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Kobe Bryant Frustrated After Being Benched vs. Grizzlies

After losing the fourth game this season at Staples Center, controversy started to swirl in Los Angeles as Lakers head coach Mike Brown made the bold and questionable decision to bench superstar Kobe Bryant for the better part of the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies. Kobe was clearly unhappy about sitting on the bench, but didn’t criticize his coach for the controversial move via Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

“Of course I was,” Bryant told reporters when asked if he was upset about the benching.

Bryant hesitated to elaborate. “Not really,” he said at first when asked if he could speak about the substitution, but went on to support Lakers coach Mike Brown when further pressed about the benching.

“It’s his decision to make,” Bryant said. “He makes the decision. He’s the coach. If you guys are looking for a story, I’m not going to give you one. I can’t sit here and criticize his decisions. In leading this ballclub, that’s something I can’t afford to do. I got to have his back. I’ve had his back the whole season; I can’t start doing something crazy now. It wouldn’t make no sense.”

There is no question that Pau Gasol is back to form after the NBA trade deadline and Andrew Bynum is getting better and better with every single game, but Kobe Bryant has struggled shooting the basketball. It seems that after an impressive MVP-caliber first half of the season, the Black Mamba has slipped into somewhat of a slump as of late. Kobe scored just 18 points on 7-of-15 from the field against Memphis.

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Last night’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies (102-96) was a tough one to swallow for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bynum may have lit up the scoreboard once again with a game-high 30 points and Gasol dominated the glass with 14 boards, but this team just couldn’t get on track late in the game in order to cut the deficit and get the best of the Grizzlies.

Despite impressive performances by Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Ramon Sessions (18 points, five assists), the Grizzlies were the better team on Sunday night. The question from here on out is whether or not head coach Mike Brown will continue to choose to rest Kobe with the playoffs just around the corner, and if the five-time champion will refrain from criticizing his new head coach.

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  • Me

    I question mike Brown’s substitution process, I don’t think he has one, Kobe played the whole 3rd without a break the Lakers made a run, then to start the4th he has Sessions, Blake, and Kobe with Bynum and McRoberts on the floor….with Blake on OJ Mayo not a good match up and Memphis took over the game gain…yea Kobe missed some shoots but that’s not why they lost, they had not flow… And that falls on the coach to have the right line up on the floor….

  • Joshua G

    At some point the Lakers are going to have to realize that they’re a team and not a superstar with a supporting cast. We have too many weapons to have a playbook that relies on Kobe to make the game. A superstar is supposed to be an extra umph to the game to take the team that much farther, not the whole team. It didn’t work for the Bulls in the 80′s, and it won’t work now. Way to go, Mike Brown, for stepping up as head coach and not just being Kobe and Pau’s facilitator.

    • Doc_boxx

      what the hell are you talking about. THIS IS ALL HIS FAULT. He coulnt handle Lebron,he cant handle kobe and the lakers either. This guy is just a walking impediment to the team. They need a guy who knows how to best utilize the players, one of Phils best assets. Phil should return after they discard this joke of a coach. no wonder lebron didnt respect him. He was horrible at his job, he won coach of the year because Lebron made him look good, when all it was, was Lebron dragging his team up hill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ebony-Poem-Satcher/1415214113 Ebony Poem Satcher

    I believe Kobe was Benched because he was not playing the offence.  Kobe went in there and started playing on on one with a team that is leading the league in defense, what happen he lost the ball they got a lay-up.. Coach did the right thing in my opinion, baskeball is a team sport and Kobe needs to stop forcing shots.  Whatever Coach said to the media was just that, he knows the real reason and if you watched the game you would not have a problem with that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deanthony.trammell Deanthony Trammell

    I am a big Lakes fan but to me we coulda got better rebound at played
    Like the team we now we are kobe was fustrated but he coulda did better
    With points we crashed the paint ok but our defense could have been better
    When we got the lead back and started doing good on defense we started back slacking up
    And that started our problem back up for losing thats all i have to say

  • LakerLyle

    Lol. If anything, the Lakers should have pulled away in the third quarter with something like a 20-pt or 30-pt lead to start in the fourth quarter! If they are really good, they should not have a problem with who’s benched and who’s not. Blow out any team if they’re really good. 

  • LakerLyle

    I know there needs to be rotation and flow and whatever. But man, when you’re behind, you gotta put your best lineup in the fourth quarter! Why the fuck did you rest Kobe, Brown? You should have put Sessions, Bryant, MWP, Gasol, and Bynum all the way! That’s your best lineup! If you’re behind, let the your best lineup play the entire fourth! If they can’t take the lead and win the game, what makes you think the second unit can?

  • LakerLyle

    Kobe is the greatest player today because of his great plays, primarily game-winners through forced shots! A team is great, then its a great team! A player is great, then he’s a great player! You cannot connect the two!

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