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Kobe Bryant gets really mean with his Lakers ‘teammates’

Mar 18, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Nick Young

The 2006-07 Los Angeles Lakers drove Kobe Bryant absolutely mad. He’s called Smush Parker “the worst” and bemoaned the attitude of Kwame Brown, two teammates on that squad who started for at least portions of the season. The maniacally competitive Kobe just didn’t take to having bad teammates.

And that team had a winning record!

Obviously, this year’s 22-44 outfit doesn’t suit him any better.

This strikes me as a kidding-but-definitely-not-kidding situation, Kobe’s way of expressing his sincere dissatisfaction in a way that comes across as playful.

But ask Parker and Brown whether Kobe is ever truly kidding. They weren’t long for the Lakers once it became clear Kobe wanted them gone.

Nick Young and the Lakers actually contributing this season might meet similar fates. Kobe has already reportedly stated his preference for Los Angeles to fire Mike D’Antoni. There’s no reason to believe he’ll be any more forgiving of these infuriating players, either. Kobe has played just six games this season, and considering how many new acquisitions the Lakers added since last year, he’s really had no chance to build loyalty to many of them.

The Lakers are 22 games under .500. They probably won’t beat the Spurs on Wednesday, but their following four games – vs. Wizards, vs. Magic, vs. Knicks, at Bucks – are all winnable. Sweep those four, and the Lakers would be 19 games under .500. That’s still a longshot, but it’s possible.

Just in case, Young better prepare what conversations he wants to have with Kobe at that point. The schedule toughens again, and the Lakers could easily slip further below that 20-game mark. Waiting for next season might be a luxury Young doesn’t have.

  1. joescan54 - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Kobe needs to realize that the Lakers won’t be relevant until he retires. Then they’ll have cap space. Then they’ll have players to fit into a system. Then they’ll have a coach in place that can win. Kobe—wake up and smell the coffee.

    • bestbilliards555 - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Kobe is the only Laker that cares the team is under 500. The Lakers will not be relevant under they fire D Antoni.

  2. billtetley53 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Monetti: All you lakers fans have said about Kevin Love…” he can make up the difference in endorsements, he’s stupid not to come to L.A. as a free agent”.

    Yet Paul George staying is a ” most prudent financial decision”?

    Do you lakers fans ever get tired of talking out of both sides of your mouth?

  3. 123kjs - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    I thought they should have kept Brown as coach.
    Now it’s time to cut Kobe. They should have not renewed his contract until seeing his health condition after his injury.
    Losing Howard was devastating.
    Hopefully they make better decisions at end of season

  4. bestbilliards555 - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Nick needs to listen. Nick is not doing his job the team is below 500. Some one needs to step up and say thing and be the coach. D Antoni is not doing anything either. Kobe is the only one that cares the team is below 500.

  5. harshedmellow - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    I’m like Nostradamus. I called the knee injury, followed by Kobe being a whiny little b!tch.

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