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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: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

"It's tough to be under the microscope like that all the time."

I wonder why Lebron is under the microscope?  Could it be the ring celebration the heat had last summer before ever playing a game together?  Or maybe signing with two other all-stars for their quest of "not 5, not 6, not 7..."  Maybe if Lebron hadn't made these mistakes, people wouldn't hate him so much.   Kobe is entitled to his opinion, but he's dead wrong.  Lebron wasted all his goodwill with the majority of fans, he may never get it back.




Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

Looks like a better athlete and champion had to come to the Akron choker/losers defense....Kinda funny, I se the same thing on CBs except Kobe was PF Chang...Jess Sayin'



Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

"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."

That is the most salient point in the article. Kobe knows what it's like, and therefore won't sh** on Lebron. By the way, I love the take that it shows Kobe's guilt that the girl took money instead of a rape conviction that was never coming since she had hooked up with everyone on the Nuggets already. Way to go.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

kOBE YOU NEED TO JUST PLAY BBALL.. And stay out of Denver.. SINCE WHEN ARE YOU SOMEONE TO LOOK UP TO??????  You and Leeron are some of the reasons why i wont give my monet to the nba.. I would rather go see an WNBA GAME. WHere they know how to play the gane .. nOT JUST  POINTERS AND dunks.   Kobe   be quiet.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

F you, Kobe.  As a Cleveland fan, I'll never lay off LeBitch.  Bitter and/or shallow of me?  Probably, but who cares.  I hope the punk dies ringless with millions.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

That's Kobe, always classy.  Like we bought his wife's forgiveness with a 4 million dollar rock and when he bought off the girl he raped in Colorado for another couple mil.  Always classy Kobe.
 



Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

Kobe is a man, Lebron is a boy.  The only reason Lebron is hated is because of his actions and big mouth.  His game is good, overhyped a lil but hes awesome.  He did choke and seem to fade away in the finals but the only reason Lebron is hated is because he runs his mouth and acts a fool. He needs to grow up and be a man, then ppl will let him live his life.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

I would think that Bulls fans dislike Kobe, not because people compare him to Rose, but because people are always trying to compare him to the legendary Jordan.  Who is comparing Kobe to Rose, and why would that bother a Bulls fan anway?



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Kobe Bryant defends LeBron James

class act as usual


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Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:42 pm
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