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Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 12:45 pm  |  72 responses

Video: Kobe Bryant Says Lakers Can’t Guard the OKC Thunder




Kobe Bryant, fresh off of a Game 1 beatdown in the second round series against the OKC Thunder, sarcastically and hilariously responded to a local reporter’s question about the Lakers’ ability (or lack thereof) to slow down their opponents.

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  • http://Xvideos.com Bravo

    He said it

  • shutup

    its true, Blake got abused by Westbrook like 3 straight times, the Thunder were on fire. I expect game 2 to be a bit closer, but don’t see the Lakers having an answer for the Thunder.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    No more questions for you, bro

  • tomttom

    What a dumb question, i love Kobe’s dry wit, it may be something to do with that European background because it’s typically something that Americans lack.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    lol jtaylor u beat me too it. that was boss by westbrook

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ruh roh

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    I love it what a smart a$$ thing to say.

  • feez_22

    @tomttom You are confusing “dry wit” with “sarcasm”, something that Americans convey all the time.

  • D-Funk

    sm(hate)

  • RKJ92

    Thunder In 6!!!

  • http://www.google.be/imgres?q=NO!+meme&um=1&hl=nl&sa=N&rlz=1C1AFAB_enBE454BE454&biw=1600&bih=763&tbm=isch&tbnid=L3l0ZW3D5dDSDM:&imgrefurl=http://forthesakeofscience Max

    Click my name.

  • T-Money

    love the answer. that was a stupid question.

  • tomttom

    feez_22 No. I’m not. I’m talking in general terms.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    cosign T-Money.

  • http://youtube.com charliewinning

    Co-sign Kobe (even tho I hate him). Dumb question to ask. Co-sign feez_22 as well.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    you should check out the suggested videos after the kobe video ends. what does this press conference have anything to do with a narrated Treasure Island?
    oh and yeah, what was dude thinking when he formed that question? what was he expecting kobe to answer?
    “can you guys guard them, as a team?”
    “no, not really. blake keeps getting burned and world peace can only elbow so many players before he’s banned from the league. as for me, all i’m trying to do is outshoot durant. stupid kid took my scoring title.”

  • http://www.google.com/imgres?q=brian+scalabrine&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=712&bih=572&tbm=isch&tbnid=paNXJ6FIB-hVJM:&imgrefurl=http://www.2ksports.ca/2012/04/30/brian-scalabr LakeShow

    LULZ

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Should have just added the word “how”?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    @Allenp: that’s a Coach Pop answer.

  • the king

    it’s the truth and IIIIII!!!!!!!! LOVE IT kobe can forget about #6 kobe is a washed up guner look at the stas kobe shot the ball more then everbody in the nba by at lest 100 shots faker need to trade that bum now b4 he calls it a career bcuz they not geting better next year

  • R32

    Ball (Hedo Turkoglu voice)

  • Truthtell4r

    lol #Sarcasm Gotta love The Black Mamba he wont go without a fight still pickin LA to win it all.

  • Bt

    I love when people who know nothing about the NBA like ‘the king’ post ridiculous statements. Anyone who actually follows, and I mean follows not just watches the highlights on espn, would be aware of this thing called a no trade clause on kobes contract.

  • 130623

    This may well be a sweep! This thunder team are better than last years mavs and this laker team
    Is worse than last years laker team!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    @Bt: I’m not sure how you were even able decipher those alpha-numeric that “the king” post. kudos to you.

  • the king

    what good Bt kobes game is going down down down the statement is true and I see a look of games and espn but the fakers will not win agin with kobe so they need to do something no player is runing to L.A. to see kobe shot them out the game and hope he gets hot maybe nash maybe ronblow becus he hates to shot how bout that

  • Jerome

    @the king: english please

  • Heals

    Funny, my eyes told me the same thing last night. To everybody saying it’s a dumb question; you’re just pissed Kob, his team and you have NO answer for it. When you act like a smart a$$ at every press conference you have after a loss/poor game then you deserve to asked questions in this manner. Reap what ya sow Mamba…

  • the king

    it’s real kobe is 33 he is not going to get beter

  • Ldub

    Did anyone really expect the Thunder not to come out on fire? Bynum running his mouth about “WE need defense”. MWP and his UFC elbows, and they are at home!! Thats a bad combination for any team. One of the main issues is Kobe can no longer carry the Lakeshow. Its basically like 1 on 3. And even with Kobe being as great as he is…its too much when you have talents such as KD, RW and JH on the other end. The matchups are all basically in the favor of OKC. Especially at the PG spot. And with Westbrook being a shoot first guard…its definitely trouble for Blake and Sessions, who pay defense like 2nd graders. I would love to see this series go to 6 or 7 but I feel OKC will take it in 4 or 5! They are and have been the hungrier team!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Heals, it’s a dumb question because there really isn’t a good answer for it. If Kobe said yes, then the reporter would be like “well why didn’t you do that tonight?” – the only option was a sarcastic and angry “no” – so the question was basically rhetorical.

  • @boweezy24

    It Was Just Game 1, Every Dog Has His Day. Thunder Was On Tho. Not A Fan Of Lakers, but Go Lakers!

  • Ldub

    @the king….Kobe washed up? Bum? Those words to describe Kobe shows what BT is saying to be completely accurate. Granted for the 1st half of the season Kobe was a chucker. But he also damn near won the scoring title (but based on an injury and decision to rest) KD took it. Just proof that Kobe still can get it done, with the best of them. Arguably the best player still in the L (many would say 1-3, with the other 2 being LBJ and KD). But to say Kobe is done is utterly stupid! Please know what youre talking about before you give your biased opinions!

  • the king

    Ldub kobe needed rest hes old if KD LBJ D-WADE D-ROSE had that team the faker are better kobe was the man kobe was the best scoring player after jordan but not now he just shots the most lock at the #’ssss R.I.P great kobe

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance

    Off topic but I observed something yesterday that I wish would catch on in the NBA. Westbrook came down and posted Blake. Banged him about 3 times in the chest and on the 3rd bump Blake fell. Actually looked offensive to me, but the ref looked at it like a flop and didn’t call anything and Westbrook scored. The very next time down Westbrook took him in the post again and banged him just as hard and Blake stood his ground and played D. It was just a little proof that if the refs don’t reward the flops, the players will learn to stop.

  • http://www.google.com/imgres?q=brian+scalabrine&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=712&bih=572&tbm=isch&tbnid=paNXJ6FIB-hVJM:&imgrefurl=http://www.2ksports.ca/2012/04/30/brian-scalabr LakeShow

    the king articalates grate ponts. Dont he.?
    Kobe die soon.
    Lebon stil good.
    Old player not do ting right all time.
    pass bad from Kobe sum time he dont do stuuf should.
    I think kobe duh duh duhdhd derr durr duh doo.

  • jlove23

    He was being sarcastic if u paid attention to his facial expression. Only kobe

  • the king

    funny what said true kobe not be good now time skillz down not up he need go away

  • vtrobot

    What Allen said. It’s not that dumb of a question, just phrased poorly. You could interpret it as: “You clearly couldn’t guard them tonight. What changes are you going to make, as a team, to do a better job of stopping them?” Kobe was obviously pissed so he acted slightly dickish. I’m cool with it. Phrase your question better.

  • Holiday

    Lol @ Lakeshow, that got me laughing. I was thinking the same thing!

  • riggs

    @dfrance: that’s exactly what i thought of that whole sequence. But it was a flop, on the replay when blake fell, he looked exactly at the ref while falling.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    LakeShow 1, the king 0.

  • Heals

    I hear ya nbk, in the same regard I loved Kob’s response. So for me it seemed like 2 guys who’ve had similar exchanges in the past and this was just another instance of each just taking a slight jab at one another…

  • the king

    What I said is true. Kobe is not as good as he was 43 pct. from the field show that. Look at the last time some one shot the ball more then everyone in the NBA and not win the scoring title. Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    …..King, are you 9 years old? or do you have dyslexia or something? Your commenting is terrible.

  • the king

    I no but true look at the #’s i want one of you to tell me that the faker are going to get a ring with kobe as the man and tell me how thanks

  • Ldub

    @king….He rested because he was injured. Look at the Spurs. Ginobli, Duncan and Parker (who just turned 29) all rested for the playoffs. And none of them had injuries. It was a smart decision to rest for the most intense part of the season. All of your comments are biased against Kobe, and if you dont like him, then fine…that your opinion…but dont make ish up that isnt accurate. If you are going to debate greatness…make valid points. And again, Kobe “could have” gotten the scoring title, but its not about individual awards with him. Why go out and risk injury and miss the playoffs. What chance would the Lakers have without him? If you think running the offense through any other Laker is going to get a ring for them, then your obviously high or purely immature!

  • the king

    when kobe is done in 5 years with the same 5 ring I’ll be rigth ooo and he shots more then everyone K.D. 51pct. LBJ. 53pct.Kobe 43pct. big dif hes old and will not win agin thanks

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

    SARCASM

  • http://youtube.com charliewinning

    It was a stupid question. He asked a question that he already had his own answer to. Kobe gave him the response it deserved.

  • Scalabrine for MVP

    Kobe’s the best player ever. I watched game 1 and it was really bad. It would be a bigger blowout without him. The king is a total queen if he thinks that.

  • Mike

    @the king: you’re talking about a guy playing in his 16th season. If you see a bit of drop off please excuse father time, for he’s only undefeated!! If you look @ career games played its like almost 18 years of playing the game @ a level only a few know of. So chill out when father time catches KD & LBJ & if you asked me he tapping Wade on the shoulder you’ll see a drop off in them, does that mean he can’t play?

  • Mike

    @the king: you talking about winning again when the man got 5 rings? If he don’t win again top 5 dead or alive!!!! I said it!!

  • Scalabrine for MVP

    Well said mike

  • coggie13

    As Sir Charles said, If the lakers want a shot.. Kobe has to try and shut down Westbrooke.

  • Scalabrine for MVP

    also if bynum continues to play like game one the only sixth ring kobe’s getting is for his engagement to kate faber.

  • PnoyVibe

    ^ so true

  • http://Hoopshype.com/rumors Hossy

    @Theking, thank you for being such a glorious product of the american public school system. Your prose is excellent may I add. Excellent vocabulary as well, you must read a lot. Ps, kobe is a god.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Black Phantom: Black Phanties.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    It’s hard to tell what lowers the average IQ around here most, Kobe’s season, LeBron’s standing in history, or the Knicks’ trade/signing plans.

  • http://Www.imdb.com TheBigL

    The king = The illiterate

  • shutup

    @Hossy how the f&ck do you know he’s from the american school system? You act like there aren’t stupid ignorant illiterate people from whatever backwards @ss country you hail from

  • Tweaks

    @shutup …oh don’t get mad bro…..you’re from the same system too..I BET !! I’m European, and yeah i take pride in being more educated than any american i’ve ever met. I speak/write in at least two languages and most of the time hold myself from replying to the horrendous chat going on around here. Theking is obviously a fat f** who can’t ball and right now is just letting some fan-obsessive frustration on this thread. I bet he’s a Lebron fan. A basketball band wagoner. As for Kobe, he’s the MAN, anyone who KNOWS basketball knows this nuff said.

  • shutup

    @tweaks your credentials don’t impress me. I’ve met some pretty dumb f%cks from the land of the Queen. Just stop trying to peg every illiterate dumb @ss as an American. Oh and btw Kobe is a man who just got handed a 30-point blowout and Lebron just got handed a loss at the hands of the Pacers. Meanwhile the Spurs are quietly rolling over people with Tim Duncan putting on a clinic.

  • Harlem_World

    @dfrance – flopping may not be great to watch but positional defense is essential if you have any hope in hell of guarding an elite athlete. If Blake doesn’t try to draw a charge, his steak is already grilled. You’ve got to try and get every inch of advantage to slow down an elite and if refs completely stop blowing on positional charges, the NBA is going to be nothing more than a track meet. #justsayin

  • http://www.thesmashbrothas.com zen garden

    not many teams can

  • EJ

    Let me sum up the king’s comments real quick so you won’t have to attempt to make sense of them. HERP DERP

  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    @Harlem_World I have no problem with trying to draw a charge, but fall when the hit actually makes you fall, don’t flop. Blake took the very same hit the next time down and didn’t fall, which means to me that it wasn’t offensive.

  • the king

    I never said kobe was not good or great in the past now he is on the down side of his career that’s the whole thing kd is geting better lbj still can get better that all i’m saying now is anyone going telling me that’s not the case then I’m makeing no sensekobe is still a top player just not #one he was #one by a mile not now

  • Tombstone

    OKC will never have another game like gm 1. Just 4 turnovers. Its not in their DNA to play flawless. Their strenght is their youth, enery, athleticism and their inside defensive presense. They make lots of mistakes like youths. They tend to shoot lots of jumpshots. They have a terrible coach. His only adjustment when the shots are not falling is to shoot more jumpshots. Their only cerebral offensive player us Harden. He can create plays for other players as well as for himself. With that said the Lakers can capitalize on their faults if Browne can come up with a good game plan. But hes no Popovich.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Hey Tweaks, let’s try this just to prove to you that the American school system isn’t entirely wrecked. I was born in California, went to public school for grades 1-12, and now attend University of California, Berkeley, the top public school in the world. I am bilingual, and currently receiving honors on my way to being accepted to a PhD program. Not all of us Americans are idiots.

  • Cole

    Yeah Kobe was being sarcastic in his mind but in reality hes really telling the truth. Case in point, Lakers lost by 29 points that night… Twenty-nine points… not 2 or 9 or 2 AND 9 together which would be 11, but 29!! Thats 2 AND 9 AND 11 PLUS an additional 7!

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