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Kobe Bryant not pleased Chris Kaman laid down on Lakers’ bench

Feb 11, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Chris Kaman

Kobe Bryant, if you haven’t been paying attention, tends to take basketball somewhat seriously.

For years, the Lakers have cast off players who couldn’t near Kobe’s level of competitiveness and focus. (Nobody can match it.)

But forced to fill out the roster with low-paid players during a transitional season, the Lakers couldn’t be as choosy as usual. So, they settled for some players who might not meet Kobe’s standards.

One of those marginal players, Chris Kaman, feigned taking a nap on the bench when he was the only player left on the bench during the Lakers’ wacky win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Kobe, via Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

“The last week’s been horrible,” Bryant said. “That Cleveland game, it was crazy. And then[Chris] Kaman goes to sleep on the bench, it’s like when big brother is not around, you start doing crazy [stuff]. So, it’s been rough. It’s been rough. But I’ve been just riding the bike, trying to stay active, stay in shape, spend a lot of time with my family — which really helps to kind of balance it out. But I hate not being there with the guys and watching them going through that period that they’re going through. It’s very, very tough. I just try to be patient.”

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Maybe, for his own sanity, it’s better Kobe just shut it down for the season. Give Mitch Kupchak an offseason to use the Lakers’ cap room and acquire some players Kobe can tolerate.

Otherwise, I fear how Kobe would react if Kaman tried a similar stunt with Kobe on the court.

  1. asimonetti88 - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Kaman grew up with the Clippers, what do you expect

    • abchome - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      Yes, he knows how to behave in terrible teams.

    • nycalldayz - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      lol

    • therealhtj - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      In related news, Lakers fans not happy with Kobe for eating up about 50% of the cap these last few years and then taking up 40%+ for these next two.

      Kaman at 3mil is giving Lakers fans more this season than Kobe at 30.

      • therealhtj - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Informed, realistic Laker fans outnumbering the Kobetards by better than 2:1! We’re making progress.

  2. djlexluger - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Kaman said he was stretching

  3. fnc111 - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    What Kaman did is being blown way out of proportion. Kobe cheated in his wife.

    • rtwoj - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Wow… That really affected your life, didn’t it.

      You must have newspaper articles about it posted all over your walls in your bedroom, you weirdo.

    • reesesteel23 - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      LOL yes!!!

    • ranfan12 - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      lol what part of the article led to to bring up that obviously relevant topic

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Exactly. When you look at the bench when teams have their full compliment of players and coaches on them, it is tight, shoulder to shoulder.

      ALL Kaman was doing was showing how much elbow room existed due to the circumstances and that he could actually lie down. It was a weird set of circumstances and he simply did something he could NOT have done otherwise had there been people all around.

      It is being blown way out of proportion.

    • ranfan12 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Hardly being blown out of proportion. The only real news it made was because of the photoshopped pictures. Not like kobe cursed him out or threw him under the bus.

      All kobe said was ” Kaman goes to sleep on the bench, it’s like when big brother is not around, you start doing crazy “

  4. fnc111 - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    on*

    • money2long - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      so, i guess that’s the bar we’ve set. we can’t critique if it’s not worse than cheating on your wife. got it.

  5. RavenzGunnerz - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    You simply cannot do that. The visuals are really really bad. People have to understand that we live in era of visuals, twitter and the likes.

    Somebody could take that picture, put some misleading commentary on it, and put it in the media, and make it look like it’s what the Lakers are doing right now.

    To be fair, this Lakers team has over achieved. Yes, this team should be blown out every night. Yet, they play a great brand of basketball, really pleasing to watch.

    There are thousands of people who pay a lot of money to go to Lakers game. Seeing some of the players laying down, even for a sec and a joke, it just creates a bad image.

    I thought it was amateurish, and really looks bad on Kaman/Lakers.

  6. asimonetti88 - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-OQfnzYezyo4/UvLw4mGhuNI/AAAAAAAAnWU/r6lfgqlv-ck/w500-h335-no/kamanraft.jpg

  7. mickdamill - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    LOL, Nash did this for years while on the Suns.

    • camodaddy26 - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      Yeah, Kaman just has a bad back. Can’t blame him for resting it before he has to go back out. Oh wait, he fouled out.

      • topdawg4ever - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Yup. Larry Bird used to lay down on the floor during games and in the aisle of planes because of his back…

  8. chargerdillon - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    It would really help the Lakers to have a coach with a bigger personality than Kobe Bryant for a change. Of course the easy answer is Phil Jackson, because Phil being the zen master knew how to get the most out of Kobe while not losing control of the team.

    Dumbtoni has zero presence as a coach of the Lakers, zero authority, and zero respect from his star player Kobe.

    Going forward Jim Buss needs to 1. Get rid of Kobe 2. Get rid of Dumbtoni 3. Get rid of old players

    Kobe isn’t playing and he also isn’t your coach. What benefit is having Kobe around the team?
    Dumbtoni cannot make a bad cast better and he can not improve a good cast either.
    Nash is the worst pickup in NBA history, second only to the contract the Lakers just gave Kobe

    This franchise has no leader, no star player, and no future star players. This franchise also has no believable long-term coaching solution, it does not have a believable short-term coaching solution, it does not even have a future solution in mind to getting better.

    As a Laker fan the only thing worse than watching them play is hearing Kobe continue to talk

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      “Kobe isn’t playing and he also isn’t your coach. What benefit is having Kobe around the team?”

      He’ll be playing shortly.

  9. kamauthabiti - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    I thought what Kaman did in that instance was just awful.

  10. raycharlesj - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    At least he didn’t do a Dennis Rodman!! who once Laid down on the basketball court in the middle of a game after being ejected.

    • reesesteel23 - Feb 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      That. Was. Hilarious. Was that with Dallas?

      • raycharlesj - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        I can’t remember the arena, Reesesteel23, but it was amusing I have to agree with you on that.

  11. turkbox420 - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Larry Bird and Steve Nash did this in their late 30`s. Not everyone`s back is great. Luckily I don`t get to watch many LA games so I don`t even know if this former All Star even gets on the floor for this awful team?!? He should have stayed in New Orleans, he would fit well with A Davis.

  12. censoredpost - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    This just proves that even a Rent-a-Laker knows this is a lay down season. Next time he should bring a pillow. Considering the roster sucks (injury players aside) it was inevitable. Us Laker fans know this is the way to our future super star. We smile at the losses because we have seen so much victory. We know what it takes to win it all and this squad ain’t it. I’m worried about lil Jimmy messing it up, but I think he has too many smart people who learned from his dad, for it to go in the wrong direction. I’m just hoping the new commish gives us the loaded ping pong ball at this point and am enjoying watching some bench development for next yr.

  13. billtetley53 - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Haha, i just KNEW VanessaMonetti88 would be on here defending her man!!

    You go girl!

    • kb2408 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      “You go girl”? Really? Is this 2014 or 2008?!!

      • southbeachtalent - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        actually 1998..

  14. kb2408 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    It is called “respecting the game”. Whether you hate him or love him, no one can ever question Kobe’s respect for the game.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Kobe “show me da money” Bryant…

  15. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Players do that all the time, esp. big guys. Kobe needs to shut it and go count his money.

    • kb2408 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      You jealous, bro? You wouldn’t go to your job at Wal-mart and sprawl out on the recliners on display, now would you? Kaman should have more respect for the game, the fans and the LAKERS tradition.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        You must not watch much NBA. BIG GUYS LAY DOWN ON THE SIDELINES ALL THE TIME. No one has EVER complained about it before. And, Kaman is doing a Hell of a lot more to help the Lakers this year than Kobe. Maybe you and your boy should respect THAT.
        P.S…In the future, kindly refrain from using ignorant, worn-out memes in your posts. If you have nothing intelligent to say, join Kobe in shutting up.

      • kb2408 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Obviously you “are” jealous….and quite hostile. Sorry you’re having a bad day, sir.

      • kb2408 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        What is this “memes” thing you speak of, sir? Enlighten me.

      • urodaddy07 - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        @eugene; i watch a lot of NBA, seen players lay down on the floor to stretch their back or something. Never, ever seen a player feign taking a nap on the bench. Don’t know what the hell you’re talking about

  16. billtetley53 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Nobody loves him more than you kb, you savage you! Well, except Vanessa Monetti.

    You girls going to have a cat fight over him?

    • kb2408 - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      In all my years of watching the NBA, I have NEVER seen a player just recline on the bench like he’s at home in front of his television. I recall many instances when a player laid down on the court but it was attributed to him having a bad back…and not just “chilling”.

  17. socalgal64 - Feb 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Good lord, people don’t really believe Kobe was seriously pissed, do they? Or that Kaman was really napping?!

  18. floriojr - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Chris Kaman not pleased that Kobe is making 23 million this year for 6 games. 4 mil a game isn’t a bad deal hey Black Mamba?

  19. fearthehoody - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Kobe you’re not relevant anymore grandpa! Get out of Blake and CPs home!

  20. gymtruthteller - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Chris Kamen isn’t impressed that Kobe is sitting on his fat $$$ and making 20 million a year to not play.

  21. j0esixpack - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    This is going to sound weird coming from a Celtics fan, but I give Kobe his due for wanting everyone to play hard and be focused regardless of how far from contending the team is.

    He’s getting $24 million a year and he’s not going to just accept mediocrity. Nothing wrong with that.

    And while him taking up that much of the salary isn’t going to help the team contend in the next 2 years – they weren’t going to contend even by spending that elsewhere. They’re going to such for the next few years – but Kobe will keep people in the seats and keep people interested – unlike if the team were in full rebuilding mode.

    Whether he’ll be able to play if and when the Lakers are able to return as contenders, remains to be seen – but for now it’s a win win and Kobe’s going to push his mediocre teammates hard.

    That’s ok in my book.

  22. campcouch - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:33 AM

    so what could Bryant possibly do to make Kaman’s life more dull than it already is? Force a trade to a losing team? Wait…make his hair fall out? Wait…nothing really. Like Kobe is gonna beat him down lol. Kick him in the knee Chris!

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