? lol

  2. goraidersgospurs - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Right now (Kobe is a fan)!!!

  3. dgforreal - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    This needs to stop being a story and focus needs to go back to the players that are actually playing.

  4. mp4philly - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Lol @timb12

  5. asimonetti88 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Of course Kobe isn’t the problem, he’s not playing. The Lakers inability to break down the Spurs defense and get Pau and Dwight open looks is the problem. If they can’t find a way to do that the series will be over quickly

  6. jollyjoker2 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Don’t worry Kobe,…in 3 games your lakers will be done and you can tweet all you want.

  7. thomaskouns - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    The media, Nike and especially the NBA Marketing Department pump up Kobe as much as they could season. Kobe could do nothing wrong – it was either the coach or his teammates faults. Sometimes it got nauseating how many so-called analysts had to drool over Kobe at every chance with a variety of adjectives and adverbs out of a swashbuckling pirate/assassin movie.

    Truth be told, Kobe dragged down the team quit often this season (a shock to most Kobe devotees) as he was all about getting his points at the expense of the cohesiveness of the offense and defense. Read any scouting reports from the 2012-2013 season and they echo the same themes. If he was so darn good at this point in his career a team with 4 Hall of Famers wouldn’t have barely finished over .500 two seasons no matter what.

    The same problem is evident now in his tweeting – it’s all about him at the expense of the team.

  8. cullimon - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    @timb12. If the trial didn’t shake your faith in Kobe, I doubt a George Lopez reference will

  9. mazblast - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    To KoMe, it’s always about KoMe. He knew exactly what he was doing, and now, talking about how he’s not going to do it is the story. He’s all about winning–so long as it’s winning with him getting the top billing and the lion’s share of attention.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      So is everyone else who tweeted about the game an attention whore too?

      • mazblast - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        Not necessarily, because the others aren’t as prominent as KoMe. He KNOWS anything he says/does/twits will get attention.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        So what you’re saying is you want Kobe to not say anything, not tweet, not leave his house. Otherwise he’s an attention whore. That’s rational and makes sense.

  10. rodge1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Kobe should tweet about how his salary is helping the Lakers.

  11. 509seahawks - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    no means no kobe

  12. whitdog23 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Kobe obviously can’t understand what the Tweets mean if he was playing 1 on 5 and getting ripped. he’d prob just scream FOUL on every play

  13. zblott - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    “Kobe Bryant doesn’t want his tweeting to be a story.”

    Funny, he was totally cool with it being talked about during the game, after the game, all over the net, etc…and then he changes his tune once there was a backlash of fans against the stupidity of how much coverage it was getting. Kobe was fine with his tweeting being the story until fans let it be known that he doesn’t offer real insight and we’d rather talk about the game, not idle Kobe.

  14. mannyfresh209 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Kobe is a crybaby, plain n simple. Gets mad he got called out by D’antoni for criticizing (publicly) the entire game on his strategy.

    “I CHOOSE not 2.” — please, Kobe. Spare us the macho stuff.

    • badintent - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:31 AM

      You’re quoting Vanessa Williams, right ?LOL

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