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Kobe says Pau Gasol’s tantrum after Lakers’ loss in Orlando was a good thing

Jan 26, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

NBCSports.com

NEW YORK – There’s a lot of losing going on in LakerLand these days, and the team’s most recent loss in Orlando to a Magic squad who came into that one with a record of 11-32 on the season was enough to send Pau Gasol over the edge.

Gasol threw a postgame locker room tantrum that including throwing his shoes, and ripped into teammates for a lackluster effort after losing to what he called one of the league’s worst teams.

“Bottom line is, when you lose against the worst teams in the league, you’ve got to ask yourself why and … what does that make you?” Gasol said afterward, via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

Before the Lakers faced the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Kobe Bryant met with the media and was asked what he thought of Gasol’s actions.

“That was the most irritated I’ve seen Pau in a long long time,” Bryant said. “I’ve never really seen him come in and have a tantrum in the locker room, which is good. It’s good. It’s something that needs to be done. It can’t be something where losing becomes accepted, or the whole ‘we gave it a good effort’ sort of thing.”

Bryant is still a ways away from returning from his latest injury, a fractured bone in his knee that has kept him out of action since Dec. 17. He’s scheduled to meet with doctors Tuesday when the team returns to Los Angeles, at which time he hopes to be able to progress to the next stage in his rehabilitation.

Until he does make it back, he believes it’s important for his teammates not to become accustomed to the losing during these difficult times.

“We don’t do that around here,” Bryant said. “That’s not what it’s about. It’s not about giving effort. It’s about winning championships.”

  1. sportsfan18 - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Love this!

    Right after Howard signed with the Rockets, SO many Laker fans said good riddance.

    Then SO many said they’d rebuild in a hurry in the summer of 2014 as Kobe would sign for less (yes, technically he did sign for less but he will still be the HIGHEST paid player in the league each of the next two years so that isn’t exactly what people were saying when they said he’d resign for less like Tim “I Care About My Team” Duncan did).

    The Lakers won’t be much better next season either folks. Sure, you fans will thumb this down and say they’ll win more games next year than this year. I agree with that.

    BUT, the Lakers are about championships. We hear it from Kobe, from the team, from YOU fans.

    And they will NOT be close to winning it all next season folks.

    After that, it will be Kobe’s last year (under his latest contract, but he’ll want another one as he’ll need another season to become the ALL TIME scoring leader and THAT is what is important to him now).

    IF the Lakers finish 8 games under .500 this year (gonna happen folks) they will be under .500 as a franchise for the past two seasons. They will finish much more than 8 games under this year and even improving next season, they will be left with a three year run (last yr, this yr and next yr) of being UNDER .500 as a franchise.

    That my folks is NOT championship caliber.

    I HOPE somehow the Lakers get/sign Carmelo…

    Ha!

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      Update.

      They just lost to the Knicks folks.

      The Knicks had a better record than the Lakers coming into this game and now they are 1.5 games back of the Knicks.

      The KNICKS folks!

      The Lakers are in 24th place out of the 30 NBA teams right now…

      The Lakers are 16 and 29. Last in the Western Conf are the Utah Jazz at 15 and 29. All the Jazz need to do is win their next game and presto, the Lakers are officially (tied) in last place in the Western Conf).

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        your point being?

      • Professor Fate - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        You won’t be able to tell until he takes off his hat.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Jabari Parker, here we come!?

        How mad would these haters be then, lol

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        (Response to sportsfan18)

      • sportsfan18 - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        my point being

        i had another post the evidently some thin skinned person couldn’t bear to read…

        my update was to THAT post.

      • smoothaswilkes - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        Thanks for the update. Not sure why you seem to think this is a bad thing. If you can’t be the best team in the NBA the next best thing is being the worst. The tanking seems to be working. Relax, they seem to be doing trying really hard to be the worst, don’t to try to shame them back in to winning.

  2. thomaskouns - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    A Laker sneezed – please tell me ‘Kobe’s’ opinion on it…..

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      And just like this article, you’ll click on that one too.

  3. lastdukestreetking - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    One bad team lost to another bad team. Yawn!

    • apkyletexas - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      There’s one actual NBA team in LA – it’s called the Clippers.

  4. lakerade - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Poor Pau.

  5. billtetley53 - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Smooth. That all ends when Kobe comes back. You really think he’s going to play to lose?

    My guess is if they get into the lottery, they get the #1 pick, its just the way the nba seems to work it.

    My hope is that Kobe helps win enough games to get them the 8th seed.

    • mickdamill - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Kobe could come back today and LA still wouldn’t get the 8th seed.

  6. yuwannano - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Well as long as Lord Kobe thinks it’s OK…

  7. thedano - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    I think Laker haters are more passionate than Laker fans…..

    Kobe’s extended injury has been a blessing. Gasol has helped potential trade value by showing he can still put up 20/10/4 every night. Kobe gets to rest his body for the next 2-3 more years beyond this. The Lakers end up in the lottery, with a great chance of ending up in the top 3, in a draft that has 8-10 potential franchise type players. They get to add some like Wiggins or Parker to the mix, along with salary cap space?? That was the only way they could legitimately get back in contention when Kobe was still around. They needed 2-3 difference makers, not just one. Luck it would seem….is on the Lakers side.

    Hate on angry folks…

  8. antistratfordian - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Well it hasn’t been about winning championships for a while – it’s been more about being as dysfunctional as possible.

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