D’Antoni’s Best Memory Of China Features Kobe Chants, LeBron

D’Antoni’s Best Memory Of China Features Kobe Chants, LeBron



The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in China for two preseason games against the Golden State Warriors. For most of the players, this is their first trip to the country and have already visited the Great Wall of China which unfortunately resulted in Chris Kaman injuring his finger while tobogganing.

For Mike D’Antoni, this is his second trip to China in recent years as he was an assistant coach for the US Men’s National Basketball team that won Gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. While he would rather have his Lakers bond back home, D’Antoni shared his best memory of China via ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin:

“Probably the biggest one was when we walked into the stadium as a contingent, USA, and you had to march for about a quarter of a mile and they were three deep (surrounding us) – the Chinese were lined up, all workers, volunteers and probably fans – and when 550 athletes were marching, all you could hear was, ‘Ko-be! Ko-be!’”

While D’Antoni thought it was a cool experience, he believes it really ticked off LeBron James and the rest of the team to hear the fans chant Kobe’s name:

“That was pretty cool. I think it really ticked off LeBron (James) and those other guys (laughing), they go, ‘Wait a minute, am I minced meat?’ But, it was pretty cool.”

It must have been an eye-opening experience for these players that thought they would all receive loud cheers from the fans once they entered the stadium. Although most of the players on the 2008 team were at least All-Stars, they clearly didn’t realize how popular Kobe was in Asia, especially in China.

At the time, Bryant was one of the few players in the NBA who actually traveled to the country and gained a massive and loyal fan base. Since Beijing, some players like LeBron James have traveled to Asia, but clearly aren’t as popular as Kobe.

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  • C*HarrisTHEboss

    Lebron is not an artist on the court like kobe is – he is just a freak of nature and only gets space to use his weak a$$ jumper because it is impossible to stay in front of him. I bet he was created in a government lab.

    • Lev Meas

      Can I steal your line for other website postings? This is funny…

      • C*HarrisTHEboss

        Of course my friend.

    • king

      Lebron shot 40% from three and 39% from midrange he is by far better shooter than kobe did you see how kobe ducked to gaurd lebron in the la/heatgame lebron torched kobe his whole carrer 13-5 check it

      • C*HarrisTHEboss

        5>2 check it. Go post on the heat message boards you punk troll. Just like a weak ass heat fan to run your trap where it dont belong. Until lebron has 5 chips – no debate.