Lakers Now

Round-the-Clock Purple and Gold

« Previous Post | Lakers Now Home | Next Post »

Kobe Bryant opens up on LeBron James, Chris Bosh joining Miami

Kob_500 

Kobe Bryant hates the question, hasn't really answered it at all other than a few platitudes here and there.

But on Thursday, he gave a little insight into his thoughts on LeBron James and Chris Bosh taking their talents to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat.

He said his first reaction was, "Wow. How did Pat Riley pull that [expletive] off?"

Then he had another thought.

"I said I've got to get my knee healthy, that's what I said."

Bryant has shot poorly in exhibition play, making only four of 28 shots (14.3%) during a slow, methodical return from offseason surgery on his right knee. He practiced Thursday and said he would play Saturday and Sunday in the Lakers' first back-to-back exhibitions this season.

He said the Heat had the potential to be "great," but he wasn't entirely motivated by Miami's new look, even though Las Vegas oddsmakers have made the Heat, not the Lakers, as the favorite to win the NBA championship.

"I don't need it," Bryant said of the added incentive.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Andreu Dalmau / European Press Agency.

 
Comments () | Archives (51)

The comments to this entry are closed.

Of course he didn't need extra motivation - he's Kobe-freakin- Bryant.

Who the hell are you?

Kobe = Sleeping Giant


[dbdh]

@MVP888-

Good to have us agreeing on point. I like it.

The one and only Kobe Bean Bryant!

One of the reasons I was against Kobe playing in the 2008 Olympics was not just the wear and tear, but that Lebron, DWade, Melo, etc...would get a glimpse at his legendary work ethic.

It must be nice to be a GM and have 3 major players ask to be on your team and be willing to take a pay cut to do it.

JR

Kobe could say wateva he wants he can't contain Wade nor James b4 dey came teammates now whut makez him think he would do it now he's n his 30's n dey n they 20's Kobe can't beat LeBron 1on1 who he gon stick it doesn't matter cuz da league gon try & doubleteam n that mistake gon hurt dem.I neva liked Bryant n-e way so he don't have ta b sold on tha nu look Miami Heat,dey actionz gon make him a believer

D.Lee

Perhaps you should try using a period at some point the next time you post. LOL

"Kobe could say wateva he wants he can't contain Wade nor James b4 dey came teammates now whut makez him think he would do it now he's n his 30's n dey n they 20's Kobe can't beat LeBron 1on1 who he gon stick it doesn't matter cuz da league gon try & doubleteam n that mistake gon hurt dem.I neva liked Bryant n-e way so he don't have ta b sold on tha nu look Miami Heat,dey actionz gon make him a believer"

Wha? Learn english, fool!

KB Blitz: Why put the cart in front of the horse then? Let his career play out before canonizing him.

I ask you this: has lebron made anyone of the players he's played with better?

Sheesh, people used to rip on Kobe, but look at him now. The difference is, Kobe has a work-ethic unseen in NBA history (even C-Webb said the other day that Kobe has taken MJ's work ethic to the next level).

Kobe also has 10x the game that lebron has.

Most importantly, Kobe has shown he CAN elevate his teammates! That is the one quality that Joe Bryant said about his son on draft-day, that Kobe is a leader that can make his teammates better, that is what will make him great. Well, when given a chance to become leader (post-Shaq) we have seen that Jellybean was absolutely correct.

Going to Miami will impact what he does from this point on, the eagerness to play second fiddle.

He just doesn't thrive under pressure. I'd like to see him meet challenges head on, to grit out through adversity (ala Kobe), implement his teammates more before even putting him in AI's level - let alone anywhere near the all-time champions.

He's young, and will get to ride some coattails for the prime of his career. This will diminish whatever he does, but until he shows he doesn't crumble like a sugar cookie, he's in the Dominique Wilkins realm of superstars - not the Magic Johnson's of the NBA elites...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

@BLITZ… “To dismiss him as a Nique clone (and that is even more of an insult because Nique was a very great player) is outright laughable especially considering he's only 25 years old.” Nobody is saying that LeBron is a “Nique clone” or not a better player than Dominique. What we’re saying is that it is definitely possible that LeBron might end up winning multitudes of regular season awards and honors but never end up winning championships like Kobe Bryant has done. Thus, LeBron would be to Kobe like Dominique was to MJ.
~
LeBron now has a chance to silence his critics with the team he has in Miami so let’s see what he does before we jump aboard the ESPN bandwagon and declare him to be a great player. If he wins multiple rings for Miami, then he will have proven he is a great player. If he whiffs like Nique, especially since he now has a such a “great” team behind him, then he will have proven in my mind that he does not deserve to be spoken off in the same breath as proven great players like Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
TOM

LRob: If I may interject myself into your answer to LakerTom, you're talking-up a player that has melted down repeatedly in the playoffs. Plus, have you ever watched the end-of-game situations when he literally was playing 1-on-5, and costing the Cavs wins in any close game (outside of the 3-pt shot miracle against the Magic a couple of years back).
Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 14, 2010 at 01:12 PM
------------------------
Cyber - Thanks for joining the fray :-) I haven't seen Lebron melt down "repeatedly" in the playoffs. Yes, he had a meltdown in gm 5 vs Boston last year. He also had a subpar series, by his standards vs the Spurs in the finals. Please identify the repeated meltdowns you're referring to.

As far as going one on five. I attribute that to poor coaching.

All the Lebron stuff as an individual... don't really care. How the Heat will run their offense... that's interesting. (And I'm sure Phil's taking note of it.)

If they run it through Lebron, come playoffs, he becomes the linchpin, and I think that he IS vulnerable. If he's taken out of his game at key moments, forcing him to go mano-a-mano, then the Heat will stagnate on offense. Throwing Ron and Barnes at him for 48 minutes will do that. Plus, despite his assist averages, I've noticed his dimes don't come at key moments as much as a truly great passer (Magic or Bird), they tend to come when Lebron wants them to come, not when the game needs them to come.

If it goes through Lebron's hands, then DWade is relegated to a Ray Allen role, not as an outside shooter, but he can take over a game or so, though he needs the ball in his hands (unlike Ray), so if Lebron's struggling, closing off DWade becomes more effective, as does cutting off the driving lanes (unlike Ray).

If the ball goes through Lebron's hands, Bosh doesn't have the bang to muscle the inside (like KG did for the Celtics in 2008), and that's how one could close down the Heat in the playoffs.

Now, if the ball doesn't go through Lebron's hands, what does he do? Is it a layup drill where each guy is waiting to get the ball into his hands. Sure, on the open court the Heat will thrive with their athleticism... but they don't have Magic Johnson.. he pushed the ball EVERY FRICKIN' TIME. So come the playoffs, where it slows down, how does the offense work?

I'm curious when the regular season comes around.

D.Lee shut up dude!and learn to form your sentences correctly.Kobe can and will contain D wade.In fact i think the lakers are the only team who can manage to guard those guys one on one and get away with.World champs partner the three peat is on.

LOL, Rob. We will have to agree to disagree because LeBron has not done enough to meet my definition of greatness. So go ahead and list his accomplishments and I’ll counter with Kobe’s Bryant’s accomplishments.
Posted by: LakerTom | October 14, 2010 at 01:58 PM
--------------
LT - I wasn't comparing Lebron to Kobe. Kobe's in top 10 all-time on the charts and is moving up with a bullet. I simply said Lebron is a great player and has proven to be great playoff performer also.

I also said by joining DWade team he eliminated himself from the GOAT conversation. So, no he's not in Kobe league because of the "Decision".

Hey D. Lee. Since you don't know English well, let's see how you math is:


5 RINGS/1 SUPERSTAR > 1 RING/3 SUPERSTARS

Kobe meltdowns? Oh, you mean when teams overload their defenses on Kobe and he struggles naturally with his shot a bit? Like teams overloading on other superstars? Only Kobe isn't afraid to attack the defense. Yeah... those struggles? Or how bout if you eliminate games 3 and 7 from the Finals that Kobe was a menace on the floor. Hell, despite bad shooting in game 7 he pulled down what... 15 rebounds and shot 11 for 14 from the stripe with a bad finger and bad knee? Kobe doesn't melt down. Did he start to wilt against the Celts? Sure... but he found other ways to win when his shot wasn't there. Let's give him some credit.

I said it before and I'll say again... who didn't struggle in game 7?

"I ask you this: has lebron made anyone of the players he's played with better?"

Mo Williams became an All-Star along with Lebron even though it was much undeserved in 2009. Delonte West became more known in the NBA thanks to Bron and that was before the incident with Gloria James. Andy Varejao was able to produce more the flopping that he does (and I hate him almost as I hate Laimbeer), and frankly he did it while in a bad offense in Mike Brown.

You want to complain any more arguments with "Sheesh" and feel frustrated? Welcome to the other side where you anoint with Laker Tom Andrew Bynum to become the next great Laker center when all he has done is a role player instead of being even Parish on the previous 2 title teams.

Well like Bynum LBJ is very young so if you don't want us to "hold" Bynum back you can't use YOUR SAME arguments for LBJ who is only 2 years older than Bynum and much more accomplished other than the 2 rings Bynum holds as not even the 3rd fiddle in the playoffs.

So if you want to act tough: GET OVER IT. Bron is already more accomplished than Nique and has the chance to PROVE he is a winner. Yeah he's on Wade's team atm but it will eventually turn into Bron's team especially when Wade loses his athleticism. How many rings he wins is up in the air but he will most likely win when the Lakers are no longer capable of consistently reaching the finals.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

@LT It's possible he might win lots of rings as well so Bron or even Wade shouldn't be dismissed. Magic Johnson said to Michael Jordan in the 1992 Olympics "You aren't winning 5 rings" and well look at how many rings Michael has. Michael was constantly criticized for the same thing before Phil came and with Scottie developing turned into the dynasty of the 90's.

The point is: Don't dismiss Bron. In fact I think this came from "athleticism" argument so let me say this: BIG majority of players who led their teams to titles were athletic. Magic was athletic though wasn't The Glide. Moses/Dr J was athletic. Worthy was athletic, Dumars, Isiah, and of course Michael. Olajuwon was VERY athletic otherwise he couldn't dare do his dream shakes, O'Neal was athletic and quick for his size and when his athleticism and quickness went bye bye so did his effectiveness. Chauncey Billups had athleticism (according to Jackson in his last book had "wonderful athleticism"), Tony Parker had athleticism, Wade without a doubt, and Pierce as well and of course Bryant. Only people who led their teams and wasn't athletic? Larry Bird and Timothy Duncan.

So athleticism isn't overrated. It's what makes athletes today became better than US FANS in sports.

Blog erosion...

:(

dbdh

@63 Footer - Speaking of Otis....none other than Bill Young called him one of the greatest live performers he ever saw. Also speaking of great soul singers...RIP Solomon Burke who passed last year.

@Utz - make sure you slip in some Dramatics with that as well.

Oh wait.. misread... LeBron meltdown. Yeah, I believe those. Several of them actually

@MVP888-

Good to have us agreeing on point. I like it.

Posted by: KB Blitz | October 14, 2010 at 02:44 PM
=====

Ah, but don't forget the analogy I made! Seriously, your points were extremely well articulated, as they always are, whether or not we agree.

LRob: Thanks for the invite into 'the ring' lol =)

Perhaps by meltdown I should rather say 'panic-induced tunnel vision in the dying moments of close recent playoff games which cause him to play 1-on-5, make bull-rushes to the basket despite the number of defenders covering him, and try to brutishly force bad shots, despite the fact the whole defense knows he is in meltdown/panic mode and have sagged off their covers to double/triple him" lol

A lot of this has happened since '08. He's different in the playoffs since then. I think it's nerves, I'm not sure, but he locks up since then.

Look at the '09 playoffs, easy sweeps in the first 2 rounds, but meltdown-time when they meet up with an equally competitive Magic team (watch his play at the end of all those games, 1-on-5 at it's finest! He did hit a lucky game winner too, but had he implemented his teammates they probably win that series).

Of course we all remember what just happened vs the C's.

A lot of this isn't about the numbers he puts up. He literally tries to play 1-on-5, or the few times he meets enough resistance to give up the ball, just stands around the perimeter (Reggie Miller off the ball he is not!).

I hope they make the finals, so that Kobe can run him over and put another notch on his gun holster. I think if that would happen, they'd have to commit lebron to an asylum. Not only would he not have any fingernails left to munch, he'd be down to the bone by then...

BTW I'll take AI over him ANYDAY!

And to KB Blitz, compare that list of talent lebron has played with to what AI had in Philly!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

@LRob: Dramatics came on about 10 minutes or so. "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" - when men sung like MEN! No whiny lil pups like Ne-Yo moaning about "champagne lives" and crap!

First, I DON'T LIKE DEFENDING LEBRON. (Thank you MVP & Blitz for chiming in)

Secondly, The only time I've ever rooting for him is when Cleveland was playing the Pistons in the 2006 & 2007 playoffs.

So I'm not a Lebron "fan" by any stretch. But I can only read so much without feeling compelled to share my thoughts.

As far as Lebron "melting" down or not elevating his game in the playoffs. That's just not true. Here are a "few" of his playoff performances...

2006 playoffs
First playoff game ever - triple double 32/11/11
Third playoff game ever - 41pts including gm winner

2007 playoffs
48pt game in gm 5 ON THE ROAD vs Detroit. Including 25 straight pts.
Led team to the FINALS.

2008 playoffs
45pts in gm 7 loss ON THE ROAD vs. Boston. The same great Boston team that defeatedly us in the finals.

2009 playoffs
gm winner vs Orlando
Avg 39/8/8 vs Orlando

@LROB, Ask and you shall receive:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-clth_Y9X50

@LROB, JUST ONE MORE GOODIEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYGSeF896tU

Whether D Lee likes Kobe or not it really doesn't
Matter. The fact is Kobe has five rings and Lebron and Wade have one between them. Lebron is a great athlete no question, Kobe on the other hand is a great basketball player who deserves the respect from everybody, even if you dislike him. But MR Lee can't write or spell anything correctly so he just doesn't matter

"Look at the '09 playoffs, easy sweeps in the first 2 rounds, but meltdown-time when they meet up with an equally competitive Magic team (watch his play at the end of all those games, 1-on-5 at it's finest! He did hit a lucky game winner too, but had he implemented his teammates they probably win that series)."

Did the Cavaliers run the triangle offense? Or even Adelman's Princeton offense? Heck the Cavaliers didn't even run a motion offense or even a high octane it was always give it to Lebron and let him create....last time Kobe did that? 04-05 and Kobe shot 40% and he begged Rudy T. to put some triangle plays back into the offense and it worked until Rudy T. resigned for health reasons.

(Btw Kobe in clutch time does the same thing....Jackson creates more better isolation plays though than Mike Brown).

Right now whether he is the 2nd fiddle or whatever Bron has a GOOD team around him. Dismissing his player is another sign of "I'd rather think purple and gold lenses" instead of looking at the real NBA land scape. He has Wade and he has Bosh. We said the same DAMN thing about the Celtics and how they couldn't share the ball and well they proved those doubters wrong. Yes the Celtics trio were at the end of their primes but remember Team USA. Bron/Wade/Bosh did not have ANY problem with each other then.

So keep on believing that Bron will likely end up being a failure and on the Wilkins level of no rings. I don't like Lebron and I really HATE defending him as a Laker fan but saying that he won't win rings because he couldn't do it with a crappy team with a very CRAPPY coach is bad bad logic.

Oh and AI still had Deke when he was still good and a good 6th man of the year in Aaron McKie and a good defender in Eric Snow (who ironically joined Lebron in Cleveland). So actually the levels of talent between the Cavaliers and 76ers weren't that different save for one thing:

Iverson had the better Coach: Larry Brown. Mike Brown should find a job as an assistant rather than a Head Coach.

KB Blitz: "Mo Williams became an All-Star along with Lebron even though it was much undeserved in 2009. Delonte West became more known in the NBA thanks to Bron and that was before the incident with Gloria James. Andy Varejao was able to produce more the flopping that he does (and I hate him almost as I hate Laimbeer), and frankly he did it while in a bad offense in Mike Brown.

You want to complain any more arguments with "Sheesh" and feel frustrated? Welcome to the other side where you anoint with Laker Tom Andrew Bynum to become the next great Laker center when all he has done is a role player instead of being even Parish on the previous 2 title teams.

Well like Bynum LBJ is very young so if you don't want us to "hold" Bynum back you can't use YOUR SAME arguments for LBJ who is only 2 years older than Bynum and much more accomplished other than the 2 rings Bynum holds as not even the 3rd fiddle in the playoffs.

So if you want to act tough: GET OVER IT. Bron is already more accomplished than Nique and has the chance to PROVE he is a winner. Yeah he's on Wade's team atm but it will eventually turn into Bron's team especially when Wade loses his athleticism. How many rings he wins is up in the air but he will most likely win when the Lakers are no longer capable of consistently reaching the finals."

-

KB Blitz, this argument getting under your skin?

Please don't start bringing Drew into the debate. lebron is 25, but Drew is 3 years younger, so what's your point???

You can count up his regular season MVP's and vault him into the realm of all-time greats, I choose not to. lebron has the 'potential' to be great.

Maybe the heavens will part, and he will be vaulted into Mt. Olympus if he wins a title with the meat. I'm pretty much expecting that to happen. I mean, we've been told how he's Magic/Big-O - but to the next level.

Perhaps, had he been as humble and unassuming as Kevin Durant (who really DOES have game), not to mention as hard working and low-key, then I may think differently of lebron.

But lebron has done it to himself, put himself on a very high shelf (Chosen One? King?) but his success isn't consistent with his monikers...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Comparing Bron and Kobe is retarded. They're better at different things. Kobe takes over games better & let's the game come to him, whereas LeBron attacks and makes people pay and tries to ensure the game is won early.

Kobe can score like no other. LeBron can do everything equally.
Kobe is 6'6" (barely) and sort of skinny.
LeBron is 6'8" and massive.

You never hear "here comes Kobe bullying down the lane!"
LeBron, on the other hand, is the L-Train.

They take advantage of their abilities to the fullest.
Give them both credit.

Have I mentioned that Florida sucks?
-
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/strange/
-
What do we play for? RINGS!!!
-
Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
-
GO LAKERS!!!

Have I mentioned that Florida sucks?
-
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/strange/
-
What do we play for? RINGS!!!
-
Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
-
GO LAKERS!!!

LRob: Something happened with lebrons game/lebrons mind after losing to the celtics in '08. He locks up in crunch time since then. Yes, he hit the game winner vs the Magic in '08, but he played 1-on-5 at the end of every close game in that series, and again vs the C's.

Again, it's either smooth sailing or rough waters, no middle ground or tough, grind-it-out wins.

Look, maybe it's just me. I used to see Farmar freeze out Kobe in certain situations, purposely not look his way. What I see in lebron is in his mind, his approach.

All you have to do is watch Mo Williams face on those possessions at the end of those playoff games vs the Magic and C's. He knows he isn't getting a pass, unless lebron is stumbling over a triple team or something. I know because I would tell my kids to watch lebrons teammates, and look at lebron barrel down the lane time and time again, and see the disappointment in the Cavs - especially Mo.

Anyways, until lebron shows he can man-up, he can win close games in crunch time, utilize his teammates - win a ring or two(!) then all he's got is unrealized potential rolled up in an egotistical ball in my eyes...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

I'm totally with you on the Lebron debate, LakerTom.
He has proven to the world that he doesn't have what it takes to lead his own team to the promised land.
He now is the second best player on the Heat and if he does win a ring someday, his glory will be diminished because it will come as a sidekick.
Wade has already proven that he's a better player in leading his team to the championship. Yes, he did have Shaq, but Wade was truly the MPV in that series.

Please don't start bringing Drew into the debate. lebron is 25, but Drew is 3 years younger, so what's your point???

You can count up his regular season MVP's and vault him into the realm of all-time greats, I choose not to. lebron has the 'potential' to be great.

Maybe the heavens will part, and he will be vaulted into Mt. Olympus if he wins a title with the meat. I'm pretty much expecting that to happen. I mean, we've been told how he's Magic/Big-O - but to the next level.

Perhaps, had he been as humble and unassuming as Kevin Durant (who really DOES have game), not to mention as hard working and low-key, then I may think differently of lebron.

But lebron has done it to himself, put himself on a very high shelf (Chosen One? King?) but his success isn't consistent with his monikers...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 14, 2010 at 04:01 PM
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

No because usually when you respond it is YOU who feels frustrated (remember confusing me with LAKER TRUTH?)

I'm not vaulting him because of his attitude. His attitude and arrogant prick while disrespecting the game (Jordan was arrogant but never proclaimed himself to be the Chosen One) with dancing over an opponent and revert to being humble the next is one of the reasons I HATE Mo Williams/Delonte West/Andy Varejao for including themselves in Bron's circus.

That being said I don't dismiss Bron Bron as a player because he is athletic and "skill always triumphs over athleticism". I don't say "the Wilkins comparisons are spot on" when Wilkins wasn't considered one of the best in the league in the 80's an era which Magic/Bird/Jordan ruled. And Bynum? You and Laker Tom quickly vault him as "the next great Laker center" and bring up in bleacher report as how he will average 25ppg and 13rpg when he doesn't have Bryant/Gasol/Odom and Jackson holding him back yet become so dismissive of Lebron because simply of his attitude. His attitude deserves to be frowned upon and he deserved all the heckling over the summer whether it was in the ESPY's or at Cedar Falls amusement park in Ohio. That being said Bron is only 25 and he has far more of an opportunity to become great especially with a good team around him. Do I like him? No. Do I like now he has a great team that we have to battle against? No. That doesn't make me dismiss him so easily as a player and he will show an opportunity to what he can do with a good team around him even if he is playing Pippen to Wade's Jordan at the time being.

We said that Michael wouldn't top Earvin's ring count. Guess in the 80's and 90's he made us eat our crow much to our displeasure.

Lebron > Nique.

Nique made no one around him better. Nique was a more athletic, skilled version of Corey Maggette with even less of a propensity to pass. Nique never won an MVP. I don't see much basis for comparing him to Lebron other than they were overshadowed by their peers in the era. Nique was never in the conversation with Jordan other than maybe bettering him in a dunk contest here or there. Jordan could've been compared to Magic.

The Kobe/LBJ comparison is far more analogous to Magic/Jordan. The best of one generation and his likely successor.

It's really easy to hate Bron for his stupidity, but I blame Maverick Carter and the other users and hangers on in LBJ's life. Hope he can shed that dead weight before too long. He needs a real Yoko in his life. That band needs breaking up. Honestly, I'm feeling sorry for Bron more than hating him.

There's no reason to denigrate Lebron other than that he's a narcissistic man-child, but that doesn't change the fact that he's a great player. Maybe the best in the game today. Best player, not winner or most skilled, or most clutch, or makes his teammates better, but game-in game-out, best player. Maybe an all-time great by the time it's all over for him. The final outcome is determined in rings. Sheed may have said Ball Don't Lie, but really it's Rings that Don't Lie. That's why #17 will be sooooooo sweet on so many levels.

Sasha out indefinitely with a concussion from LO's elbow http://bit.ly/bhUVaw

Finally, LO takes out someone we DON'T need.

kobe is constantly hating and is scared....thats why he talks shit and says he can beat lebron 1on1 when lebron already broke his ankle and beat his lakers team 8 out of 13 times with lesser talent for the majority of the matchups...

htj - "Sasha out indefinitely with a concussion from LO's elbow."

Phil quietly put out a "contract" on Sasha for all the injuries he caused (and his rook mental mistakes lately). LO was the only one in regular season shape, so he got the job. It's so Phil's way of doing things.

@j1
Exactly what is Kobe scared of?
The dude didn't even flinch when Barnes faked the ball two inches from his face.
Kobe is afraid of no one on any basketball court- anywhere.

Trolls go back to your holes!

If not for the Lakers, Pat Riley never pulls it off. Those were LAKER RINGS he flashed in front of the boys. It was the history of the LAKERS that Riley used to convince them to sign. 30 years after his first championship, Pat Riley is still a Laker and is doing his best to recreate the 80's in south beach. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

KB Blitz, the last two times we've debated you've said the same thing that I was frustrated. The last two times. lol...

I think you got it backwards, I hate that lebrons teammates weren't strong enough to challenge him, to say 'PASS ME THE DAMN BALL!' at the end of games - not that they didn't stay out of whatever childish dance routine they conjured up. Actually, lebrons domination of most possessions get me more sympathetic for 2-12 on the roster.

As for the bleacher report stuff, I think you're going off the deep end because I never wrote a Bynum article there, a few lebron bash-jobs after The Decision, yes, but never a Bynum piece. Perhaps you're mistaking me for Hadarii Jones (who I would be happy to be mistaken for...)

- - -

htj: The only way that lebron compares to Magic is in rolling up some impressive numbers (against leastern conference opposition I might add...). Stat-guys will make the argument, but only on paper. Any TRUE fan will tell admit that Kobe is pretty darn close to MJ - while lebron is MILES from Magic.

The next teammate that lebron makes better will be the first...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!

CCX - Maybe I didn't state my opinion as well as I should have.

Lebron is to Kobe as Jordan is to Magic. Best of one generation and his likely successor.

I know Magic Johnson. Magic Johnson made me love this game everyone on this blog is so passionate about.

And LBJ is certainly no Magic. It's only moronic press (ESPN) that like to make that comparison.

Talk about a run on sentence!

Hey D.Lee,

Feel free to use these little things........................

Posted by: D.Lee | October 14, 2010 at 02:57 PM

Please if you're commenting, spell out your words, we're are not "texting" here!

What else is Kobe supposed to say? I mean, he reacted the way all of us reacted, no need for him to even say anything. This topic is old already, we need the season to get going. As long as the Lakers core is healthy, we (laker nation) need not worry as we have proven ourselves. Its the other team that has all the spotlight. By the way, you can't play basketball the way Lebron does without your body breaking down. If he continues to play like an NFL player, it will catch it to him withing 2-3 years if not already. GO LAKERS!!!

"I don't need it." Bryant said...

And neither do we! Bring On The Season!

GO LAKERS!!!!

Excellent work Lamar "Hitman" Odom. Sasha: take a couple of aspirins and wait for your number to be called right along with Walton. Who will "Hitman" take out next?

GO LAKERS!!

I tell you what - there is no pressure on the Laker squad. The pressure is on the rest of the league to dethrone the champs - ain't gonna happen...not this season. We've got some seasoned talent on this squad with many, many rings between them. Sorry Laker Haters - maybe next year with emphasis on "MAYBE."

IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

KB-LBJ debate again?

LBJ is the Oscar Robertson of this era, triple-double machine, ONE-time NBA champ.. and that will sum up his career.

On LBJ melting down.. I say, it doesn't matter if he puts up 40-10-10 every game if you're not gonna win the season.. Kobe's 81 points was non-sense if they didn't won that game.

On LBJ making his teammates better.. better huh? What happened to Mo Williams and Jamison.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3750/career;_ylt=AlBXyCrJGlkaqXh13gXQ4XjnPKB4

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3247/career;_ylt=AlBXyCrJGlkaqXh13gXQ4Xg4PKB4

..even Anthony Parker

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3171/career;_ylt=AlBXyCrJGlkaqXh13gXQ4XgnPKB4

Do you think Ronny Turiaf, Luke Walton, Sasha, Farmar, Smush, George is better without KB?

Is Pau Gasol better without KB?

So who's making their teammates better now?

Hey Laker-holics, hope everyone is doing well. It appears the banter and debate is as lively as ever. Would expect nothing less.

Before I join the Kobe-LeBron fray, let me point out that Mark Medina was lauded in our monthly in-house web report for his continuing growth of the Lakers blog, and in particular he drew kudos for interacting with the readers. I say bravo to MM and thanks to each of you for helping make this one of our strongest blog communities at The Times.

Now, let me point out a couple of things that Kobe and LeBron have in common: First, they've BOTH quit on their teammates in the playoffs (oh, yes, I went there, because I don't like revisionist history or selective amnesia when it comes to anybody or anything); Second, neither the Lakers nor the Cavaliers would have had title aspirations without Kobe and LeBron, respectively. I'd even venture to say that the Cavs relied much more heavily on LeBron than the Lakers relied on Kobe, whom all you regulars know I've called the greatest offensive perimeter player I've seen (and I've been following the NBA since the late '60s/early '70s). LeBron often had to hoist that franchise on his broad shoulders and carry them through quarters or games or playoff series. Not that Kobe couldn't do the same, he just never had to shoulder the burden by himself.

And really, with which cast of characters would you rather play for championships? Fisher, Gasol, Bynum, Odom, Ariza, Artest, Brown, Farmar, etc.; or Ilgauskas, Jamison, Varajeo, Mo Williams, the Big Over-the-Hill Nickname, Hickson, Anthony Parker. Wait, argument over. I'm listing Anthony Parker as a championship component. Might as well be Candace Parker.

Who would I rather have on my beloved Blazers? I'd settle for two healthy 7-footers right now. Hah!

Back to work I must go. Take care all.

@D.Lee;

That has to be the least readable post ever on this blog. And that is saying plenty considering how many here speak English as their second, third, or fourth language.

You don't suffer from poor grammar, you suffer from NO grammar. Though not at all an indicator of intelligence, it does tend to make suspect your interpretation of the facts involved. To wit; if LeBronze was so great, why hasn't he won anything?

Also, your choosing to post in a manner that makes your point difficult to read leads me to believe that you lack some critical thinking skills. If you want people to believe you, your writing should be in a manner such that people can understand you. That is basic logic. Demonstrating a lack of basic decision making further imperils the point that you are trying to make.

Just trying to help...

--FEARless


Connect

Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

All Things Lakers »

Your database for all things purple and gold.

Find a Laker

Search a name

Select a season

Choose one of our lists



Categories


Archives
 

About the Bloggers


Bleacher Report | Lakers

Reader contributions from Times partner Bleacher Report

More Lakers on Bleacher Report »



Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists:


In Case You Missed It...