Unintended Consequences

There are 13 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Apr 22, 2008, titled Unintended Consequences. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Everyone and his or her cousin has a theory as to why, after three seasons of wandering aimlessly in the wilderness, the Lakers once again are genuine contenders for the NBA championship.

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LIttle Pinky

Granada Hills, CA

#1 Apr 23, 2008
I disagree completely with your take on Kobe. Who would benefit from a public apology from Kobe? The media, that's who. And that's about all. You obviously know that it's a possibility that Kobe apologized in private, so why the need for a public statement? I agree, an apology would be a sign of character, but a private one will suffice. Asking for anything more is just a self-serving desire to see someone eat "humble pie" so to speak. And knowing that, why would someone give you that satisfaction?

Bynum himself has stated on the record that Kobe's comments only fueled him to become a better player, not a bitter player.

Even Farmar, Turiaf, and Sasha concede that when Kobe Bryant stood up in the preseason camp meeting and said, "I'm Kobe Bryant and I want to win a championship.", that told them it was time to put up or shut up.

So, it appears that Kobe's attitude and statements had exactly the consequences he intended,at least on his teammates.

If you recall the first game against Houston, the Lakers stormed back, and Kobe even passed up the last shot to Derek Fisher, but the Lakers eventually lost. But you could still see Kobe giving it all for his team even from the first game.

Now, I can't speak to whether the team would have made the moves it made later in the season had Bryant not spoken up, but I can say that the team didn't do much in the way of trades before this season.

It seems the biggest "unintended consequence" was gaining the huge contract of Kwame Brown in the unfortunate trade that sent Caron Butler to Washington. I doubt that Mitch Kupchak foresaw that he could convert Kwames salary into a trade for Pau Gasol.
liz

Singapore, Singapore

#2 Apr 23, 2008
I also disagree completely with your take on Kobe.
Even Bynum himself said in the early season, Kobe was the only one on court looking to insert him into offence.
Umm

Deland, FL

#3 Apr 23, 2008
Who cares - its Kobe Bryant -
Players like him are why you cant get anyone to focus on fundamentals anymore. What happened to multi-faceted talent - umm that means you can do more than shoot the ball into the hoop - Like - I dont know - play the entire game the way Naismeth meant for it to be played.
Yoyo

Inglewood, CA

#4 Apr 23, 2008
Umm, you don't know what your talking about. Have you ever played the game?
amim

Chino, CA

#5 Apr 23, 2008
Really well said Little Pinky. I agree with what you said, you write better and seem to have more knowledge than this uninformed writer.
Don

Rowland Heights, CA

#6 Apr 24, 2008
I totally agree with your source and have been shouting this since the first week of the season. I think that's what the whole "Bench Mob" thing was about; a group of guys that figured that Kobe would be gone soon and they weren't about to let the Lakers fall into oblivion. The collective Lakers have too many ties to California and pride to let that happen. It was a slap in the face, a more peaceful one however compared to the litereal slaps Michael Jordan was rumored to have given certain teammates of his. Kobe has an unrealistic expectation that everyone on his team can reach his level of intinsity and passion, but I'm sure he is just fine with what they are giving him now.

Lastly, I wish you would have further delved into the psyche of how players in all sports respond when a star goes down, leaves, and/or badmouths them, i.e. Jeff Garcia and the Eagles post T.O., this years Wash Wiz without Gilbert, The Patriots when Drew Bledsoe was injured, etc.

Good article,

D
Juden Valdez MD

San Pedro, CA

#7 Apr 24, 2008
What's the point of this article? Why now? Just to stir up things? Now that the team is doing so well, why dwell on the negatives. I think it's time for you...and everybody else to move on. Did you see Game 2? 49 points (within the flow of the offense)+ 10 assists. What else does a guy have to do these days.

“Rough road ahead”

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#8 May 3, 2008
High Center

Long Beach, CA

#9 May 3, 2008
rrenault wrote:
Holy s**, Do YOU need a life!!! Go out side and play for a while.

“Rough road ahead”

Since: Aug 07

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#10 May 3, 2008
High Center wrote:
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Holy s**, Do YOU need a life!!! Go out side and play for a while.
I did and came back... it was very nice day today...lol
sammy

Toronto, Canada

#11 May 3, 2008
rrenault wrote:
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I did and came back... it was very nice day today...lol
Yeaaa boyyy. it was a nice day today. Perhaps High is so isolated in solitary confinement ,he doesn't get to go out and play.
sammy

Toronto, Canada

#12 May 3, 2008
High Center wrote:
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Holy s**, Do YOU need a life!!! Go out side and play for a while.
Tell the warden to release the shackles then again don't the kids might tell on you again.

“Rough road ahead”

Since: Aug 07

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#13 May 4, 2008
sammy wrote:
<quoted text>Tell the warden to release the shackles then again don't the kids might tell on you again.
Ha ha ha ha lol

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