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Kobe tells Lakers’ fans to “flush” last season, has been cleared to run, shoot, prepare for next season

Apr 17, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

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As this just completed NBA season wore on, as Kobe Bryant worked to recover from a fractured knee, he distanced himself from a Lakers team that lost 55 games, the most in franchise history.

Distanced himself to the point that while the Lakers were finishing their season in San Antonio Wednesday night he was in France with his family.

But he still had time to send out a tweet.

When he returns Kobe will get serious about getting himself ready to lead the Lakers next season with a detailed recovery workout plan, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Kobe Bryant has been cleared to resume running and shooting and will begin an intense, six-month training program next week upon his return from a short family trip to Europe, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN…

While he is in Europe, Bryant will visit the clinic in Germany where he had the platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokineon on his knee, according to a source. The visit to the clinic is a check-up to ensure all is structurally sound with his knee before he resumes intense training.

I have no doubt Kobe will be ready for next season. At what level he will be able to play at remains to be seen, but even a somewhat diminished Kobe will be someone opposing defenses need to account for. The Lakers are much better with him.

What the team around him will look like remains to be seen. There very well may be a coaching change with Mike D’Antoni let go (sacrificed in part to appease angry Lakers fans). The roster will look different. Kobe wants a Lakers team that can contend next season, but I want to be flying around in zero gravity with Kate Upton. We don’t always get what we want. It will be very difficult for the Lakers, with the assets they lack and the current free agent crop (or even trade market) to rebuild quickly.

However, with Kobe playing a full season next year is likely not one the Lakers will want to flush when it’s over.

  1. yanivvinay - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    You mean Kate Upton. Please at least get your weird fantasies right without a typo.

    • kb2408 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Why is that a typo, obviously you haven’t seen Kate Hudson!!

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        I’m sure it wasn’t a typo but let’s not act like she’s a dime. She’s like a super-hot-chicks-best-friend light 7 at best. And that’s with personality included in the rating.

      • yanivvinay - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:35 AM

        Very true, that is a good looking women but what I meant is that Kurt is referring to this zero gravity photo shoot: http://swimsuit.si.com/swimsuit/assets/media/gallery/zerog/kate-upton/op44-75058-raw1200.jpg

        Which is not Kate Hudson, hence calling it a typo, that’s all.

    • azarkhan - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      I’m always willing to help the ignorant.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        That’s a great picture of her – I’d fly around zero gravity with Kate Hudson, too. But I did hear that “things” feel different in space due to the lack of gravity and the loss of friction.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Ignoramus #1 CantonBound is calling for your help.

      • antistratfordian - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Meh. Solid 7.

      • ranfan12 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        straight sophisticated blonde lol

  2. tvguy22 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    So the NBA will rig the draft again so the Lakers get the #1 pick, right?

    • kb2408 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Yes, sir…break out the old “frozen envelope”, conspiracy theorist be darned!!

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Celtic fan?

    • mackcarrington - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Why do you think they will rig the draft when they wouldn’t let them get Chris Paul?
      It’s amazing that despite that, people still think the NBA does things to give the Lakers an advantage.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        The Lakers as a top 5 worst team in the league getting a top draft pick is “rigged” but the Chicago Bulls magically jumping to the #1 pick with the 9th worst record when there just happens to be a hometown star available in Derrick Rose was puppies and ice cream.

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        Kurse of Kobe…

        Kobe took way too much money for the next two seasons and he’s already griping about NOT wanting to suck next year.

        He actually thinks the Lakers can and should compete for a title next season…

        The dime the others are talking about Kobe’s 10 cent brain… with thoughts of competing next season…

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        sportsfan18 – Apr 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM
        Kurse of Kobe…

        Kobe took way too much money for the next two seasons and he’s already griping about NOT wanting to suck next year.

        He actually thinks the Lakers can and should compete for a title next season…

        The dime the others are talking about Kobe’s 10 cent brain… with thoughts of competing next season…
        ————————————————————————————————————–

        You do realize that has nothing to do with the comment you replied to right?

      • blackman24 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        @Asimonetti88

        All he does is post the same garbage everyday about Kobe, and if it’s not him, he’s hating on Melo.

  3. money2long - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    i think kobe and lebron could work
    this is a completely different idea from saying lebron is going to the lakers, so please adjust any feedback to what i said specifically.

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      I think LeBron’s style of play would blend well with just about everyone. Him and Wade made it work when they had virtually the same playing style.

      • money2long - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        remember when they first started people were saying their styles clashed

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Yes sir, I do remember. But they ironed it out enough to be successful. Which is why I think LeBron could play with anyone – his style of play can adapt.

      • money2long - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        random, but i would love to see allen iverson in his prime duke it out with lebron. allen iverson backs down from no one.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Wow, that would have been fun to see. But I think Iverson’s quickness would have helped him.

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        I think Lebron needs the ball in his hands to be successful, and he should get the ball and have the offense revolve around him. Wade worked well because he’s such a great player off the ball, and kobe is as well. Kobe would work even better because Lebron needs spacing, and Kobe’s shooting skill would allow him to space the floor better than Wade does.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        I don’t think it will happen, but it might be interesting due to Kobe’s shooting ability. I also think that Kobe respects LeBron, probably more than any other teammate he’s had (since he beefed with Shaq), which could also help if they did team up.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        This conversation has resulted in CantonLoser’s pea sized brain bursting. It only took a mini-Kleenex to clean it up.

    • beavertonsteve - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      I think Kobe would willingly reinvent his game if it meant playing next to someone like LeBron. I think he would have done the same with Chris Paul as well.

  4. snipedanglecelly13 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Kobe should flush his career and finally retire.

  5. hwatt - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    he’ll run and shoot for a week and then break something else. is it that hard to say goodbye?

    • money2long - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      you mean like break more records

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        the reason he resigned for the amount he did was to break another record folks…

        Kevin Garnett will retire having earned the most money in the NBA for salary alone when he retires after next season.

        KG will retire having earned about $327 million dollars.

        Kobe has earned $279 million and change in his career on salary alone…

        However, when ADDING $48.5 million, Kobe will climb to more than KG by LESS than $1 million dollars.

        Coincidence? No way…

        With the CBA having changed, Kobe has a chance to hold the title of more career earnings from on the court for a while too…

        You KNOW his ego wanted/wants that…

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        Sounds like someone is jealous of Kobe’s fat bank account.

  6. aboogy123456 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    I’m excited and nervous at the same time. Will Kobe’s career basically be over, as many of the haters have said? Or will he amaze us all as he’s done so often in his career? It could go either way.

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Whoa, not everyone has been amazed by Kobe so you can say “amaze us all”. He’s a really good player (maybe even great) but he was also a volume scorer and had some chemistry issues with teams that cost them wins. I will say that he had amazing highlights (like his 81-point game). To me, the only difference between him and Iverson were the teams they were on.

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        If you call Kobe a volume scorer then I wouldn’t call you a fan of the game.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        He shoots a lot.

      • unxpexted1 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        he’s a volume scorer that led his team in assist in every year he’s played under phil. And i believe he led the team the last two years. His ball hoggedness is overblown to some extend. But dont get me wrong. There are times where he says eff and its him against the world.

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        aboogy…

        Kobe, so far has played 45,567 min’s so far in his NBA career.

        And so far, Kobe has scored 31,700 points in those min’s.

        Jordan played 41,011 min’s in his NBA career.

        Jordan scored 32,292 points in those min’s.

        Kobe’s career true shooting percentage is .555%

        Jordan’s career true shooting percentage is .569%

        Let’s look at some of the other top scorers in the league…

        Kareem’s (#1 in all time scoring) true shooting percentage was .592%

        Karl Malone, 2nd in all time points scored, true shooting percentage was .577%

        Kobe’s is not as efficient at scoring as those men were.

        Now, you say I’m comparing him to the all time greats. OK then, let’s compare KOBE to EVERYONE who has ever played in the NBA.

        Kobe’s career true shooting percentage ranks him in 138th place all time right now…

        So, 137 others, with as many attempts as the volume scorer Kobe takes would have scored MORE points as more of their shots would have gone in.

        Yes he DID get to the line a lot and made a good percentage of his free throws and they ARE included in his career true shooting percentage.

        FYI Jordan is in 78th place all time on the true shooting list. Karl Malone is 58th on the all time true shooting percentage list.

        Kareem is in 25th place all time.

        Durant, a long way from retiring is currently in 18th place all time.

        LeBron is currently in 48th place all time.

        They score more efficiently than Kobe…

        Now Kobe is better than Melo at scoring efficiently though…

      • blackman24 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Hmmmm.

        Kobe 19.6FGA
        Durant 19.2FGA
        Jordan 22.9FGA
        Lebron 19.9FGA

        Don’t let your hate get in the way of facts.

        How does he shoot a lot?

      • money2long - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        I needed a laugh. @ fan of the game

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        Let me retract my statement, after reviewing stats, I cant really support my argument. Kobe’s overall career stats were similar, but slightly better than Iverson’s. It’s funny how biases can shape a view when you don’t check stats. I’ll own up, my bad!

      • money2long - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        Wow. That’s very big of you !

  7. rainmaker1982 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Kurt,

    It sounds like you’re defending D’Antoni?

    Him being fired is not just to “appease angry fans”, it’s what should be done.

    Like Mike Brown, D’Antoni should’ve never been hired in the first place and was one of the many reasons Dwight Howard ran away from this team (which he made the right move).

    This once proud franchise is quickly becoming a joke in LA.

    It’s quite sad.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Once he is fired I will post a column defending him, to a degree. You are right, he should never have been hired for the roster the Lakers had. D’Antoni is a system coach — and that system can win with the right players. Miami runs a whole lot of D’Antoni. Gregg Popovich admits he borrowed from D’Antoni’s offense as the Spurs evolved. It can work but he is very rigid with the system and needs his players, the Lakers never gave him that roster (neither did the Knicks, really).

  8. fnc111 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Kobe better flush those steroid needles down the drain that he’s using in Europe.

  9. antistratfordian - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    He’s been saying that for a few seasons now. We’re still waiting.

  10. rastaraider - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Who cares

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Clearly you do, or else you wouldn’t have read the story and commented on it.

  11. chargerdillon - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    As somebody who loves Kobe I’d rather see him retire than continue to make excuses.

    To me it seems like he’s saying flush this season more because he wasn’t playing in it than directly because of how poorly the entire team played.

    How exactly do you tell season ticket holders to flush this season when they’re still paying as much as they did when the team was in playoff contention.

    Maybe Kobe really thinks he’s bigger than the Lakers.

    • therealhtj - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      You can flush the “maybe” part.

    • antistratfordian - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Good post.

    • ocgunslinger - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Most great athletes do not want to dwell on a mistake and keep focused on the next play or in this case….what is ahead for the franchise. Kobe has basically said to all Laker Fans is to forget that season and let’s focus on the future.

      • antistratfordian - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        chargerdillon really hit it on the head. Kobe is really saying “i wasnt playing this year so it didn’t matter anyway, btw I’m already on vacation so why are you guys even going to watch the last game? dont waste your time or money on these clowns – i’m not and I’m on the team! but i guess I should say thanks for buying all those tickets and tuning in and paying our salaries? nah.”

    • money2long - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      Ur obviously not a fan if u want to see him retire.
      And this was a very bad post

      I’m curious to see what people will say when Kobe reminds people of his greatness next season. One lost season and how quickly people forget. Smh

  12. shuttaman1990 - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    How great is our god.
    Lakers all day.

  13. southbeachtalent - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    - Next season will be epic #delusional

    • blackman24 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      _Let’s see if you’ll be a Heat fan next season when Lebron dips

  14. championmamba - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    for all Lebron fans who always talk about Kobe taking PED’S…..your guy is screaming PED use

  15. fearthehoody - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Hey look at me! Remember me!? Me! Me! Me! Just shut your mouth and watch LAs real team the Clipps go all the way

    • money2long - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      Lol. Did u look ?

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:40 AM

      Even if the Clippers did win the championship (which they won’t), they still wouldn’t be more popular than the Lakers. How does that make you feel?

  16. skins26portis - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Lakers fans still want to know why Dwight Howard left town for the Rockets. Its all about Kobe and what he wants. Does he really think the Lakers would have made the playoffs if he played all 82 games. Please . Lakers have a old broken down Steve Nash and a Old broken down super star who wants to be the man no matter if LeBron or Mello would come to the Lakers. Kobe would not take a back seat like D.Wade did , so forget about any superstar coming to play with Kobe. Lakers fans get use to watching the Clippers run LA. Lakers will be fighting to get the 8th seed for years to come.

    • skins26portis - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      Oh did I forget to mention , what kind of teammate starts a vacation before the season is over? What teammate would tell all the fans to forget this season like it never happened? How about your teammates who were busting their butts at practice all season and going out there getting their butts kicked this season. Where was Kobe ? Well we know he wasn’t sitting on the bench supporting his teammates. Thanks for the 24 million over 2 years Lakers. I just made it impossible for you to get better. LOL.

  17. harshedmellow - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    Kobe is a fantasy love-doll guys puff their delusions into. Like, Laker-fan-guys.

    He’s DONE. Gimmee a break with this 6-month action fitness plan thingie he’s starting when he gets back. He’s done. He’ll be an inefficient 14/3/3 guy WHEN HEALTHY from here on out.

    Then there’s this:

    “That’s a great picture of her – I’d fly around zero gravity with Kate Hudson, too. But I did hear that “things” feel different in space due to the lack of gravity and the loss of friction.”

    Loss of friction? FRICTION?

    I’d make sweet hot friction with Ms. Hudson in zero G, and the resulting plasma ejection would send us in opposite directions, floating across the room. But we’d be smiling, up there. And swatting at gobs of…. plasma.

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

      Yes sir, loss of friction. It was a study of how copulation could happen in space and if we could reproduce. It was interesting….cuz who hasn’t thought about getting busy in space?? If you can’t feel it, there might not be gobs of anything. Maybe for you but not for her.

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