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Chris Douglas-Roberts shares a story about practicing with Kobe Bryant

Oct 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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Chris Douglas-Roberts has been a fringe NBA player for the last couple of seasons that has been in and out of camp with the Los Angeles Lakers.

CDR is struggling to find a home on an NBA roster largely due to his jack-of-all-trades, master of none skill set, combined with a physical frame that simply does not scream professional athlete.

But given his time around one of the league’s most legendary franchises, the man has stories. Including this one, which he posted to his Instagram account regarding a practice duel he took part in with the great Kobe Bryant.

A lot of ppl wondered why Bean spoke so highly of me last yr. First day of camp Mike Brown tried to throw me in the fire right away. Made me & Bean 1 on 1 partners for the whole first practice. What Mike Brown didn’t know is that’s what I was waiting for. That whole day we went head up. At one point it damn near came to blows bc Bean will do anything for an edge. So he was elbowing me on the low for separation & I couldn’t let that go as a competitor. As a man. The refs were too scared to call the foul bc he was intimidating them all practice. But at then end it was all love. The respect is mutual. Gave me some pointers that are priceless. It’s a misconception on Bean. Ppl think he’s a sucker…hard to play with. It’s just that he expects the most of his teammates bc he works so hard. Easily realist hooper I’ve met. He never lies and I respect that. #ClosestThingtoJordan #HeNeverSleepsEither#ImOut

The work ethic is obviously there, or CDR wouldn’t keep being invited to play in Summer League or practices with NBA teams. (He was most recently in camp with the Knicks before being waived on Friday.)

The tale of his tangle with Bryant is interesting, if only to note how he supposedly didn’t back down, and how Bryant will bring maximum intensity to anyone that steps to him on the court — even a non-rostered player during a team practice session.

  1. Anoesis - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    This is what Howard couldn’t handle. I’ve read a lot of comments on this site about how free agents don’t want to come to L.A. because of Bryant, but if you can’t handle the intensity and workload of being a Laker then they don’t want you anyway. Or if you’re already there you can accept an offer from another team. Like Houston.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Dwight was thrown into a situation where D’Antoni can’t coach traditional centers, he was coming off MAJOR back surgery, people were injured all year, the owner still IS an idiot, and perhaps most importantly there was NO SYSTEM. Oh yeah and that Kobe guy wasn’t in the playoffs.

      Dwight only put up 17 and 12 through all this and he was the scapegoat.

      In the end the Lakers BEGGED for him to come back and are bitter he chose much greener pastures and much less money which truly shows what his priorities are – WINNING.

      • mikerome64 - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        The whole team was injured at one point or another during the whole season. This she-he was the only one who was making excuses and complaining about it. As a Laker fan it embarrased me that they were begging this clown to come back. I’m glad he’s gone. They should have never traded for this fool in the first place.

    • dunkmann - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Enjoy watching your team in the lottery for years to come, and Dwight in the Finals THIS SEASON.

      And Thank Lord Kobe for the sorry-axz state your team is in.

      • kb2408 - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        The only Finals Dwight and Houston will see is the Conf. Finals. And even that’s not a sure thing as long as the Spurs, Thunder, Memphis and Clippers are all better. Most of Kobe’s critics are guys that have probably never played a team sport in their lives. Listen to how the “players” talk about him. Last season D. Wade said he’s the best player of this era. A week ago Lebron said Kobe’s STILL a top 5 player in the league. Magic and West said he’s the greatest LAKER ever. Shaq called him and Kobe the most dominant duo ever. And MJ has always given him his props.

      • spthegr8 - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        @dunkman
        You should change your handle to Drunkman, because you CAN’T be sober!! The Rockets in the Finals. Lmao!!

      • ezwriter69 - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        I’ll thank him for the FIVE championships he’s won since he’s been there. How many have the Floppets had in that time again? Obviously way more than five, the way you’re talking… let me look it up… OH, hey, the guy you’re trashing won five, and your guys won NONE. Huh. Tell me how happy you are with Lord Dwight come June.

  2. 00maltliquor - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Shut y’all up real quick!

  3. supervillain910 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Cant wait to read the Kobe Haters comments.

  4. dunkmann - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    That’s one guys opinion, who played Kobe once or twice.

    Scores of other players, who played with him for years, have dissenting opinions.

    • kb2408 - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Name this “scores” of players. Who are you referring to, scrubs like Smush Parker? Is it a coincidence that his NBA career ended the minute he wasn’t lining up next to Kobe?

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Smush actually went to the Clippers after the Lakers, which is as good as having your career be over.

      • spthegr8 - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        @kb
        He is bored on Sunday so he decided to do a lil afternoon “Trolling!” Nothing he says is of ANY substance. Just babbling BullS**T!!!

    • urodaddy07 - Oct 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Name them

      • dunkmann - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        How far back do you want me to go?

        Shaq, Glen Rice, Karl Malone.. Big enough names for ya?

        Want some more recent ones?

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        Karl Malone? You mean the guy who made inappropriate comments to Kobe’s wife? You’re blaming Kobe for being upset at Malone for harassing his wife?

    • ezwriter69 - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Your posts are incontrovertible proof that hate does make you irrational. Quite interesting.

  5. nflcinbengals - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Kobe is a giant in this league, his presence is missed greatly!

  6. rumar1989 - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    DunkMann, regardless of what takes place this year, the Lakers aren’t out for good, as far as
    contending for titles goes. Dwight i don’t think has the supporting cast, to reach the finals.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Dwight is part of Harden’s supporting cast.

    • dunkmann - Oct 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Rumar, the Lakers are done contending for titles for a long long time. The reason they were elite for 3 decades was a combination of two things. Great risk assessment by the owner, and his willingness to outspend the rest of the league. The Lakers no longer have either of those advantages. The new CBA prohibits overspending, even when teams are willing to pay luxury taxes, and the new owner manages by fear instead of brilliance. He is also becoming known as “player unfriendly” around the league.

      What’s more, Lakers’ Time Warner deal assures the owners high profitability for many years to come, so even failure on the court will not result in financial failure, so there would be little pressure to sell or change course.

    • redbaronx - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      @rumar1989 – If the Lakers are anywhere close to the 1-5 spots or contending for a title, I’ll be shocked. Even if Kobe comes back 100%, Pau Gasol plays like Pau of 2/3 years ago, Steve Nash is healthy and plays like Steve of 3 years ago, and every player plays up to their ability, there just isn’t enough defense and punch to compensate for the lack of defense. There are too many teams that are better than the Lakers at this point.

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        Hence why he said they are out of contention this year.

      • redbaronx - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        @asimonetti88 – You’re misreading Rumar’s post. His comment was

        “the Lakers aren’t out for good, as far as
        contending for titles goes.” Aren’t….are not. He still thinks they’re contenders…..

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        He said regardless of what happens this year. Which implies we are throwing this year out.

      • redbaronx - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        @asminoetti88 – Read his post CAREFULLY! He is responding to Dunkman. His quote is:

        “DunkMann, regardless of what takes place this year, the Lakers aren’t out for good, as far as
        contending for titles goes.”

        He’s saying that regardless of what takes place this year, the Lakers ARE NOT out for good as far as contending for the title goes. MEANING, the Lakers ARE NOT out of title contention (in his opinion) and still have a shot at the title.

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Not sure if serious… are you aware of what the definition of regardless is? It means without paying attention to the current situation. Regardless of what happens this year, they are not out for good. In other words… they are not out for good… even if it seems like they are this year…

        I’m done with this though. This is a pointless semantics conversation and I’m not sure you’re reading it logically as much as reading it to fit preconceived stereotypes of Lakers fans that many commenters on this site hold.

      • redbaronx - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        @asimonetti88 – You’re killing me! Obviously you understand what regardless is. Why you don’t get the rest is beyond me!

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Come on man. You can’t seriously believe what you’re typing. Let me make it even easier: just because the Lakers aren’t title contenders this year doesn’t mean they won’t ever contend again.

  7. antistratfordian - Oct 27, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    There’s a little more to this story than meets the eye. After their first practice, Douglas-Roberts was not enamored with Kobe. CDR wrote in 2012 that he was very “surprised” to hear Kobe speak highly of him in the press after that practice. From that moment on Kobe kind of took CDR under his wing a little bit (classic ‘stand up to the bully and the bully will respect you’ thing). But if Kobe doesn’t speak highly of Douglas-Roberts, CDR would have a completely different take on their relationship.

    The problem with this anecdote to me (which CDR doesn’t see because he’s too busy being caught up with Kobe kissing his butt) is that it’s a hazing system that perpetuates the idea that you have to be a jerk in order to get ahead in the NBA (or in business, or anything else). Kids read stories like this and assume that they’re going to have to treat people the same way if they want to be an “assassin” or a winner, which is absolutely ridiculous.

    And look at Kobe’s judgement in this case – Douglas-Roberts is not a better player, or more of a winner, than Smush Parker.

    • mikerome64 - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      Go grab a copy of the book Jordan Rules and read how MJ treated his teamates. Scottie and Horace hated him and Cartwright wanted to kick his ass.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        I know Jordan Rules as well as anyone. I have it on my nightstand.

        The difference between MJ and Kobe is that MJ never said anything publicly that could stain his image. We only learned about the seedier parts of his personality through accounts in books.

        Jordan was also more friendly and engaged with his teammates as far as playing cards and laughing and generally hanging out with them – they had differences on the court sometimes because Jordan shot too much – but he was not a loner like Kobe and he never said anything as insanely narcissistic to a teammate like what Kobe said to Smush Parker.

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