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Caught in the Web: Why won't Kobe Bryant publicly comment about Mike Brown?

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--The Times' T.J. Simers criticizes Kobe Bryant for not publicly commenting on Mike Brown becoming the Lakers' head coach.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr presents a photo slideshow of marginal Laker players who have more rings than LeBron James.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding lists 10 things Andrew Bynum could've done to ensure a Lakers' three-peat. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky opines on the Vegas odds favoring the Miami Heat to win the title next season.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell believes Bryant had been "plotting revenge" during the NBA Finals. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides some quick-hit thoughts on the NBA Finals.

--Lakers Nation's Daniel Buerge believes Dirk Nowitzki's Game 6 performance against Miami reminded him of Bryant's Game 7 effort last year against Boston. 

Tweet(s) of the Day:"OK Jim Buss, it's time to go to work & make the roster better" -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

"Congrats to the Mavs. Next year the rings will be back in LA" -- ronartest (Lakers forward Ron Artest

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"Hope JB takes it to heart. I doubt I'd really be a good GM. Sure I can work the trade machine like there's no tomorrow, and I could come up with viable trade ideas. But I honestly have no idea whether it would be better to keep all the core players and see what you could bring in with only Barnes, Blake, Ebanks, Caracter, cash, a trade exception, and 2nd round picks as trade bait, or whether it's better to do what Magic is suggesting and trade off one of the core players to better balance the roster." -- LongTimeLakerFan

--Mark Medina

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

Photo: Kobe Bryant demonstrates Sony's NBA 2K11 video game at the E3 Gaming Convention in Los Angeles earlier this month. Credit: Chris Weeks/AP Images for Sony Computer Entertainment America.

 
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What's there to comment about? They haven't even worked a single day together

*It's funny how Jim Buss gets the blame when things go wrong, and Mitch Kupchak gets the credit when things go right. Mitch Kupchak has it pretty good.

*To have Shane Battier, Ron Artest, and Kobe defending on the perimeter would be very nice.

*I don't care about whether Kobe publically comments about the coach. What is Kobe going to do? Sabotage the team because he didn't like the choice for coach?

*Everyone is piling on Lebron James and the Miami Heat. These guys are going to be back next year. They have no choice but to improve. Get in the jabs and jokes while you can...

*It IS astounding how LeBron has taken a back seat to DWade. There is no doubt that DWade is the leader on that team. Lebron is the best #2 man in NBA history, better than Scottie Pippen!

*Nobody thought the Heat would win it in their 1st year together anyway. So why is it a surprise that they lost?

*JJ Barea is a great shooter. That's why he's able to get in the paint at will. Defenders have to respect his outside shot. The numbers lie a little bit in this case.

Go Lakers!

@HOBBITMAGE .... You’re really starting to bug me, my friend. Having a hard time finding any trolls to pick on? I know it’s tough on you since Kobe had a poor year by his standards but please try and control yourself and not interpret everything anybody says about anything to be some form of disrespect for Kobe. We all appreciate your troll bashing but put your guns away around friends.
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When bloggers tout team basketball, you somehow manage to twist that around to being an insult or affront to Kobe. Your lack of respect for other players on the team is legendary. As far as you’re concerned, there’s not another player on the team who deserves a shot. You would rather that Kobe took every shot in the game. Well, wake up. That for sure is not how to win a championship.
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I worry that you will not be able to maintain your sanity as Kobe’s career enters the downside of his career. LeBron is not the only superstar whose career is at one of those critical points where a player has to decide what he is going to do with his game going forward. While I doubt LeBron has the smarts to dedicate himself to improving his game at this point, I have higher expectations of Kobe.
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I hope Kobe understands that playing team basketball is how to win championships. I hope he recants his stupid comments about pecking orders and instead dedicates himself to playing team ball and getting the ball to the player who is hot or has the best matchup advantage instead of breaking the offense to play 1-on-2 or 1-0n-3 while the rest of the team stands around. I hope Kobe dedicates himself to playing defense this year rather than just freelancing and looking for gravy steals.
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I also hope Kobe ends this silly self-centered campaign to undermine Mike Brown with his continued no comments. That type of stupid and selfish behavior is not the kind of leadership this team needs from Kobe Bryant. He said he was not the GM and that all he wanted was a coach with a defensive DNA, which is exactly what the Lakers front office went out and got. BFD that they did not discuss the hire with Kobe although they admitted they should have advised him of the move in advance.
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I would have thought that watching a dysfunctional team like the Heat get taken down by a team with far less talent but with exceptional chemistry and synergy would have made you understand why Kobe needs to change his game on both offense and defense to make the Lakers a better team. You never understand that I love Kobe as much as any fan on this blog including you. I just don’t let my love of him blind me to the fact that he is human and is not getting any younger. And while I expect Kobe to return much healthier next season, I also know he needs to come back smarter.
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Should Kobe come out a make a quick statement about his new coach...yes. But in the big scheme of things its really inconsequential. I care more about Kobe's actions than his words. And I'm 99% sure he'll fall in line when the games start. It's just like Kobe's "I eat first comment". Those were just words. In the Dallas series Kobe made a concerted effort to feed the ball inside...first.


@hobbit – thanks for posting the article about Lebron. Count me among those that dislike like the amount of venom being spewed his way. The line of questioning he faced in the interview session after game 6 was disrespectful. Yes, “the decision” was ridiculous, plus he’s acted arrogantly and was MIA during crunch time in the finals…but the piling on has been excessive all season and is just out of control now. I thought the hate for Kobe was bad a few years back (some still treat him like Public Enemy #1), but Lebron’s treatment has been much worst.

LRob

Testing...Is it SAFE to enter the house of pain?

Testing...Is it SAFE to enter the house of pain?

Posted by: G.Money | June 14, 2011 at 09:55 AM
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Come on in. You got a lot of splainin to do....and make sure you bring popcorn for all!


LRob

LRob,

I'm probably part of the minority but I like your comments about LeBron.
He didn't practice the 'be the best you can be' approach, but there's nothing really wrong with being a good number two.
I understand the criticism but it does seem to go overboard.

I thought overall the Heat did pretty darn good this year, they did make it to the Finals after all.
They will likely be back again and now that they've had a year together if they pick up another piece or two, well, ugh.

I worry that you will not be able to maintain your sanity as Kobe’s career enters the downside of his career.
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Lol, that's a funny line, in a way.
I mean, it struck me as funny.
Anyway, there are going to be lots and lots and lots of people having that problem as Kobe ages and shows his mortality.
Good post LT, some good stuff in there, imo.

Not great news for the Magic...

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Howard: I want to stay, but I'm still becoming a free agent

By Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com
Posted Jun 13 2011 9:23AM

TREVISO, Italy -- Dwight Howard reaffirmed his desire to stay with the Magic, but told NBA.com on Monday that he will definitely become a free agent rather than sign an extension in the next year and also left open the possibility he would reconsider his future in Orlando if the team does not win the title next season.

http://www.nba.com/2011/news/06/13/dwight-howard-free-agency-future/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt2

Dallas, Dallas, Dallas. I think this is a great and complete team that can compete with any team in the NBA except for the Lakers. Sucks for them.
Posted by: NBA4ever | April 27, 2011 at 02:00 PM
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NBA4ever,

There you go…..proof positive that you believed in the Mavs from the onset of the playoffs.
However, I must also add that Bay to LA and myself were the only ones here, that posted complete predictions, that picked the Heat to make the finals (not including the Heat lovers of course.) Most had them losing to Boston. I know you and LT were pretty adamant that Boston would take them out.
For the record I finished up with 3 of the final 4 teams...ahem...that one team really let me down :-(

Posted by: L Rob | June 13, 2011 at 07:12 PM

@LRob

You are right I was adamant that Boston would take Miami out.

What I could never imagine was how much the Mav’s staff would outcoach the Heat’s. As skeptical I was of Lebron I didn’t think he would completely fold under the pressure.

I guess he is who I always thought he was…..a disingenuous fraud.

I thought it was going to be Bulls vs Celtics and Lakers vs Memphis. I thought the Bulls and Celtics were the two best teams in the east period. I was completely wrong about the Bulls. The Celtics were tired and had issues.

I thought Memphis was deeper and that their front line would dominate OKC and that they were a better team. I think I underestimated my own rule of climbing the ladder. Truth be known I was scared of Dallas before the series started with the Lakers. Dallas would have had the best record in the league had Dirk not gone down. My heart got in the way of my brain.

I truly believe that Dallas was the best team in the NBA this year and they deserve to be champions.

@ Art - It looks like Dwight has learned from Lebron and Melo. He's being upfront telling Orlando they're on the clock. Will the Magic trade him before the deadline (the smart thing to do...see Denver) or risk losing him for nothing (see Cleveland).


@LT - Anyone can see Kobe's game is on the decline. No way could Jason Kidd have guarded one on one before. But even more telling is the step he's lost on defense.


@hobbit: Thanks for the yahoo article on LeBron in the previous thread. It was interesting to get a different perspective from all the piling on that I've heard and read over the past 2 days.


Let's go Ls...and make a comeback next season!!!!!


While I still think the Lakers need to bring in a top notch point guard (Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Raymond Felton, or possibly one of the top prospects if they fall in love with them), an interesting trade that the Lakers could probably make would be Lamar Odom and Steve Blake for Monta Ellis.
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Of course, the only way this trade would work would be if Kobe Bryant would follow the path that Jerry West did late in his career by moving over to point guard. This would give the Lakers a duo of guards that who were capable of getting their own shot as well as penetrating to the basket.
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The 26-year old Ellis averaged 24.1 points, 3.5 boards, and 5.6 assists per game in 40 minutes per game last year with an EFF +20.3, shooting 45%, 36%, and 70% from the field, beyond the arc, and the line. Those stats might backup Mark Jackson’s claim that Ellis is the 3rd best SG in the league.
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In comparison, the 32-year old Bryant averaged 25.3 points, 5.1 boards, and 4.7 assists in 34 minutes per game with an EFF of +21.4, shooting 45%, 32%, and 83% from the field, beyond the arc, and the line. Unfortunately, Kobe’s stats plummeted during the playoffs in basically every statistical area. During the playoffs, he averaged 22.8 points, 3.4 boards, and 3.3 assists in 35 minutes per game with an EFF of 16.9, shooting 45%, 29%, and 82% from the field, beyond the arc, and the line.
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While he is not a great defender, Ellis has the speed and quickness to become much better with a defensive coach like Mike Brown. He also gives the Lakers another player who can create his own shot and get a lot of easy baskets, much like a very young Kobe Bryant. The Lakers do lose a key player in Lamar Odom but they also get much younger and more athletic. A starting lineup of Bryant, Ellis, Artest, Gasol, and Bynum would be a huge upgrade over a lineup with Fisher at 1.
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Some things I’ll remember from the 2011 playoffs

Dirk hitting nearly every clutch, being a leader by calling out Jet when he was slumping
Carlisle brilliant coaching including being the first coach to successful play zone and win a chip
Dirk being the first Euro star led his team to title
Jet’s backing up his big talk (Lebron can’t stop me 7 games)
Dallas key contributions from Chandler’s energy and effort, Marion’s defense, JKidd’s leadership and Barea’s fearlessness.
Lebron wilting under pressure and hiding in 4th quarters of 3-6.
DWade chewing Lebron out.
Dallas gm 2 comeback
Lebron clutch shots and lockdown defense on MVP Rose
Miami closing Boston’s championship window.
Rondo’s courage of playing with one arm.
Dallas big comebacks vs. OKC
Pau’s pathetic playoff
Lakers game 1 collapse vs. Mavs and Dallas 3pt barrage in gm 4 blowout over LA
Portland’s 20pt Q4 comeback vs. Dallas
Memphis (led by the NBA version of the Bash Brothers) upsetting #1 seed SA to win their first playoff series ever.
Felton running his mouth about wanting OKC…and then getting spanked.
Melo & Amare first playoff together grounded by injury.

LRob
(argh...forgot to put handle on previous post...shows up at home, but not work)


I'm sure Mamba will comment on the Coach Brown hiring when he feels it appropriate. I think some in the sports media are trying to pressure him into making a comment in order to manufacture some sort of controversy so they'll have something juicy to report on during these slow-news days of the offseason.



Let's go Ls...and make a comeback next season!!!!!

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GDUB


LakerTom,

you wrote: You’re really starting to bug me, my friend. Having a hard time finding any trolls to pick on? I know it’s tough on you since Kobe had a poor year by his standards but please try and control yourself and not interpret everything anybody says about anything to be some form of disrespect for Kobe. We all appreciate your troll bashing but put your guns away around friends.

my response: as usual you seem to have gotten things wrong. The problem I
have is with revisionist history.

you also wrote: When bloggers tout team basketball, you somehow manage to twist that around to being an insult or affront to Kobe. Your lack of respect for other players on the team is legendary. As far as you’re concerned, there’s not another player on the team who deserves a shot. You would rather that Kobe took every shot in the game. Well, wake up. That for sure is not how to win a championship.

my response: This is where the revisionist history starts. *I said* go back
and check the archives. Whenever people talk about *TEAM* basketball
it is always linked to Kobe's # of shots. Per what people have written here.
Does that mean that people can *not* talk about *TEAM* basketball w/o
it being about Kobe & the # of shots? No. However, if you look at the
historical record of what's written on this blog that simply isn't the way it's
been. I've listed a number of trolls & bloggers for you to check to see if I'm
being factually correct. You won't because you're lazy, but that doesn't stop
what I'm saying from being factually & historically true. Feel free to prove me
wrong and I'll be happy to recant.

re: lack of respect for other Lakers. Outside of Bynum, please name one
Lakers player that I have been disrespectful to. Or are you counting
Smush Parker & Kwame Brown? Btw, is disrespectful for me to post
box scores which show D-Fish having a 1-6 shooting night, Artest having a 1-10
shooting night, Odom having a 2-9 shooting night?

No. I don't want Kobe shooting the ball every time. If you were paying
attention you'd know that by now. What I have clearly stated is that I want
all of the players to run/play hard on offense and defense. I have clearly
stated that excuses for poor character & behavior suck.

So ... regarding Kobe shooting the ball all the time. Would you prefer that
Kobe pass the ball to Artest, so that Artest could shoot the ball more often?

Would you prefer that Kobe pass the ball to D-Fish, so that D-Fish could
shoot the ball more often?

Would you prefer that Kobe pass the ball to Bynum, in the wrong position,
so that the other teams could get more steals? NuggetsCountry gave clear
instruction about this.

In light of your trade scenarios and Pau's play this past year, are you wishing
that Kobe would pass the ball more to Pau Gasol, so that Pau's weak play
would force a bad shot or a 24 second violation?

re: winning a championship. ahem. We went to 3 finals in a row with Kobe
as the focus of the offense. This year we played: "Our length is our biggest
strength" and we lost. This year Kobe kept feeding Pau & Bynum and we
got swept. Do you really want to talk about which formula works and which
doesn't?

you wrote: I hope Kobe understands that playing team basketball is how to win championships.

my response: 5 championships. 7 trips to the finals. Your comments about
a 5 time champion's knowledge of how to win championships is moronic at
best.

you wrote: I would have thought that watching a dysfunctional team like the Heat get taken down by a team with far less talent but with exceptional chemistry and synergy would have made you understand why Kobe needs to change his game on both offense and defense to make the Lakers a better team.

my response: Are you high? Seriously. Are you high?

The "first" DYSFUNCTIONAL team that got taken down was the Los Angeles
Lakers with their: We're going to pound the ball into Pau & Bynum.

You may recall there was a four game sweep.

re: changing his game. Umm ... you're hereby restricted to one hit per day.
If you go check the box score you'll find evidence that Kobe changed his
game. You'll notice that he played less minutes, & scored less points than
he has in awhile. If you were paying attention you might want to ask the
question: How did the poor shooting of: D-Fish, Artest, Blake, Brown &
Pau affect the assist numbers for Kobe. Or are you going to state: If Kobe
had made them better their shooting wouldn't have sucked?

Now, don't duck on this. I've asked you some straightforward *NON-VAGUE*
questions. Show some of that vaunted basketball acumen which thought
Smush Parker was the future of the Lakers and answer the questions please.


Howard:" ...but I'm still becoming a free agent"

Really???

http://youtu.be/J6_1Pw1xm9U

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Personally, I don't care what Kobe thinks about his coach or that he hasn't addressed the media. The vast majority of these players are better off being seen playing on the court than being heard. If you enjoy listening to Ron Artest...

Anyway, Kobe and the rest of the team just need to be ready for training camp next January - LOL - and be prepared to put in a 50 game season because this will be another opportunity for the team to get back in the Finals well rested and healthy.

Hindsight being 20/20, LBJ really should've stuck it out in Cleveland; it would have been better for him, his "brand" and pursuit of a billion dollars. Is it me, or does it seem like LBJ was a “poison pill” on that team as far as attitudes go? I really don’t remember Wade being what appears to be arrogant and defensive. “CBS” didn’t seem to jump on that bandwagon but showed he was able to keep his head in the big games more so than LBJ and while on the topic of LBJ: it’s not that he doesn’t have the “heart” to play in the really big games or 4th quarters; I think it’s more about him not being able to. I expect that he’s going to work on those aspects of his game this summer but if he doesn’t get it together within the next two seasons, then perhaps he’s at the pinnacle of his basketball skill level.

MM -

So let me ask you this, MM... do you ever get time off? Maybe a couple of weeks off for summer vacation?

When you're on the beach in Maui or with the kids at Disneyworld, do you want the Times constantly calling you and doing some sort of blog work? And would you be happy if they expected immediate response from you and assumed you were looking for another job or something if you didn't jump right on it?

The NBA is in its summer break. The players are on vacation. During the regular season they hardly get to see their families for weeks at a time. Don't begrudge them a little time off.

Eventually Kobe will be back at a Laker press function and he'll answer the questions. Until then, give the guy and his family a fricken break.

@HOBBITMAGE ... “re: winning a championship. ahem. We went to 3 finals in a row with Kobe
as the focus of the offense. This year we played: "Our length is our biggest strength" and we lost. This year Kobe kept feeding Pau & Bynum and we got swept. Do you really want to talk about which formula works and which doesn't?”
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This is a perfect example of why I never take your alleged facts seriously, hobbit. I don’t know what games you were watching but to claim that the reason we did not three-peat was because we tried to run the offense through our bigs rather than Kobe is patently and blatantly ridiculous and a result of your distorted and myopic view of everything because of your blind allegiance to Kobe Bryant.
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Most objective and intelligent observers would say that we failed to take advantage of our superior height and length most of the season and for sure in the playoffs against the Nuggets and Mavs. Most objective and intelligent observers would say that the major reasons we failed to three-peat was due to the weight of all those extra games we played or Pau Gasol’s disappearance or Kobe Bryant’s not coming through in the clutch like previous years, like Dirk Nowitzki did for the Dallas Mavs.
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So congratulations, hobbit, you are the very first to have a take that the reason we lost was trying to feed the ball to Pau and Drew rather than having Kobe go into his ball-hog mode. Good luck trying to defend that position. As for you telling me when and how often I can post on this blog, that carries about as much weight as your silly expeditions through the archives and your absurd ideas of what constitutes proof. You’ll have better luck with your attack dog tricks and inane ideas with trolls.
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@LTLF: Bravo, my friend...well said!

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GDUB


Let's go Ls...and make a comeback next season!!!!!

>>>Dwight Howard reaffirmed his desire to stay with the Magic

If I'm not mistaken, during their transitional phases, didn't LeBron, Bosh, and Carmelo all at one time or another state their desire to stay with their current teams?

One thing people here might recall is that Kobe wasn't ALWAYS clutch in fourth quarters. I seem to recall him bricking a lot of late shots that I thought should have been taken by Nick Van Exel.

But admittedly, by his eighth year in the league, Kobe had been a stone cold killer for years.

Let me clarify a few things. Kobe not commenting goes beyond any media inside baseball. No one is expecting Kobe to have a long press conference talking about Brown. But there is such a thing as saying a sentence of support. Matt Barnes did it. Derek Fisher did it, Pau Gasol did it, Ron Artest did it. Heck even Joe Smith and Trey Johnson did it. But Kobe is the leader of this team and the face of the franchise, and his words carry more weight within the LA fanbase and the team itself. There is no doubt the team has some doubts about the hire and for understandable reasons. Him offering some message such as I'm looking forward to working with Mike Brown would go a long way. Kobe texted Brad offering Phil's support when he came back. He also offered a statement when Phil came back after a rocky first tenure relationship wise. Him offering once sentence when he promoted his foundation would've been harmless. But his silence speaks volumes. Again, this has very little about the media wanting a quote from him. It's about the message he's sending to his team.

So Kobe hasn't spoken to the media about Mike Brown...has he spoken to Mike?

I can see Kobe telling MB "look, we're going to kick ass and take names next season and I really want to work in your D-centric (made that up myself) system...but I'm not tellin' those Bastages in the media nuthin'"

After the "slur" and the deal that was made out of it I'm willing to bet that this is this years media blackout topic.

JR

The Chili Peppers said it best:

http://tinyurl.com/onlkko

Totally agree with Medina (and, shockingly, TJ Simers) on this one. Kobe's silence re: Brown is petulant and stupid. Nobody expects a long press conference or a full-throated endorsement. All that he needed to do to avoid looking like a spoiled kid is to say that he is excited to work with a defensive-minded coach like Mike Brown and to reclaim the title next year. That's it. It's called being a leader.

His silence is definitely speaking louder than words. I'm just going to assume he has nothing positive to say about the Mike Brown hiring until he gives me reason to believe otherwise.

>>>But his silence speaks volumes.

Or it says nothing. Sometimes nothing means nothing.

I know the press wants to spin every little thing Kobe or any other superstar says or does until they're blue in the face. it's their job to do it. But most of us don't care if Kobe farts in the key of E, if you know what I mean.

Your post shows that you are already assuming that Kobe has a negative opinion of Brown. And it MUST be, because if he loved the guy, he would have demanded a 1 hour show on ESPN called "The Revision" to thank Mike Brown for bringing his talents to the South Bay (where the Lakers practice facility is).

If Kobe had spoken about Brown at the homeless kids charity event, the headline would have read "KOBE SUPPORTS MIKE BROWN IN BIG PRESS CONFERENCE!!!" and maybe they'd have mentioned the charity in the last paragraph, after endlessly milking every ounce of potential subtle meaning out of every word.

If Kobe said, "I think he'll do a good job re-focusing the team on defense", then your headline would be "KOBE SAYS MIKE BROWN CAN'T COACH OFFENSE!"

If Kobe said, "I think Mike Brown did a good job of getting Cleveland to the finals," then your report would be "KOBE SAYS MIKE BROWN CAN'T WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS!"

You always want to make a big story by assuming the worst out of the unspoken. Kobe will speak eventually. Maybe he wanted to meet a few times with Mike Brown before he gives an opinion. Or maybe he just wants a few moments of uninterrupted time with his family for awhile.

give it a rest.

I'm not expecting him to cancel vacations or go out of his way to talk about this. A 1-2 sentence comment would end all of this and it is strange that he hasn't ended this already. Kobe isn't shy and has never shown himself to be afraid to speak his mind, so why should I assume that his silence means nothing?

I'm not saying Kobe hates the guy but for now I'm just assuming Kobe has nothing positive to say. Maybe that will change.

LTLF: Well said. If anyone has learned the lesson of looking before you leap, it's Kobe. I don't think his silence proves a damn thing except that he's not going to comment on it untill he feels comfortable enough with the situation to do so. There are a lot of variables going on right now, from the lockout to roster/coach, so him saying one thing (which as you mentioned, WILL be taken out of context) could come back to bite him on the rear end should any one of those scenarios change. And then what? He reverses his opinion and then he's a liar. So Kobe, get your time of rest with family in and whatever else you're up to in th eoffseason, train hard, and be ready to go like ya always do. If Mike Brown knows you're cool with him, that's all I care about.



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