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Don Mattingly: ‘We Have Two Or Three Kobes Down Here’

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed for the home stretch of their regular season while still sitting atop the N.L. West division standing ahead of the rival San Francisco Giants.

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With the Dodgers considered a legitimate threat to make the World Series, the pressure is on manager Don Mattingly to keep the boys blue playing at a high level. Mattingly recently spoke about the stars he has on the squad and how two or three of them are comparable to Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.

According to Janis Carr of the OC Register, Mattingly said the following:

Oddly enough, Mattingly didn’t mention arguably two of his best players in ace Clayton Kershaw and up-and-comer Yasiel Puig. There’s no question that Kershaw is in a league of his own becoming possibly the best pitcher in the MLB, but not mentioning Puig is surprising.

Apparently, Mattingly is a big fan of Kobe’s ability to come through when the pressure is on. The Dodgers manager also had this say about the five-time NBA champion, according to Michael Lananna of MLB.com:

Fortunately for the Dodgers, Kershaw and company have a good shot at going the distance this season much like the Los Angeles Kings did a few months ago. The Lakers, on the other hand, will have a tough task ahead trying to compete in a highly competitive Western Conference with an aging superstar and the franchise going through a rebuilding process.

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  • Jose

    Oh man Dodgers mean business this season.Go Dodgers!

  • Jose

    Kobe is the best ever!

    • Wyatt Lowther

      the best never. overrated.

      • goodrich25

        5 fucking rings dick head!!! Stop hating on the Mamba!!!

        • slapnuts_69

          Best EVER based on rings? Ever hear of Bill Russell?

          • salvatore

            bill russel played midgets dude!

          • slapnuts_69

            That’s funny. You, calling Wilt Chamberlain a midget. Try again, chuckles.

          • LakerFan

            He didn’t play Wilt for 82 games.

          • slapnuts_69

            HE won championships against him. That’s what the thread was – rings. ‘Nuff said.

    • rofl

      You meant the most overrated.

      • goodrich25

        You must be a Celtics fan hahaha

    • slapnuts_69

      It shouldn’t surprise me how, no matter what sport is discussed, the “best ever!” has played in the last 10 years. No Babe Ruth, Christy Matthewson, Gale Sayers, Joe Montana, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, or the like are ever even considered. Ah, kids these days……

  • josh_bornstein

    Oh, at first I thought Don M meant, “We have 3 players who (1) are terrific players, and (2) are happy to destroy the team’s chance of winning, by demanding such a huge salary that it hamstrings the team for years and years, in terms of signing other superstars.”

    But Don could not have meant that, since baseball has different restrictions on salaries, and the Dodgers have been wiling to pay large salaries to many many players. So, the 3 players Don mentioned are entirely unlike Kobe in that critical “greed vs winning” calculation.

    Enjoy your riches, Kobe. You have undoubtedly earned them, through your work ethic and your past successes. But let’s face the obvious . . . you made the decision to get max salary cap money, even though you knew what the result would be. James did not do it; Wade and Bosh did not do it; Durant did not do it. And on and on. But you did.

    Let’s own that fact.

    • purp& goldpride

      Ummmm…bosh just signed a contract worth $118 mil. That’s max money.
      The Lakers had enough cap to sign another max contract player, one went home and the other stayed (LeBron & melo). The convenience of blaming kobe. Who were the Lakers supposed to over pay? Gordon hayward. If Kobe had taken 15 less, who would be the difference maker you should possibly sign?

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        you just owned that clown…. good job!

      • josh_bornstein

        P & G,
        I think you may have misunderstood my point. I have ZERO problems with Kobe getting a max salary. (I have never seen an athlete work as hard as Kobe has) My only issue is in him demanding a max salary and then ALSO claiming that winning a championship is the most important thing to him. That claim is, obviously, false. Kobe (who already has enough money to last the rest of his life, the rest of his children’s lives, and the rest of his grandchildren’s lives) could have taken much less in salary. He earns more than that each year in his endorsement deals, of course.

        We will never know what would have happened if the Lakers had an extra 12 million dollars of cap space this year. Maybe all the big names would have stiffed them anyway. Who know what will happen (or would have happened) next year, with those free agents, with an extra 12 million dollars of cap space in 2015. Maybe the same crappy result. I have enough integrity to admit that (since I am not God) I can’t predict what would have happened in an alternate universe. I hope you similarly have the integrity to acknowledge that you have no idea what would have happened if Kobe had taken a lower amount.

        p.s. I was not talking about Bosh signing this year for max dollars. I was clearly talking, the past, about when Bosh *DID* take less money to sign with Miami, and Wade DID also take less money to sign with Miami, and James DID take less money to sign with Miami. The result of the 3 of them doing this? Multiple rings, and multiple appearances in the finals. (Although, if San Antonio had not given us a choke for the ages, it would not have gift-wrapped that particular championship for the Heat.)

        • Robert

          you can take max money and still have a team around you to win a championship. the clippers have a couple max guys and I think they are in the convo for winning a championship. the money doesn’t matter as much when you have a franchise like the Lakers who have the “money is no object” mindset. the problem with the Lakers this off season was they didn’t have a team built for a star to come in and be the piece that throws them over the top.
          So an extra 12 million in cap space still wouldn’t have made a difference to any star coming because they would have still been coming to nothing but some money in the pocket.
          So my thing is the lakers will be a more desirable destination once they have a strong core. it doesn’t work the other way around now, stars in this league like to come and be the piece that makes you a contender not the piece you start a rebuild with. and yes I think a lot of the stars are spoiled in this way but it makes sense to maximize your time in the NBA.

          • josh_bornstein

            Robert,
            I don’t think I disagree with a word you wrote. I think having the extra money *might* have made a difference, but I already said that this was far from a sure thing.

            Personally, I think Comm’r Stern successfully fvcked the Lakers when he killed their Chris Paul trade. The effects from that have been felt in ever-widening ripples. I will hate Stern for that improper meddling till my dying day. The second “strike” was after Buss senior died, and his son took over. The refusal to re-hire Phil Jackson also sent the message around the league that the Lakers were no longer a serious team. Of course no superstar wants to come here. Who would?

            It will be year and years before the Lakers regain their formerly-lofty reputation in the NBA. If you want to live in LA, why not sign with the Clippers, where you have an amazing point guard to feed you the ball, a world-class coach on the bench, etc.?

            I will remain a Laker fan for life. I was, back when they sucked, and I remain one–even as the suck yet again. But I’m not putting off any June travel plans for years to come . . . there are 5-10 teams far better than the Lakers just in the Western Conference, and that’s assuming an aging Kobe is even close to his former greatness.

          • Wyatt Lowther

            wow so you would have Kobe and Chris Paul and nothing else. Kobe is too selfish to play with CP.

          • Hafamoll .

            to selfish wtf you dont win 5 rings being to selfish

          • purp& goldpride

            That’s another point Robert…the Lakers sucked last season. FA don’t want to join a rebuilding team. The knicks will have the same issue. If you’re no good, your chances of signing all-stars slim down. Now if the Lakers surprise with a good season, FA will be more willing about joining. Having $$ to spend means nothing off you’re already building from the ground up. The Lakers, knicks, Celtics, etc will all have a hard time convincing FA to join if they continue to suck.

          • purp& goldpride

            No matter to local or prestige. We need to get better, then focus on top tier FA.

        • Hafamoll .

          first off kobe didnt demand that contract idiot thats the offer the lakers made to him so get your facts straight

        • Cornell Christian

          Do you know how much the NBA & Lakers make off players like Kobe, Lebron, Durant??? $48 million is chump change

      • Wyatt Lowther

        Nobody wants to play with Kobe. needs to go away already.

        • Faisal Syed

          you should heed your own advise and scram

    • LakersLifer

      Would you work for less than minimum wage?

      If you want to criticize someone, criticize the NBA and the team owners for setting up the collective bargaining agreement that limits what players can be paid. It’s NOT Kobes fault.

      • josh_bornstein

        1. I don’t criticize Kobe for getting as much money as he can. I AM saying that he can’t grab all that money AND say that it highest priority is winning the crown, since that claim is obvious untrue.
        2. I do criticize the CBA. But I understand why it is in place…otherwise we Lakers (NY, Chicago, etc) have too much of an advantage over the small market teams, because our TV contracts give us much more money than small-market teams.
        3. I would be happy to work for less than a maximum wage. (I am assuming that is what you meant, since working for less than minimum wage would be completely off-point . . . Kobe earns thousands of times more than the minimum wage, as does every pro basketball player–more or less.) If I had 50 million in the bank, was earning 25 million per year in endorsements, then I’d be happy to do a job that I love for basically nothing. And, in fact, we can see lots of examples of this in real-life. Not only in the NBA (where a dozen of the very very best players in the world have taken less money in order to play with great teammates), but also in politics and business. To give just one example, the former mayor of Los Angeles worked for $1.00 per year. He was filthy rich already, and he did it as a symbolic gesture, of course. And lots of other CEOs and other leaders have done this same $1 annual salary deal.

        I’ll repeat: I will never blame a player for getting as large a contract as possible. Just don’t say that winning is everything to you . . . not when it’s clear that money is the most factor in your professional life. I know I am repeating this point over-and-over . . . not sure why people think I am complaining about a player just asking for the most money possible.

        • Wyatt Lowther

          Enjoy your $20 beer & $10 hotdog.

          • josh_bornstein

            What? You think *I* could afford to attend a Laker game??? Maybe if I win the lottery first. :-)

        • Mick Aquitania Aniceto

          If there are fingers to be pointed you need to start at the source: David Stern, Dan Gilbert, Mark Cuban, Michael Jordan. Stern and these owners were the biggest cry babies in terms of whining about how small market teams cant attract stars. It’s funny because I don’t hear these same rumblings coming out of San Antonio and OKC. Gilbert, the biggest baby of them all now has arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference if not the league. If you can’t see this then you aren’t really following the NBA. The players know this, the owners know this and it’s why the next player’s strike could be quite lengthy…

    • Cornell Christian

      Wade, Bosh and Durant are not Kobe…furthermore Kobe never asked for that much the Lakers offered Kobe that much based on his career and loyalty as a Laker! Realize Kobe could have joined forces with Melo and other stars but Jim Buss is the real reason the lakers are in this hole

  • william russell

    Hey one of the problems with the dodgers is their starting pitchers, second horrible horrible bullpen, and three mantingly as a horrible manager. Allows a bullpen pitcher to come into the 9 inning, score 2-2 and brings a relief pitcher gives two hits a walk and than walks in the winning run. Why the hell did he make a decision like that. The dodgers i do not think will even win the division and you guys are talking about the world series, the dodgers do not have the pitching and no one in the organization does not understand it.

    • Dodger Blue Blue

      Must be watching a different Dodgers team. No pitchers? Hm Kershaw, Grienke and Ryu as starters sounds pretty amazing for any team in the MLB.

    • purp& goldpride

      Dodgers fan also…sad to say but the angels have to better shot at winning it all THIS season…just goes to show you can spend all the money in your bank, doesn’t mean you’ll get the production. The spurs have showed that time & time again. Learn how to draft & develop, let everything else fall into place. Having the highest payroll doesn’t = championship

    • Jose

      WTF??????What the hell are you talking about?Shit damn you sound dumb.

  • johnny

    Mattingly clearly doesn’t know shit about team sports either! Who else has to tell me how great Kobe was / is. Bullshit!

  • johnny

    Kershaw is great, rest are just as arogaunt as Kobe.

    • vdogg

      are you trying to write the word “arrogant”?

      ugh.. run, don’t walk… back to school.

      • Old Souldier

        Hey, spell check. Arogaunt is actually French, for arrogant. So maybe YOU should fly back to school.

        • slapnuts_69

          Well, then, if that’s the case, johnny should still go to school and learn to use all English words in his sentence. Personally, I think he was trying for Argonaut (As in Jason and the…) Maybe arugula?

          • Old Souldier

            Or Aragorn, from The Lord of the Rings.

        • slapnuts_69

          Hey Oldie. In my disbelief of your posting, I checked it. And lo and behold, you are incorrect. You can join johnny in class.

          • Old Souldier

            HAha! I made you check it. So uh, “who’s the dummy now”? (Major Payne voice)

          • slapnuts_69

            You didn’t “make” me do anything, oldie. I verified your lieing solely on my own. Ohh… wait.. Maybe I didn’t check it at all. Maybe I was just kidding.. You’ll never know.. Who’s the dummy now? (in my own voice)

          • Old Souldier

            Nah, ya checked it. I’ll assume you Googled it, but “MAYBE you’re a Bing kinda guy” (Major Payne voice). There’s no need to lie. “Be you” (Kobe Bryant voice). Embrace your truth, my friend (Wonder Woman voice).

          • slapnuts_69

            You can assume all you want, but you know all that does…. You’re quite the name-dropper. I don’t need to do that to make myself feel like a bigger person. I’m sad for you in that respect. Anyway, bottom line is: You lied, and got caught. To the corner with you. (again, in my own voice)

          • Old Souldier

            Wait. So the idiot that thought that arogaunt might be French, for arrogant, is sad for ME?! This is WRONG (Lucius Fox voice).

          • slapnuts_69

            Let’s see… no, the person who knew you were lying (see “in my disbelief” above) and merely verified what I knew to be true is the one who feels sad for, and yes, pities a lieing, name-dropping ‘arrogant’ little person like you. Again, my voice, because I don’t need to imitate others to try to seem more important like you do.

          • Old Souldier

            I’ve defeated you, already. Take your L, like a champion. And just, “Let it go, let it go”. “Can’t hold it back anymore”.”Let it go, let it go”.”Turn away and slam the door”! (Adele Dazeem voice)

          • slapnuts_69

            All you’ve succeeded in doing is: 1) proving yourself to be a liar, 2) shown you have no argument and have to resort to name-calling (“idiot,” “dummy”), 3) displayed that you don’t know when to admit defeat, despite ever-mounting evidence showing you as the loser, 4) continue to channel famous people to try to reinforce your petty, pointless argument, which no evidence supports. You should proudly wear the L in this case, as you have earned it so well. All you have defeated is your own integrity. It no longer exists(need I mention, once again, in my own voice, for it is the only one I need).

          • Old Souldier

            “I’m so FANCY, you already know. I’m in the fast lane, from L.A. to Tokyo. Just remember the arogaunt thing, and don’t lie like Pinocchio”. (Mrs. Swaggy P’s voice)

          • slapnuts_69

            Concession accepted. Thank you for once again proving my point.

          • Old Souldier

            Thank you for searching Google. Arogaunt is a tricky word. LOL

          • slapnuts_69

            Never said I did. Thank you for making yet another assumption. LOL btw, I see you’ve stopped using other people’s voices. That’s a good step toward maturity for you. Good luck on he journey.

          • Old Souldier

            “You’re welcome”. (Kobe voice)

          • slapnuts_69

            Well, at least you didn’t climb too high on the maturity ladder before you fell. Probably didn’t get too hurt from it. I won’t gloat about my personal prediction about you being spot on.

          • Old Souldier

            “To be unstoppable, you first have to be predictable”.(Kobe voice).

          • slapnuts_69

            “To show complete insecurity, you first imitate others’ voices.” (That was in my own voice – as usual) “To lose credibility in the written word, punctuate incorrectly.” (again, my own voice)

          • Old Souldier

            Hay dumy, yew mispailed punktuate. Yew beter yewooze Goggle, yew arogaunt bassterd!

          • slapnuts_69

            Game. Set. Match. Thanks for playing. I’m sure you’ll enjoy some lovely parting gifts.

  • Old Souldier

    Two or three Kobes? Please! Too many urkels on your team, that’s why your wins low!!!

  • salvatore

    all u morons act like u know kobe personaly, the dude in my book would not be in my circle of “friends” but he is undeniably one of the greatest to lace em up! lakers children! lakers!

  • Kir Rich

    The only reason there are so many celebs at the games…they are the only ones who can afford the HIGH prices the teams charge for parking, seats, food and drink.

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