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Mitch Kupchak Says Players Must Meet Kobe’s Expectations

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Kobe Bryant has developed a reputation as one of the toughest players in the NBA to play with. Though he has admitted to improving as a leader through the years, Kobe is still very tough on teammates.

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Kobe has said that he approves of the roster the Lakers have put together, but there are a lot of young players who Kobe will have to help out along the way.

Mitch Kupchak appeared on The Herd with Colin Cowherd this morning, and according to our own Serena Winters, life could be tough for those who can’t earn Kobe’s trust:

Even though there are returning players like Nick Young, Wesley Johnson, Xavier Henry, and Ryan Kelly, these players were unable to play with Kobe for an extended time last season. When the Lakers added in other young players like Ed Davis, Jeremy Lin, and Julius Randle, Kobe will need to do a lot of teaching this season.

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These players have an excellent opportunity in front of them to play with one of the best players in the history of the NBA. But Kobe will not accept mediocrity this season, especially if the team plans on making a playoff run. If they are unable to meet Kobe’s standards and grow during the season, it could be a long season and for some, their final season in Los Angeles.
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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • afs

    Kobe wants to win now, and he believes the team can win. I hope the whole team believes that, because it sure is possible.

    • Jim213

      Dave McMenamin ✔ @mcten

      “The Lakers worked out free agent forward Michael Beasley in El Segundo on Wednesday, per multiple league sources.”

      • Johnny

        Wow that’s pretty big news.Hopefully he had a Julius Randle type of workout and blew them away as he is super talented.

        • Bruce

          According to multiple sources, Beasley left a good impression with a good workout for the Lakers, he definitely should sign with us.

      • meep

        wouldnt mind him as a laker, dude has all the talent in the world and we all know the lakers get the best out of most people.

      • Albert

        This would be a great signing.Great scorer.

      • Julius

        I love Michael Beasley he is a great player.Good guy.

        • jay

          are you kidding me? do any of you watch basketball at all? Beasley is a headcase that doesn’t play D. come on… this would be a huge waste of money.

          • SilentH

            Agreed that Beasley is a headcase with so much talent but only plays 1 side of the ball and is inconsistent on the side he does play. That said, Kobe whipped Ron Artest into shape and he’s at least as big a headcase as Beasley and if Kobe can do the same then that’s going to be a huge bump in the Lakers talent pool.

          • Yze Guy

            Kobe gets way too much credit.Artest was an All-Star PRIOR to playing for the Lakers. So was Pau. Kobe didn’t improve them or anyone else for that matter.

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

            Artest was an all star prior to joining Lakers? YOu must have been watching in a different year… he wasn’t an all star prior to joining the lakers. He was playing in Houston… the only time he was an all star was in Indiana.

          • Yze Guy

            PRIOR means before, not the year right before. He played in IND before LA, RIGHT?

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

            you could be right… but we didn’t get an all star Artest… his all star days were way years behind him… so, that “PRIOR” does not apply to him when he came to Lakers.

          • Chris Lilly

            Key word was prior!!! Both played pretty good, both were also inconsistent, kobe carried that team all season. And kept them calm against big time opponents

          • Albert McElhaney

            did you watch game 7 finals against boston. it was ron artest that came through with clutch play while kobe struggled until 4th quarter where he got to the line. team mates pick each others slack up

          • Brian

            He was a beast when he was in Houston; ask Phil.

          • Brian

            True, I give Kobe credit for being the great player that HE is, not making other players great. As far as I can tell he hasn’t really done that. The fact of the matter is, Kobe is one of the most anti-social personalities in sports. How could people say he makes those around him great. I just don’t see it.

          • d

            Do you even know anything about basketball? If you do then you would know a player like kobe takes a ton of pressure off other players on the court. Which makes them better players. Sure gasol was a allstar caliber player before joining the lakers but it was kobe who help light that fire and they both won rings to prove it. Remember prior to that gasol has never got out the first round. I’ve read these comments and I don’t think anyone claimed kobe makes other players “great”. I don’t think anyone can make others “great” not magic not bird not mj. It’s on the player to be “great”. I think these superstars can help them become better or push them over the top. But let’s not be carried away with the word “great”

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            Agree in part. Magic epitomizes greatness, but we don’t know how he would have handled a roster like the current one. Kobe has created huge expectations from fans – will be interesting to see how he handles himself if LAL prove to be as bad as last year.

          • Paytc

            d,

            You are right !

            But we expect those who hate great players to look for anything to find fault in their game.

            They know society has purposely trained people to just accept the opinions of others without filtering it first.

            They are relying on ignorance to influence others to stoop to their level. It’s good people like you,I,and others can provide the checks and balances to put out the right perspectives.

            Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

          • Paytc

            Correction….. “It’s good people like you,I,and others “who”provide the checks and balances to put out the right perspectives.”

          • Yze Guy

            I knew a good deal about basketball even before being an assistant coach on the college level an a bookkeeper for about 10 years on the same level as well. Kobe has massive talent. I’d never say otherwise. However, he, unlike any of the other truly dominant players has NEVER made ANY of his teammates better. That is a scar on his legacy. MJ not only tutored Pip, but he also took multiple pay cuts to keep him there. Magic’s play elevated Scott, Green, Cooper & a host of others. He even prolonged Jabbar’s career. Even Tim Duncan brought Parker & Ginobili closer to him & had an impact on their play. Kobe? Nah. Yells at Pau, yelled at Bynum & hogs the ball to the point that no PG can actually be the floor general that they should be. Look at the last year that Bynum was there. There were many games that Pau & Drew were something like 8 for 10 & 9 for 12. Big men were KILLING! What happened next? Kobe shoots 5 or 6 shots in a row & finishes 9 for 21 or something. That’s GREED. SELFISH PLAY. Not the actions of a real leader or anyone interested in the team concept or making anyone better. He just wants to beat MJ.

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

            I was about to agree with you until you show your true colors… you are just an insecure MJ fan…. afraid Kobe might surpassed your beloved idol.

          • Yze Guy

            I’m not even an MJ fan. I respect what he did though.

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            They paid him $24 million and he gave little or no production last year, so Lakers FO needs to convince fans that his worth extends well beyond what he does on he court. (He’s a recruiter, a motivator, etc….). None of it true :)

          • Paytc

            If you around one of the greatest to ever play the game and witness the type of work ethic Kobe puts in,Kobe’s attitude,effort,and professionalism, and that doesn’t rub off on you what would?

            I hear the Kobe haters make the non sense comments about Kobe not making others greater far too often. There are many players both past and present who have played with Kobe who will say just the opposite. Kobe plays hard on both sides of the ball night after night, at home and on the road. We know that is a fact by the number of all defensive teams he’s made.

            Kobe makes anyone who wants to get better, get better, though it’s not Kobe’s job to get others better, it’s theirs.

            Kobe’s focus is winning championships and giving it his own personal best, that should be every professionals focus. Otherwise give the money there paying you back to the owners and the fans.

            If working hard and not kissing people’s ass makes you anti-social then more people need to become anti-social.

            Have you met Kobe? Basketball is Kobe’s job. Kobe is pretty out going when he is not at work.

            I’ll take one who demonstrates over one who conversates as my example of excellence all day. I know that will increase my odds of getting better far quicker than anything else.

            Many of us Laker fans appreciate all Kobe has done for the Lakers,the NBA,the U.S. Olympics,and basketball worldwide. We will focus on Kobe’s positives, not any negatives.

            Cheers to Kobe and the Lakers return to the top !

          • Yze Guy

            Very misguided you are. It is the job of the LEADER to make others better. The non selfish ones attempt to do that. It helps the team more than individual stats.

          • Paytc

            If leading by example doesn’t make you better what will?
            Kobe has done any and everything he could to make others better. When they need a player to shut down the opposing teams best scorer who do they call “Kobe ” When they need a game winning shot who do they call “Kobe ”

            If you need to get in the gym to work on your individual game whose is already at the gym working on their game so the door is unlocked for you to come in and “get better too ”
            “Kobe ”

            When there was no one who could play the PG position who did the Lakers call to step in and throw out 8-12 assist a game “Kobe ”

            Who plays hard every night at home and on the road for the Lakers with no excuses “Kobe ”

            Who will go down as one of the greatest to ever play “Kobe”

            I don’t see the need to knock any great player especially the teams best player. Haters do enough of that.

            A leader’s job is to lead, and Kobe does that as well as anyone.

            It is up to the multi-millionaire player to get themselves better despite what great player haters(In the media) who can’t’ play a lick of basketball themselves say.

            Being selfish is a good trait when it’s time to be selfish.
            Being significant is even better and Kobe has displayed both the selfish and significant. That is why he has won 5 championships and would have won more with better coaching and team support.

            Others have to “Step up ” their game or get out and flip burgers if their not motivated by the incredible opportunity of getting paid millions to play basketball.

            LMAO with that “make others better” corporate sounding, establishment nonsense. The responsibility is on each individual. So dispite the hate in the media, stop looking to bash the one who is working the hardest and tell the slackers to step up. LOL…….

            Go Kobe ! Go Byron Scott ! Go Lakers !

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

            being an “anti-social” does not mean that he can’t push people to their limits…. most of the great leaders of history were anti-social people… they lead, NOT “socialize”.

          • David

            Do you even know anything about basketball? If you do then you would know a player like kobe takes a ton of pressure off other players on the court. Which makes them better players. How the hell do you explain all the smush parkers and Luke Walton looking like a nba starter at best but once traded was pure garbage

          • D

            Yeah they just rode his back to two titles.

          • Leonel CuffyoChick Pierre

            not if he starts playing to win like LA is going to be doing,

          • Bruce

            You have to admit scoring wise he is a complete upgrade over Wes Johnson and Henry, yeah he needs to improve on his D, but overall Beasley is an upgrade at the SF position.

          • rich3216

            Do you watch basketball? Did you watch Beasly during his college career? Do you know he went #2 in the draft and do you know why? He was and still can be a scoring and REBOUNDING machine. He put up ridiculous double doubles, EVERY NIGHT. He’s been unfortunate to have played with a team that already had K.Love, Phoenix who was rebuilding, and Miami who clearly did not have a coach who knew how to use him + they had bosh, wade, lebron. Also, it’s VERY unfortunate that teams nowadays have high picks and waste them buy not letting players shine and end up just sitting them. Granted there have been a lot of busts, but beasly is NOT a bust by any means and he’s only 25. Also, yes the guy has been immature in smoking marijuana and has had court issues. Your going to crucify him for that? Artest was involved in a horrible brawl when he played for Detroit. Fast forward from that, he became a 2 time NBA champion. With the right motivation from Byron Scott, Kobe, and the rest of the veterans, this guy can really show his #2 potential.

        • d

          Wow there. He has/had potential to become a high level starter/ allstar but at this point in his career I don’t think it’s going to happen. I hope kobe and b Scott can get him to perform up to that potential but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    • fanla

      It’s same possible as the Kings will win. We are not even PO team, why so many people here are such a delusional?

      • Jun tm

        First of all, your grammar is delusional, second of all, this team is way better off than last season and we will be a 6-8 seed!

        • hookedonnews

          This is virtually the same team we had last season minus Pau & Meeks plus the 2 draft choices & Boozer. If Kobe can stay healthy that will make a big difference. Same for Nash, but you’ve got a new coach & a new system. If Kobe plays like he did before he hurt his Achilles it’s possible to make the playoffs, but I don’t think we can assume it’s going to be easy. I’m assuming we won’t have 300+ games lost to injury, so in that sense, we’re bound to be better.

        • ghost

          You’re kidding me, way better? We lost Gasol and we will have Boozer. It’s step back.

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

            I get you, we may have taken a step back…. let’s see… the season hasn’t started yet… I put my bet on Kobe and FO… I am a fan… and I support my team whatever happens… and I believe we will have a competitive product on the floor when the games matter.

        • d

          I wouldn’t say much better. But we do get kobe back. Upgraded pg, Lost gasol, got Randle and boozer…. I’d say it’s at best one step better only bc kobe is back. I think 6th seed is really high for this team.
          1 spurs
          2 okc
          3 clippers
          4 Houston
          5 blazers
          6 warriors
          Then we have
          Mavs
          Suns
          Nuggets
          Lakers and maybe even the kings fighting for 7th and 8th. It’s going to be a tough year.

          • d

            And I forgot about memphis….

      • afs

        I never said we are a title team. Just saying I think our team has a chance to play well and possibly make the playoffs.. Do better than last year.

        • Steve Chavez

          And on that note they can put themselves into a position to be more desirable to free agents out there next year. I was surprised that they could make a case to attract anyone into this season with what happened last year.

    • dollarbill4life

      Win what, 33 games? We have no center or PGs on the roster. Steve Nash is 77 years old and will be injured by mid-November. You really need to stop it.

      • Jokobe

        Nash wont be injured if he’s played correctly. Besides, Pringles man was playing him 30+ min as a starting point guard when he got hurt. Now that we have Lin, I’m sure he’ll be playing 15-20 and be more of a coach to Lin. You aint no Laker nigga, You a Faker.

        • King Geedorah

          Pringles man…that’s rich.

        • dollarbill4life

          Lin is not a PG. He’s a combo guard who dribbles into traffic with his head down, something that was evident in New York and Houston, which is why neither team made much of an attempt to keep his ass.

          You’re not a Lakers fan — you’re someone who has smoked one too many bongs!

          Nash is D-O-N-E! The only one who doesn’t realize this is Mitch. And you.

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

            I beg to disagree on LIN… he is a PG not a SG… in NY as well as in Houston.

          • dollarbill4life

            Totally disagree. One of the main reasons the Knicks and Houston let him go is because he has a tendency to turn the pill over and can’t consistently run a team. Mitch f’d up on this one…

          • Guest

            Lin cut down on his TOs last season and has a chance to cut down even further this year.

          • dollarbill4life

            We should have gone after Lowery.Mitch is an idiot.

          • Paytc

            No, from a business viewpoint I actually think Mitch got it more than right. With the popularity of both Kobe and Lin in China and worldwide Laker merchandise just took off. Ticket sales should also see a spike.

            Now from a player standpoint Byron Scott has to find a way to get the most productivity out of Lin’s skill set. Being more of a combo guard the Lakers need to find someone to share PG minutes with Lin. I don’t think Lin is the PG answer, because it’s not his natural position, and he is not the best defender. Lin has some good qualities, and is a good player who may find success in Los Angeles.

            I will be pulling for Lin now that he is a Laker.

            Go Lakers !

          • dollarbill4life

            I can agree with a lot of that, but the fact still remains that we have no center and no true PG. Mitch could have made a run at Lowery and Gortat. As the roster stands now, I see about 33-34 wins, 38-39 if it overachieves.

          • Paytc

            dollarbill4life,

            I totally agree we will need that true PG and hope they get someone more capable than Nash to share time with Lin. I liked Farmar. There is a capable veteran out there.

            The center position can be filled with Jordan Hill and a backup. I think we put too much value in having a dominate big man. We just need to stay healthy.

            Teams have been winning the championship without a real dominate center. And then teams with D-12( one of the so call best big men) have been home watching the championship each year.

            Your points are well taken but…..

            It really will once again boil down to players staying healthy long enough to build team chemistry and confidence IMO.

          • dollarbill4life

            I really liked Farmar — could create his own offense and fearless. The problem with Hill is that he simply doesn’t have the bulk to play in the middle. He’s a very good and active player, especially on the glass, but he’s on the light side to play down there, even by today’s paltry standards.

          • Paytc

            Richard,

            I am not sure what position Lin was asked to play in NY or Houston,(he didn’t play for Knicks long and loss his position in Houston) but he seems better fit as a combo guard. He can play PG in some games and for limited stretches, but he may struggle bringing the ball up against quick defenders.

            Byron just needs to use him in ways that build up his confidence, not over load him too soon. He can shoot the ball well, and often creates his own shot.

            He is tall enough to get good passing lanes if he can manage to handle the ball well against quick top defenders like Lillard,CP3,Parker,Beverly,Bledsoe,Curry,Conley,and Westbrook. (just to name a few of the top Western conference Point guards.)

            I think Lin should be slowly worked into the lineup. He has had a few injuries and should not be pushed too hard too soon IMO. He can be good if the support around him is good and he fits in well.

            I am pulling for Lin now that he is a Laker !

  • vulkanthekrusader

    Not saying this team is amazing, but I’m saying this, a lot of untapped potential and the Spurs roster kinda is a bunch of outcast made to pass and shoot all over the place. I pick the Lakers as the Darkhorse team of the west.

    • hookedonnews

      The Spurs have Popovich, and they also have some very good players who are willing to play unselfishly. Not saying the Lakers have no chance, but it will take some great play from Kobe and some really hard work from a bunch of guys who will be learning a new system under a new coach. If this was the East, it would be much easier.

      • Steve Chavez

        If this was the east they could find themselves in the Finals… You’ve got some good perspective there about the HUGE amount of effort and what kinds of obstacles that Byron and Co. faces. However, THAT’S why he’s the guy for the job… He’s gonna have to have those big boy pants on from day 1…

        • hookedonnews

          Hope you’re right about Scott. Agree about the big boy pants.

          • Steve Chavez

            I hope I’m right too… November needs to hurry up and get here…

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

      YOu understand that, SPurs have had the same coach for 20 years now, don’t you? When a team has that kind of consistent,unchanging system, all the FO need to do is to plug a player somewhere where there is a need. That is the one thing that had the Spurs going for them. So, we cannot really gauge this Lakers team to the Spurs way of doing things for that reason alone.

  • ra

    This is the right thing (for Mitch) to say. Kobe is a superstar veteran, like MJ was years back, and is focused on winning (and, capable of elevating play to high levels). Kobe deserves respect as a veteran, and for these next few years this is the way to go. Give Kobe the reigns – see what he can do as far as bringing a team together, helping the other players get their ‘game’ together. A great opportunity.

    It’s gonna be fun.

    • Paytc

      ra……I agree with you.

      It will be interesting to see if the Lakers can finally stay healthy. The past two seasons they have not been healthy long enough to gain any type of team chemistry. Hopefully Byron Scott gets enough time coaching healthy players before we go through yet another coaching change which also hurts team chemistry.

  • vdogg

    it’s going to be a very interesting season. the season could go horribly.. or it could go really, really well. unlike a lot of teams in the west, we really don’t know what we are right now. as lakers fans we should all be excited to see what transpires.

  • meep

    this team has the talent to do something. people might write off the lakers just because they didnt get lebron or melo. but lakers dont need them. lakers just need to play laker basketball and they will do fine. this should be a fun season to watch

  • webattorney

    Yeap, going to be very interesting year. I predict that Lakers will be surprisingly competitive this year.

  • Damian T McCalman

    his standards are simple; PLAY HARD, PLAY COMMITTED, PLAY PASSIONATELY, and PLAY TO WIN…

    it’s no wonder why certain players love or hate to play with Kobe. They either fit the criteria or don’t…Superman…a few years back, Kobe gave great respect to Jamison because of this very thing.

    It should be a good season watching this team follow Kobe’s and coach Scotts lead.

  • fanla

    We are no playoff team, it’s obvious. Because we have to play on Kobe standard, we will have to wait at least few years before we came back to start counting in the league again. Sad but true.

    • Jun tm

      Dude you should just stfu, all your comments are negative and you have the nerve to say “we” as if your a true Lakers fan

    • Desi Williams

      It’s obvious? How so? Further, you have a problem with the “Kobe Standard” of doing things? If you can explain those things in adult terms without getting snarky, I would LOVE to hear it.

  • Jim Ballard

    Kid has talent but has a Pot problem. If they sign him they need to assign a full time nanny to keep him straight.

    • Desi Williams

      Do you have any idea how many GRAT Lakers smoked “pot” during their time here? By your comment, I would say no. Snark is juvenile…

    • hookedonnews

      He has more than a pot problem. If you saw him play in Miami last season I don’t know why you would want him in LA. Guys like him only bring distractions. I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.

  • Mufugga

    i believe its about the intensity and the passion of the game. if they don’t take the title at least give it 110%….that being said, I’m surprised nash is still there lol. but anyways if they do put forth the effort, dedication and motivation in it ill be content. so many times lakers would get the W but get complacent and earn the L. lakers4life.

  • Satiricon Bogdanovich

    all this is, is a show put on to make money. winning doesnt really mean ANYTHING

    • AntiSoros

      That is a ridiculous statement considering the franchise has put 16 World Championships up.

  • AntiSoros

    It may be difficult to play with Kobe but not because he is difficult – it is because he expects at least the same effort and dedication he brings…110% EVERY NIGHT, play through some pain, study and prepare for every game…old school for sure and these young and often lazy players better get the clue…its is how you win and its how you get 5 rings!

    • Zach

      Riding coattails is how Kobe got his rings. You clearly don’t actually watch.

      • AntiSoros

        I’ve seen every game…any many more before that. You have no idea what you are posting about. KB has consistently been leading the NBA at the #2 spot including the year he was injured despite his ‘age.’ He is without question, one of the GOAT as a shooting guard and as with most great players, there were MANY times he carried the Lakers.

      • FightLakerFlak

        Who’s coattails?

        You clearly don’t actually watch,period!!
        Only a mental midget would make a comment like this!

        • hookedonnews

          He’s probably referring to Shaq & Gasol. Wouldn’t agree with the coattails statement, but you can’t win on your own. Even Jordan needed Pippen, etc. It is a team game. I don’t think anyone is going to argue that those championships would have been won without Kobe.

        • Zach

          He rode Shaq–the finals MVP for three straight years–for his first three rings, then Gasol, Artest and Odom. I know you don’t watch, but Kobe went 6 for 24 in his only finals Game 7, probably the greatest choke job in NBA history.

          • Guest

            Bryant did more than ride O’Neal’s coattails. He made important contributions during the threepeat. In certain games he was the main man.

            His performance in Game 7 of the 2010 Finals was underwhelming, but it was no choke job. You can only call it a choke job if the Lakers had blown a big lead and lost. Instead, they came back from a double digit deficit and won. And Bryant, while shooting poorly, continued to play – grabbing 15 rebounds. That accounted for something.

          • Zach

            Shaq was the finals MVP each time, there you have it.
            And the Game 7 was easily the biggest choke job in history. Bryant didn’t want to be on the floor, you could see it in his eyes. Jax kept having to calm him down, like he was a rookie. And legitimately the Lakers did lose that game, we both know it. But refs gave them 20 more FTs than Boston to hand it to them. Kobe gave the title away but the refs gave it back.
            I’ve been watching sports for a long time, and I’ve never seen a supposedly great athlete wilt so entirely under the lights. Remember the double-teamed baseline jumper off the side of the backboard? LOL…

          • Guest

            Biggest choke job in history?

            Worse than John Starks’ 2 for 18 in 1994 (just to name one example)?

            Bryant wanted to leave the floor in the biggest game of the season? Most unlikely. Somewhat shaken, maybe, but wanted to pack it in? No way.

            And if you’re going by Finals MVPs, then let’s not discount Bryant’s pair in 2009 and 2010.

            Was Bryant the best player on his team in every playoff game of those last two championships? Definitely not. (And neither was O’Neal during the threepeat.) But without him, the Lakers wouldn’t have gotten that far in either campaign.

          • Zach

            Yes, worse than Starks because it was a Game 7. And Bryant’s Finals MVP in 2010 is an utter farce, given that he shot 6 for 24 in the final game and that Boston was the true champ that year.
            I’m not even a Celts fan, but the 37-17 FT discrepancy was outrageous. And down the stretch the Lakers were taking FTs on plays where no contact was even made.

  • kakapupu

    Any player who would unfollow all of his own teammates on twitter because of a bad season is a terrible leader. I don’t care if you Kobe Bryant. Basketball is a brotherhood and you should encourage your teammates and trust them in times of adversity. Not unfollow them on twitter and avoiding to even be around them during the season. He’s an incredible, incredible ball player, but terrible personality. That’s why I was never a fan of his even when he was in his prime.

    • AntiSoros

      So, you were “never a fan” so why post now? You just proved you are a hater and don’t know anything about KB, winning, team play or basketball.

      • kakapupu

        Winning, team play and basketball i am a big fan of. Just not a fan of selfishness and being a dick.

        • AntiSoros

          You might be a ‘fan’ of those things but you most certainly don’t have a clue on how to get it done. KB is without question one of the greatest of all time…stop reading garbage in the media and watch him lead and play.

        • FightLakerFlak

          If ignorance was timeless,you’d be a Legend!

    • UranusKicher

      Any pro athlete that leads his team through a twitter should be shot!! If a pro player and grown man that gets emotional over social media then he is in the wrong business possibly! The best way to lead is by example! So if Kobe goes out and handles his business on the court they should follow.

    • Jun tm

      Since when is a Twitter follow justification on someone’s character or a reflection of their leadership skills? Stfu

    • Desi Williams

      Interesting take. So the guy who was the on floor coach, who spoke as much during timeouts and halftimes as the coaching staff, who was always first in and last out of the gym, who would take extra practice when his game wasn’t on point, who always came to camp in shape and better prepared for the next season than anyone else, who watches tons of game video and encourages all teammates to do the same, who in post game interviews always says “I wasn’t playing well tonight,” when he wasn’t, but in turn always says “we played well tonight and did the things we needed to do” when they win,…this guy, who almost always leads the team in assists, has one of the best assists ratios for a shooting guard ever, is not a leader because of social media and a few weeks away from the team at the end of the season? What are you, 14?

  • David Gold

    This quote is a bit misleading.. I heard the whole interview with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio.. Colin basically baited Mitch by bringing up Kobe’s past troubles with Shaq & Dwight & asked if Kobe being on the team was problematic for attracting other players, etc… Mitch was not saying that Kobe has some control over the other players…

    • AntiSoros

      You are correct…the media always looks to stir the pot and proliferate conflict. The fact of the matter and it is no secret that ALL great players demand the maximum from their team mates. There is also no question that Shaq got lazy, over weight and disinterested which frustrated KB no end

      and Howard is a over rated gold brick who hardly came to work hard every night. As team Captain and a veteran of 5 rings, KB has earned the right to expect effort and dedication and could be no more demanding than Magic, Jerry West or Wilt were…if these young guys think they can mail it in on the Lakers or playing with Kobe, they are in for a shock.

      • Zach

        So the guy who carried Kobe to his first three titles somehow irked Kobe somehow? LOL. Bryant was a nothing on those teams.

        • AntiSoros

          Yep…just as soon as he stopped working hard…you got it.

  • Ken T.

    Coach Scott can get these guys to play D, then we have a chance. and i thinkHe can.

  • Zach

    Bryant effectively removes the team from competing with his massive contract, yet the cheap dregs they’re now forced to rely upon have to please Kobe somehow? Unbelievable.

    • AntiSoros

      So, is it Kobe’s fault that the owner gave him such a contract? Get real.

      • Zach

        He could have been classy like Duncan and taken much less, but you and I both know without a doubt that he has no class. Now he can ride out his career on a non-contender thanks to greediness.

        • AntiSoros

          As is typical of an empty-headed hater, he is not responsible for the contract put to him. IF the Lakers had any chance of signing a top FA and they needed the cap space, given KB’s drive to win, I have no doubt he would have done what Duncan did. It wasn’t necessary.

          • Zach

            He signed it dumbo, doesn’t that make him responsible? Spew all the lies you like, but we both know Kobe has made it impossible for L.A. to compete until he quits. Watch.

          • AntiSoros

            No. Not at all responsible since players don’t pay themselves-idiot. Buss may have made it ‘impossible’ but not KB…get it hater?

          • Zach

            If you want to root for a brick-laying rapist, live it up airhead, but you’re truly a complete dunce if you think someone isn’t responsible for a contract they sign. It’s a very simple concept. You must be crushing on Kobe like a dog in heat.

          • AntiSoros

            Listen stupid; I’m done wasting time with you haters. You are a liar if you’d say you would turn down a contract that was “too much money.” The owner knows what he should pay someone…Buss’ problem – not yours.
            Calling one of the GOAT silly names only serves to make you sound like a child. Someday when you grow up, you just might get it…but somehow, I doubt it. Either way, you hollow opinion is worthless.

          • Zach

            It’s actually the problem of all Laker fans now, as its put the team out of contention for at least two years. Enjoy! And my opinion is clearly accurate and provocative, hence all of your responses. Bet you can’t stop responding either you’re so fervently in love with Bryant.

          • AntiSoros

            Keep proving who and what you are – fool…it is getting to be pretty funny.
            Your play station is overheating…get back to it.

          • Zach

            I’ve certainly proven to know the game better than you ever will. You might be the biggest jackass to ever post in here, and that’s saying a lot. And it’s also clear you’re sexually attracted to Kobe, that’s not even debatable.

          • AntiSoros

            Give your nonsense a rest. I’m too tired now from kicking your stupidass for two days. Go back to your play station.

      • Kanishka Ray

        Kobe actually took a pay cut….he actually doesn’t have a max deal….he could have signed an extension which paid him $32 million per season….but took basically a $10 million pay cut….so that the Lakers could give Jordan frikkin Hill a $9 million per deal.

    • Kanishka Ray

      The Lakers just pulled in $100 million in profits…that’s after revenue sharing. You know why? Kobe mfing Bryant…that’s why. He deserves every cent of that contract and then some.

      • Zach

        You are aware of the salary cap, no? Also, Bryant has never even made half his shots in any season and only has one MVP. No legend, that’s for sure.

        • AntiSoros

          Hater. He has ALWAYS led the NBA in practically EVERY category at the #2 spot…one of the GOAT as a shooting guard; no question.

          • Zach

            But he can’t shoot–that can’t be debated. So how is he #2?
            I know you’re fervently in love with him, but realistically he’s not even a Top 5 all-time Laker.

          • AntiSoros

            So in addition to being bball ignorant, you are also illiterate. I feel sorry for a jakov such as yourself posting about a game and a player in which he knows zero.
            [So how is he #2?]
            Effing hilarious.

  • Kanishka Ray

    Yeah, that’s just how Kobe rolls. Expect excellence, and nothing less.

    • Zach

      Unless it’s a Game 7 in the finals, then 6 for 24 shooting is okay.

      • Kanishka Ray

        Or Game 5, when the whole team goes to sleep, and Kobe scores 19 in the 3rd quarter alone. What’s your point, troll?

        • Zach

          My point is, rapist lover, that Kobe might EXPECT excellence but he rarely ever provides it. He’s done too.

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

            I somehow feel pity for you… it seems you can’t get over some bullying when you were a kid. open your eyes… and see, there is a whole new world out there besides hate over a person.

  • Jon Colon

    Gtfo….this team is the weakest in the west they are not getting in the playoffs….the fact that anyone thinks they are shows how diluted LA fans are it’s just funny

    • Kanishka Ray

      LOL. Diluted? Get a english lesson, son.

      • Jon Colon

        Lmfao….that’s what I get for using my phone thanks a lot grammar police…..and don’t be mad at me because your Lakers won’t even chip the western mountain…..lol….should move to the east where they might get a 8 seed

        • AntiSoros

          Typical Heat fan…all band wagon and no brains. Let me guess, now Cleveland is your fav right?

          • Jon Colon

            Heat fan since birth buddy don’t talk to me about bandwagon…..son

          • AntiSoros

            Since birth?…what are you nine?

          • Jon Colon

            LoL

          • AntiSoros

            I would not make this personal asswipe since you are stupid enough to post under facebook Orlando boy.

          • Jon Colon

            You think I’m scared of a internet gangster lmfao….your funny son….but yes I admitted that was out of line….so I had to change my words but if you wanna see me just ask for the address

          • AntiSoros

            Hilarious…exactly when did you admit you were out of line?

          • Jon Colon

            When I changed my comment….or can you just not read….

          • AntiSoros

            As far as I’m concerned, I still see the asinine comment about my wife pool boy.

          • Jon Colon

            You might wanna learn the reload button because that was changed as soon as posted but still makes sense you want to throw salt but say don’t make it personal you sound like a damn fool…..

          • AntiSoros

            Oh so now I’M responsible to reload an entire page to remove a stupid and immature comment from you that should never had been made…got it.
            Apology accepted…Grow up.

          • Jon Colon

            Like I said if you throw salt you better be able to catch….

          • AntiSoros

            …And like I said, you have no idea what you are talking about. We are talking about KB, his work ethic and his accomplishments. You hate him- I don’t care. You say he is overpaid but that is not his problem; it is the responsibility of the owner and as such, your issue should be with him, not KB. Since it is not, you prove immaturity when addressing this subject…give it up.

          • Jon Colon

            Lmfao he load Kobe out of respect if Kobe wanted to win he would give them some financial flexibility to get a big name we all knew from minute 1 no superstar would go play with Kobe after th DH craps that went down LA had another shaq and kissed it away by letting Kobe be his pushy has to be a ball hog self…..wish laker fans would open up to reality you will suck for the next 5 seasons not good enough to make the playoffs but not bad enough for the lottery…..you guys and Boston oh how the so called great teams fall

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

            when was it we hoisted the trophy? Oh, that was just 4 years ago… we have been through this before, real lakers fan know all of these… and I can tell you, we will be back at the top sooner than you think.

          • AntiSoros

            Since your remain clueless, why not just read my other posts? KB is NOT responsible for the contract the owner offered him. KB is not a ball hog as his average shots per game is about 20 which is spot on to most all great scorers past present and likely future. His percentage is down due to the lack of support on the offensive end which literally forces him to shoot with the shot clock running out. There are no ‘so called great teams’ only true history. When your preferred team of losers posts 16 World Championships, perhaps you might have something to say about ‘greatness’ and or the legacy of winning. Right now, you and fools like you, have no idea what you are talking about and it would be better for you to shut up. BTW: LOL all you wish; it adds no validity to your ludicrous posts.

          • Jon Colon

            The fact of this story still remains the same the Lakers will be watching the playoffs from the couch and they overpaid Kobe by a whole damn lot

          • Jon Colon

            Sorry I don’t hide behind the wall of web

          • AntiSoros

            I’m sorry your are a fool.

          • Zach

            Don’t let him get to you Jon, he’s a major Laker troll and basically just spews nonsense. He’s also mad Kobe’s contract has put L.A. out of contention.

          • Jon Colon

            9 huh since the heat came in the nba in 88 yea that makes me nine rite

          • AntiSoros

            No your attitude makes you about nine. Now that I’ve seen your picture hugging momma, I put you at about 18 or so…still a child and proving it. Go back to your play station so you can “win” with LeBron.

          • Jon Colon

            Lmfao your a joke buddy if you looked at my page you would know my age and you are way off who is the one acting nine????

        • Zach

          Even the East isn’t that bad. Lakers would literally have to move into the D League to make the playoffs now.

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

            really!!!! then I dare you to be here every single day when season starts!

          • Zach

            I will occasionally come back to heckle you, don’t worry, but not every day.

          • Jim213

            You think your lame ass Warriors are going to win a title soon given their 4 decades of lameness? Good luck, just shows how competitive the West is if you thought they would’ve done something last season. Be grateful that it took a Laker to help build your mediocre team lol (J West). Ingrate, but we’ll be alright.

          • Zach

            Nah, W’s won’t win it all, but they’ll be competitive. Lakers should be about a #12 seed if they get lucky. Worst team in the league honestly, but refs will provide a few gift wins.

          • Jim213

            Lol, good luck with staying mediocre as it’s been what 4 decades since they’ve actually been in the finals? Nah, they’re about a 500. team but defense and team chemistry will determine their fortunes for next season.

          • Zach

            It was 1975, they swept the Bullets. You don’t know the game’s history? Lakers are looking at 30 wins tops, and without the ref love they always get we might honestly be looking at a 5-77 type of season.

          • Jim213

            Lol, “Nah, W’s won’t win it all” next year” your reply. but they won it 1974-75 so that makes it what close to 4 decades? Correct, learn how to think before you talk smack lol. But keep the tradition going of over 4 decades of mediocrity.

          • Zach

            I was surprised you didn’t know the actual year, since you pretend to know it all. Are you actually even in L.A. or just a total front-running joke? I bet I know.

          • Jim213

            Sounds like someone it’s a little ticked… but don’t keep record of mediocre franchises (shitty at that) but it was 74-75 to be exact not 75-76. You brought it up didn’t you? LOL keep dreaming, the only joke is you trolling on the Lakers site rather than your own team’s site if they actually have one.

            Wouldn’t be surprised if this was someone who has enough time trolling the site while waiting to get the news out. Shame stupid’s like you represent the brand in a fake way.

          • Zach

            I’m actually laughing. Be honest, are you over 11? Every real fan knows the year of the title is what you refer to, little guy. So W’s won in 1975. Pretty simple, try to keep up!
            You’re not a real fan, and I can guarantee you’ll claim to be a lifelong Clips fan in a year or so, maybe sooner. Sad.
            Just another front-running airhead, probably not even from Los Angeles.
            Pathetic.

          • Jim213

            Lol, the only simpleton is you douche bag. It came out of your mouth and
            now the crybaby is trying to twist things. Funny how you troll on the
            site. Don’t care tho seriously, welcome the stupid here too.

            Smh,
            you even changed your post lol. You brought it up being that the GSWs
            wouldn’t win shit next year like always and now the ugly female prune
            looking troll wants to say otherwise. No way sucka, Ill be a Laker fan
            till the day I die (DNA) retard lol.

            The only blockhead here is
            your douche if you think I’m going to by all the aliases you use on this
            site troll. You might as well root or work for another business that
            reps another franchise you fake disgrace of a wanna be fan. Old hag
            prune looking raisin lmao.

            Not from LA? lol, born and raised tho doubt you’re even from California given your stupidness. #LakersDNAAlways

      • Jon Colon

        And I meant delusional….damn auto txt

    • Zach

      It is hysterical. They’ll be used as a platform by Kobe to chase the all-time points record as they win about 20 games.

  • Zach

    Trivia question: How many times in Kobe’s long career has he shot 50% or better in a season?

    • AntiSoros

      Irrelevant since he has always led the NBA in practically every category for shooting guards.

      • Zach

        LOL. So since he’s a lousy shooter and you’re in love with him it’s irrelevant?

        • AntiSoros

          I never said I “loved” him but you evidently have a blind hate for him. I simply recognize his accomplishments as well your asinine baseless hate.

          • Zach

            You didn’t have to say it, it’s evident. How is my dislike baseless, seeing that he’s a rapist and just a lousy person in general?

          • AntiSoros

            The issues you site as the base for your hate are simply NOT TRUE or ACCURATE.
            Your “knowledge” of the game is also near zero and you prove it with every post.

          • Zach

            We both know I’m much more on top of the game than you are. Btw, using all caps doesn’t make you right. You could call me up at 4am and say, who won in 1979? And i’d say the Sonics in five games over the Bullets. But you’d have NO clue.

          • AntiSoros

            That is not knowing the game fool…that is memorizing stats. When you prove you don’t know what being a #2 means, you are a paper blowhole who knows zero. Now go back to your play station.

          • Zach

            I didn’t memorize it, dummy, I’m just a big fan. At least I have stats and history to back my posts, you just spew venom. Your team sucks now, get over it.

          • AntiSoros

            You are a moron wasting time and space.

          • Zach

            Kind of like the Lakers these days? LOL. Don’t cry buddy, they might bounce back a few years after Rape Boy crawls off and dies…

          • AntiSoros

            Just keep proving that my assessment of you is spot on.

          • Zach

            Well I’m not perfect, but I’ve never raped anyone.

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

          you talk about percentage.,.. talk about winning… a lot of players have high percentage, but can’t win…

          • Zach

            Yes, but Kobe’s one season without massive support the team went 34-48. Not too impressive. And if Kobe had stayed in Charlotte, he’d have a losing record for his career.

    • Jon Colon

      Zero

    • Kanishka Ray

      Is that true shooting percentage or your grade school/pedestrian FGM/FGA?

    • vdogg

      45% is actually a very good % for a perimeter player in the league. learn something about the NBA.

      THEN post.

      • Zach

        I know faaaaare more about the game then you ever will. If 45% is good, then when LBJ shoots 60% you have to say, “He’s a god, Kobe’s a man.”

        • AntiSoros

          You know nothing and this comment proves it. LBJ is NOT a perimeter player…his slams account for the high percentage moron.

          • Zach

            He shoots better than Bryant, and of course his much-better shot selection does help. Nobody makes Kobe fire up 20-footers with two guys on him. But he does. 4 MVPs to one for Rape Boy says it all.

          • Kobe

            If LeBron’s a better shooter than Kobe why is it teams sag off on him and double team kobe?

          • Zach

            That’s easy. Kobe is easily harassed into TOs, hence the massive amount of them he always has. They sag off LBJ because he actually has moves to the hoop so you can’t guard him too close. Why does Kobe shoot so poorly each year anyway? No improvement over alllll these years.

  • Zach

    Wonder why Gasol would bail on such a great team? LOL.

    • Kanishka Ray

      You can go root for the Bulls and find out.

    • AntiSoros

      …because they’ve tried to trade him at least 3x that I know of…grow up.

  • dollarbill4life

    The Lakers need a center and a PG who’s not older than me. Signing Beasley would be the stupidest thing Mitch could do right now. We need rim protectors and a floor general, not a 25 year old journeyman/has-been.

  • hookedonnews

    I just hope Kobe meets my expectations.

  • xiqi

    OMG,kobe’s belly…..

  • Blake

    Laker fans delusional? No. Being a 6-8 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs is not far-fetched. Everyone else is ill-informed. They’ve forgotten how good Kobe is and rather than assume he will be back to one-hundred percent, they assume he’s washed up. History shows that anytime you’ve counted Kobe out he’s gone out and proved people wrong. I like the pieces the front office has picked up. It’s not how I wished it would have went, but it is what it is. Would love to pick up Beasley. If he plays like he is capable of playing, the Lakers could surprise a lot of people this season. I like Lin, Randle, Swaggy P, Hill, etc. If Nash (with Lin playing well behind him) can just give us ten quality Old-time Nash minutes than we will be solid. Lakers will be a dark horse. If this team learns to play together; watchout. It’s okay to be optimistic about the upcoming seasons my fellow Laker fans…

    • Jon Colon

      Lin is trash….Nash don’t even try that who’s your C in the conference with the best bigs come on get realistic……the Lakers have 5 garbage years ahead of them good luck….

  • AntiSoros

    Gee…just where did all the haterfools go?

  • Jon Colon

    The LAKERS are garbage face it game over no playoffs for you get ready for a long season with Kobe crying like a bitch again I need help…..trash can player on a trash can team…..should have gone out on top but as usual he’s got to stick around. ..

    • Jim213

      LOL, your lame Heat are done. We’ll see how weak they’ll be given the #1 guy Lebron has headed back to Cleveland. Unless, LJ decides to return in the future that’s about it for MIami for the next decade. Although, wouldn’t be surprised if you end up rooting for the Cavs band wagoner.

      • Jon Colon

        Lmfao….bet my heat finish in the top 3 in the east while you Lakers don’t make the playoffs LeBron is gone the bandwagon has left the station only real heat fans left here.. good luck winning in the west with no C at all…..it’s a harsh reality but it is reality…..

        • Jim213

          Lol, what ya wanna bet?! No way they end up top three UNLESS Riley pulls off a grand trade before the deadline to increase their odds. Wade only played 54 games last season given his knee issues and you expect him to play and entire 82 game season? smh

          Yes, I’d say the Heat have better odds of going deeper in the playoffs given they seem like a better defending team but as the new Lakers coach stated recently ‘if they can’t play d then they’d likely won’t see too many minutes.’

          However, your belief of the heat ending up top 3 is due to the WEAK Eastern Conference. If the Heat played in the West they’d likely end up as a 5th, 6th, or 7th seed. The West is that competitive unlike the tankers of the East.

          Lebron James departure will cost the Heat 10 wins (or more) next season. He did it all, however, Bosh will hold the fort down but not on a nightly basis and with Wade’s knee problems they’d be fortunate to win 47 games next season.

          Almost sounds like a comparison between Kobe and Wade being can Kobe return to his style of play after having a full off season to condition his body to prepare for the upcoming year which is his routine? Something #24 didn’t have last summer given his AT injury.

          While Wade tries to address his knee issues to play close to a full season in 2014-15. Real Heat fans? check the #s lol. Attendance climbed up with Lebron while it was on the down swing before his arrival. IMO, Heat will at best finish 4th and at worst 7th. I’ll remind you of this in 2015 LOL (save article).

          You’ve been hitting the pipe if you believe the heat will finish top 3 lol. Although, you’re allowed to dream. As for the lakers currently a 500. team. As you’re correct the weakest position is the 5 currently.

          Will drop some advanced stats to wake you up from your dream. http://fivethirtyeight. com/features/lebron-james-shouldnt-stay-in-miami-or-go-to-cleveland/

  • GDub

    Anybody else notice Byron and Kobe sound similar and phrase their sentences the same way? I can see why they get along…!

  • Gregsta

    Hell yeah! Damn right! If you’re playing with THE BEST, then you better strive to be the best too. Doesn’t matter in what sport or what field, this applies to anything you do. You cannot get better, if you do not play with someone better than you. Simple and TRUE.

  • GMlesslakers

    once again kupchak being unaccountable.
    exactly how do you think you get a season if the gm will not make decisions.
    Fire kupchak and hire larry bird

  • Mad Max

    get Metta World Peace and Lamar Odem back in lakers uniforms. Give them a chance they deserve it.

    • vdogg

      ummm.. NO. they’re done. drugs, age, kardashian family. DONE.

  • Amankos Suyessinov

    This season Lakers will improve I’m pretty sure but this improve doesn’t mean that they will reach Playoffs… I hope that they will, but without Gasol, and some good PF they will not be able to play continuously strong whole season long… Imagine if Melo decide to join Lakers either to extend with Knicks.

  • Rasheed

    Dwight couldn’t handle the environment due to multiple reasons (some good, some bad).
    Some people perform well under pressure and some don’t. It will be interesting to see who will see the wrath of Mamba. Both Kobe and B. Scott’s role is critical on how they deal with different individuals in relation to pressure.

    Robert Horry said it best on recent video of Time Warner Cable (TWCSPORTSNET ) that Kobe needs to take the team with him. For that, he must sacrifice when needed. I have been saying this over and over that you can’t reach Playoff if you start playing team player at the end of the season and expecting players to be on the same page while you lead whole season. It is a team basketball. Sharing is caring. SPURS were just too good in this process.

    If KOBE starts on the same page and carries them from beginning (day one) then Lakers will be difficult team to beat on regular basis. If Kobe does his thing whole season and then expects player to show up, it ain’t happening…
    Kobe is probably wise and a business man. I hope he will not do bad business to begin with.
    I am happy with the roster under the circumstance and give credit to FO for doing their best and for future planning.

  • Deven Webster

    To those saying Ron artest is an allstar are you guys dumb? Ron artest has never been an allstar since he left Indiana

  • Zach

    So Kobe puts the team out of competition with a massive contract that eats up cap space, yet the bozos they can afford to sign now still have to live up to Rape Boy’s supposedly high standards? LOL!

    • AntiSoros

      This was abject stupidity the first twelve times you posted it.

      • Zach

        You’re the expert on stupidity, that’s obvious.

        • AntiSoros

          As soon as you can prove anything- step up boy.

          • Zach

            Look sweetie, it’s beyond obvious, you’re lusting after Kobe’s black mamba. Yet, I bet you’re also a racist republican when not watching hoops. SAD.

          • AntiSoros

            Go fornicate alone stupid. What is wrong? Can’t find google?

  • AntiSoros

    This thread is a perfect example of how some act when they fail to grow up. They might prefer their team but they are so lame that in order to make their choice seem more viable, they need to bash the teams and or players of others…and evidently, the LA Lakers and Kobe are their target today…must be the 16 banners.

    I also find it hilarious that those making the most noise, actually know the least…so little in fact,, they can’t even back up their ignorance, hate or stupidity. They must be fairly miserable and frustrated…I’ll enjoy the season.

    • Paytc

      I can agree with you on that ! Many will continue to hate what they can’t be and wallow in their own self pity.

      Those who have high self esteem don’t need to knock others who are clearly better than they are to feel good about themselves.

      Let’s just hope venting online will prevent an outburst in public for the safety, and well being of others.

      Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

  • Zach

    It’s so funny to see a character like AntiSoros–clearly attracted to Kobe or something–get so bent out of shape over any criticism of him. They refer to the 16 banners out of insecurity, knowing the Lakers are out of contention due to Kobe’s greed. You point out key facts, like Kobe never, ever making half his shots in a year, how Kobe went 34-48 in his one year without major support, but to someone in love with Kobe that just makes you a hater. Bet he’d feel differently if it had been his daughter Kobe raped in that hotel.

    • AntiSoros

      So now the haterZach is giving himself Up Votes…now he is ‘up to 17′ I guess…wow…impressive; did you give yourself the other 16?

      As I’ve said now about 20 times, I am not ‘attracted’ to any player (idiot), I simply have pointed out your baseless hate for a particular player.
      I’ve also pointed to KB’s stats which you can’t seem to process.
      I’ve highlighted that he has ALWAYS been at the top of the NBA of nearly EVERY category for #2′s and you proved you don’t even know what that means-moron.
      Kobe has never been convicted of any crime, yet the children when left with no facts to support their stupidity, invariably bring up the false accusations just so they can feel they’ve won at least one point…sadly, they fail.

      • Zach

        Dude, you’re just saturated in hatred. I was kidding about the Kobe attraction but your fervent denial makes me wonder! Any #2 guard taking Kobe’s shot volume will outscore him every time. And he paid off the girl in the case and publicly apologized. Sound innocent to you?
        Root for a rapist with no aim if you like, but the rest of us don’t have to join you. This is a guy who went 6 for 24 in his biggest game ever and needed the refs and Ron Artest to bail him out. Sad. Lakers are sunk until this greedy POS retires.

        • AntiSoros

          Keep proving my assessment of you fool. Although I am happy to see I’ve finally taught you what a #2 is…now get back to that play station.

          • Zach

            Yeah, a #2 is what Kobe plays like under pressure. LOL. If you meant a 2 Guard, Kobe is about 35th there all-time.

          • AntiSoros

            Sure you understand…nothing; LMFAO. Kobe is listed as the #2 All Time shooting guards narrowly behind MJ…fool.

          • Zach

            Ha, not even close. He’s not even at West’s level. Get your mouth off his nutsack a-hole.

          • AntiSoros

            I know it might be too difficult for you to stop fornicating alone but try google…”Best shooting guards of all time” and you will find many recaps all with KB at the very top with MJ…moron.

          • Zach

            Wipe off your chin, Kobe left something there…and aren’t you going to remind me to go back to my playstation like you do with almost every post?

          • AntiSoros

            Sack even your PS is beyond you as you have now sunk to new lows. Can’t win the BBall argument or support your stupid hate for one player so you attack me personally…you are a real loser boy.

  • Steve Vaca

    This team is not better than last year. This is basically the same core guys except they lost Pau and their most explosive scorer in Meeks. Byron Scott brings nothing to the table. He has no significant offense or defensive schemes and this will again be a season of nothing but everybody on the floor standing around watching Kobe dribble down the clock until he decides at the last second to either shoot or throw a ridiculous pass that nobody is expecting. How any Lakers fan can be excited about next season is crazy. There is one true PG, no REAL centers, a ton of SF’s and PF’s and now there is talk about bringing in Beasely? Doesn’t Mitch realize weed is legal in California? I keep hearing hopefully Julius Randall will develop into something good. Julius Randall is going to be learning on the job and he’s already behind the 8 ball as undersized PF. He is going to get regularly beasted by Boogie Cousins, David Lee, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldrige, Tim Duncan, Dirk, the Morris brothers, and the rest of the All Star caliber PF’s in the stacked Western Conference. It’s going to be an interesting year watching the Clippers tighten their grip as the new team of L.A.

    • Zach

      Very good points, and Kobe might not even play in half the games this year. Hard to tell if that would be a blessing or a curse at this point in his career. Scott has a worse roster now than he had in Cleveland, and look how things went there.

  • Steve Vaca

    The fastest I’ve ever seen Pau run was when he got that contract with Chicago. Nobody wants to play with Kobe, sad but true. None of the big name free agents took the Lakers seriously. I mean how do you pull out 16 championship trophys and then watch everyone say no thanks for 2 years in a row? Watch how quickly this team implodes once the losses start piling up. The Lakers front office is hoping by hiring B Scott that the fans will be patient and not call for his head while they hover around the bottom of the league standings for another year. The Lakers were at their best when the team ran and played unselfishly. That is not Kobe’s game and as long as he’s on the floor there is going to be a lot of Kobe stares shot at anybody that looks him off and takes their own shot. Besides the chemistry issues the Lakers don’t play defense. Get ready Laker Nation. It’s going to be a rocky season.

    • AntiSoros

      Nonsense. Fiction. Opinion.

      • Steve Vaca

        Ok, so where’s the help then?

  • Ed

    Really Kobe sucks, and he is a control freak, give me a break

  • David

    This is God like reverence for KB, his abilities no longer match his GOD status. I’m sure several players on his team can play both ends of the court better than him….period.

    • AntiSoros

      “God-like reverence” -Really? Just facts.
      Since he was playing at the TOP of the NBA for shooting guards and literally carrying the team to the playoffs when he was injured, what evidence do you have that prove he has lost his “abilities” since you have not seen him play more than 6 times since that injury? Care to try again- hater?

      • Zach

        Listen to you rant on and on, never backing up a thing. I’d bet money you’ve never actually seen an entire game.

        • AntiSoros

          Evidently Laker Nation doesn’t like or allow links so you will be forced to educate yourself. This should be a simple process even for you. Google ‘Best shooting guards of all time’

          • Zach

            Google Kobe + rape. Or Kobe + Game 7 choke.

          • AntiSoros

            You are not doing as you were told Sack.

      • David

        I’ve seen six games and that is enough, six games in 1.5 years and two catastrophic leg and knee injuries and I’ll bet my house he has lost his abilities. No one at that age ever come back the same. You can call it hate but I would like to think it is based on fact and I would rather think I dislike his game more than any other superstars out there except maybe C. Anthony.

        I find it interesting that those who are atheists and agnostics tend to find a higher power in other worldly things such wealth, notoriety, and athlete whom they can worship through reverence such as yourself. Come on face it, you are one of those aren’t I right?

        • AntiSoros

          Did you drop acid before you posted this?
          So Dr. David, who ‘dislikes Kobe’s game,’ has pronounced his profound diagnosis after 6 entire games, that his career is over…wow; you must be some kind of idiot savant Rain Man.

          The rest of your post is just as idiotic and baseless as the pronouncement of the end of KB’s career. You are “right” about nothing.
          Liking KB or not is irrelevant when talking about his skills, professionalism, work ethics and his accomplishments. The entire BBall community (aside from asswipe haters of course) agree that KB is one of the top two GOAT shooting guards…get over it already.

          • David

            I’ve never pronounced the end of his career but it is interesting you’re stating it for me; is that an accidental subconscious thought that belies the fear of the inevitable end of a career that you so much revere and respect? He can still ball out but don;t expect him to play both ends of the court and I’m guessing he’ll average around 18ppg if he stays healthy, that is far less than MJ in his 40 returning after several years absent from the game.

          • AntiSoros

            You most certainly did make such a pronouncement; why deny it?
            I have no fear of anything and, the end of any athletes career is inevitable. I will respect that as I would any great player in any sport…Jeter for instance. Why attempt to marginalize me because of that?
            The simple fact is IF KB is healthy, there is no reason he cannot return to form. As I’ve stated, before his injury, he was leading the NBA at his #2 spot in practically every category and literally carrying the Lakers to the playoffs despite those waiting and predicting his age related demise. He effectively came back much sooner that anyone had expected only to suffer another unrelated injury. These injuries were not age related so why continue to base speculative evaluations on his future? BTW: what does diminish with age is reflexes not skills or abilities. We’ll see what he has lost if anything, soon enough.Your speculations are simply that and there is no comparison to MJ who returned but much older and not from injury. Perhaps now you can stow your drama.

  • Zach

    Good news for Laker fans, George Soros is apparently bidding to buy the team! He’s saying they’ll nudge Kobe into retirement and be fiscally wiser moving forward, his specialty. You got lucky!

  • Zach

    Players must meet Kobe’s expectations, so no shooting worse than 6 for 24!

  • LakersLOF

    Remind me back in college and you know the professor is one tough person and you know if you provide to them mediocre works you won’t get a C but you will get a D or D- … So you have to put extra effort to study and plan out you report/project and study ahead of time instead of pulling all nighter… That’s how I felt reading this and understanding Kobe expectation…

  • LakersLOF

    JLin will save the day with all
    the average players will be able to scores at ease, the important is that Coach will emphasize defense… I am very optimistic about next season… 48-54 wins. 6-8 seeds. JLin will be a star, not because he is an exceptional atlethe, which he is not but he does play team ball

  • kb24

    beasley is the 1st and randle is the 2nd in doubledoubles in ncaa usa though both plays little D,hope scott and kobe toughens them up

  • kb24

    lin will be better under nash and kobe,nash last yr ave. 5.7 ast and almost 10pts in less than 20 min.,kobe will be back with a vengeance,swagP the robin,wes will be our kawhi,j-clark wil lead bench mob with swag and randle,boozer will be one of the leaders and mentor for randle,hill will be doubdoub in under 28min to stay healthy,davis will be one of the MIP of the year

  • Amankos Suyessinov

    Yeah, it calls “sweet dreams” but this could happen only when Kobe will retire… As for now I think Kevin Love going to Cleveland to play with Lebron and Kyrie… And their new coach David Blatt was pretty good during his entire European career! I expect that Cleveland will surprise whole NBA this season!

  • AntiSoros

    “Imagining” rosters is great FOR FANTASY LEAGUE. What you need to understand is team ball is far more than the summation of stats or resumes. Look at the SPURS and tell me that they were stacked with superstars…they were not and will not be; they win because they know what it takes and then they do it.
    This LA team, if healthy, will be fine on the offensive end but will need to learn hard nosed TEAM D if they want to make the playoffs let alone have a chance to win a ring.

  • Amankos Suyessinov

    Yes I agree that Spurs doesn’t have Superstars in their team, but they have combinations of experienced players like Duncan who is in pretty good shape for his age also they have Parker, Manu, Diaw, Bilinelli, Splitter, Leonard (NBA Finals MVP), Mills and Danny Green! All those players very good as team unselfish players!!! So that’s fits to coach Popovich philosophy when all the players involve to contribute during the game! Not like when one player like Kobe putting pressure on his team mates and expecting them be like him but at the same time he is too selfish on court and wants to be high scoring player at the of the game! So I guess that was the reason why Shaq left Lakers… And the Lakers were strong when Phill Jackson was there who’s bring the ONE PLAYER domination ideology from Bulls were he successfully applied around Jordan! And Kobe were comfortable with Jackson’s style but since he left the Lakers their never understand their game and I guess it will be tough to Byron Scott do something similar that Jackson did around Kobe and MJ…

  • AntiSoros

    I am glad you agree as do I with some of your analysis. However, you like others, still seem stuck on the media hyped assessment that Kobe is a ‘selfish’ player. If you ignore the haters and their fiction and examine the stats, you will find that in addition to leading all NBA shooting guards in nearly every category, he also leads in assists; virtually unheard of for his position. Additionally, he has averages about 20 spg…about the same as every other gifted scorer in the game.
    Lastly, Shaq did leave because he no longer wanted to play with Kobe. He left because he no longer wanted to work hard enough to win again. He was routinely lazy, became worse at FT’s and gained a ton of weight which slowed him down considerably and increased his injuries…as great as Shaq once was, there was no justification to offer him a huge contract renewal. When he left the Lakers, his playing time diminished steadily because of all the aforementioned reasons.
    My point regarding the Spurs is that NONE of their players with the exception of perhaps Duncan were or are superstars and they find ways to win…yes, it is about talent and learning how to all play to the same goal. Scott is the first LA coach since Jackson to understand that and I believe he can get it done.
    Lastly, it is a pleasure to exchange with someone who doesn’t just post blind hate and who has an understanding of the pro game.

  • Amankos Suyessinov

    It is always important to have different opinions as then improvement comes, I appreciate your opinion and for sure I got something new from you which is led me to think about that I’ve known before and heard from the others…

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