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Pau Gasol says Kobe was right to rip Lakers front office

Mar 14, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

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When the Lakers made it official that Kobe Bryant would in fact be out for the remainder of the season, the team held a press conference where Bryant took questions from reporters as is customary in these situations.

But Bryant did anything but toe the company line. He made it clear that he didn’t want to se Phil Jackson get away once again (which he now somewhat officially has), and expected the family running the front office to get their strained relationship straightened out.

Most importantly, Bryant made it clear that if he puts in all of the necessary work to be back playing next season at 100 percent, he won’t have “a lick of patience” for rebuilding, and expects the team to do whatever it can in order to put a roster together capable of winning now, and not wasting one of Bryant’s precious few remaining NBA seasons.

Bryant’s remarks were endorsed by Pau Gasol, who admired his teammate for publicly airing his grievances.

From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

“I’m glad that he spoke his mind,” Gasol said following the Lakers’ 131-102 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “He wants to win. He’s got two years under contract with the franchise. He wants to be in the best possible position to win. Whether you do that publicly or internally, that’s totally up to you. He spoke his mind and you have to respect him for that.”’

Bryant has been Gasol’s biggest supporter within the organization in recent years, speaking up more than once as the trade rumors that were seemingly constant continued to swirl. And the two have formed a close bond — all of which makes Gasol’s reciprocation more expected than it is surprising.

The Lakers are in a difficult spot, to say the least. Waiting one more season before making a big free agent splash seems like the way to go, but then again, wasting one of the final two years of Bryant’s incredible career would seem like a huge mistake.

Assuming he returns fully healthy, Bryant can still play at an elite level, and adding just one more star and the right mix of role players could immediately make the Lakers formidable in the West. But L.A. needs to consider a life without Bryant at the same time, so a win-now plan may not be the best course of action if it ultimately mortgages the team’s future.

  1. Gordon - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    He doesn’t want to rebuild yet he wanted the big $. You can’t have it both ways with all the bad contracts they have.

    • ranfan12 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Lakers should’ve known better than to offer him that much then and save it for more pieces. Probably would’ve signed if they offered him 30 or 40 mil.

    • xonxrocket - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      What bad contracts other than Bryants? The Lakers only have Nash, Young and Sacre on contracts next season.

  2. thevikesarebest - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    The lakers blow and will continue to blow for a longtime.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      Right. They should take lessons from a great franchise like the Vikings. Not like the Lakers have as many championships as the Vikings. Wait, when was the last time the Vikings won a championship? The Lakers?

      Go back to PFT, log into your other names, like logicalvoice or thepftpoet. Everyone know you’re the same troll who has numerous names thinking you’re clever or something. Also, go outside every now and then and get some exercise. You spend all day every day trolling the internet. Find something productive in life, dude.

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        The Vikings are the Seahawks’ AAA team.

      • detectivejimmymcnulty - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Man, I’m not sure I’d call them AAA. It’s more like Single A, but instead of developing players they just keep them on ice until the Seahawks can actually utilize their talent effectively.

      • strictlythedanks - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:20 AM

        The Vi(kings of the hill & NFL) are a far superior franchise to the la fakers and will be winning the superbowl within 3 years under the legendary mike zimmer. Meet me in the parking lot for some fisticuffs, high noon.

      • strictlythedanks - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:21 AM

        and jimmy your damn lucky I dont have your sorry azz reported

    • elcapitanfiscal - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      Godammit Mcnulty.

      • bucrightoff - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        What the eff did he do?

  3. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    If he cared so much about winning he would’ve left money on the table so they could get him some help.
    Pau doesn’t give a rat anyway, he’s out the door once the season is over.

    • pukpokito - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Touche’. Kobe didn’t seem to rip Jim Buss and management when they gave him that waste of money 2 year $48 million contract.when he got it, it became ok to bite the hand that feeds him.Good job koME.

      Pau of course will say that.Phil left already and so is whatever chance there is of him having a semblance of being successful in a system again with the lakers.

  4. antistratfordian - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Finger pointers. Kobe especially shouldn’t be criticizing anybody… half of the bad decisions they’ve made in the last two years were done with either his blessing, or it was his idea. This includes missing out on Phil Jackson the first time because he named D’Antoni as his first choice. Kobe called D’Antoni a “genius” then, if you recall.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Everything Kobe said is right.

    • musician0785 - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Where did you ever see that Kobe chose D’antoni over Phil? They asked him what he thought of Mike D’antoni and he told them. Not once have I ever seen where Kobe chose Phil over D’antoni. Its ridiculous to think that Kobe would choose D’antoni over the guy who got him 5 rings, but that’s exactly what you’re getting at.

      • detectivejimmymcnulty - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:35 AM

        Even if Kobe did, Phil wanted to only coach home games if I recall correctly, and that will not work for Phil or any other coach.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:01 AM

        “I spoke with Jimmy (Buss) before everything went down and we talked about some of the coaching candidates and stuff and to be honest, I said D’Antoni was my first choice…”

        He gave some lame excuse about why he passed over Phil Jackson, then went on to call D’Antoni a genius three times in one paragraph.

      • musician0785 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        show me where you found this quote….

    • urodaddy07 - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Why do you make stuff up? He never said D’Antoni was his first choice

      • antistratfordian - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:20 AM

        “I spoke with Jimmy (Buss) before everything went down and we talked about some of the coaching candidates and stuff and to be honest, I said D’Antoni was my first choice…”

        - Kobe Bryant, Nov 13, 2012

  5. honkerdawg - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    If big BAD Kobe doesn’t like the way the team is run why doesn’t he ask for a trade; oh that’s right the team gave him more money then he deserves and can’t afford to bring in any more players. Again if you don’t like Tate way things are being run RETIRE

  6. dinofrank60 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Somebody should tell the Buss family this: Why should I spend my time and money on this organization, when the late, great Benny Hill could do a better job of it.

    Benny could get his alter ego, Fred Scuttles to do a more entertaining job of running the team than the sainted Jim Buss. The old, deceased British comedian could not do a worse job.

    The hilarity of trying to pawn off Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni on fans borders on the unbelievable. You stick these guys with a roster they cannot manage and you expect them to do the impossible. And then you hide; they must taken lessons from Frank McCourt himself. You couldn’t him to take the heat either.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      Benny would’ve worked better as a coach. When things went south, they could organize one of those goofy chase sequences and charge fans to follow him.

      • dinofrank60 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:38 AM

        Naw, Benny would hire the Goodies to play in the backcourt to do that.

  7. 1harrypairatesties - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Let me give you a dose of reality Lakers fans. Everyone who’s not in L.A. can see that Kobe has one foot out the retirement door. No one wants to go to the Lakers now. Not Phil, not Mello, no one. They’re a mess. And don’t even get me started on $teve Na$h.

  8. ericxchavoya - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Tell them how it is KOBE!’!!!!!

  9. knoxxlive - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Kobe is indeed a HOFer he is going down in the history books, he has tenure and pull around the LA organization and he’s a winner, he doesn’t wana waste his last two years(potentially) with a losing group, BUT at the end of the day, the NBA is a business so they’ll do what they think is best for the future not now

  10. velocirep - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Kobe never vouched for D’Antoni, he just supported him to the demise of Mike Brown.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/lakers/2012/11/13/kobe-bryant-raves-about-dantoni-coaching-lakers/1702875/

    Jim, Jeanie and Mitch all have power complexes and deliberately exclude Kobe from important decisions to imply that he’s just a pawn on their chessboard.

    They trade players and he’s always surprised. Odom, Blake, etc.

    Kobe is not an employee, he is a contracted brand. If Kobe contracts his brand to a team(company) in Bangladesh, that company will prosper and profit from his contribution. Conversely, Smush Parker for example, may not bring any increase in profit to any company because he has not developed his brand.

    It is only good business to communicate with your business partners.
    Kobe reserves the respect to know what decisions are being made that will affect his brand and contract.
    He also understands that despite his contract, the billionaire owners could bite the bullet, spend more to make a serious run and still make a profit.

    Politics have befallen the great laker franchise. Kobe understands this but his own personality betrays his sincere desire to be the best and get that precious sixth ring to match his predecessor Michael Jordan. If he only had MJ’s leadership skills everything he has done would have been better, but sadly his legacy, aside from his amazing achievements, will in large part be remembered as a brat NBA kid, born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

    .. And Smush Parker, Bimbo Coles and Pooh Richardson should all have a shoe.

  11. dyn0myte - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    “…he is going down in the history books…”

    Remember,

    This is just a game…

  12. thevikesarebest - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Haha@detectivejimmymcnulty.i think your just mad that the lakers are godawfullly pathetic just like your favorite NFL team.and yes my vikings would even stomp the pathetic lakers in the Nba.#bandwagonlaughablefakerfan.#deadlastinthewest.SKOL

    • Professor Fate - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Hashtags and an inability to utilize the “reply” function. Now there’s a fat load of pathetic.

      • detectivejimmymcnulty - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        His level of pathetic goes way beyond hashtags and the inability to use the reply function.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:05 AM

        I’m proud of myself for never once using the “H-word”. It’s the “number/pound” symbol.

  13. thevikesarebest - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    O yea@detectivejimmymcnulty I can’t even create other names with the phone I’m using and I’m pretty sure I can’t use multiple accounts at the same time but of course a simple minded retarded laker fan most likely a bandwagon packer or niner fan aswell probably would think that.anyway have fun with the lakers being bottom dwellers and my vikings being winners.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      You can create names from any device. So, there goes that.

      Yes, I’m apart of the huge bandwagon of Rams and Grizzlies fans. When, as a Rams fan, I can say we’ve won a Superbowl since the Vikings last sniffed one, you have a terrible franchise. I do however respect the Lakers (as I do the Packers) but the Lakers respect has declined since Dr. Jerry died and Jim took over.

      Funny, you can sign in and out of different names, obviously. So happens most of your comments from diferent names occur within 2-3 minutes of each other, or around the time it takes to sign in and out of different names. I’m simple minded according to you, so what’s that make yourself, who talks of a Vikings’ dynasty? Geesh, is there even a level that low while being able to even function?

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      SKOL, jimmy needs his depends changed by his good pal sharon rodgers.. Like i told him earlier, he can find me in the parking lot for fisticuffs, highnoon.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Loser.

  14. Professor Fate - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Bryant got paid. He has the right to state what should be obvious: He wants a competitive team. If the Lakers are smart they’ll acknowledge his position and then do what they need to do to get back to the top, which likely does not include much spending this off season. Bryant has been great for the Lakers, the Lakers have been good to Bryant. Business is business.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      If he wanted a competitive team, he should’ve left them cap room to make one.

  15. bigbamboom1 - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    I think we all know how this is going to end. The Lakers will keep D’Antoni as coach. Which will scuttle any possibility to get Carmelo. Because he hates his guts. The Lakers will do a Pau Gasol trade with the NY Knicks for Amare Stoudemire. Because D’Antoni loves him. And wants to pair him with Kobe and Nash. Jackson wants to pair Carmelo with Tyson Chandler, Gasol, Rajon Rondo (if they can pry him from Boston) and Tim Hardaway JR. With Shumpert and some other sharpsooters coming off the bench. NY will look and be better next year with Big Chief Triangle.

  16. maddnola - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Not a lakers fan, GO PELICANS, that aside the fact that the Lakers are just going to stand by and let Phill walk off and run the NYC Nicks is a joke. This guy is in a relationship with J. Busss. This is nothing more than Jim Buss trying to punk his sister.

    I am not saying Phill is gona come in and change the prospects of the Lakers if he takes over as GM, but the fact that he is a defacto family member and you let him walk to NYC is a joke and messed up to treat your sister like that.
    I have allways respected the lakers as a business not necessarily as a team. Letting this happen is just stupid for the internal dynamics of how the business end if the Los Angles lakers function.

  17. elcapitanfiscal - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Kobe, there is not much the Lakers can do when they are playing you 30 million dollars a year..

  18. omniusprime - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    I’m glad that Gasol is echoing Kobe’s disgust with the incompetent upper mismanagement of Jerky Boy Jimmy and Kupcake. Pau has been the only star who has done anything this year on the court where it matters. We disgusted Laker fans have had to put up with too much incompetence in the front office and it’s time they get their act together before we become ex-Laker fans! I won’t even bother to watch any Laker or NBA games it’s become so pathetic.

    If the clueless clowns don’t bring in some real talent and spend some real money then they’ll watch the Clippers remain as LA’s team. Plus they need to dump the Trash Nash garbage immediately as well as Dumbtoni. Those two incompetents have done nothing to help the Lakers.

    Fire Trash Nash & Dumbtoni Now!

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      I like your passion. You are out of your mind, but I like it.

  19. billtetley53 - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    musician: Waaaaaaaah, waaaaaah. stop picking on my lakers! Waaaaaah, waaaah. Stop picking on Kobe!

    Quit your bawling!

  20. harshedmellow - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    What fun it’s gonna be to watch the Lakers twist and turn in the next couple years!

    But LakerFan….. dude…. all y’all need to stop viewing players as some sort of set-piece, fixed in time. Kobe is going to be a parade of injuries now. He’s done being elite. He’ll average in the teens for points and get 5-6 boards a game…. when he’s “healthy”, that is. That’s not awful but it ain’t a piece to build a contender around. He’s essentially a marketing tool at this point.

    #LakersAreScrewed
    #AndILoveIt

  21. nsstlfan - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    If he is this upset and thinks like this why did resign

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