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Report: Kobe didn’t tell Mike D’Antoni he was leaving the country for medical treatment

Oct 6, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant AP

The news broke a few days ago that Kobe Bryant was once again heading to Germany to receive a special treatment on his knee in order to help him be as right as possible whenever his rehab from a torn Achilles allows him to return to the court at some point this season.

Bryant’s every move is scrutinized, and this latest one is no exception. But a report about the details surrounding his departure is likely to raise more eyebrows than usual.

From Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News:

Still recovering from his torn Achilles last April, Bryant has yet to be cleared to run or jump by the Lakers. His return date to the team for game action is unknown. The team said he went to Germany for treatment unrelated to the Achilles injury. Interestingly, he didn’t tell Mike D’Antoni that he was leaving, choosing to notify the team’s long-time trainer, Gary Vitti, instead.

“Kobe not telling Mike D’Antoni tells you something about what Kobe thinks of coaches, and also Mike’s status,’’ said one NBA head coach. “Now if that were Phil Jackson, I would think Kobe would have told him he was going.’’

It was well-chronicled last season how D’Antoni couldn’t control Bryant’s wish to play heavy minutes late in the year, and this latest report would seem to further the speculation that Kobe will do whatever he wants, with or without D’Antoni’s permission.

But quite honestly, none of us have any idea about the inner workings of the Lakers franchise, or how frequently Kobe and D’Antoni communicate outside of scheduled practices or games, if at all.

This could very well be standard operating procedure as far as Kobe and the Lakers go, but those who want to read drama into a situation where none exists will choose to do so, no matter the circumstances.

  1. gettinbuckets513 - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    “but those who want to read drama into a situation where none exists will chose to do so, no matter the circumstances”

    Its funny thats exactly what you did by writing this excerpt. Kobe’s a first ballot HOFamer but stop the madness, we know he doesn’t respect D’Antonio just like he didn’t respect Mike Brown.

    He thinks he the greatest player ever and he’s not even top 10, ( There’s a reason he only won 1 mvp in his career).

    P.s. Kobe passed gas yesterday maybe you should write that piece next.

    • bostonceltic4life - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Lol , but u got to give him his props he is in the top 3 you know

  2. grapenutz08 - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Read drama???? Brett take your homer glasses off!! Your star player leaving to get a procedure without letting the head coach know is a serious problem. This is not good at all

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 6, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Pollakoff is Phoenix based.

  3. spyder9669 - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    What a punk. Just retire already.

    • wopp22 - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      The reason he went to Germany, just like last time is because Germany was and still is the place to go for Illegal treatments for performance drugs for athlete’s. What to bet that’s how he made that miracle recovery last time for his knee.

  4. jobber33 - Oct 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Just ANOTHER overpaid scumbag. Everyone of these clowns have no problem of taking the money but not willing to follow the contract they sign. I really hope he never makes it back, then there are a few others I can think of that can follow him out the door…

  5. scbaby2013 - Oct 6, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Black mamba!!!

  6. antistratfordian - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Not. Surprised. In. The. Least.

    And what’s this: “The team said he went to Germany for treatment unrelated to the Achilles injury.”

    They take the public for fools because most of you are foolish enough to take this at face value.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Would Prince William run his vacation plans by his servants?

  8. abchome - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Lectures are needed to understand Kobe System.

  9. sportsfan18 - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Come on man!

    I mean even Vanessa doesn’t know when Kobe is going to shag another ho…

  10. Anoesis - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    So telling the head of the training staff isn’t good enough? Do you yokels actually think Vitti doesn’t have D’Antoni’s phone number? The guy is not playing in the pre-season and likely won’t be available until sometime after the regular season starts. I doubt D’Antoni needs notice that an unavailable player is unavailable.

  11. abxyer - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    This guy needs to learn how to respect his coaches!!!!
    I hope he snaps his Achilles again.

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