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Kobe Bryant sits at home, but his tweets become the story

Apr 22, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

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Even 1,300 miles away lying in bed, Kobe Bryant was still the story for the Lakers Sunday.

Kobe watched the game just like you did… well, his house is bigger than yours and he had more painkillers in his system than you did (probably). But he watched it on television (recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon) and tweeted about the game, just like I and you and a lot of others did.

Except Kobe’s tweets became the story. Because he’s Kobe.

During the game and during the halftime analysis they showed his tweets. Mike D’Antoni was asked about it after the game even (and said that right now Kobe is “a fan.”)

Kobe’s tweets sounded like the rantings of a lot of frustrated Lakers fans — he wanted the Lakers to pound the Spurs inside.

For Lakers’ fans (and Magic Johnson) who have never taken to D’Antoni — because he’s not who they wanted in Phil Jackson, an issue they should take up with management and not D’Antoni — this was a chance to pile on the coach more.

Thing is, it’s really hard for the Lakers to do what Kobe talks about without Kobe on the court.

These are the San Antonio Spurs we’re talking about, not some pushovers. They are going to take away what you want to do first — they made entry passes to Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol in the post difficult, they didn’t let the Lakers just set up what they want to do. If you’re going to beat the Spurs you have to do it with your second and third options (and as the playoff series moves on those will be more difficult as well).

Kobe was frustrated watching the game (like a lot of Lakers fans).

Kobe was late to the twitter game, just signing up for his account earlier this year, but because of who he is (and because it’s clearly him tweeting and not his PR person) he gained a huge following. Including among the media. He had no idea his 140 character breakdowns would become stories in and among themselves.

But Kobe learns from his mistakes.

  1. readysethike - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    get this man a hoveround so he can be on the sidelines

  2. cullimon - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Wonder if Kobe will goto one of the games and help coach

  3. spthegr8 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    He is right. One of our BIGS need too touch the ball EVERY time we have the ball. We have too feed them early and often. That is gonna open the floor up for our shooters also. We turned the ball over like it was our job. We also missed alot of good looks. Lets see if D’antoni can make some adjustments and our shooters came make some shoots. It’s a make and miss league. & in game 1 we missed ALOT!!!!

    • alfiemonstaa - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      LMBO! this guys said “That is gonna open the floor up for our shooters also” LOLOL!!
      the lakers aint got no shooters son! no bench! no nothing! just big man who cant make free throws and a big soft who complains about his role! the lakers are done!

      our shoooters….. hahahahahaha

      lololol!

      • spthegr8 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        @alf
        So I see you are a Skins fan huh??? Why don’t you worry about “Super Bob’s ” knee and the salary cap problem y’all have. Only a F’D up franchise would put there STAR quarterback out there too get MAMED like that!!! The SKINS are done BRUH!!!!

      • alfiemonstaa - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        I DONT EVEN WATCH FOOTBALL LOL WHERE DID YOU GET THE SKINS FROM????

        SERIOUSLY LOL

      • robones - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        LMAO!!! “spthegr8″ got owned! LOL seriously.. what shooters is he speaking of? And to come back talking about FOOTBALL? THE SKINS? Seriously? You can’t blame a Laker fan however; there is not much to come back with.

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        spthegr8 made a very good point about how the lakers need to bring it in the post every play and I agree with him. The lakers don’t have the best shooters but that’s why it’s important to post up, it creates open shots for their shooters. Steve Blake, Steve Nash, Jodi Meeds, Earl Clark, antawn jamison, metta world peace. That’s 6 guys that can hit the open three, so back to spthegr8′s point, it’s important to work it in the post so they can actually get open shots.

      • eerock41 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        @spthegrl

        Seems to me that the lakers did the same thing. look where is kobe???????

    • alfiemonstaa - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      no one is talking about the skins… bahahahaha is the best you could do??? the lakers are done, so just take it bro and thank your new owner lololol!!!

      dude what are you even talking about!!! lol

      • spthegr8 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Your talkin about my team, so I’m talkin about urs!! We have underachieved this yr & thats the truth!! Too bad your team overachieved and in the process ruined there star player. & you have the nerve too “TROLL” when your team is a F’N train wreck!! Lmao!!! Super Bob is done and so are the skins. FACE IT BRUH!!!

      • bucrightoff - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Even for Laker fans this might be a new low. Try and keep it in the same sport please. Or, if you’re going to compare something to the NBA, try the WWE.

      • spthegr8 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        @crackrock
        Not quite. Kobe’s injury was NOT pre-existing you DOLT!!! Try again “TROLL”!! This is CRAZY. There are WAY MORE “TROLLS” on here then Laker fans!! GET A LIFE!!!

      • spthegr8 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        @aboogy
        I think that is our only chance Bruh. They were also doubling Dwight ALOT, so our shooters HAVE to make open shots.It’s impossible too talk basketball seriously on here now. ALL of the Lakers Threads are full of “TROLLS”!!!!

  4. rodge1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    What a great teammate Kobe is, using his popularity to distract America from the Lakers’ terrible display. He must be really earning the respect of his teammates now.

    • aboogy123456 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      sarcastic idiot…did you watch the game yesterday?? I would not call it a terrible display, I was actually proud of their effort. They grinded out the game and played very well, they just lost because their shots were not falling and they didn’t have quite enough talent to beat one of the best teams in the league. It was a great effort by the team, they didn’t look content to just be making the playoffs.

      And as far as respect, who is the most respected player in the league by other players in the league? Think about it for a second..

      • mogogo1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Guaranteed the answer to that question isn’t Kobe. For guys in their prime it’d be LeBron without a doubt. And for older players it’d probably be Duncan. Kobe’s still respected, no doubt, but nobody sees him as the best player in the game any more and plenty of players think he hogs the ball. It’s always been apparent he never really connects with other players by the fact he’s got so few close friends in the league.

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        people will generally agree that lebron is the best player in the game today, but a lot of these guys grew up watching and learning from kobe. All the evidence from interviews and how people treat kobe shows that he is the most respected player in the league. He’s also changed in terms of how personable he is. He used to not have any friends in the league but now he’s enjoying his time much more and even having teammates over at his house, something you never saw before.

        And Duncan is obviously very highly regarded as well. The reason I posted was because the clown above me implied that kobe is not even respected by his teammates.

  5. magicbucs - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Kobe just shut up! Stop critiquing… Your “team” plays better without you. Same outcome tho. They suck!

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Its funny that people actually believe this stuff, smh.

      Cause what i saw yesterday was a team that struggled to find any offense…..but yea, i guess Kobe wouldn’t be able to help with that….gotcha.

      • zblott - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        LA’s only win over SA this year was without Kobe. 0-2 with him. But don’t let reality get in the way of whatever it was you were saying.

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        zblott what team are you a fan of? It’s clear you’ve never actually watched the lakers play so I’m wondering if you ever watch basketball or you’re just some troll that doesn’t know anything. Is there a team that you have any intelligent thoughts about?

      • unxpexted1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        They won but considering Tony Parker got benched in the second half, no manu, no boris diaw……but hey, “dont let reality get in the way”

      • zblott - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        @unexpex
        The Lakers were winning when Parker sat down in the 4th quarter. Diaw, who was cut by the 7-59 Bobcats 2 years ago and passed on by everyone else including the Lakers, has started 20 games this year and was barely playing in April. Manu has missed over a quarter of this season and is averaging 23 minutes/game.

        Are these really the “losses” for the Spurs that you think outweigh the absence of the mighty Kobe Bryant?

    • powerpc20 - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      What’s funny is Laker fans saying, “Win it for Kobe.” Methinks the rest of the Lakers are dying to show they can do it without him. It’s always Kobe this, Kobe that. If they are trying to win it for anyone, it should be Dr. Buss.

  6. bucrightoff - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Twitter and athletes may be the single worst combination ever. Take guys who generally can’t process a coherent thought, then take away the ability to screen what they say, and what you get is typically hilarious and not in the intentional way.

  7. addictedzone - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    To the surprise of no one, Kobe’s tweets easily translate to – “Please talk about ME”

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Kobe did the exact same thing every other person watching the game did. He just has 2 million followers instead of 100 or 200 like everyone else.

  8. patfic15 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Lakers would’ve lost anyway.

  9. zblott - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Basically,
    1) Kobe wants people to talk about him.
    2) Kobe thinks he knows how to win every game he’s not in even though the Lakers’ only win over SA this year was without him.
    3) Kobe should have read these tweets about 17 years ago and got into the habit of actually posting up the most unbelievable collection of bigs anyone has ever played with (Shaq, Pau, Dwight, Bynum).

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      you and these small sample size comments. How can you consistently compare single events to longevity. You consistenlty do that with Kobe. But like i’ve said to you before, the Bulls went to the ECF without Jordan…..does that mean they were better off? Lakers win games here and there without Kobe but its not like they go on long winning streaks without him. But hey, Lakers are better off with Jodie Meeks starting at the 2 then Kobe right? of course.

      • zblott - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        What year did the Bulls go to the ECF without Jordan? I assume you mean 2011 because it sure didn’t happen between 1984 and 1998.

    • jerrybussrightfulheir - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      @zblott unexpected is referring to 93-94 when Jordan “retired” to play baseball and Pipps led the bulls to 55 wins (2 less than the previous year with Mike) the ECF and demonstrated that he is easily top 50 player in his own right without Mike. They came damn close to making it back to the finals as well, thats when Pipps got called for that touch foul on the 3 point shooter that never gets called, but did this time. yet no one would think that the bulls were better off without Mike, but they were still successful.

  10. aboogy123456 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Wow so no laker fans are posting anymore on these threads? I know it’s sad to see how great this team could be playing right now with Kobe, but let’s be happy that they came out and showed great effort yesterday. I thought Steve Blake was fantastic. It’d be nice to see what real intelligent lakers fans thought about yesterday’s game. Right now there are too many haters and idiots on this board, look at what the guy above me actually wrote. Very sad..

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      They posted this article during work hours on the West Coast, and you’re surprised there isn’t more replies?

    • loungefly74 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      after big losses is when the haters come out in droves…no surprise.

      hey boogy, us Lakers fans ill be rooting for them in game 2. its what fans do…

  11. ncm42 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    All of Kobe’s tweets, translated = “I need attention.”

    • aboogy123456 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      just like your non-basketball related post.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Uh… in case you haven’t noticed, doofus, Kobe has no direct control over the public. Every individual who contributed to his stardom and media appeal CHOSE to give him the attention… and that includes all those idiot haters.

  12. 13arod - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    steve nash isn’t doing his part he is the vetren of the club he needs to take over the club

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      poor steve nash, that move just has not worked out for LA

  13. lakerluver - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    To quote Kobe, “We’re all surrounded by idiots” and LAKERS “stories” always seems to bring out the idiots of PBT.

    • tommyshih - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:16 AM

      True, Lakers posts do bring out the idiots of PBT. You showed up again.

  14. deshackle - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    How unprofessional is it to critique your team during a playoff game via twitter? Make that unprofessional and dumb. I guess this is what happens when a player is bigger than the league and the team he plays on. The league should take disciplinary action against Kobe Bryant; the Lakers should trade him or cut him.

    • urodaddy07 - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      What?!! Are you off your meds or something?

  15. wakiash - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    At least now the rest of the team will get a chance with the ball….

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