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Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:33 am
 
By Matt Moore

Kobe Bryant is definitely your newsmaker of the month. After reportedly telling those close to him that there is a "zero percent chance" that he plays for Besiktas in Turkey next year, then scoring a goal on a PK in a charity soccer game, the Black Mamba sat down with ESPN's SportCenter for an interview. He was asked about the ridiculous amount of attention that has been heaped on LeBron James, most of it negative. Here's what he had to say about most hated NBA player of his time, from IamaGM.com:
George Smith: There was a lot of venom towards the Heat and, in particular, towards LeBron James  What did you make of that?

Kobe Bryant: I think people need to lay off that kid.  That's what I think.  I've gotten to know him pretty well playing with the Olympic team.  I think people need to just back-off off him.  Just let him play.  Let him live his life.  Let him make his decisions.  Let him mature as a player.  It's tough to be under the microscope like that all the time.  So, I would like everybody to just kind of back-off off him and let him play.
via Kobe Bryant sticks-up for LeBron: "People need to just back-off off him" | IamaGM.com.

If anyone knows what it's like to have an absurd amount of criticism surround you because of your on-floor (and off-court) activities, it's Bryant. It's a nice departure from the public umbrage Bryant has taken with the claim of James usurping him without a single ring. James buries himself in his hole with his words and actions; he's a terrible manager of his public image despite having a team devoted to just that. But the level of vitriol surrounding James has become absolutely overwhelming and lost all perspective. 

Lakers fans are particularly effusive about their dislike of James out of a misguided sense of loyalty to Bryant, just as Chicago fans have come to hate James in comparing him to Rose, and so forth. It's unlikely Kobe's comment will somehow come as the word of the sports messiah and calm their bile, but it's a nice sentiment.

On the other hand, James has largely built this for himself. This is his empire of dirt, and until he begins to rehabilitate his image on the big stage (despite his numerous charity appearances this summer which no one will note), he'll have to keep its throne. 
Comments

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:32 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

I would have to agree; 7 years is more then plenty to assemble a good playoff running team. The Cav's relied on LB to much, and I could understand what he was going thru. I feel like he made the best desicion he could as a player. (When you join the NBA your top goal is to win Championships), which the Cav's where no where content to do. Cav's need to move on and focuse on there season (7-10); isn't a good start.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

A rapist protecting a scumbag , that is what basketball has come too ! And why the public will not miss them , let them all go wash dishes at applebee's because that is all most of hem are qualified for
Not sure how to respond to this. Must be still hung over from the Stanley Cup? A hater, that no one is talking bout his Celtics. I don't know.
Hockey has plenty of it's own issues on and off the ice. Just so you know Kobe is also fluent in Italian and Spanish. If he would of stayed in Italy and didn't move back to the US, he would of been a professional soccer player, but I assume you knew this. Well we all know what happens when you assume.

I didn't read the article because I don't care and don't miss NBA and really don't care if they will be locked out for more than one year or forever!  I am happy with NFL, MLB and NHL!!  It is very satisfying for me so NBA or not...hopefully not!

We don't need to see their stupid tattoos and crybaby attitudes on the floor! 
And yet, another Bruins fan chimes in. You didn't read the article, you don't care about the NBA, then ahy are you commenting. If you cared less you wouldn't have commented, but since you did, you only make yourself look foolish.





Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

lol....they think we care what they think....

all these guys ever did was drive up the price of a good pair of basketball shoes to the point that they cost as much as a car payment

Things are soooo out of wack in this world...

Hey Kobe ....just shut up!



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

from king to queen  go lechoke



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

you both "SUCK"



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

Look the media has no morals. Kobe needs to worry about basketball and let the bad guys(the media) be bad guys.




Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

Who cares what Kobe has to say about Lebron, football seasons here baby!
LETS GO BROWNS!



Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

Sure Lebron is arrogant, but he's still a good ball player (not in the clutch sometimes). I think once Miami gets a decent PG and Center, they will compete for a few titles (if the NBA is around in a few years) All these Cleveland fans need to get the bad taste outta there mouths, He gave the Cavs plenty of time to get a team together and get him help. Get. Over. It.



Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

I didn't read the article because I don't care and don't miss NBA and really don't care if they will be locked out for more than one year or forever!  I am happy with NFL, MLB and NHL!!  It is very satisfying for me so NBA or not...hopefully not!

We don't need to see their stupid tattoos and crybaby attitudes on the floor!



You must be a white boy hockey fan who can't play basketball and probably never liked the predominantly black sport in the first place. Let's not forget hockey was locked out a few years back. People please stop the hate. You hate because you can't make.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

and so will the rest of us.. except we won't have the millions..



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