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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
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" |

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. 

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:29 pm

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

"Kobe Bryant sticks up for LeBron: "People just need to back off him"" In  other words... "Hey, I`m still around, give me more attention, I`m the greatest ever!!!"

Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:24 pm

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

I think this is mainly just a PR makes Kobe look compasionate (maybe he is) and in a way, makes Lebron look even worse..1 because Kobe needs to come to the rescue, 2, because we all know Lebron would not stick up for Kobe like that.   

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:20 pm

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

This could possibly be the poorest piece of journalism i have ever seen on this website that wasn't written by Pete Prisco. The headline is about defending LeBron James and it gives a very nice statement about him, spoken by Kobe. But then, Moore goes off on a LeBron tyraid...Like, what is this? Who are you? I'm not a James fan either, but they way the last few paragraphs sound, make LeBron seem like some sort of serial rapist. This is the exact thing Kobe was talking about. James is an egotistical superstar who didn't back up his talk this year. Well, we might as well strip him of his citizenship and deport him, right? 

I'm not going to waste anymore time responding to this "Eye on Basketball," but i will say this....he is only 26 and will make any team he is on a legitimate contender. 

Oh, also, people in Chicago most likely hate LeBron more because of his comparisons to a guy names Michael Jordan, not D Rose....Idiot. 

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:16 pm

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

How can you "hate" him or like the venom thrown towards him?  Just a bunch of trash jealousy from people who are has-beens or never-beens.  He isn't the most likable player in the NBA, nor is he the greatest speaker, the smartest, humble, loyal, whatever.  But you haven't met this guy. 

It's just a classic case of bringing someone up just so you can tear em down.  You were waiting for your reason to hate.  It's pathetic.

Oh how we treat our celebrities in this country.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:05 pm

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

hensleyb:  I love the venom.  Don't let it wane.  I am with you on the bum not ever getting a championship. F him.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:58 pm
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Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:56 pm

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

You are or you're LOL.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:48 pm

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

This is a non subject Kobe Bryant loving up to Lebron James right!!! Lebron is the one opening his mouth spewing garbage to any fool who will listen. Kobe you have got your own problems with the mouth. The NBA needs to just go away high priced little whinny brats loving on each other. Take the Heat and go to Europe just go away.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:35 pm

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

Shouldn't you wish he die ringless having lost all his money long before his death and living on the streets for a decade? From a rare lethal strain of groin-pox? Just sayin'. You could be a little more creative in your hatred. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:34 pm

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

Lay off the kid? HOW hypocritical can this be? James signed the contract with the Heat. He made sure that he had the team that he thought had an advantage. He mad the hour long fool of himself dancing on the stage when announcing his signing. He made the claim that he would win all of the championships. The lay off the kid crap is just that, crap. James has been in the league for many years. He has shown what a selfish person and player that he actually is. He disappeared in the Finals when the pressure wa on. So lay off the kid? James is just another hoodlum from the streets that thinks he is omnipotent. He made his bed, did the boasting, and until he actually wins a championship, is nothing but a hot air failure.

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