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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. buffalowned - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Kobe calling out his teammates? Shocker

    • zerole00 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      I can understand him calling them out if this were a “regular” season, but wasn’t this the team that at one point had so many injuries that someone who would have been ejected (via foul) was kept in game? The injury factor alone overshadows any talk of the skill of the team. I’m not even a Lakers’ fan.

  2. mackcarrington - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Kobe is experiencing a form of “cabin fever”.
    He doesn’t have any outlet to express himself, so he’s going off on everything and everybody.
    Then again,with the exception of Gasol, they are a bunch of scrubs that nobody wants to talk to or watch.

  3. loungefly74 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Kobe being Kobe…nobody is taking it too serious…except dem haters!

    • Professor Fate - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      I’m taking it sort of seriously. What is the point in Bryant adding to the team’s misery? He is making himself look rather petty.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        really? well i guess fans of the game and Lakers know Kobe’s demeanor…this is him saying, “dam…we suck.”

      • spthegr8 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        LLS!!! That’s how I took it and he is right. We do SUCK!!!

  4. addict2sport - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Good thing Kobe agreed to a cap-friendly deal so the Lakers can bring on players who can help him win his last two years.

  5. addict2sport - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Good thing Kobe agreed to a cap-friendly deal so the Lakers can bring on players who can help him win his last two years.

  6. Professor Fate - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Bryant’s not helping his cause for his last two years with these constant attacks on everyone in the organization. After claiming he didn’t want to be asked about personnel moves going forward he’s starting to sound quite hypocritical.

    Should D’Antoni go? Most fans, as well as pundits, think so. Will there be several player moves next year? Most likely. Does Bryant need to constantly harp about those things? Not if he expects potential free agents to consider L.A. as a destination.

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      This is something Kobe never figured out. Does anyone wonder what his career would have looked like if he hadn’t played with Shaq and then Gasol et. al? What if Kobe ended up in Minnesota or Cleveland – I don’t think we would be talking about him as one of the greatest of all time. I think he would have been on the level of Melo and Iverson. I almost said Barkley but I really think Barkley helped his teams more than Kobe did.

      • aboogy123456 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        I think if Kobe was on minnesota or cleveland he would still be an all time great. Fans look at championships as a shortcut to analysis, so you are probably right that he wouldn’t have the same perception, but that would be a shame because he is much better than the guys you listed.

      • campcouch - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Or Charlotte could’ve kept him.

      • turkbox420 - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:27 AM

        Barkley was one of the greatest rings or not.

      • program33 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:50 AM

        Interesting comment.

      • fanofthegame79 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        Aboogy, I’m not sure I would say Kobe is “much” better than Allen Iverson or Charles Barkley….or Melo for that matter. Take away the rings and look at their career stats.

  7. spthegr8 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Our record is 22-24.???? I didn’t know we were only 2 games under .500. ….!!! I’m not saying the article has to be “perfect” but MAAAAAN. How did ya’ll miss that one?? SMH!!!

    • 33jkaye - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      What are you talking about? The article said the record was 22-44, not 22-24.

    • kwhyh8strm - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      the article said 22 -44 Get some glasses!!

  8. 00maltliquor - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    “I don’t talk to players on teams that are 20 games under .500”

    For some reason I hear in my head the unedited version of that song from YG after reading this. Kobe’s my dude!

  9. au1978 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    OK, Lakers fans, before you automatically thumbs down me, just hear me out. Dwight Howard didn’t want D’Antoni to be the coach because he knew D’Antoni has no clue what to do with bigs. Dwight left and Lakers fans blamed him for all of the failures of the season despite him being injured and playing for a clueless coach. Earlier this season, Pau made his disdain for D’Antoni quite clear. And now Kobe is reportedly saying the same thing. Is it possible that maybe just maybe last year WASN’T all Dwight’s fault and that had Buss hired Phil instead of D’Antoni, Kobe may have had his 6th ring and y’all would be competing for a repeat this year? At the least, Kobe probably wouldn’t have gotten injured trying to run up and down the court in a system designed for 20-somethings. D’Antoni was never the right coach for a franchise as storied as the Lakers. I don’t know who is at this point, but I know it aint him.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Who in the world thinks it was all Dwight’s fault???

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Hiring Phil wouldn’t have won the Lakers or Kobe another ring – the roster was bad and riddled with injuries. Going back to Dwight – look at his numbers from last year and compare them to this year. The numbers are almost identical – which leads me to think that it wasn’t Dwight or D’Antoni that’s caused the Lakers to suck. They have an aging super star that hasn’t played a full season in 2 years, they have salary cap issues going forward (thanks Kobe), they have no draft picks, and their roster is shallow, at best….those are the issues that have hurt the Lakers over the last couple of years – that’s front office stuff!. And let’s not forget that the Lakers haven’t got beyond the 1st round in the playoffs for like 5 seasons (correct me if I’m wrong, please).

      • aboogy123456 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        It’s not like Dwight was bad last year but i think it’s a big misconception to look at his stats and think he was really helping the team. He had a horrible attitude, and there were many plays where he would take jumpshots out of the offensive flow, not play well with others, or let his man get an easy layup without showing effort. A lot of it was his back, but a lot was his attitude, then he finally started playing well towards the end of the year. Last year was maybe the most phenomenal season I’ve seen from Kobe and Metta, and I think that because people will overlook how historical it was because of how the season turned out.

      • therealhtj - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        You’re wrong about the playoffs – Lakers were in the Second round in the 2012 playoffs and lost 4-1 to OKC.

        D’Antoni sucks no doubt and will be gone. Kobe took too much money on his current contract and way too much for the next two seasons. He got old, lost a step, got hurt but his ego can’t accept it. Running off at the mouth about the front office and coaching really isn’t helping anyone.

        Smart move would’ve been to amnesty Kobe and resign Dwight and build from there. Two bad smart and Jim Buss aren’t well acquainted.

    • shuttaman1990 - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Yes its possible.
      It’s in fact 100% the truth. Jim Buss is a dumbass and screwed the lakers up royally by hiring d’antoni.

      He’s the worst son someone could have.

      Lakers all day.

  10. aboogy123456 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Early in Kobe’s career he was blessed with great ownership with a clear direction (Dr. Buss), Great GM (Jerry West), and great coaching (Phil). Kupchak is great but there has not really been confidence in the lakers management or coaching the past couple years. Kobe is frustrated because he knows what it takes to be great, and he only has two years left so he wants go get the most out of it.

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Let’s not forget that Kobe also played with some hall of fame players (Shaq and Gasol) and he also had a compliment of very good role players (Bynum, Fisher, Horry, etc.). I agree with you about the ownership and GM, but players play the games.

  11. bballhistorian - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    And Kobe wonders why no big name wants to play with him…

    • aboogy123456 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      of course big names want to play with him. Who are you talking about, Dwight? That clown is your one example? A lot of people would love to play with Kobe, Paul George for example has said this.

      • beach305 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Paul George superstar?

      • spthegr8 - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Yeah, Pg is a Superstar!!

      • fanofthegame79 - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Paul George is not a superstar yet. He’s a budding superstar, but I wouldn’t place him in that category yet. He just had a 2-point game (or something like that) a few weeks ago.

      • dablakdrphil - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        Paul Geroge next year will start his new $90 million contract extension…if that’s not superstar money then I don’t know what is

        Paul George is a superstar

      • turkbox420 - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:29 AM

        PG was just being humble to his fav player, if he wanted to play with Kobe he would have not inked that contract.

    • pathawksley - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      That is exactly right. Kobe is lucky that Shaq stayed as long as he did. And I’m sure he only stayed because of Phil Jackson. Kobe doesn’t even know how fortunate he is because he would only have two rings instead of five if it weren’t for Shaqs dominance. MJ didn’t have a player of Shaqs caliber to win his six rings. So Kobe doesn’t even come close to the greatness of Michael Jordan.

      Kobe has no right to be as arrogant and mouthy to his team mates. He just thinks he is the greatest ever, and I can’t believe that anyone would want to be his team mate.

  12. haaaaasoooooo - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Paul George wants to play with Kobe? So what.
    Gasol, Kobe on one leg, and Paul George? That should get them into the playoffs. And then quickly out of the playoffs in the first round.
    Lots of players come back from Achilles injuries and dominate. This list is long and distinguished. There’s old “what’s his name”, and…..that other guy, and……I just can’t think of his name! It will come to me.

    • aboogy123456 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      What’s your point? The guy said that no big names want to play with kobe and that could not be further from the truth. the argument had nothing to do with how good they would be. Also, you forget that a lot of these stars grew up idolizing kobe while they were in middle school / high school.

    • unxpexted1 - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Chris Paul made it very known that he wanted to be on the lakers with Kobe.

    • 33jkaye - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      I hope you were being facetious with your comment that “lots of players come back… dominate. I figure your sentence structure was you being funny. The only player I know who returned and played at an adequate level was Dominique Wilkins.

  13. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Can’t wait for this guy to retire. Huge jerk off

  14. sportsfan18 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Let’s see… no teammates call him out for his two yr contract extension yet?

    It took me awhile but I finally figured out why he signed for what he did.

    It’s been reported before that Kevin Garnett has earned the most money via basketball salary alone in his career and that when he retires it will be with the most money earned. Of course, KG has really slowed down this season and there is no guarantee that he will play next season.

    But Kobe didn’t know that. KG’s contract would pay him $12 million next season and if he plays and earns that, he will have earned OVER $327 million from just his on court playing career.

    Guess where Kobe’s new two yr extension takes him? To just over $328 million and actually a tad less than $1 million more than KG.

    Kobe, through this season will have “only” earned $279 million. KG, through this season will have earned $315 million.

    So, Kobe needed a big contract to vault past him.

    Due to the changes in the recent CBA, the decrease in the BRI from 57% to 50%, the possibility of raising the age to 20 in the NBA, Kobe could be the longtime #1 earner on the basketball court.

    Of course he’s lapped KG in endorsements, but well Kobe is competitive as we see him ripping his teammates here.

    So now we know why Kobe signed for $48.5 million…

    • therealhtj - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Business first. Always been the case with Kobe, but the sheep followers fail to notice.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        Well, the “business” of winning championships was put on the back burner by BOTH the Lakers organization and by Kobe with his contract.

        Kobe will make $23.5 and $35 million each of the next two seasons. I’m going to round now, but $24 million a season is basically 40% of a $60 million team salary cap (it’s like $58.7 million this season and I don’t think it will rise to $60 million next yr, but it’s an easy number to work with).

        Now, ANY team, G.M. would love to have $48 million to spend on ALL other players not named Kobe to build a team. HAD Kobe taken “only” $12 million per season, that is what they would have had left.

        But, with him taking 40% of the cap, he only leaves them with $36 million for all other players besides himself.

        Of course, Nash has a contract for next season at $9.7 large ones, their are cap holds, the Lakers first round draft pick will earn around $3.2 million or so.

        They don’t have much money left to go about their “business” which is supposed to be winning championships.

        Kobe has said many times that it’s about winning championships. He didn’t choose that though did he?

        I mean ANY of us would rather have ANOTHER 20% to spend on things, a house, a car, or if we were constructing an NBA team, having ANOTHER $12 million would certainly allow us to construct a stronger team around Kobe than what they will be able to surround him with now…

        Greed > championships says Kobe…

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        typo… $35 million was supposed to be $25 million of course…

        sorry, hate untruths…

      • aboogy123456 - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        you, along with many of the lakers critics on this site, don’t think that the lakers have a chance to contend soon. If the lakers can’t contend soon, then why should kobe take less money anyway? Or do you think that if he took less then the lakers would all of a sudden be able to afford players they could not afford otherwise?

      • dbaseman - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        So, Kobe won 5 championships without even making winning a priority? So, according to your logic, he could have won 6, 7, 8 titles? More? In other words, you’re saying he could have been almost indisputably the greatest of all time, if only he had put less of a priority on “business”. I’m a huge Kobe fan, but even I wouldn’t go that far.

      • therealhtj - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        I’m a Laker fan first and foremost. I became critical of Kobe when he took his last monster extension for over 85mil, this last ridiculous 48.5 notwithstanding. Both of them essentially relegated the Lakers to a sideshow on the road to championships for other squads.

        The front office acquiescing to his demands and forsaking a star in his prime to appease one on the downside of his career with the worst injury an NBA wing can have is what troubles me. The Lakers are in limbo and Kobe whining to the media every chance he gets helps nothing.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM


        Thank you.

        A REAL Laker fan who gets it. Who understands it. You’re absolutely correct. They are a sideshow now and it’s been three seasons after this one where they weren’t close to a ring and it will be many more seasons before they are REALISTIC contenders again.

        It won’t be during Kobe’s two yrs on this contract.


        Kobe had NO clue about winning when he ROAD Shaq’s coattails to those first 3 titles. He was the 2nd banana.

        Don’t take my word for it. Simply look up BOTH the regular season stats, playoff stats and the Finals stats and compare Shaq’s to Kobe’s.

        Kobe was TIRED of being the 2nd banana. He actually said this and Phil Jackson spoke about it.

        Check out the stats in the Finals where the Lakers lost and compare Kobe’s to Shaq’s.

        Sorry, can’t resist. Here they are. Kobe wanted to LEAD the team to winning and be the reason they won and NOT have Shaq be the reason.

        Here is what KOBE did to lead them to WINNING since you said he has a commitment to winning.

        “In the 2004 NBA Finals, Shaq averaged 26.6 points per game with a .631 field goal percentage, while Kobe Bryant averaged 22.6 points per game with a .381 field goal percentage.
        However, the main reason Kobe cost the Lakers the title was that he out shot Shaq by nearly six shots despite Kobe shooting 38.1 %, while Shaq was shooting 63.1 %.
        In that series, Kobe’s failure to play though Shaq hurt not only the team’s stats, but his own stats as well. Playing through Shaq more, would have helped his FGP and opened up more easy scoring opportunities.
        Not to mention, logically, why should a player shooting with a much lower FGP average six more shots than a former three times finals MVP that was shooting a much higher percentage?”

        I’ll tell you why he was taking all those shots… HE wanted to be THE reason they won and he ended up being the reason they lost.

        Here are some other Shaq vs. Kobe stats…

        Kobe Bryant is One of The Most Under-Performing Finals Player Ever

        Kobe Bryant has shot 40.5 % or under in four out of his first six NBA Finals appearances (Around 36% in his first and 38% in his fourth appearance). How many all time greats have shot 40.5% or under once, let alone four times in the NBA Finals? Also keep in mind that in three of those four in which he shot that poorly, Shaq, not him, was the one being double teamed.

        Kobe is perceived as one of the best clutch players of all time, yet on the biggest stage there is, Kobe consistently performs his worst.

        In year 2000, during the regular season, Bryant averaged almost 29 points and five assists per game. How did these stats translate over to the NBA Finals? They lowered to 15 points and four assists per game.

        Shaquille O’Neal, on the other hand, raised his scoring average, from 28 in the regular season to 38 in the finals.

        In 2001, the Lakers once again won the NBA Finals. Kobe’s scoring average dropped in the clutch once again, forcing O’Neal to step up his scoring from 27 per game in the regular season to 33 in the finals.

        In 2002, For the third straight year, Kobe’s scoring and assists declined in the series and O’Neal of course stepped it up in the finals.

        Charles Barkley once said that stars are made in the regular season, but superstars are made in the playoffs.

        Kobe road Shaq’s coattails to his first three titles and then lost the Finals for the Lakers when he tried to become TEH MAN.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        THIS sums it ALL up…

        During the 2004 NBA Finals, Kobe decided that he was going to be the man, even if it cost the team. Not surprisingly, according to Phil Jackson‘s book “The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul,” in Bryant’s exit interview with him Bryant said, “I’m tired of being a sidekick.” Shaq already had three Finals MVP’s and Kobe for once wanted that finals MVP.

        So Kobe went out and cost the Lakers a Finals victory by not playing through the big fella because as you said, Kobe made winning such a priority.

        If KOBE made winning such a priority, he and the Lakers would have won the 2004 Finals but Kobe made it about KOBE…

        That’s SOME commitment to winning right there…

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        “Not surprisingly, according to Phil Jackson‘s book “The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul,” in Bryant’s exit interview with him Bryant said, “I’m tired of being a sidekick.””

        That is AWESOME. This is what every manager wants from an employee- someone who wants to be the MAN, who wants to take on more responsibility, who wants to take the organization to the next level, who isn’t happy where they are already and wants to move up and move forward.

      • borderline1988 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        I’m not a Kobe fan by any means, but I don’t blame him for signing that contract extension. That is all on management, they’re idiots for giving him that much. Kobe wasn’t going anywhere, they could have offered him $15 – $18 million.
        How do you blame a guy for taking the money offered?

        That being said, Kobe is a tad bit overrated. All the numbers and advanced stats say so, the only thing he can point to for his argument to be top-10 all-time are the rings. And rings are a team-game (like GAA for a goalie), otherwise you would say that Scalabrine > Barkley.

    • unxpexted1 - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Again if you read any reports tied to this deal there is no signs that any negotations took place and from almost every report you read that was the deal OFFERED and Kobe took it. If you want to say Kobe should have said “no” then fine. But there is nothing that makes it seem like he jockeyed for any position and that would have came out by now.

      You know why the Lakers did this. Because the week they offered him that contract, they didn’t sell out there first home game for almost nine seasons. THAT should be the coincidence. i’m a huge lakers fan and say repeatedly this is an indictment on Lakers managment then it is on Kobe, and shows the lack of direction management has.

    • pathawksley - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      It’s all about padding his ego. It’s like look at me! I’m the greatest!

  15. rodge1 - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    I hope Kobe stays in LA forever and keeps signing these team-crippling deals, it’s so amusing to read the Lakers’ fans support of him. Desperation is a stinky cologne.

    • money2long - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Kobe didn’t walk I to the office and say gimme X amount of dollars. Management said take this or leave it

      • therealhtj - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Kobe probably didn’t. His agent’s likely been turning the screws on this for some time now.

        If you believe there was no negotiating, I’ve got some lovely beachfront property to sell in you Idaho.

      • money2long - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        does your mom come with it

  16. unxpexted1 - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Do i like the way he’s going about this, eh, whatever. But the last time he did this…lakers went and got Gasol so…..

    and really was the comment that serious. sounds like older brother poking at little brother. he didn’t say this to the media this was some joking behind close doors.

  17. socalgal64 - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    22-24? So you’re saying we still have a chance? Cool!

  18. antistratfordian - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Yeah, great leadership – seems to really be working.

  19. 2phatt2 - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I’m really tried of myopic Laker fans using the injury card again, that’s all you heard last year. Everybody has them, grow some stones and nut up.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      The Lakers have missed the most games to injury this year. It truly has been a walking infirmary. Every team deals with injuries, but the Lakers have had an inordinate amount. Not that being healthy would have made them a great team, but they’ve had a lot of injuries.

    • ranfan12 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      But the majority of the teams that constantly dealt with them are likely playoff teams still, whereas the injury riddled season for the lakers, ruined their practices, what team chemistry they had left, and the time they spent playing together. Lakers would’ve been 8-9 place easy if they managed to stay somewhat consistent during the season with all their players. They were doing alright, and then dropped off terribly when the constant injuries start hitting, leaving no room for optimism.

  20. billtetley53 - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    So, if he wanted to play with Kobe badly enough, he would’ve not signed the extension and signed in L.A., correct?

    He didn’t, what’s that tell you?

    They can say it all they like, but they never sign there in free agency, do they?

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      “He didn’t, what’s that tell you?”

      That he made the most prudent financial decision to take a maximum contract?

  21. gymtruthteller - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Kobe gets a say when he is actually playing. Sitting on his you know what for half a season and then calli9ng it a season because the team was so bad means Kobe needs to shut up

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      You realize he has a broken leg right?

  22. campcouch - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    I miss Eddie Jones.

  23. cuedaddy - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Kobe wanted his money, soooo, that left almost NOTHING to bring a couple of quality free agents to L.A. And after he did his best to discourage D-Howard from coming to L.A., why would any other all-star want to come to town?! Kobe’s DONE winning championships. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to assemble a top talent team until his a$$ is gone.

  24. raze12004 - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Is it any wonder why it’s difficult to get good players to go to L.A. or to keep players there without paying top dollar to get them there or keep them there.

  25. coxanova - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    This is the reason why he’ll never get another ring. He could’ve had an extra one with Malone and Peyton but he was too busy beefing with Shaq. He ran D. Howard outta town, now Howard is thriving in Houston.

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