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Exit interview: Kobe Bryant says Lakers' failed title run was a 'wasted year of my life'

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Kobe Bryant exit interview

Kobe Bryant is never much for sentimentality, and he's not going to change any time soon.

So when he reflected Wednesday on the Lakers' underachieving 2010-2011 season, which included being swept in a Western Conference semifinal series, Bryant didn't mince words on his disappointment.

"It was a wasted year of my life," he said in his exit interview. 

Among the other highlights:

-- He said he believes that the Lakers can win a title next year with the same roster

-- He said he plans to work on his game during the summer, focusing on leg strength and injury prevention. He added that he doesn't want to get surgery on his right index finger, even if there is an NBA lockout, because the rehab would take too long.

RELATED:

Exit interview: Pau Gasol owns up to shortcomings in 2011 NBA playoffs

Exit interview: Mitch Kupchak says current roster 'can continue to contend'

Exit interview: Derek Fisher expresses disappointment over owners' new collective-bargaining proposal

-- Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Kobe Bryant at his exit interview. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

 
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A WASTED YEAR? REALLY? HOW DOES SOMEONE EXTREMELY RICH AND FAMOUS MANAGE TO WASTE A YEAR IN TINSELTOWN.

IT'S THE MORONS WHO FOLLOW THESE SELF-OBSESSIVE, UNDEREDUCATED GHETTO BUMS WHO WASTED A YEAR.

"his finger can't be fixed now anyway, dummies, u all should be happy he play through it, how about they trade kobe and he comes back and kick LA's butt everytime, i'm sure it's better players u would like to see wear a lakers uniform, lmao!!!!!!!!!! i can't believe people are posting such foolish mess"

Dwight for Kobe straight up...Magic ain't stupid...

Old Man Kobe is done as the alpha dog of a championship team

Should have ran Bynum out of town to restore Laker cred.

a quick trade for Dwight Howard.....

@Steve

Teams are awarded a NEW mid-level and bi-annual exception each year. Last year we used the mid-level exception on Blake and Barnes (The mid-level exception can be split among more than one player, Blake $4M and Barnes $1.7M).

In regards to DJ Augustin, it’s worth a try. The worst thing they could do is say “no.” LOL!

@Steve

Teams are awarded a NEW mid-level and bi-annual exception each year. Last year we used the mid-level exception on Blake and Barnes (The mid-level exception can be split among more than one player, Blake $4M and Barnes $1.7M).

In regards to DJ Augustin, it’s worth a try. The worst thing they could do is say “no.” LOL!

"While as I attempt to understand your "...wasted year" comments from the standpoint of your highly competitive nature, I ask to please reflect on the lives of those that do not earn twenty million per year, perhaps only one hundred thousand or so that did not have a "wasted year" with their families.
Are you not indeed grateful that you live in a country that allows you such opulentce and privilage for simply playing a children's game ?"

Well put sir...

@Steve
Teams are awarded a NEW mid-level and bi-annual exception each year. Last year we used the mid-level exception on Blake and Barnes (The mid-level exception can be split among more than one player, Blake $4M and Barnes $1.7M).

In regards to DJ Augustin, it’s worth a try. The worst thing they could do is say “no.” LOL!

KOBE THANKS FOR SHOWING PEOPLE WHAT THE WORD PERSEVERANCE. YOU WOULD NEVR ADMIT IT, BUT YOU HAD YOUR SHARE OF INJURIES WHICH PLAYED A MAJOR PART IN YOU NOT BEING ABLE TO PLAY AT THE LEVEL YOU HAVE SET FOR YOURSELF. YOU SHOWED THE HEART OF ATRUE WARRIOR. YOU WOULD BE WELCOME AT ME AND MY WIFE'S DINNER TABLE ANY DAY. KEEP THE FAITH. JOSEPH WENT FROM THE PIT, TO THE PRISON, TO THE PALACE. THE MOST INTERESTING THING. IS THE SAME DAY HE WAS I N PRISON, HE WAS ALSO PROMOTED TO THE PALACE. THE DARKEST HOUR COMES JUST BEFORE THE DAWN. YOU HAVE GREAT FAITH. CONTINUE WITH THAT FAITH AND WATCH UN-EXPECTED BLESSING COME YOUR WAY. GENESIS 18:14 JEREMIAH 32:27 REMEMBER. GOOD MEN FALL. GREAT MEN GET BACK UP. AMOS 9:13

The "wasted year" comment was in regards to not winning a championship. He has nothing to do with being ungrateful or taking his family for granted. Get a life "posters!" This guy is about winning championships and anything less than that is complete failure.

Now the fact that he mentioned that he was going to shoot the ball, Pau would get his touches and Drew would be 3rd and so on didn't sit well with me. I'd rather he said he would do whatever is best for the team: if it meant facilitate, defend, rebound or score but that's Kobe. I'd prefer that he take a Point Guard mentality at this stage of his career but looking at the Point Guards of today, they're more like Shooting Guards who can score and rack up assists. It's pretty athletic out there and either Kobe adjusts his game or retire.

@Gunner

"THE LAST 7 YEARS WATCHING YOUR POOR LEADERSHIP AND LACK OF TEAM SKILLS HAVE BEEN A WASTE OF MY LIFE!"

Really? You must be an illogically Laker hater. Because for us real Lakers fan have enjoyed the tune of 2 championship in the past 7 years.

"YOU USE THE WORD "WE". THAT'S NOT KOBE LOGIC. TO HIM IT'S ALL ABOUT "ME". YOU'LL NEVEE HEAR THE WORD "WE" COME OUT OF THE BALL HOG BRYANT MOUTH. SORRY.."

Yeah, that's why he leads his team in assist. Such a ball hog.

Yeah, the Lakers were awful this year. They deserve all the criticism thrown their way. But what exactly do people want from Kobe? It is a wasted year professionally considering they are not playing for a title right now. I'm sure he wasn't referring to his personal life as a waste. I wish people would stop making mountains on of a mole hill.

The Lakers are done and will not be winning anymore championships for some time and if Bynam is the future face of the Lakers they will be known as the Cheap-shots...Artest, Odom, and Bynam were an embarrassement to the Laker organization and to Laker fans in the Dallas series...and as for Kobe, he's the biggest drama-queen in the NBA with his statements and his so-called injuries ... Give me The Spurs anytime, a class organization with outstanding classy players and fans who cheer their team no matter what...

That's why I don't like this arrogant clown. People are truly suffering in this country, and around the world. I mean truly suffering, and because he didn't win a title, the who year was wasted!!!!! Give me a break. Can't take him, and can't root for my Lakers until he's gone. What an egomaniac.

Stern is esctatic with the ouster of the lakers and soon boston. This is because the nba is unpredictable again. KupKake please choose a strong coach and not a handpicked kobe coach. If you select Shaw and kobe doesn't change from me to we the lakers will continue to decline. I listened to his exit interview and he is still saying that he have to get his touches and then pau and bynum has to accept that. Smart basketball dictates that you go to your advantage. If bynum has a mismatch you feed him. Ditto for LO or Gasol. Kobe will never learn and so we need an enforcer coach.

...."It was a wasted year of my life,"....yep, me too....

Sunny Smoothe: Kobe/Laker's didn't waste your time, you had every opportunity to watch something else yet you tunned in like most of us. You wasted your own time.

@Steve

Teams are awarded a NEW mid-level and bi-annual exception each year. Last year we used the mid-level exception on Blake and Barnes (The mid-level exception can be split among more than one player, Blake $4M and Barnes $1.7M).

In regards to DJ Augustin, it’s worth a try. The worst thing they could do is say “no.” LOL!


Posted by: Veinticuatro | May 11, 2011 at 03:43 PM
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Thanks for the correction. I obviously didn't properly understand the rule.

Still don't think T. Prince would be good, though...

I listened to his exit interview and he is still saying that he have to get his touches and then pau and bynum has to accept that. Smart basketball dictates that you go to your advantage. If bynum has a mismatch you feed him. Ditto for LO or Gasol. Kobe will never learn and so we need an enforcer coach.

Posted by: island priest | May 11, 2011 at 04:27 PM

OLD MAN KOBE NEVER GOT A COLLEGE EDUCATION. FOR THAT REASON, THE GUY DOESN'T UNDERSTAND HOW THE BEST (MJ, MAGIC, BIRD, RUSSELL) PLAYED THE GAME.

Give me a break. Can't take him, and can't root for my Lakers until he's gone. What an egomaniac.

Posted by: Shag | May 11, 2011 at 04:09 PM

DON'T WORRY. 2 MORE YEARS AND KOBE APOLOGISTS WILL SEE KOBE DIMINISH TO DFISH LEVEL.

"Now the fact that he mentioned that he was going to shoot the ball, Pau would get his touches and Drew would be 3rd and so on didn't sit well with me. I'd rather he said he would do whatever is best for the team: if it meant facilitate, defend, rebound or score but that's Kobe. "

Posted by: :-( | May 11, 2011 at 04:05 PM


THAT'S NOT IN KOBE'S DNA. HE'S A SHOOT FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER. HIS EGO HAS GOTTEN THE BEST OF HIM.

kobe's washed up..plain and simple

I think you we need to see and understand where kobe was coming from when he said " it's a wasted year of his life". We need to understand the context of what was he referring to and that was purely basketball. Three peat only comes once in a life time to a player and considering his age and the roster that the Lakers have, it's really a big disappointment for him. He is aiming for a record( 2x 3 peat) and Jackson ( 4x 3 peat), so we need to understand that. Also, with the competition and the merging of excellent and elite players, it would be very difficult to achieve 3 peat, that's why he said that comments. I do not think basketball is his only life, when you have kids your perception in life differs, his love for basketball is really admirable. However, the current roster really need to upgrade, PG position and the bench must be addressed, we cannot win a title with this current line up. I think we need to get a good point guard that can play the pick and roll offense plus the triangle, I think we can get another title run...for now let our players rest.....Lakers forever...

What a stupid comment.."a wasted year of my life"! Dude, pull up your man pants and learn from the mistakes. I bet that's what Vanessa and Kloe are saying as well..."a wasted year of my life."

i was taken aback by him saying he would still be first in offense then pau. then drew. if that's the case the lakers can forget about ever winning another ring as long as bryant is there.

get rid of him.

The Lakers did not win a 3 peat but they played pretty good ball until the end when stuff got crazy and it want not Paul fault they didn't win it was the whole team and Kobe fault understand the team is old and beatup they need some young blood on the team now because the other teams are getting faster and young so they have to change with the times maybe next year NOW LETS GO HEAT LOL.

Kuto "ballhog" Bryant GET A LIFE!

Phil shouldn't come back this year. Lakers won game 7 last year because Ron Artest, not Kobe, he can't take over the game by himself anymore. In the exit interview, Kobe said he is the one to shout first, then Gasol, Bynum has to fall in the line. That's the way Phil&Kobe want, they got it, Dallas Mavs blew out Lakers by 33 points in front of national tv. The championship team turned into the Washington Wizards of the NBA because the stubborn of Phil & Kobe. What ashamed !

In the beginning Kobe said the Chicago Bulls had to win championship on the road. Once again, Kobe got what he wished.

What's the big deal??

I was wasted a whole decade

I think it was the 80's
No it was the 90's
No definately the 80's
no it was the 90's

Make that 2 decades I was wasted

What's that?
OH, WASTED A YEAR AWAY

nevermind


HAVING SAID THAT - ONE ONLY IS REWARDED,

WITH THE DESERVED........


AND TOO, "ATTITUDE" = "ALTITUDE"............

HUMILITY WILL CERTAINLY ALLOW US TO

POSSESS THE FULL MEASURE.

The Lakers will lose again, esp. with the same roster. What happened in the 4th qtr. of that last game was a disgrace to the NBA the America. It's hard to love human garbage. If they bring back that one piece of human dung that intentionally injured the small guy going for the layup at the end of the game the Lakers will be a hated team in America, and the world.

get rid of artest, barnes, blake & odom...they just weren't hungry enough

The "wasted year" comment was in regards to not winning a championship. He has nothing to do with being ungrateful or taking his family for granted. Get a life "posters!" This guy is about winning championships and anything less than that is complete failure.

Now the fact that he mentioned that he was going to shoot the ball, Pau would get his touches and Drew would be 3rd and so on didn't sit well with me. I'd rather he said he would do whatever is best for the team: if it meant facilitate, defend, rebound or score but that's Kobe. I'd prefer that he take a Point Guard mentality at this stage of his career but looking at the Point Guards of today, they're more like Shooting Guards who can score and rack up assists. It's pretty athletic out there and either Kobe adjusts his game or retire.


Well said!!! Kobe all about winning championship anything less is a disappointment for Kobe and the Lakers

As always it's all about the smug kobe and how HE wants to do things ... Maybe the smug mamba needs to be schooled in " We not ME " and work on being a team player ... No amount of leg strength training and bum finger issues are going to change the fact he's a self important whiny baby ... You'll never be Michael Jordan so stop chasing his stats ,stop being a ball hog,and get schooled in some humility .
Sincerely,
The other Lakers

Hey Kobe,

If it was a wasted year how about giving back the year's salary then?
I'll take it. Or maybe give it to charity?

Naw, it wasn't a total waste, was it, you spoiled mother f!

You could have tried playing harder in the playoff too.

Time for a reality check! You know what, if we are lucky we all get a chance to get old. A lot of bloggers are in hurry to see this happen to Kobe. You think there is something better coming down the road? Kobe is a once in a generation type of talent. Enjoy while you can because I know it will end all to soon.

ou guys dont get! When Labron had a boo boo he sat out a few games. Kobe couldnt make a lay up or dunk against Dallas, which showed his foot/ankle was a lot worse than Kobe led on. The only other player who ever played with as many injuries was Iverson. LJ, Wade, Westbrook, Durrant, Anthony, none of these guys could even do half of what Kobe does with half of his injuries. Period! Add Gasol's knee, Lamar shoulder and leg, Blake played hurt, Barnes played hurt; and you wonder why the Lakers didnt play well against Dallas. Last year other than Bonehead Bynum they were all healthy except Kobe's finger and knee and still won it all.

Has everyone forgot, other than the Heat, in the regular season before Kobe's, foot/ankle issues, add that the last game of the year even Gasol got hurt but he played through it, and the bench injuries and they still beat every team out there in a series and this includes the 2 away games in Dallas. The bottom line, a older team doesnt always equate to a slower team but when you add all of the injuries, no kidding, they are not going to far in the playoffs and no wonder they folded in the fourth quarters. I guarantee this, a healthy Lakers team is another NBA Championship. Period!

however, all of you still watch him and regardless of your words hes making billions so GET OVER it. hes a beast!

Wade and LeBron are better than you are these days, Kobe!

That's why I don't like this arrogant clown. People are truly suffering in this country, and around the world. I mean truly suffering, and because he didn't win a title, the who year was wasted!!!!! Give me a break. Can't take him, and can't root for my Lakers until he's gone. What an egomaniac.
Posted by: Shag | May 11, 2011 at 04:09 PM

As always it's all about the smug kobe and how HE wants to do things ... Maybe the smug mamba needs to be schooled in " We not ME " and work on being a team player ... No amount of leg strength training and bum finger issues are going to change the fact he's a self important whiny baby ... You'll never be Michael Jordan so stop chasing his stats ,stop being a ball hog,and get schooled in some humility .
Sincerely,
The other Lakers
Posted by: LDT1966 | May 11, 2011 at 09:50 PM

Wade and LeBron are better than you are these days, Kobe!
Posted by: Silverlake Mike | May 11, 2011 at 10:52 PM


^^^ These guys get it! The problem is Hobe!^^^

>>>HEY KOBE, THE LAST 7 YEARS HAVE BEEN A WASTE OF OUR LIVES.

Speak for yourself troll. I've enjoyed Kobe leading the Lakers to 3 straight finals appearances and two rings. Just because you want some namby pamby kiss-ass player like Steve Nash who's all puppy dogs and lollipops but can't win a championship to save his life, that doesn't mean the rest of us don't accept a killa where a killa is needed.

You probably wanted to send hugs instead of bullets at Bin-Laden. Sometimes bullets are needed.

>>>- WHY DO YOU THINK GASOL GAVE UP?

Don't know. Why don't you ask him? He says that it has nothing to do with his (not ex, current) girlfriend and the whole Kobe's wife argument is nonsense.

Are you going to blame the flat earth next?

>>>- WHY DO YOU THINK BYNUM AND ODOM GOT EJECTED IN GAME 4

Because they got frustrated and make thug moves.

>>>- WHY DO YOU THINK THE LAKERS GOT SWEPT IN 4

Several reasons. Kobe's inability to close is one reason (certainly in game 1). Pau's pitiful shooting in most of the series is a bigger reason. Getting nothing from the bench is another reason. Lamar playing poorly is another reason.

There isn't a single reason why they got swept. If you corrected ANY ONE of the problems I mentioned, the series is still going on. It was a team failure.

HIS MENTALITY DOESN'T REFLECT TEAM BASKETBALL.

LOL. Most of you are probably 15 or 16 knowing nothing about basketball. Sigh.

LOL. Most of you are probably 15 or 16 knowing nothing about basketball. Sigh.

Posted by: Dave | May 13, 2011 at 09:37 AM

When one can't argue facts, make personal attacks...

Wow...all our old friends came back for this one, huh? KL, Gunner, Tarugo, Butler, and on and on. LOL!

When all of y'all are done waxing poetic, argue fact: 5 RINGS.

Nuff said...

AND NOW, BACK TO MY HAPPY RETIREMENT!

Kobe Bryant has been the heart and soul of the Lakers but one has to remember a one man operation does not win a title. The team has to provide the essential ingredients and chemistry to win a title. Coaching and injuries are external factors. This team does not have a great chemistry and injuries to key players and a bench that did not provide any help to the starters. The positive is Lamar Odom. Let us review this scenario,six players playing good basketball for this season. One starter, Andrew Bynum is injuried now the postive six becomes the fab five. This could prevail in a college environment but not at the NBA playoff or championship level. Kobe you are an excellent NBA player and will be in the top 10 of modern basketball players and possibly all time. Your body can take only so much pounding and beating before things start to happen.Remember teams are sending bigger strong players consistently to defend you. This is not a one on five scenario; you have to have a higher quality of players from the bench and some key areas on the starting team, small forward and point guard. Please accept this analysis. It is very honest and factual. Thanks Kobe for your great play and team leadership.

 
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