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Ryan Hollins, Kobe Bryant, and word choice

March 24, 2009 | 12:17 pm

Nothing is set in stone, but there's certainly a strong chance the Lakers and Mavericks could meet in the Ryan_hollins_at_ucla first round of the Western Conference playoffs.  And with that in mind, former Bruins pivot and current Mavericks C Ryan Hollins was on Dallas radio Monday talking about ways the Mavs could compete against a heavily favored purple and gold squad:

"Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the game, and I think sometimes he has issues trusting his teammates," said Hollins, who probably saw a lot of Lakers games while playing college ball at UCLA. "Maybe we catch them off guard, kind of get Kobe into playing a little one-on-one or doing a little too much, I think we've got a shot at them definitely."

It was reasonably mild with qualifiers like "sometimes," "maybe," and "kind of," and preceded with a compliment, but I think he just played the "Kobe is selfish" card, or at least a form of it.  That's not going to help Hollins locally, even among alums of UCLA and John Muir High in Pasadena.  While there's some truth to the message- Kobe does sometimes get wrapped up in on-one-one battles, and the Lakers aren't as good on those occasions where they lose balance- Hollins, who has averaged 8.7 minutes and 2.7 points a game over a 123 game NBA career, may not be the best messenger.

At least he's not on a bench with someone named Boobie. 


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