Kobe has a Kwame Brown Story
Old 10-10-2011, 12:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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After attending the last failed bargaining session to possibly end the NBA lockout in New York on Monday, Kobe Bryant was in a psychology classroom this week at the University of California-Santa Barbara answering questions from students and a professor about his stellar 15-year career. At one point, Bryant was asked about his lone most valuable player award in 2008 and used it as an opportunity to share a story about his former teammate and forever Wizard Kwame Brown.

Bryant explained how he scored 39 points but the Lakers couldn’t overcome Brown’s bad hands as they lost, 90-89, to the Detroit Pistons. And, well, it’s pretty clear why the Lakers had completed a deal with Memphis for Pau Gasol the next day.

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“I got to say, it was tough doing it that year. I was playing with guys, God bless them — God bless them — but Kwame Brown. Smush Parker. We had one game right before…by the way, what I say here, I say directly to them, see what I’m saying, I don’t talk behind people’s back. Things that I say to you, I’m comfortable saying this to them and I’ve said this to them...But like, the game before we traded for Pau, were playing Detroit and I had like 40 points towards the end of the game. This is back when Detroit had Rasheed [Wallace], Chauncey [Billups] and those guys, so we had no business being in the game. So down the stretch of the game, they put in a box and one. So I’m surrounded by these players, Detroit players, and Kwame is under the basket, all by himself. Literally, like all by himself. So I pass him the ball, he bobbled it and it goes out of bounds.

“So we go back to the timeout and I’m [upset], right? He goes, ‘I was wide open.’ ‘Yeah, I know.’ This is how I’m talking to him, like, during the game. I said, ‘You’re going to be open again, Kwame, because Rasheed is just totally ignoring you.’ He said, ‘Well, if I’m open don’t throw it to me.’ I was like, ‘Huh?’ He said, ‘Don’t throw it to me.’ I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, well, ‘I’m nervous. If I catch it and they foul me, I won’t make the free throws.’ I said, ‘Hell no!’

“I go to Phil [Jackson], I say, ‘Hey Phil, take him out of the game.’ He’s like, ‘Nah, let him figure it out.’ So, we lose the game, I go the locker room, I’m steaming. Steaming. I’m furious. Then, finally I get a call, they said, ‘You know what, we got something that’s happening with Pau.’ I was like, ‘Alright. Cool.’…That’s what I had to deal with the whole year.”
Kobe Bryant has a Kwame Brown story - Wizards Insider - The Washington Post

^^^ Video is included in the link but it's hard to understand what he is saying.
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you see, it's not Kobe's fault LOL
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This happened in consecutive possessions LOL:

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This happened in consecutive possessions LOL:

that's just mean it's like the Lakers were trying to punk him LOL.
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:00 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I really don't care if it happened or it didn't happen, this is the problem with Kobe Brant. He doesn't need to tell that story.

It's fucking lame, and I ave zero respect for that shit.
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I really don't care if it happened or it didn't happen, this is the problem with Kobe Brant. He doesn't need to tell that story.

It's fucking lame, and I ave zero respect for that shit.
Well to be fair to Kobe, he didn't tell that story while Kwame and Smush were on his team.

Telling it now has "omfg I'm so happy we got Pau" between the lines.

It's not worse than Shaq's Godfather analogies or Phil Jackson's book.
It burns the bridges -- but I don't think Kobe minds burning bridges with Smush and Kwame.
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I guess you're right, I jus wish dudes could talk about things without having to always rip other people down... it isn't needed.
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I thought his behavior during the game, as a teammate, was pretty bad, and typical for Kobe. Insisting that the coach take a guy out of the game? That's the sort of thing that makes me dislike him, beyond him just being a Laker. I could muster up a lot of respect for other Laker greats, but I have none for this guy. I just hate the way he approaches the game with his multiple agendas.
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agreed. Then he goes out and blows me away with his intensity sometimes and angers me more because I like that in a player.

Kobe Bryant.... he just makes me mad!
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Stop hating...I bet Jordan would've said the same thing to Phil in that situation. If a teammate told me DURING a game NOT to pass him the ball when he's wide open under the basket, I'd be pissed too...that is literally playing 4-on-5 basketball.
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Stop hating...I bet Jordan would've said the same thing to Phil in that situation. If a teammate told me DURING a game NOT to pass him the ball when he's wide open under the basket, I'd be pissed too...that is literally playing 4-on-5 basketball.
Jordan was known to be an absolute hardass on the court with his team mates... demanding better play or deal with him. The only difference between he and Kobe is that Jordan kept his mouth shut in public.
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its not hating, its being critical and jordan was never mentioned in this discussion
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What you say to your team and about your team are two different things.
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interfering with how the team is run goes beyond the threshold for me. I don't see how that can be defended. He's bitching about what he had to deal with, but it wasn't shit that he was in any position to try to deal with, and at the same time you can read Phil's book about how difficult it was for him and everyone else to deal with Kobe.
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