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Kobe Bryant Says His Leadership Style Isn’t Friendly

Kobe Bryant’s passion for the game and will to win is one of his strongest characteristics, but also something that can rub people the wrong way.

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Fans see players like LeBron James or Kevin Durant and how they interact with teammates and assume that is the way it works for everyone. That isn’t quite the case for Kobe Bryant.

In a feature piece for Sports Illustrated, Bryant said that his leadership differs greatly from the fun and games people see on the court:

No its not like that. You talk to Lamar [Odom], Adam Morrison. We were at each other’s throats every day. Challenging each other, confronting each other. That’s how it gets done. But that’s hard because it’s uncomfortable right? It’s uncomfortable.

Bryant is obviously a different breed from most other players in the league. He thrives on competition and pushing his teammates to their limits to find out what they are made of.

He has already begun doing so with some of his teammates as he has worked out with Wesley Johnson and Nick Young on numerous occasions this off-season.

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Kobe is focused strictly on winning another championship and will do everything in his power to make that happen, even if he knows he won’t be the same player he was before.

The number of doubters of both Kobe himself and the Lakers as a whole continues to grow, giving Bryant all of the motivation he needs to push this team the only way he knows how.

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  • brianli81@gmail.com

    Takes championship pedigree to teach how to be a champ and that’s what Kobe Bryant teaches

  • Ty

    There’s more than one leadership style that leads to championships. It’s like having that crusty 65yr- old tough ass old school professor v.s. that cool young professor that surfs and is more like a drinking buddy. People are just different as to which style they prefer or actually works on drawing out the best in them.

  • Zach

    He’s rubbed a lot of teammates the wrong way over the years and drove Gasol right out of town. He’s never been a leader at all in my book.

    • MR

      Drove Gasol out of town? I could have sworn reading an article where Gasol was quoted saying Kobe is like a brother to him.

      • Zach

        Okay, then why did he leave? Because the Lakers suck?

        • MR

          Um…maybe because the Lakers traded him for Paul, but was squashed by the league, and continued to put him in the trade block for the past few seasons?

          • Zach

            That’s a good point, but if he and Kobe were really as close as ‘brothers’ and he thought Lakers were contenders, it doesn’t seem like enough to drive him out.

          • MR

            Kobe doesn’t own the Lakers. Kobe’s word means nothing if management do not appreciate Pau, Lakers’ employee.

            Would you leave for a better opportunity if your employer threatened to discharge you but a coworker insisted you stay?

            This is a business.

          • Zach

            Yes, true, he left for a better opportunity, glad you can acknowledge that.

          • MR

            I’m glad you acknowledge that Gasol did not leave because of Kobe.

            End of story.

          • Zach

            Well we don’t KNOW that for sure, but we do know he didn’t STAY because of Kobe. : )

          • RonniePee

            Zach I tink you have a real crush on Kobe but was rejected so you’re bitter about it!!! It seems like you wrote Kobe some “Eminem””Stan” type of letter and Kobe didn’t acknowledge you. You’re like a miserable, bitter, scorn woman!!! It’s unreal how obsessed you are with anything relating to Kobe Bryant.

          • Zach

            What’s really funny is your fervent defense of him, we both know you’ve never defended a woman with that kind of ferocity. Hmmmmmmm…makes you wonder!

          • Rob

            i seen zach on 3 other kobe posts hes just a delusional hater who sits on the computer all day to talk shit about kobe cause he has nothing better to do. he’s probably D rides lebron james or michael jordan or is a celtics fan, a raptors fan or a free agent fan(previously a fan of the heat) or maybe he loves kobe more than any of us, because he cant seem to get off his dick and stop talking about him

          • Rbarnes

            Zach if your such a Kobe hater why follow Lakers post? We would rather you go blow somebody else. Championship banners and Rings that’s what we do, 5 of those came with the guy your bashing. So go get a life you loser! Lakers Rule! Kobe is for top 3 GOATs! Pipe down jr.

          • DKWTTY

            LMAO! He wants Kobe so bad that it hurts. Probably has his pictures all over his walls. The guy is a weirdo. As soon as everyone stops replying to him he’ll go away.

          • SirHambone

            See how stupid you are. You say one thing then change it. Do you wear diapers! You have to! Shit for brains asshole! Get off Laker Nation!

          • Redemption Rain

            Kobe and Gasol are bros and STILL bros. Gasol left for a better opportunity and maybe for the fact that the Lakers FO have constantly tried to rid him for something better. That’s why he left.

          • Sam Saab

            zach is a troll on every article hating on kobe and the lakers

          • Guest

            Zach is truly ignorant.

          • http://instantpaydaynetwork.com/sob234 Steph Oneal

            zach is a comedian.

          • Sparksdaman

            Good one MR you made this clown contradict himself, which shows ppl should entertain the clown. If you do then you are part of the circus!!!!

          • Sparksdaman

            *should not

          • TheZuluNation

            He wasn’t “driven” out: he was a free agent. He decided to leave L.A. for a chance to compete on a better team. He realizes the Lakers ain’t going no where anytime soon.

        • SirHambone

          No dumb ass. If you could read you would know the reason! You are an idiot!

        • Zachmother

          Zach stupid gay. Fag

        • Veteran

          zach you always trolling…. pau left because they kept wanting to trade him and they treated him like crap and some of these laker fans didnt reall respect him . Most the fans kept saying (OHHH HE SOFT HE SOFT) but he would average atleast 20 points a game or more. Gasol never talked bad about kobe so stop assuming. I read alot of articles about how gasol talked good about him.

      • Al Haldie

        I agree – they are . Zach is a TROLL just out to work you up .

      • Seriously?

        Please don’t feed the Trolls…thanks

        • http://instantpaydaynetwork.com/sob234 Steph Oneal

          LOL i love it. “Please don’t feed the Trolls…thanks” haahhaaa

      • RonniePee

        Gasol was 0-12 in playoff games before Kobe put a heart in that soft chest of his. Good riddance!!!

      • Darion Collet Martinez

        MR avoid this Zach character he just a miserable hating wart that’s attached to ESPN’s ass

    • Al Haldie

      YOUR READING THE WRONG BOOKS..

      • Zach

        It’s ‘You’re’…and lay off the all-caps, you look like a meth addict.

        • Guest

          Having read some of your posts, I wouldn’t play grammar/spelling cop if I were you, Zach.

    • TTKIN

      Sorry but ur dumb as fuck if u think kobe is the reason pau left. Ok ur either dumb, or a BRAND NEW laker fan. Pau has done nothing but praise kobe. Literally never said a negative word about each other. When pau left, he said “what kobe and i accomplished together will unite us forever”.

      • Zach

        Unlike Kobe, Pau is diplomatic and gracious, so he’s just trying to be a good guy. BTW, check out what Nash just said about Kobe, called him a mother fu—-g assh—, no kidding.

        • Guest

          “This exchange of words from Nash to Kobe shouldn’t alarm Laker fans as Nash was undoubtedly joking.”

          So he did. But that rather dishonest of you to tell only half the story and change its entire meaning.

          • Guest

            *that’s*

            My bad.

        • Ttkin

          Ok since u can read minds maybe u could tell everyone how u know kobe is the reason pau left. Why r u even on a laker page if ur a kobe hater?

          Btw, kobe laughed about that steve nash quote.

          • http://instantpaydaynetwork.com/sob234 Steph Oneal

            The Key point was “why are you even on a Lakers page, if you are a Kobe hater?” the answer is…..drumroll……He’s a Haaaaaater! Tell him what hes won Bob! Zach has won a fabulous all expense paid trip to HaterzTroll Town.

    • Laker truth

      Gasol lost his touch years ago …. The dude got

    • jim2

      Kobe could have won many more championships if he was a decent person. It is his own poor personality that did him in. He got rid of Shaq. With Shaq,
      Kobe may have won 3 more championships. I think even Kobe realizes that now.

  • Zach

    Kobe needs to read a little Andrew Carnegie…

    • Al Haldie

      TROLL

      • Zach

        If you think I’m a troll why respond?

      • Seriously?

        Please don’t feed the Trolls

        • http://instantpaydaynetwork.com/sob234 Steph Oneal

          I love it every time you say that

  • Ty

    While I think the other All-Stars/Superstars in the league respect Kobe, many may not be eager to play alongside him

    • Darkag11

      That will happen when you have the “RAT” cloud hanging over your head. It may have been over a decade ago, but these guys in the league have Looooooong memories and remember how when Kobe is in the police station in CO, for no apparent reason he felt the need to rat out Shaq saying on the record something like “I should’ve just paid her off to keep quiet like what Shaq does”. Once you do something like that, Men will remember it.

      • Zach

        So true, and it seemed completely unprovoked, like Kobe thought he’d get a bit more leniency just for ratting out a guy on a hooker charge? Both traitorous and just plain dumb.

      • DKWTTY

        Right which is why Ron Artest went to go play with him. Thinking out loud when you’re in hot shit because a whore lied on you=ratting out Shaq. You act like he said it in an interview with ESPN.

        • Zach

          That actually would have been more acceptable. But he’s a rat plain and simple now.

          • DKWTTY

            Don’t reply to me and do me a favor, kill yourself.

  • TTKIN

    Its not supposed to be friendly. This isnt a pickup game on the local court. This is a business and the team u play for is worth billions. Play time is after the game. During the game, u work. Have fun in pickup games, be professional in nba games.

    I hate people saying hes too abrasive of a teammate. Ur a grownass man. Ur at ur job and not giving it ur all. Any other profession would fire ur ass for that.

    • Zach

      True, but when you turn the ball over, admit it and take the blame. Bryant has been calling out teammates for his own mistakes for eons. This is a guy who bricks a 30-footer then screams at a teammate for not getting the rebound.

      • SirHambone

        Then scores 81 in one game, 69 in 3 quarters in another! Wins 5 Championships! You can hate him all you want punk, but it doesn’t mean shit!
        You ignorant jealous Hater!

      • Ttkin

        Still gives it his all though huh? Guess u missed the meaning of the entire comment. Not really surprised by that though.

  • Zach

    Check the news, Nash just called Kobe a Mother Fu—ing As-hole, no joke…

    • hookedonnews

      Yes, and Kobe loved it. That was not said with anger or malice. Just being honest (with a smile, no doubt).

    • kenny

      zach who is your basketball team,

      • Ttkin

        Im assuming hes been a clipper fan for ohhhh about 3 yrs

        • Tina Moran

          or Smush Parker’s lover.

          • Hands In My Pants

            I did not know anyone could love Smush Parker.

    • Kishan

      more like check the news LakerNation Called ZACH a Mother F—ing As-Hole the person everyone hates #getalyf

  • Spade

    Judging by how many superstars are chomping at the bit to play with Kobe, it’s easy to tell that his leadership style isn’t friendly.

  • David

    KB saying his LEADERSHIP STYLE isn’t friendly IS NOT CORRECT; when teammates play with you they don’t care if you are friendly or not as long as you are their teammates and you play to win and unless you are unfairly blaming the guy next to you then that isn’t called a leader at all but rather a “DICK to play with”. Kobe is not a DICK to play with.

    What teammates cares about is KB’s SELFISH LEADERSHIP STYLE, this is one ingredient in his leadership that makes others not want to play with him because it makes the game not fun. If you’re a superstar and Kobe does not want to share the glory in victory and saying this is my team then why would that superstar want to play with him if he is going to take all the credit and dictate how it is going to be? Would Magic,Worthy, and Kareem want to play with him if KB says this is my team to them?

    This is absolutely not!!!!!!

    • David

      This is EXACTLY the reason Dwight Howard left after one season. Howard has been the number one player on his team in his previous 8 seasons in the league and he didn’t mind wanting to share the team with KB but KB wouldn’t want to share the glory. Pau Gasol is not a true number one on any team and that is why he and KB coexisted but they would have not won two titles without PJ.

  • roseducanna

    KOBE no more championship.Who will help him next year?.LOVE, JAME at CLE. MELO at NY.Bye bye KOBE. FO too stupid not sign Stephenson.Sign Hill 9mils.

    • Kishan

      Im pretty Sure we tried

  • CLIPPERSRUNLA

    Next year the Lakers are going to sign: Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, Westbrook, Lebron, Carmelo, Wiggins, Bledsoe, Lowry, and the Splash Brothers. EVERYONE wants to play with Kobe. The rest of the league is in serious trouble, lol

  • Brysco Bry

    If Kobe never wins another championship he is still one of the greatest of all time!!! I said if…. The thing I love about Kobe is his consistency. I always know he is going to give a 1,000%. He has the heart of a champion.

  • Richard

    Understand, Homeboy (Kobe) has limited time left on the clock. The Lakers have a tough job to do now and in the future. He’s going to do whatever he knows and thinks he needs to do to try to get it done. Understandably, he wants to go as far and accomplish as much as he can in the time left. In doing so, he further contributes to his teammates and the game. He forever leaves his mark and successful brand on the game as an example for young people and History to study and follow.

  • TheZuluNation

    Baby Dwight couldn’t handle that.

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