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Kobe Bryant has about had it with critics

Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: February 4, 2011 12:31 am
 
Kobe Bryant says that Lakers critics can "kiss (his) (expletive)."
Posted by Matt Moore

Kobe Bryant is not exactly the guy you want mad at you. As a matter of fact, in the long line of people on this planet I would not want mad at me, it's pretty much Kobe, then Chuck Norris and my mom.  But some people may wind up on Bryant's bad list shortly.  Asked by reporters about the recent criticism from people like Jerry West and Magic Johnson after practice Wednesday, Bryant snapped at reporters, then decided to give his honest opinion for those who have recently complained about the Lakers' performances in big games this season. Lakers.com captured the interview on tape. Here's the juicy part at 2:40: 
"Q: ... Magic has said you guys needs to toughen up a little more. Is there unfair criticism on this team at this part of the season?

Kobe Bryant: Don't know, don't care. People that criticize can all kiss my (expletive). I don't give a (expletive). I really don't. I keep the train moving. We're going to keep on moving, and in June, they'll say nothing. But now, it's good talk."


So, yeah. Magic Johnson, Lakers legend, can kiss his backside. That's Kobe!

Bryan has a point here.  Selling criticism right now is easy in January, but this team has proven time and time again it can screw around in January through March and hoist the title in June. At the same time, people are interested in the NBA in January, the games the Lakers have lost have been big ones, and the team needs to throw its fans a bone and beat a good team at home. It's also just not cool to throw those kinds of words out at guys like Jerry West and Magic Johnson. Then again, Bryant's as good as any Laker in history, so he's got the cred to say such things. The fact remains this criticism won't end until the Lakers start beating "elite" teams at home.

Like, oh, say the Spurs, who they meet Thursday night. In the meantime, reporters, I'd shy away from bringing that criticism stuff to No. 24.
Comments

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Kobe Bryant has about had it with critics

Mamba if you are telling Earvin to kiss your (expletive), at least have the courtesy to ask him to tell you how your (expletive) tastes.  Are you going to ask The Logo to kiss your (expletive)? Why so angry? The LAL faithful believe the LAL are going to win it all anyway so you should not be concerned with any criticism.  You and Phil should continue to "pop open a few cold ones" and "high five each other after the game."  The media should not report what Magic, an LAL owner by the way, thinks.  The media should just interview the fans.  Who cares what critics think?  Stalin took care of his critics by exterminating them.

The LAL faithful would bet their own lives (not really, but they talk a big storm) that the LAL could win a seven game series against the Celtics in any situation.  Heck LakerHubert says, "I have faith.  It's game Four. My Lakers are down three games to none, down 107-100 with the game clock showing 0:00.1.  Even with the C's inbounding the ball at midcourt, my Lakers will win this game and then another three in a row."  Now that's a fan.  A guy who is on the sinking Titanic, with dead engines, in the middle of the North Atlantic and he still believes the boat will get to land. 



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Kobe Bryant has about had it with critics

The fact is that he cares a great deal about what they say. A great deal. His reaction proves it.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Kobe Bryant has about had it with critics

Celtics went through something similar the second half of last season, except, instead of being called out on their toughness and yadda yadda, they were called out on their age. Then the playoffs started...



Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Kobe Bryant has about had it with critics

I believe Kobe has just as many rings as Magic does (5 a piece); the only difference is Magic is retired and Kobe is still playing in his prime. Could it be possilble..........  the reason Magic finds himself year after year criticizing "Kobe's Lakers," is out of jealousy?  Just a thoughtFoot in mouth



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Kobe Bryant has about had it with critics

I never thought CBS could have a writer worse than Parrish, Moore comes in a very close second.  What a DORK Moore is.  Moore says Kobe would be the last person on the planet he would want mad at him???? how friggin stupid is that, what is Kobe some kind of hitman that the world needs to be afraid of?  He is going to pull you out of your bed at night and shred you to pieces??  CBS,,,, please find some sports writers with just a tad of intellect.  This article is stupid.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Kobe Bryant has about had it with critics

More like opinions are like A$$holes--everyone has one but no one wants to here one.......



Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Kobe Bryant has about had it with critics

Matt Moore, needs a proof reader...BADLY...or to use some sort of spell checker:

"...beating top teams at hom.e"


"...but this team has proven time ad time again it can screw around ..."



Spell check please.  Thanks.



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Kobe Bryant has about had it with critics

Agree with you 100%. It is all to often the media (i.e. ESPN) wants to get athletes to say something just for a story. In reality, is is the media (i.e. ESPN) who create false reports (i.e. Artest wants trade). There is little to no credibilty in the media today. It's sad as it has not always been this way. ESPN.com is the worse. ESPN has become a marketing machine for certain athletes (i.e. Lebron) and has long ago left credible reporting.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Kobe Bryant has about had it with critics

If I were Kobe, I'd have said, "Opinions are like a**holes. Everyone has one and most of them stink." It would be apropos. 



Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Kobe Bryant has about had it with critics

He was actually telling the media to kiss it. Who cares. Most of the critics like Barkley, Chris Webber haven't had a whiff of a championship and Champaign. And the only reason Kenny Smith won a championship is because MJ retired. MJ's Bulls wins 3 championships, Mike retires for 2 years Houston wins 2 champions, MJ returns Bulls win 3 championships.



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