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Kobe Bryant declines to talk about Mike Brown hire

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While promoting his foundation aimed to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant argued it was "neither the time nor the place," to discuss the hiring of Lakers Coach Mike Brown, his meeting with him last week or any other basketball related issues.

Bryant made those comments Tuesday at My Friend's Place, a nonprofit resource center that offers free emergency services to about 1,600 homeless people a year, according to its website.

"I understand and will address that at the right time and place," Bryant said. "But this is neither the time nor the place. Right now we're focusing on bigger issues, greater issues, and that's these kids that are here in the back. It's not fair to them. When the time comes, I'll address it. But now is not the time."

When asked in a followup when Bryant will talk about the Lakers' new coach, he simply said, "Now is not the time," taking only questions pertaining to his foundation and refusing to make himself available to reporters afterwards. Though Bryant understandably wanted the focus solely on his initiative in reducing homelessness, he hasn't spoken publicly about Brown's hire, including when The Times Broderick Turner contacted him via cell phone the day his hire became official.

Brown had characterized the Lakers' as "Kobe's team," shared that they talked about topics ranging from family, kids, his basketball philosophy and how the team can properly set up Bryant to get shots in his "sweet spots" and said his conversations "went very well." But Bryant has yet to offer his take, with Turner reporting that people close to him saying he was "confused" over the hire. The Lakers had also taken plenty of criticism for not alerting Bryant about the decision beforehand. 

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

 
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Yay finally we get some new threads....

How you been MM... long time you havn't posted anything on here, been busy I bet huh? anyway good to see that you'r at least posting threads!

Mark sorry for the correction but isnt it My Friends Place? and NOT My children's place? or are they different places?

This thread seems to me to be a rabble-rousing thread that contains no new information at all and is just one of those times to throw up a new thread just to have a new thread.

It makes sense that Kobe would want to keep the focus on promoting his new foundation and he is right, it isn't the time or place to discuss the Lakers or coach Brown.

This article is an opening to take this molehill and make a mountain out of it.

I agree that a charity event isn't the right time for Kobe to be answering questions about the Lakers but if he took a few minutes to answer those questions, people might stop thinking he has a problem with the new hires.

@ BayToLA1 - 100% agree, not the right time or place, but you can always hit or give a clue that you'll be addressing the issue sometime in the near future such as " We'll talk about it when we talk about Lakers " or " I will designate a specific time to answer those questions later on down the road " now that would have been more welcoming than " NOT THE RIGHT PLACE OR TIME " but I agree with him, It's just he could have been a little more helpful to people!

Kobe is a professional bball player first and a philanthropist second. Anytime he's in public, the primary interest will be bball and by remaining silent, he's leaving the door wide open for interpretation and for the sake of maintaining some sort of "sanity" within the club, he could've been diplomatic and revert back to what he said in the past: "that's Mitch's job" and simply say that Mitch brought in a coach and he's prepared to play. I'm getting sick of the "prima donnas" in this league. I'm telling you: these "players" are meant to be seen and not heard!

Art_Lakers

Don't you know that just like the PSP has a ticket quota, MM has a thread quota he has to meet every month?

Tech N9ne

Did you blog under a different handle previously?

Thanks
PSP Officer

Oh btw Art_Lakers the PSP missed your previous question. The PSP moniker will remain as a reminder to us all of the carnage that one lawyer brought upon us.

And since you mentioned it...

Next potential point guard acquisition[s] - Jonny Flynn, Luke Ridnour, and the #2 pick in the draft.

Minnesota is finally bringing in Ricky Rubio. And he's the guy they've really wanted as a starter ever since they drafted him. That means they'd probably let go of one of Flynn or Ridnour for not too much (Ridnour makes about 12 million over the next 3 years, Flynn makes about 13 million, but there's a team option in the summer of 2012.

I have no idea who they'd prefer to keep. Ridnour played more minutes last season and played much better than Flynn. But Flynn is younger, and thus has more upside.

Either player could be traded to the Lakers without taking anything back (thanks to the Vujacic trade exception), so if Minny wanted a salary dump, the Lakers could accommodate them. Or it could include some combination of Ebanks, Caracter, 2nd round picks from this year, or a future pick. It would all depend on how much the Lakers and the Twolves value the guard being offered.

And that's a way the Lakers could add an upgrade at point guard without giving up ANY of their core players. Trade exception and 3 2nd round picks for Flynn... badabing.

But Minnesota has lots of youth and upside and only one All-Star, Kevin Love. So they're set at PG and PF, but could use upgrades at the other three positions. They also have almost TOO much youth, so a veteran player with championship experience would serve them well.

The more you offer, the more you could get, so let's consider some possibilities from small to big...

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Ron Artest would be a huge defensive upgrade for them at SF. He was also a 20ppg scorer when he was a 1st or 2nd option, and he'd be much higher in the pecking order with Minnesota so he could give them good scoring as well. And he hasn't acted like a crazyhead in awhile, so that wouldn't hold them back.

But Ron-Ron is 31 and has 3 more years on his contract, which is a bit of a concern.

I'm pretty sure the Lakers could get Flynn or Ridnour for Artest, but what else they could score in the deal I'm not sure of. Certainly not the #2 pick. But maybe they could back-fill Ron-Ron's SF role with Martell Webster or Wesley Johnson, or maybe they could score a backup big like Anthony Tolliver or Nikola Pekovic in the deal. Or maybe nothing (which would result in salary reduction for the Lakers).

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As I mentioned in a previous post, Lamar Odom plays the same basic game as Kevin Love. Lamar has maybe a bit more speed and athleticism, but Love outperforms Lamar in every way.

For that reason, I don't think you could get much more out of Minnesota for Lamar than you could for Artest. Maybe a little more. Maybe Beasley and Flynn, but is that really worth losing Lamar for?

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Now you get to what they'd really want. Gasol or Bynum. Put either of those guys next to Kevin Love and you have an awesome front court. Love is an excellent rebounder, and can hit the outside shot. Gasol or Bynum are good post offensive players and good defenders as well. If Rubio turns out to be all that they're hoping for, a trio of Rubio-Love-Gasol or Rubio-Love-Bynum would be enough to get Minny into the playoffs.

So I think you could get a pretty darned good care package of players for either one of those from Minnesota. They may prefer Bynum over Pau, since he makes less. But for either one of these guys, you could probably have the #2 pick plus anyone not named Rubio or Love. If they want, the Lakers could throw back a low salaried player or two rather than end up with 17 players and have to pay off two and cut them. So here's a couple of example trades for each...

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Lakers trade Bynum and Blake
for Jonny Flynn, Darko Milicic, Michael Beasley, Martell Webster, and the #2 pick

Lakers trade Bynum and Luke Walton
for Michael Beasley, Nikola Pekovic, , Wesley Johnson, Luke Ridnour, and the #2 pick.

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Lakers trade Gasol, Caracter, Ebanks &/or Barnes, & a bunch of 2nd round picks for

Ridnour or Flynn, Johnson or Webster, Beasley, Milicic or Pekovic, Anthony Randolph, and the #2 pick.

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Basically, it's like a Chinese restaurant menu of mostly young players - pick one PG, one SF, one PF, one C, and a lottery pick.

Granted, not one of those players would be a starter for the Lakers (other than the #2 pick could be their starting PG in a year or two), but suddenly their bench is much more athletic.

C - Bynum, Milicic
PF - Odom, Beasley, Randolph
SF - Artest, Martell Webster, Beasley
SG - Kobe, Webster [, Brown]
PG - Flynn, Fisher, Brandon Knight (or Kemba Walker, or maybe Kyrie Irving)

You've added speed and depth at all 5 positions. You've added a good 3-point shooter in Webster and a decent one in Beasley. You give up some offense at
the 4, but Beasley can score and Webster can score a little, so you'd probably be okay.

Oh, and if I went with the Minnesota Smorgasbord plan, the first thing I'd do post-trade is put up a statue of Kareem outside Staples labeled "The Greatest Laker of Them All!", and then beg him to come in and teach Milicic some offense. :-)

This was written:

Dude…It doesn’t matter if you shoot 40 shots, just make 50% of them. The amount of shots Kobe taken during the playoffs, making only .446 % and 3.3 asst. That’s a ballhog, just stating the facts.

Posted by: G.Money | June 07, 2011 at 01:00 PM

You're either uneducated on the subject or refusing to look at the facts/
box score.

There have been a number of articles, some of which I've posted links to
and snippets from, which indicate that those games where Kobe has a
high shot volume ... the majority of shots were taken at the end of the
3rd/4th quarter when the Lakers were down by 10 or more points.

The articles clearly point out that Kobe's high volume of shooting actually
got the Lakers back in the game.

Also, if you look at the box score ... when Kobe is shooting the ball a lot you'd
find that D-Fish was having a bad shooting night. Artest was having a bad
shooting night. The bench was having a bad shooting night. etc. etc. etc.

Finally, if you make the argument that he could have passed it to Pau or
Bynum ... I'd suggest that you go back and replay the Mavs vs. Lakers
post season series. Pau played like a chump for most of the season. Bynum
couldn't be bothered to get his surgery at the beginning of the season because
watching the World Cup soccer match in comfort was more important to him.

I've stated this before and I'll state it again. In general, when Bynum is
having a good offensive night against a quality team, the Lakers tend to lose.
I question if his offensive "game" fits with the other players, but that is a
discussion for another time.

Starting after the 5-game string that Kobe sat out last season, Kobe has
repeatedly fed the ball to Pau and Pau has responded poorly. Which
ties in to the whole methodology of how the Lakers run the offense.
When the Lakers run the offense through Kobe && Pau is playing well,
the Lakers win. Why? Because Kobe demands a double or triple team.
His offensive prowess creates space for the rest of his teammates and they
get better shots.

When the envious non-all star clowns get envious and don't run the offense
through Kobe, the opposing defense suffocates them because none of the
other players are able to create their own shot.

And just so we're clear about this:

http://espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=310522014

by your criteria: D. Rose is a ball hog.

http://espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=310531014

C. Bosh is a ball hog.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=310509029

M. Westbrook is a ball hog.

@ PSP

Oh really he has a thread count? so how many a day? 10+?

yes sir I did use a different name before it was " LALakerz213 " some saw me some did't! The guy tried to handle jack me but couldnt copy and paste my name so I decided not to change it back to LALakerz213 maybe later I will but this should work as well! I was in chats a lot and posted one or two things everyone once in a while...

@LRob2 - I agree its nothing new, but how many prior Lakers have you seen to do reality show or turn to rapping and even release a song? yeah Magic did't do it, KAJ didn't do it, this reality TV show is brand new LRob2 don't forget, we only had Shaq and Kobe's antics for entertainment, but other than that, there was no prior Laker doing reality shows, this is because of the 21st century...

how about rapping, or even trying to write songs? I dont recall any former Laker who did that, besides Shaq being a cop buy I belive he did that in Miami? so my point stands, this reality TV is new... and now RON lol
Posted by: Tech N9ne | June 07, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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Tech,

Reality TV is definitely new…but it didn’t blow any p/r coverages or drain any 3’s on the Lakers in the playoffs. The Mavs did that. Give Dallas credit. They played better than the Lakers and deserved to win.

For the record…Kobe has recorded a few songs. One with Tyra Banks and another with Nas that I can remember. Plus, let’s not forget about his documentary “Doin Work”. Ron has always done music. Rick Fox did movies. You mentioned KAJ. Here’s a list of show of his Television/Movies….

Man From Atlantis 1977
Fish that Saved Pittsburgh 1979
Airplane 1980
Different Strokes 1982 and 1985
Fletch 1985
Tales From the Darkside 1985

Hollywood/Entertainment Biz is part of the allure to attract free agents to LA. It’s a great selling point as well as the opportunity to play for the NBA’s best franchise. Yes, it can be a distraction, but its part of the deal.

@ Posted by: LRob2 | June 07, 2011 at 02:10 PM

wow really KOBE did songs? I never knew that, or even KAJ movies. Thanks for the info and I do agree its not new and they have been doing it for years, that's just a perk that comes with playing in LA, but do you not agree with me that this progressed really rapidly over time? compare to Magics era and KAJ era, do you not agree that there weren't as many TV shows, programms, artist, movies that came out which had athletes for stars, how about any Talk show host's inviting athletes, you didn't have as much back then as you do now... Now its kind of like a regualr thing if your an Athlete in LA they will invite you to a talk show, and you dont know which one to go cuz they are all here LENO, JIMMY ext ext lol

Don't get me wrong, you said all the right things, what I'm kind of leaning on, it was always happening but not on this level, sure KAJ can do movies, sure Magic can do TV ADS but now almost 80% of the Lakers players are doing something now, this wasn't the case lets say 3-5 years ago, you would see it but not as much...

I'm just amazed how it progressed so much, I mean its hollywood you can't change that, but the way things are going, who knows what will happen next!

I love the Lakers! Hope they can pull it together.

Did anyone see the funny story about the Laker's pick-up game???

http://milkthebull.com/2011/05/09/lakers-self-destruct-in-pick-up-game/

How about Lamar for Brandon Jennings? I heard Pincus mention it and it seems a pretty fair swap. I would love to get Kevin Love, but not sure why Minnesota would give him up.

Holla hobbit - I am SO glad you found your other pup so quickly. Yeesh - scary for awhile is right. I freak out if my cats get out onto the patio without me there. I'm glad to hear you'll be getting another one. It'll make you happy! And we ALL love a happy hobbit!

frmkt aka :-( Your prince imitation is great LOL!! Hope to catch up with you later on during the game, my friend.

Here's the bottom line and it's been said before: it doesn't matter what these guys do in their "off-time" -assuming it isn't illegal, degenerate behavior - as long as they're doing what their paid to do and they clearly failed in that endeavor this season so it's "open game" regarding their reality shows, rap music, fragrances, commercials and everything else that comes with "LA-LA Land." I'm sure no one would be angry with this team losing; it's just the way that they lost that have most of us "steamed!"

Hey guys. Sorry for the delay in responses. I filed this report and then drove back home. L.A. traffic is never fun. Anyway, this story isn't a commentary on whether Kobe should or should'n't have addressed Brown's hire. If Kobe makes a public appearance, it's only natural that fans and media will want to know what he thinks because he hasn't spoken about it yet.

@ Tech - I agree it progressed rapidly in the last 3-5 years. It's a whole new ballgame as far as entertainment/media opportunities and access.

@:-( What's up frmkt. You're right, the way the Lakers lost makes them "open game" for all the criticism. It's comes with the territory.

>>>by your criteria: D. Rose is a ball hog.
>>>C. Bosh is a ball hog.
>>>M. Westbrook is a ball hog.

Adn don't forget, Pau Gasol. He only shot 42% for the playoffs, so he must be a ballhog as well.

>>>How about Lamar for Brandon Jennings?

The salaries don't match up...

but Maybe Lamar for Jennings and Drew Gooden... or Lamar for Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova and Keyon Dooling... or Lamar and Blake for Jennings and Maggette.

Any of those deals works.

I'm not sure what's in it for Milwaukee though, unless Kemba Walker manages to slide to the #10 pick or unless they've got their heart set on Jimmer Fredette as their next PG.

Losing Jennings leaves Earl Boykins as the only PG on the roster.

Let me make this crystal clear for everybody to understand even hobbit, psp, troll man etc.. Like who cares what Kobe thinks about the coach Brown hire? Management made an executive decision to bring in a new operations officer without informing the employee Kobe. I know jim buss said that he should have told kobe, bu I know and kobe know that it was a load of bull. Now kobe is mad and acting like a spoilt child. He will get over it because he will be getting about $24 million to play the game. If he doesn't want to play demand a trade to go elsewhere.

And just so we're clear about this:

http://espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=310522014

by your criteria: D. Rose is a ball hog.

http://espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=310531014

C. Bosh is a ball hog.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=310509029

M. Westbrook is a ball hog.

Posted by: hobbitmage | June 07, 2011 at 02:07 PM

dude..nice case, you made you're argument.

kobe needs to give up a portion of his pay for the lakers to get a good quality point guard. If he wants to compete again for a ring again. i just read in the miami herald where bosh, wade and the king gave up a part of their contract to keep haslem. Of course these guys are unselfish whereas kobe is leader of selfishness.

"If he doesn't want to play demand a trade to go elsewhere."

Posted by: Island Priest | June 07, 2011 at 03:29 PM

I agree...

@LRob2 - How's it going? This is going to be an unusually long summer.

"Let me make this crystal clear for everybody to understand even hobbit, psp, troll man etc.. Like who cares what Kobe thinks about the coach Brown hire? Management made an executive decision to bring in a new operations officer without informing the employee Kobe. I know jim buss said that he should have told kobe, bu I know and kobe know that it was a load of bull. Now kobe is mad and acting like a spoilt child. He will get over it because he will be getting about $24 million to play the game. If he doesn't want to play demand a trade to go elsewhere.

Posted by: Island Priest | June 07, 2011 at 03:29 PM "

Yeah it ultimately doesn't matter if Kobe approves of the hiring or not. His job is to play for the team not manage it. People still want to hear what he thinks and are naturally going to try to read between the lines and assume the worst if he refuses to comment one way or the other. Unless he wants a lot of speculation that he's unhappy with the direction of the team again, he'll have to take a few minutes pretty soon and answer some of these questions.

"kobe needs to give up a portion of his pay for the lakers to get a good quality point guard. If he wants to compete again for a ring again. i just read in the miami herald where bosh, wade and the king gave up a part of their contract to keep haslem. Of course these guys are unselfish whereas kobe is leader of selfishness.

Posted by: Island Priest | June 07, 2011 at 03:41 PM "

It's too late for him to do that. Once the contract is signed, it's a done deal. I think the Lakers are over the cap even without Kobe's salary so there's really no way they can bid for free agents anyway. Next season and the year after is probably where it's going to hurt them that he is making so much

Unless he wants a lot of speculation that he's unhappy with the direction of the team again, he'll have to take a few minutes pretty soon and answer some of these questions.

Posted by: BayToLA1
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Bay,

While I don't think this was the right time and place, I agree with your comment that he needs to address this just because he is Kobe as well as the team leader and inquiring minds wanna know and the longer he takes to address it the more it 'appears' he is not on board with it. Even his silence sends a message.

Maybe his feelings were hurt, whether rightly so or not is debatable but he needs to come out with some support for Brown or else do a Wade commercial and say "get me outta here..."

If kobe was so inclined couldn't he re-negotiate his contract? I think in 2 years he will be making $30 million. Yikes. LA have a bunch of bad contracts. The team is still a contender but we need a young talented point guard. Now kobe can play the point cause he have the talent to do it, But he just is not into that. With fisher at the helm the lakers will be exiting the playoffs in the first or second round.

If I was in Kobe's shoe's I would sacrifice at least 5 million a year just to get better players on the team, and I honestly think that if Kobe goes to the FO and says, "hey I wan't less money" do you think they will think twice in changing his contract no matter when they signed it? I would do it in a heartbeat if they said they will bring in a really good point guard, even one player...

I mean the guy make ton of money making commercials for turkish airlines and his Nike shoes, jerseys, commercials, endorsements, so why dose he still need so much money from Lakers, maybe he dosn't want to be paid the same as others because he feels he has more talent, but if you can sacrifice money to get a better player and win 1 more ring... why would you even think twice...

freaking Artest is donationg his ring, his salary to a freaking charaty, so your telling me your too good to do that? or is your charity more important than winning titles and doing your job?

I'm not saying he should or he will, I'm saying I would do that if I was in his shoes!

"If I was in Kobe's shoe's I would sacrifice at least 5 million a year just to get better players on the team, and I honestly think that if Kobe goes to the FO and says, "hey I wan't less money" do you think they will think twice in changing his contract no matter when they signed it? I would do it in a heartbeat if they said they will bring in a really good point guard, even one player...

Posted by: Tech N9ne | June 07, 2011 at 04:14 PM "

Even if he wanted to, he couldn't unless they make changes in the next CBA or something. The league doesn't allow players or teams to circumvent the salary cap rules by adjusting or deferring salaries.

For the time being, this doesn't matter because the rest of the Lakers roster is over the cap even before you include Kobe. It will matter more in the next few years because even with only a few players under contract in a couple years, they are over the cap. This means that depending on what happens between now and then, they may be forced to fill their roster with one MLE and a bunch of players making the minimum salary.

@ BayToLA1 - ouch! thats all I got to say!

All the Trolls who think Kobe should give a portion of his Salary back are just a bunch of Ignoramus Losers!!


Who's going to give Kobe back all his Blood, Sweat, and Tears he has put out for the Lakers and their fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This article is an opening to take this molehill and make a mountain out of it. Posted by: Art_Lakers | June 07, 2011 at 01:45 PM

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REALLY.

Though it's not an opening (i.e., not the first), just the latest.

The same "people" who told Turner/Bresnahan Kobe was "confused" on May 25 [ http://bit.ly/ivm9U5 ] are probably the same "sources" who conveyed Kobe's approval to Dave McMenamin 4 days later on May 29 [ http://es.pn/lXAlJ7 ] -- "despite not being consulted about the choice."

Mountains, molehils, navel, gazing.

Why can't the media concentrate on the issue at hand. Kobe's kindness and heart is at the center of his homeless agenda... cough up some support for the homeless not Mike Brown.

Now is not the time!!


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