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A day later, Kobe didn’t think he played quite so bad

Dec 10, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

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Asked after the game Sunday night what he thought of his form in his return from an Achilles tendon rupture, Kobe Bryant said, ““Right now my form is a horse s— form” and gave himself an “F.”

A day later, he softened his tone, speaking to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was,” Bryant said after going through a full practice Monday, a day after appearing in his first game in nearly eight months because of a torn Achilles in his left leg. “The turnovers and things like that, a lot of it was just mistiming. I made some pretty good reads, I got my guys some pretty good looks. In terms of a floor game, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was.”

Now he gives himself a “D.” Kobe said he just has to do the same things he did in his return, just do them better.

The really important thing is that physically he felt fine — no soreness around the Achilles, no kind of setback. He will be ready to go Tuesday against the Suns.

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There was inevitably going to be a bump in the road as the Lakers tried to insert a new No. 1 option in the offense. Steve Blake had played as well as Mike D’Antoni could have hoped for, learning how to run his offense, and suddenly he was regularly playing off the ball. Other players were tentative and deferred to Kobe a little more than they should have.

That all should shake out in a few games, Kobe will get his rhythm back and the Lakers will be fine.

It just can’t take that long for the Lakers — the West is 13 teams deep with potential playoff squads so Los Angeles can’t afford to dig much of a hole while they figure things out. In the West there is no mercy. Just ask the Grizzlies.

  1. therealhtj - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    His initial assessment was pretty spot on.

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    He also didn’t think he was a bad defender last season.

  3. jerdogthompson - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    You tell ’em Popeye Mamba

    You looked horrible against Toronto plain and simple to say any different is a perfect example of cognitive dissonance.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Sort of have to admire your stubborness for sticking with this horrible nickname despite no visible atrophy in his legs.

    • mytthor - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      Not to mention you don’t apparently know what cognitive dissonance means. Cognitive dissonance just means that two people thing two different things. Essentially what you are saying is that you think Kobe looked horrible and to say otherwise is to think something different.

  4. topdawg4ever - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Maybe by Friday he’ll be up to an “A”. Typical delusional Kobe.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Hopefully. Lakers need him on his A-game to have a chance in the deep West.

  5. bougin89 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Coming off a devastating injury and not playing for many months would make anyone play less than they’re normally capable of playing. That being said, Kobe was awful.

  6. chargerdillon - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Kobe’s turnover numbers are in direct relation to the Lakers losing.

    Saying otherwise is a lie to yourself and everybody else.

    • mytthor - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Wow, Dr Jack Ramsay, thanks for the brilliant insight that 8 turnovers in 28 minutes influenced the outcome of the game.

      Is anyone saying otherwise?

      • chargerdillon - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        Do you see the title? Do you? No really… do you?

      • mytthor - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        Yeah and then I read the content of the actual story. He said he’d give himself a “D.” That’s a long way from him saying that he didn’t negatively influence the outcome of the game. I know your parents used to tell you that a “D” was a good effort, but most people don’t operate under that same curve.

  7. jerdogthompson - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM


    When you call someone out it is best to make sure your right, google “define cognitive dissonance” and here is what you will find;

    the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, esp. as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.

    From now on you will be known as the “wedge”. Mans simplest tool

  8. muhangis - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Greatest NBA player of all-time!

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