Column: Kobe Needs to Know Who's Boss

Column: Kobe Needs to Know Who's Boss

There are 21 comments on the The Associated Press story from Jun 29, 2007, titled Column: Kobe Needs to Know Who's Boss . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

With that little matter of the NBA draft finally out of the way, the Lakers can get back to what's really important: Finding a way to keep Kobe Bryant happy.

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ShowTime

Yorba Linda, CA

#1 Jul 4, 2007
HATERRRRR when are they gonna realize he may have wanted to be the leader but with the right team, its as much as shaqs fault as it is kobes that the team broke up, the frontoffice is the main one to blame for putting crap around kobe. Phil jackson said later he should have tried to smooth the relationship between shaq and kobe and he really didnt do that,instead he sided with shaq because he knew he was the sensitive one. I hate it when these people make kobe the villian and excuse lakers management, yeah kobe wanted to take more of a leadership role but with a good team not a bunch of soft candy ass players, rookies, and projects. Its easy to point the finger and hate kobe because ever since the colorado thing hes not a likable person, but no way did kobe sign on for this, he was lied to, I dont agree how he spoke up about the problem but he did need to speak up and expose mitch and show what a bad job hes done, its not all of mitch's fault buss is starting to get cheap and taking vacations when the lakers are crumbling. This nancy armour lady should stuff it shes just going by what every other hater has wrote about kobe nice copy paste job biotch.
komar brodom

Half Moon Bay, CA

#2 Jul 4, 2007
ShowTime wrote:
HATERRRRR when are they gonna realize he may have wanted to be the leader but with the right team, its as much as shaqs fault as it is kobes that the team broke up, the frontoffice is the main one to blame for putting crap around kobe. Phil jackson said later he should have tried to smooth the relationship between shaq and kobe and he really didnt do that,instead he sided with shaq because he knew he was the sensitive one. I hate it when these people make kobe the villian and excuse lakers management, yeah kobe wanted to take more of a leadership role but with a good team not a bunch of soft candy ass players, rookies, and projects. Its easy to point the finger and hate kobe because ever since the colorado thing hes not a likable person, but no way did kobe sign on for this, he was lied to, I dont agree how he spoke up about the problem but he did need to speak up and expose mitch and show what a bad job hes done, its not all of mitch's fault buss is starting to get cheap and taking vacations when the lakers are crumbling. This nancy armour lady should stuff it shes just going by what every other hater has wrote about kobe nice copy paste job biotch.
Another writer doing her job, she just needed a story. Took the easy road and did what many "sports experts" are doing and started bashing kobe, all these writers have done is made kobe more popular with the fans. Where are all the MITCH KUPCHAK IS A BUM! stories?? He just tried to short change Steve Blake and offer the solid pg less than the full MLE. This iis how the front office tries to sabotage, now they can look kobe in the eye and say "we tried" and then writers like this one can write about how no one wants to play with kobe.
Dubagge

Phoenix, AZ

#3 Jul 4, 2007
Ha ha ha! Who cares about Kobe? Boo hoo for Kobe. The guy is a classless jerk no matter what he does or whatever happens.
KEEP KOBE

United States

#4 Jul 4, 2007
who cares?...obviously Doushe-bagge or what ever the name is does not know basketball.
Kobe is currently the greatest active player. The lakers would be foolish to let a player of that quality go. NO! trade would make sense. BUSS c'mon man get your shit together and lets WIN some championships. your slipping man! no damn that... your already on your ass.
jon

United States

#5 Jul 4, 2007
Lets see, we can't win with him, so why not trade him????
lakers355s

San Clemente, CA

#6 Jul 4, 2007
KEEP KOBE wrote:
who cares?...obviously Doushe-bagge or what ever the name is does not know basketball.
Kobe is currently the greatest active player. The lakers would be foolish to let a player of that quality go. NO! trade would make sense. BUSS c'mon man get your shit together and lets WIN some championships. your slipping man! no damn that... your already on your ass.
hahahaha.... seriously,'dubagge' makes it waaaaayyyy to easy with that screenname. i agree that buss needs to seriously make some changes.
Daniel

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Jul 4, 2007
Thats what I am talking about. Kobe is great. I like him. I want to see lakers win just like all the fans. But, Kobe needs to be benched and fined. Dont sign a huge contract and try to back out.
lookingup

Hermosa Beach, CA

#8 Jul 4, 2007
the word hater is so childish.....Accept the true fact Kobey
is less than a emperror penguin and it would be nice to see some new faces on a Koobey pimped team.......Koobey to NY.....Hope he gets mugged....
lookingup

Hermosa Beach, CA

#9 Jul 4, 2007
Daniel how old are you.....
Koobey gets accused of rape....ok maybe wasn't true but he still cheated on his wife.....
Koobey pimp slaps teamates....
Koobey gets bitch slapped in New York by a New York teamate....
Koobey wears Elvis glasses....
Koobey tried to make kobe tights a trend, he failed.....
Koobey almost got bombed on by Shaq, for being an arogant little bitch...
Koobey tries to direct traffic on the 405, he almost got shot by Tupacs cousin..

i can keep going, how do you look up to this smuck....

Next time you go to sleep, leave a condom next to your back side, Koobeys coming over.....geez
lookingup

Hermosa Beach, CA

#10 Jul 4, 2007
that goes for everybody else that waits for their chance to sit on Koobeys nuts
SoCalSam

Atlanta, GA

#11 Jul 5, 2007
Jerry owns the Lakers, and is paying everyone's salary. Mitch is being paid to manage. Phil is being paid to coach. Kobe is only being paid to play basketball with the team.

Kobe agreed when he signed his contract to play basketball with the _Lakers_ and be paid ~$20million/yr to do so.

I don't understand why Jerry, Mitch and Phil don't call the player (Kobe) into Jerry's office and explain this simple stuff to the young man.

He does not get to define what _Lakers_ are... That's not his job. He's just a player.

Jeesh.
ShowTime

Yorba Linda, CA

#12 Jul 5, 2007
komar brodom wrote:
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Another writer doing her job, she just needed a story. Took the easy road and did what many "sports experts" are doing and started bashing kobe, all these writers have done is made kobe more popular with the fans. Where are all the MITCH KUPCHAK IS A BUM! stories?? He just tried to short change Steve Blake and offer the solid pg less than the full MLE. This iis how the front office tries to sabotage, now they can look kobe in the eye and say "we tried" and then writers like this one can write about how no one wants to play with kobe.
Yup exactly im with you on that.
Spurs_06-07_NBA_ Chumps

United States

#13 Jul 5, 2007
ShowTime wrote:
HATERRRRR when are they gonna realize he may have wanted to be the leader but with the right team, its as much as shaqs fault as it is kobes that the team broke up, the frontoffice is the main one to blame for putting crap around kobe. Phil jackson said later he should have tried to smooth the relationship between shaq and kobe and he really didnt do that,instead he sided with shaq because he knew he was the sensitive one. I hate it when these people make kobe the villian and excuse lakers management, yeah kobe wanted to take more of a leadership role but with a good team not a bunch of soft candy ass players, rookies, and projects. Its easy to point the finger and hate kobe because ever since the colorado thing hes not a likable person, but no way did kobe sign on for this, he was lied to, I dont agree how he spoke up about the problem but he did need to speak up and expose mitch and show what a bad job hes done, its not all of mitch's fault buss is starting to get cheap and taking vacations when the lakers are crumbling. This nancy armour lady should stuff it shes just going by what every other hater has wrote about kobe nice copy paste job biotch.
I'm curious...What do you think they should do, Showtime? Do you think they can ever succeed with Kobe, or is it time to give up on him and his baggage?--Another morsel to ponder: How many of the league stars (probably privately) tell their agents "NO Lakers...24 won't share the rock with me so I'm not playin' with him..."? I imagine it's not zero.
ShowTime

Yorba Linda, CA

#14 Jul 5, 2007
Spurs_06-07_NBA_Chumps wrote:
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I'm curious...What do you think they should do, Showtime? Do you think they can ever succeed with Kobe, or is it time to give up on him and his baggage?--Another morsel to ponder: How many of the league stars (probably privately) tell their agents "NO Lakers...24 won't share the rock with me so I'm not playin' with him..."? I imagine it's not zero.
Well im a lakers fan first, if kobe continues to want to be traded through out the season then you gotta do something, all im saying is lakers management gets a pass, how mitch still has a job is beyond me. If the right deal comes along and kobe still wants out then you gotta do it, but the lakers cant afford to be involved in another shaqlike trade where they didnt get enough in return. This whole thing wouldnt be happening if the lakers have made the right moves, made better choices drafting, and not take in bad contracts, like I said I agree with kobe speaking out im not happy with the way he did it but whats done is done, we will just have to see what happens next.
lakers355s

San Clemente, CA

#15 Jul 5, 2007
"How many of the league stars (probably privately) tell their agents "NO Lakers...24 won't share the rock with me so I'm not playin' with him..."? I imagine it's not zero."

kobe gets a bad rap everywhere he goes. some is deserved, MOST isn't.
i believe quite a few players would consider it an ego-blow to basically be told 'you're second best' on the team. kobe bryant is the go-to guy when the game is on the line. why? it is because of his confidence/arrogance that he is the best clutch player in the game today. he is a perfectionist and demands the same from his teammates, which is why he'll never be a coach- much like jordan.

bottomline, kobe's a winner and he can't stand losing. players who don't want to play with him are foolish. i'm with showtime, as long as he's a laker he'll be my favorite player.
ShowTime

Yorba Linda, CA

#16 Jul 5, 2007
lakers355s wrote:
"How many of the league stars (probably privately) tell their agents "NO Lakers...24 won't share the rock with me so I'm not playin' with him..."? I imagine it's not zero."
kobe gets a bad rap everywhere he goes. some is deserved, MOST isn't.
i believe quite a few players would consider it an ego-blow to basically be told 'you're second best' on the team. kobe bryant is the go-to guy when the game is on the line. why? it is because of his confidence/arrogance that he is the best clutch player in the game today. he is a perfectionist and demands the same from his teammates, which is why he'll never be a coach- much like jordan.
bottomline, kobe's a winner and he can't stand losing. players who don't want to play with him are foolish. i'm with showtime, as long as he's a laker he'll be my favorite player.
Exactly its not about kobe its about whats best for the lakers, there are some fans that are all about kobe, and then theres laker fans that want him out, to those fans that want him out great what are you gonna get in return for him? hes the reason the lakers made it to the playoffs just barley I hope some of you blind fans can stand not making it to the playoffs if he gets traded for a bunch of crap, the lakers are still feeding off what jerry west brought the lakers and thats kobe, he made the deal vlade for kobe bryant and kobe is the one leading mitch's sorry candy ass team to the playoffs. So to those laker fans that want him out be real and tell me what are you gonna get for him? Im only for a trade if it works best for the lakers so just let me know, and dont give me this garbage that hes the cancer on the team and if you just let him go it will all be fine, it will not be fine this team is a lottery team without him.
Spurs_06-07_NBA_ Chumps

Phoenix, AZ

#17 Jul 5, 2007
I can appreciate your perspectives. I suppose when you're talking about building a team around a superstar it makes sense to surround him with solid players that are all on board with supporting his cause and massaging his ego, and not worried about getting their own. I do think that Kobe is at that level where he can play that role of the 1-man show, a la Jordan. But he often seemed to run out of gas when he tried to do too much last year, and he can't have his 'A' game every night, so maybe even an up-and-comer or semi-star that he can trust is what he needs for them to get over the hump.

As a basketball fan, it's odd to see the Lakers be so mediocre for an extended period, so I hope they shake things up significantly soon for the good of the league. I bet it's frustrating as a Laker fan, especially when you're use to success.
lakers355s

San Clemente, CA

#18 Jul 5, 2007
Spurs_06-07_NBA_Chumps wrote:
I can appreciate your perspectives. I suppose when you're talking about building a team around a superstar it makes sense to surround him with solid players that are all on board with supporting his cause and massaging his ego, and not worried about getting their own. I do think that Kobe is at that level where he can play that role of the 1-man show, a la Jordan. But he often seemed to run out of gas when he tried to do too much last year, and he can't have his 'A' game every night, so maybe even an up-and-comer or semi-star that he can trust is what he needs for them to get over the hump.
As a basketball fan, it's odd to see the Lakers be so mediocre for an extended period, so I hope they shake things up significantly soon for the good of the league. I bet it's frustrating as a Laker fan, especially when you're use to success.
yes, kobe did have to carry his team a bunch last year. with all the injuries and inconsistent players, it's natural he got worn out during a few games. lakers managment need to do their part by providing kobe with some better teammates. i am desperately hoping that will happen very soon or all this mess/drama will continue into next season. it is indeed awkward being a laker fan at the moment, but i have faith that it will soon change.

i'm assuming you're a suns fan- how do you feel about the rumored acquisition of grant hill?
Spurs_06-07_NBA_ Chumps

Phoenix, AZ

#19 Jul 5, 2007
lakers355s wrote:
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yes, kobe did have to carry his team a bunch last year. with all the injuries and inconsistent players, it's natural he got worn out during a few games. lakers managment need to do their part by providing kobe with some better teammates. i am desperately hoping that will happen very soon or all this mess/drama will continue into next season. it is indeed awkward being a laker fan at the moment, but i have faith that it will soon change.
i'm assuming you're a suns fan- how do you feel about the rumored acquisition of grant hill?
I have mixed feelings about the Hill deal, but I'm mostly staying optimistic about it. He is high risk, obviously, but if he remains healthy then I think he could contribute much more than our typical bench warmers. Due to the risk, though, I really hope we don't count on him as a starter or even a key player...which is what is being discussed around here at this point (we traded James Jones, BTW). Our options were limited in free agency, so it's probably the best we could do. It seems really inconsequential compared to all the hyped, pre-draft rumors of senseless trade scenarios that would have taken the team three steps backwards....especially the big Amare-for-KG debate...so glad we didn't bite at that. It was ridiculous... We were one lame Stern ruling from (maybe) winning it all, and people around here were willing to part with our biggest guns. Getting a little better when you're that close to the prize shouldn't require wholesale changes, IMO.
ShowTime

Yorba Linda, CA

#20 Jul 5, 2007
Spurs_06-07_NBA_Chumps wrote:
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I have mixed feelings about the Hill deal, but I'm mostly staying optimistic about it. He is high risk, obviously, but if he remains healthy then I think he could contribute much more than our typical bench warmers. Due to the risk, though, I really hope we don't count on him as a starter or even a key player...which is what is being discussed around here at this point (we traded James Jones, BTW). Our options were limited in free agency, so it's probably the best we could do. It seems really inconsequential compared to all the hyped, pre-draft rumors of senseless trade scenarios that would have taken the team three steps backwards....especially the big Amare-for-KG debate...so glad we didn't bite at that. It was ridiculous... We were one lame Stern ruling from (maybe) winning it all, and people around here were willing to part with our biggest guns. Getting a little better when you're that close to the prize shouldn't require wholesale changes, IMO.
Yeah trading amare makes no sense for you guys, I think he fits in great in that system and hes young, you guys are right there you dont need a big move, I dont know how much of a difference will grant hill make because personally I think hes more effective in a slower offense but thats just me, out here they say the suns wanted to maybe make this deal to improve and to keep KG away from the lakers, the spurs are getting old the next team in line is the suns no need to make a huge change like that.

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