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Steve Nash called Kobe Bryant a “mother f****** a******” but in a good way

Aug 23, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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Soon there is going to be a documentary  on Showtime about Kobe Bryant and his comeback this season, one that will undoubtedly play to the mythology of Kobe and his toughness, his determination, his single-mindedness. It promises to be interesting.

Kobe and his comeback also are the cover story this week in Sports Illustrated, a brilliant feature by one of the very best NBA writers, Chris Ballard. A story with a lot of great quotes and anecdotes.

However this one may be the best one, tying the documentary into it. Gotham Chopra, the director of the documentary, asked a lot of players to describe Kobe in three words. (Hat tip to Business Insider/Yahoo.)

“After each interview Kobe would text Chopra, eager to hear what people said. Most answered with some variation of ‘the ultimate competitor’ or ‘killer instinct.’ But when Chopra asked Steve Nash, he said something different. After thinking for a moment, Nash answered, slowly, in three beats: ‘Mother … f****** … a******.’

“Kobe thought this was awesome.”


He is. In a good way (most of the time). That attitude is part of what made Kobe who he is. His work ethic, his drive to prove himself the ultimate alpha male. Of course he loved that. And Nash knew it.

Of course, that attitude combined with his large contract, is going to make it hard to attract any major free agents in the next couple years. It has always been a double edged sword for Kobe. But he doesn’t have five rings and doesn’t go down as one of the game’s all-time greats without it.

  1. patfic5 - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    I can’t wait to miss this documentary.

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    It’s great being an a-hole. Trust me.

    You always get your way. Your feelings are never hurt. And after a while people stop calling you names and instead just say things like, “What’s Kobe like? Eh, Kobe’s Kobe.”

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:33 PM


    • 00maltliquor - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM


  3. money2long - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    How can you doubt

  4. rodge1 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Meanwhile the rest of America calls him that in a bad way.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Not really. Speak for yourself.

  5. 2016olympics - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    This sounds about right.

  6. libertyman62 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    How do you pronounce “******”?

    • antistratfordian - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      \ˈkō-bē \

      • money2long - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        6 stars perhaps the word was winner.
        How do you pronounce ring chaser. LEY BRUN.
        how r u a ring chaser when ur supposed to be looked at as the best in the game in ur prime.
        When the lebron story is done, people will look at that and frown upon him. Along with the conspiracy of “returning home”. Haha. Ring chasing superstar. So hilarious. In LEY ring chaser u trust.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Your whining is music to my ears. LeBron’s Return is going to be considered one of the greatest basketball stories of all time.

        It’s already the basketball story of this century, surpas sing even “The Decision” – but it will be even bigger than that when the mission is accomplished.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Did you know that LeBron has a tattoo that says “Loyalty”? I always found that pretty funny.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Lakers fans also tell me that there is no difference between 45% shooting and 50% shooting. In other words, you guys aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed.

        Plus, you’re a Lakers fan who grew up in Washington State. Talk about loyalty… lol.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:17 PM


        We all know you pronounce Kobe as follows…

        cough, Lebron, cough

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:18 PM


        talking about LBJ’s loyalty tattoo…

        ask Vanessa about Kobe and how loyal he is…

      • bkbell3 - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:21 AM

        Well anti, if you figure about 1400 shots for a season which is 17 a game for an example, then 50% is 700 shots made and 45% is 630 shots made. That’s a difference of 70 made shots or less than one more made shot per game in an 82 game season. When you look at it that way it doesn’t seem to be a huge difference. Also if you take 60 shots in a game and make 30 you shot 50% which seems like good shooting but you missed 30 shots. That’s why getting to the line and hitting free throws and hitting 3 pointers makes you more efficient as a scorer and is why true shooting % is a better measure than pure shooting %

      • antistratfordian - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:29 AM

        And then you have to argue how a .560 TS% is the same as a .600 TS%…

        If you miss 70 extra shots, you’re giving your opponent 70 extra chances to take possession of the ball. Obviously, you’d rather not do that.

  7. adoombray - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    hes 36 coming off a career ending injury for most. Media hype and ancient history doesnt change that. Kobe is done just like the Lakers are. Nobody wants to play for Fredo Buss.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:21 AM

      WTF is a Fredo??? Seriously, this isn’t the 1st time I’ve seen that in front of Buss before on here. What does that even mean??

      • helixro14 - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM


  8. omniusprime - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    I say the same things about Trash Nash, but not in a good way. Trash Nash is the most worthless piece of garbage to ever disgrace a Laker uniform and all he’s doing this year is stealing money from the Lakers while he’ll do nothing but get injured and ride the pine all year long. He doesn’t have any basketball left, he’s just trying to fool everyone that he’ll actually earn his pay.

    Fire Trash Nash Now!

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