Photo Caption Contest: Kobe Bryant jawing with George Hill
One of the most visible signs of the Lakers' frustration: the team's co-captains Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher drew technical fouls in a 97-82 loss Tuesday to the San Antonio Spurs over plays that shouldn't rattle veterans.
Bryant and Spurs guard George Hill fought for position in the paint during the second quarter so they'd be in prime position for a rebound. Bryant swung his elbow and scolded Hill to "watch yourself"; Hill then pointed the finger at Bryant and continued the fighting words.
"I don't feel like I need to back down from anyone," Hill told the San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald about Bryant, who also jawed with LeBron James during the Christmas Day loss against Miami, drew four technicals in the last four games and was ejected in a double-digit loss last week to Milwaukee. "If he's going to elbow me, I know I've got him where I want him."
Meanwhile, Fisher ran to halfcourt to confront Richard Jefferson during the third quarter after he was pushed from behind. Rather than plead his case to the referees over the non-call, Fisher voiced his displeasure directly to Jefferson.
“We’re all just a little moody, that’s all,” Bryant told Fox Sports' Billy Witz. “Fish picked up a technical tonight, and he’s the basketball equivalent of Barack Obama. Everybody’s a little moody right now.”
(On a side note, what's up with Sean Elliott's outright homerism in the video above? He appeared at his most unprofessional when he constantly addressed Lakers forward Lamar Odom as "Mr. Kardashian.")
The best captions to the photo at the top will be featured in a post on Thursday.
-- Mark Medina
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