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Kobe's not loving Phil's "Zen (B.S.)" right now

Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 11:28 am
Posted by Royce Young

It's been an odd up and down season for the Lakers this year. They started 8-0, looked rightfully invincible and that was before all their pieces were together. Then came some rough patches. Four straight losses. Then three by double-digits. And after a 19-point loss to the Grizzlies Sunday, some passive-aggressiveness started coming out between Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.

Jackson said: "We get behind early on in the third quarter on some stupid plays -- poor passing, poor transition defense -- and then Kobe has to screw up the game and start energizing the team by going one-on-one and that takes the rest of the guys out as a consequence. That didn't bring us back in, but it did give us a little run, we got the game back a little bit but we couldn't sustain it and we just went right back and made the same mistakes again."

Let's analyze that quote. Honestly, it's not as bad as it sounds. Phil isn't saying Kobe did screw up the game, he's just making the point that because of the team falling behind, Kobe had to try and bring the team back in it and try and energize them. But then again, that's classic Phil Jackson. He says something that sounds bad, but really isn't, but has a point hidden underneath it. Deep, man.

Kobe's side of it: "We've had days off and blown teams out, so I'm not buying any of that Zen (B.S.). I think we're looking too far down the road instead of looking just at the game that's right in front of you. You start skipping steps if you look too far down the line."

Kobe was referencing how Jackson have the team New Year's Day off from practice. And obviously nudging his coach a bit in the process.

When a team like the Lakers start losing, this sort of thing happens. They're too good to be losing like this and they know it. So obviously something has to be screwed up. Whether that's the players, the coaching or just everything in general, the team knows this shouldn't be happening. As a result, fingers get pointed.

It's not like Kobe and Phil don't like each other and are having some meltdown. They've had differences but that's natural. With Kobe's competitiveness and Phil's mind games, this sort of stuff happens. It's part of a season. It doesn't mean they're the bestest of friends right now, but it's not something to freak about. The goal here is to win games and right now, they aren't doing a great job of it.

All of it will surely get sorted out and the Lakers will start winning and looking really good soon enough. Whether that's in two weeks or in March, it's going to happen. But the longer this goes on, the worse things will appear. Kobe will have a game where he shoots it 34 times and Phil will point that out which will make Kobe not shoot for an entire first half or something the next time. It's all drama in L.A., all the time.

But really, it's about the slip in defense for the Lakers. They're allowing teams to a higher field goal percentage and overall have dipped quite a bit stopping the ball. With bad defense comes bad offense because you're trying to work your way back into a game. That's kind of Phil's point. But it doesn't sound like Kobe wants to hear it.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:15 pm

Kobe's not loving Phil's 'Zen (B.S.)' right now

, dude, what are you smoking? I like Kobe too but what you wrote on here makes no sense. Are we even talking about the same Kobe here?

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:06 am

Kobe's not loving Phil's 'Zen (B.S.)' right now

It appears that somehow there needed to be a story made out of nothing. Thats what Jackson's really good at. He probably told Kobe he was going to do it so that he could make a storyline to take the focus off the fact that the Lakers bigs are SUCKING in their losses! Roy Hibbert made them look like rookies. Think about that! Gasol and Odumb combined for 17 points. Thats one point per million. Gasol had a whopping 5 turnovers!  Maybe Bryant should play some defense as well as the guys he was guarding outscored him and maybe he should stop shooting when he is 0-6 from the three point line and take it to the hoop. These are the things that drive Jackson nuts, so... he makes a smoke screen and works it out in practice.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:39 pm

Kobe's not loving Phil's 'Zen (B.S.)' right now! This post has to be a joke, right?

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:33 pm

Kobe's not loving Phil's 'Zen (B.S.)' right now

SOXCELTSPATS-  DId you just call someone OTHER than yourself a CRYBABY, while CRYING about how the REFS stole your beloved Celtics ring and gave it to the Lakers?  really?  Grow a pair and move on. Typical Boston P*ss*y fan.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2011 10:58 pm

Kobe's not loving Phil's 'Zen (B.S.)' right now

As long as the Lakers have a pulse none of this garbage means anything.  We have seen this drama unfold many times in the past.  There have been the following "stories": Kobe v Phil; Shaq v Kobe; Shaq v Jerry Buss; Kobe v the Laker front office; Phil v Jerry Buss; Ginger v Mary Ann; Phil v Jerry Reinsdorf & Jerry Krause etc. These folks are a bunch of creepy spoiled drama queens.  When they are knocked out of playoffs, these little catty issues inside the Laker house will be newsworthy.  Until then, it is all wasted bandwidth.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2011 9:34 pm

Kobe's not loving Phil's 'Zen (B.S.)' right now

Lakers have only played 8 games against teams with winning records.  The NBA front loaded the schedule with cake games to make the Lakers seem unbeatable, in an attempt to rig the season by giving the Lakers momentum.  Problem is, the Lakers just aren't that good.  They have only 3 wins in those eight games.  They have 8 losses against teams with losing records.  They are going to really be tested over the next 6 weeks, and my bet is they'll barely play 500 ball over that period.

Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2011 9:02 pm

Kobe's not loving Phil's 'Zen (B.S.)' right now


Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:28 pm

Kobe's not loving Phil's 'Zen (B.S.)' right now

How dare anyone out there make fun of KOBE after all he has been through.!

He lost Sasha, he went through a divorce. He had two champioship rings.

  His coach turned out to be a user, a cheater, and now he's going through a bad season. All you people care about is….. readers and making money off of him.

HE’S A HUMAN! (ah! ooh!) What you don’t realize is that KOBE  is making you all this money and all you do is write a bunch of crap about him.

He has performed on the court ifor years. His song is called “give me more” for a reason because all you Laker fans want is MORE! MORE-MORE, MORE: MORE!.

LEAVE HIM ALONE! You are lucky he even performed for you BASTARDS!

Perez Hilton talked about professionalism and said if KOBE was a professional he would’ve pulled it off no matter what.

Speaking of professionalism, when is it professional to publicly bash someone who is going through a hard time.

Leave KOBE Alone Please…. !
Leave KOBE BRYANT alone!…right now!….I mean it.!

Anyone that has a problem with him you deal with me, because he is not well right now.


Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:24 pm

Kobe's not loving Phil's 'Zen (B.S.)' right now

I hate the Laker's. But even I understand that Kobe and Phil are not the least bit worried.  This happens every year and then some how they pull it together and win a ring.  Everybody writing bad things about them are just Laker puppets! With Phil and Kobe controling your every emotion!

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:13 pm

Kobe's not loving Phil's 'Zen (B.S.)' right now

I don't really like Phil, but how the hell can you not buy what this guy tells you?  He's one of the great coaches of all time.  Kobe's just a punk.  Pure and simple.

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