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Monday, July 15th, 2013 at 12:25 pm  |  134 responses

Dwight Howard Says it was Tough Playing With Kobe Bryant (VIDEO)

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard may have moved on from Los Angeles, but until he finds success elsewhere, his Laker days will haunt him. Dwight spoke to ESPN about the contentious relationship with Kobe Bryant, his wish to have been coached by Phil Jackson in LA, and what the future holds.

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  • Jimmie Ang

    Shaq will tell you.

  • SGM

    Is it just me or does Dwight’s response seem scripted?

  • Dfrance

    “I’m serious about this, just look at my Twitter!”

  • The Seed

    Ok, thank you for letting us know Howard.

  • Braverifles

    Ewing, Miller and Barkley are great, hall of fame players but they’re not winners. Dwight Howard is not a winner, successful career, yes but not a winner.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    It was…

  • Lonnie

    Dwight farted at 0:06 lmaoo

  • Lonnie

    What he meant by a “winner” is being successful. Being a “champion” is being a champion.

  • BeReal

    What defines a winner? Just rings?

    C’mon, dude has been blessed to to be an All-star in the league and DPOY 3X etc etc. Led the league in boards with a broke Batman back. The term “winner” like “heart” is some media-fueled term that really doesn’t have anything to do with the game of basketball in terms of skill or the beauty of the game; it’s just an attempt to inappropriately (in terms of context) singularize a player in a TEAM sport for a team accomplishment. Individual accolades like MVP, Finals MVP, etc. are fine for individual players.

    People should NOT just look at RINGS and determine how good a player is.They need to look at reproducible, objective stats as well as accomplishment when determining the greatness of players.

    For instance, no one can rationally, objectively, concretely state that Kobe is better than LeBron. In seemingly every statistical category, LeBron is light years ahead of Kobe when comparing LeBron’s whole career to Kobes or even best years, which speaks volumes to LeBron’s career (including points, “clutch abilities in terms of percentage/efficiency/game 7 ppg where LBJ has highest ppg and I think maybe even in elimination games as well). LeBron has scored at a higher clip and Definitely more efficiently throughout his career). Additionally, LeBron has way more MVP’s, equivalent amount of MVP’s (some legitimately argue that Kobe should have 1 only a la Magic series). LeBron has been showed to actually help his team while stats suggest that Kobe actually has hurt his team when playing (i.e. shaq days, number of field goals, etc.)

    But the argument always goes back to, for some, Kobe is better than LeBron because ‘Kobe is a winner, has more heart, is more mentally tough”. These terms are, once again, just media-hyped, unsubstantiable, and empty terms. For instance, who would win a significant majority (9/10) of the time/who would you pick on your squad…a less talented, less skilled 5’10 guy who has heart or a 6’8 beast all around player. The less skilled might get a couple of buckets the media will sensationalize, but let’s be real.

  • spit hot fiyah

    you have to define winner first. they all won gold medals and a bunch of playoff games and conference championships.

    if u define winner by nba championship and restrict it to that, then they are not winners, neither is AI, elgin baylor, k malone etc… and the rest of us.

  • spit hot fiyah

    smush parker agrees

  • NBA

    Is it me or can no one else take him seriously?

  • luger

    So he gets mad even he sees Lebron “win” a ring…. But then days he won’t be bitter about bout winning himself???? Getting mad at someone else “winning” is called sitting and sulking.

  • spit hot fiyah

    those words should not be uttered by grown man

  • MinnyMinny

    Agreed, people will say, media-like, LeBron had to go to Miami to ride the “coattails of wade and Bosh” when once again, Lebron leads that team in pts, boards, assist, and carries that squad.

    KG didn’t leave and look what happened to his career when management wasn’t helping him out with pieces that all other superstars (esp. Kobe) get in the playing career. I respect the BIG FUNDAMENTAL, but if KG had the Spurs organization, KG might’ve had more rings and been labeled as the best PF in the game

  • Dixon Uranus

    Ewing, Miller and Barkley lost to Michael Jordan. I think that just says a lot about Michael being the greatest, than those three being “not winners.” If they played today, I think they would’ve won at least one each.

    Howard, though, I think, is just another young player more concerned about looking good on the floor than actually winning. I think it’s time he learns from LeBron and drop the clown act and take things more seriously.

  • shockexchange

    You have to paint a picture of a basket on your chest to get a pass from Horry Jr.

  • swaggyduhdonon1

    mayne it do wut it dew pimpin on the block like a chicken pock BAYBAY. D howard u aint no coward mah mayne oh shawdddy shhnap keep doin yuh thang big homey kuntry kang loose with the goose mah g wuts poppin spressin dut trufe uh uhpin yang mah dawg what’s kurrackin wif yeh fam…peepz be hatin on legitness mah mayne real talk real spit yo hot fare cuh crack yelluh bone chirp duh wurth chicken pox og goldilocks it b a Houstown Thang wid duh Thugguh mah OG shawdy shhhnnap fuhgit duh h8rs swangin wif dem g8rs in duh shhhwamp uh duh deck…

    PS. Agreed with the comments below that LeBron is better than Kobe with regards to stats and accomplishments, thus, basketball and no grown men should be referring back to twitter.

    Swaggy duh don aught hurr

  • swaggyduhdonon1

    u duh mayne homeh

  • RyanBo

    Soon to be 10 years in the league and he hasn’t accomplished anything of significance other than a triplet of defensive awards. Dwight isn’t on the level of a Kobe or LeBron, nor does he have the winning mindset. The mindset that one has when they disregard all criticism and controversy and they just go out and win. That’s the only way to shut up all critics. WINNING. Until he does that, he will have a career filled with self inflicted scrutiny.

  • melvo

    I actually like Dwight a little bit more because he left he Lakers hanging like that…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s going to be pretty damn funny when he finishes in the top 5 in MVP voting.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “playing along with Kobe had nothing to do with me going to Houston” — but Kobe’s personality and contract? everything. it had everything with me going to Houston.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    The stars have to line up perfectly in order to win a championship. For some elite NBA players, it never pans out, but it doesn’t mean they are not “winners”. For instance, replace Dwight Howard with Chris Bosh or replace JR Smith with Mike Miller on those Heat championship squads. Even though neither of them really known for being “winners”, it’s safe to say that the Heat may still have 2 rings and maybe even 3.

    People say “defense wins championships” and winning “the battle of the boards” is the key to success, well, no center plays better defense or rebounds better than a HEALTHY Dwight Howard. That’s not even debatable.

    I’m not a Dwight Howard fan in the slightest, but 20 and 15 and 3 on 53% shooting on a Magic team that struggled to get him the ball CANNOT be ignored. Nor can making it to the finals with Hedo Turkoglu as your primary facilitator. Dwight doesn’t have a ring. Durant doesn’t have a ring. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t winners.

  • LakeShow

    What’s going to be funny?

  • LakeShow

    What’s with Dwight’s voice?
    Guess it’s evolving into that massive human being, getting older, black dude, sound.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the reaction from all the Lakers people who were happy he didn’t stay in LA.

  • jeff y

    I’ve never seem him sound so mature. who is pulling the strings? Seriously though, I REALLY hope this guy puts the past behind him and turns his career around. PLEASE, for the love of the NBA, let go of the drama and just play ball!

  • Saleem Rainman

    oh thats gonna be pretty inevitable, when the rockets improve by 10+ games this season

  • jeff y

    me too :) AND I think he actually did it with class, which may be a first in his career, sadly. But the Lakers tried to punk him on the way out, for sure.

  • LakeShow

    You think that they didn’t want him to stay in LA because they thought he wouldn’t be a MVP candidate?

  • jeff y

    absolutely. like he was reading from a teleprompter almost.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    uhm, idk how many Lakers fans you talk to, but there is a large portion who think LA was better off without him. like literally, the team would be better off.

  • LakeShow

    They are idiots.

  • bike

    “Between Two Ferns” with Stephan A. and Dwight.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He just spurned the Lakers. The Lakers are in Los Angeles. MVP is voted on by the media. The Media is in LA. It’s not inevitable at all.

  • j

    that just broke my brain..

  • Dfrance

    Mah mayne, u be str8 spressin da trufe mayne, no diggity, no doubt!

  • Dfrance

    Howard lost to Kobe who is arguably the greatest of his generation, so what’s the difference?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol that’s why that would be hilarious

  • Saleem Rainman

    ahhh, i disagree. I dont think all of the media will be that ignorant (not all the votes come from LA). Plus, if LA had that much influence alone, both Kobe an Shaq would probably have quite a few more than 1 mvp’s each…

  • playa

    Umm you do realize that picking example of kobe& than bringing another equivalent example of someone with all heart and little skill is hmmm confusing??? Kobe is an EPITOME of skill & there is no area in which Bron Bron is more SKILLED than Kobe except for bounce passes maybe.And about LeBron being light years ahead of Kobe career wise+peak years,i really don’t think so,but everyone has their opinion i guess.

  • YeahBuddy

    How is Kobe the greatest of his generation even arguably?That goes to Shaq or Tim Duncan. If LeBron is considered in “Kobe’s Generation” then the top 3 is Shaq, Bron, Duncan. Kobe TOP 5 easily. Though, I would say Shaq because 1) simply unstoppable force as evidenced by his averages 2) had a post up game unlike what the haters say about him 3) led the lakers to the rings. When he played and Kobe did not, their team actually did better .780. With Kobe and without Shaq, they were barely over .500. Shaq would straight up average on double and triple teams 38+ 15+ 3+ with some blocks/steals here or there.

    Kobe’s game during those ages was super sick but very replaceable. Kobe has been gifted with great, great talented teams or other players (relatively speaking) each year he has won. If you think about it, TMAC on the MAGIC days traded for Kobe and if TMAC had Shaq, we’d be talking about TMAC right now. Vince Carter is a stretch to say that Kobe could be replaced by him, but TMAC easily could’ve replaced Kobe and done better. Better scorer, better passer, and bigger. Maybe not better on D, but do you really need to be super solid D when you have Shaq.

    People don’t say Shaq is tight simply becasue he did not reach their unimaginable expectation and fulfill what they wanted him to be even though he still put up like 38+ 15+ in the finals. The only knock on shaq is free throw shooting. But let me ask you this question. If Shaq shoots 40% from FT and attempts 20 fts, then he loses his squad at max 12 pts. If Kobe goes 40% and shoots 20 FGA, he loses his team 24 pts at minimum and 36 points at max on those squads. Also, Shaq was way more of an efficient player than Kobe; therefore, way more reliable and reproducible. What argument can people give that Kobe is the best player of his generation except for 1 81 point game. Kobe without any solid player did not go anywhere bro. Cats like Lebron and even Iverson and Kidd led their teams to successful seasons with BARE Minimal help. When Kobe gets the same as them, his teams 1) didn’t go to playoffs 2) got 8th seed and lost a 3-1 lead. Then, he ALMOST left until Lakers got arguably the most talented power forward at the time and super well-rounded Pau Gasol.

    I am NOT hating on Kobe; I pick up moves from him in my game and respect his skills (not game but skills) and work ethic and drive. But to say he is in the conversation of Shaq, Duncans is unfair. If you had to start a team or was drafting, you should pick Shaq, Duncan, and then Bryant (out of those 3) everytime.

  • playa

    So that’s why he had career high in this aspect last year, everyone must have those painted t-shirts…..interesting concept to say the least.

  • SlamisduhBest

    Opinion? Numbers dont lie bro.

    http://ballislife.com/infographic-comparison-jordan-kobe-lebron-at-age-28/

    How do you measure skill if not for FG%, 3PT FG%, etc. Do you just look at form when shooting to determine skill; if then, Eric Gordon is more skilled than LeBron? The thing that is understated about Lebron is that he has the highest IQ in the game and that even when he dribbles, it’s calculated and efficient. Not just random crossovers. He even dribbles with purpose. His game is NO flash. His behind the back passes are NOT flash, they are really the only way you could find the game in those situations etc. Its not like he does some fancy behind the back overthe shoulder pass when a perfectly nice fundamental bounce pass will work. Defense, no question who is more versatile. Lebron has literally locked up guards (rose and parker) and plays downlow.

  • babbbbbby

    Bro, that is old. LeBron now has 5 MVPs and also 2 Finals MVP.

    Also, people will say, oh but Kobe did not play his first two years or played terribly…when Lebron averaged 20+ 5+ 5+ as only rookie ever to do sans MJ at the time that and his the cavs improved to near Playoff team…doesn’t that speak more about Lebron to be producing from Day 1.

  • dwightwho?

    Shut up you mitch your not a winner your a wyner

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    now now now, who is talking about just the voting? the media controls the narrative all season. they would sooner boost up James Harden’s MVP stock then lead any sort of “look what Dwight as done narrative” —- it’ll be like when he was in Orlando. Except nobody likes him now.

  • Dfrance

    All of that because I said Kobe is ARGUABLY the greatest of his generation? I didn’t say definitely, I didn’t say without question, I said arguably. That means an argument can be made for him.

    You put him in your top 3(top 4 if LeBron is included) of greatest players of his generation, yet say he’s not even arguably the greatest? That makes very little sense to me.

  • Lakers

    I’m a die hard Laker fan and everyone I spoke with feel if he didn’t want to be here then he can go! Not because its best without him but we just had a feeling he just wasnt Laker material. He wasnt a Shaquille, Wilt, Kareem or even Bynum. He just didn’t seem to fit. He’s a good player and all but I wonder would he’ve been better as a career PF than a C. Being a good defender don’t define center to me. Just my opinion!

  • Commenter

    @playa

    How do you determine skill? Is it simply by looking how someone plays regardless of their efficency when playing.

    If so, is John Stockton better than LeBron? Is Andre Miller better than Rondo? Players can look aesthetically pleasing and skilled when they play, but that does not mean that they are actually productive or helping the team in anyway. A lot of players’ shooting forms look nice, but that does not mean that they are indeed better than someone else.

    Please define what skill means and how you quantify it?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he wasn’t SHAQ!!!! you gotta be kidding me, you gotta just boot every not SHAQ!!!! outta LA immediately….
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    Ready, GO!
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    Got anyone left?

  • Roger Rogers

    This dude is so full of ish. Anyone remember the game where steve nash goes under the basket and motions to dwight to move so he can get the pass? and all Dwight does is stand under the basketball jumping up and down with his hands up? I have never seen Steve Nash gets to mad a teammate like that.

  • Roger Rogers

    excuse me miss? I speak jive

  • Saleem Rainman

    ahhhh, noted. But thats more a result of the damage dwight has done to his own image the past 2 years, is it not? The media basically hated him all year even when he was playing for the lakers no?

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Dwight was pissed off to the highest of piss-tivity!!!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    not really…i mean, the constant questioning was annoying, but what was Dwight actually blamed for this year? He had the worst season since his rookie year, and didn’t really get criticized for it at any significant level. Seems to me that all of the real blame has been placed on guys in suits.
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    now in Houston, most of the time when they win, the credit will go to James Harden, and when they lose, the credit will be to Dwight Howard.

  • Adsdas Dsfdfasd

    yeah yeah yeah we know bro, Kobe won 5 titles but anybody could’ve done it. Yeah, ok.

  • kobe

    Funny how rings don’t matter to those who don’t have them lol

  • Adsdas Dsfdfasd

    “I am NOT hating on Kobe; I pick up moves from him in my game ”

    LOL! Dude you’re a bench warming little dork hating on Kobe. he’s the best of his generation easily and only one debatable is Tim Duncan. Good day dork

  • Adsdas Dsfdfasd

    Kobe is all time better than LBJ. LBJ is the best player right now.

  • Nexxis Lexxis

    D12 really is audacious. Just another mouthful (with a pre-written script it seems) who suffers from ‘godlike status’, and believes in a pocketful of greens :)

  • LP @ThisisEther

    i thought i was the only one that caught that…..like his twitter is his birth certificate or something…

  • EvidencePlz

    http://thesportingtruth.com/?p=2035

    Please speak with 1) evidence to back your claims 2)objectivity 3) a perspective that is not bogged down in raw, baseless emotion 4) a perspective not based on the “logic” of the media that simply wants to create controversy to improve their own pockets 5) please do not be on of those people who don’t even watch basketball or play basketball consistently or regularly and comment just by taking opinions or “homer” unsubstantiated statements from others.

    I knew people like that who just blew my mind. For instance, a person from Miami who was a gasol fan but loved the Knicks said Lebron thinks he is so good when in fact he does not do anything for the Heat… LOL He averages the most points, rebounds, assists, and maybe even steals on that squad…PLEASE DON’t be this way

    Peace

  • EvidencePlz

    How?

  • EvidencePlz

    As in HOW IN THE WORLD is KOBE a better all time player than LBJ?

    What claims can you make for this? What evidence? What rationale? Where do you get this from? Are you on something?

    Don’t use the rationale “I think this should be it, so it’s true” like a child. Use reasoning buddy.

  • Max

    Man, Dwight is litteraly laughing all the time, he has to try so hard not to crack up ut seems like.

  • hoodsnake

    Anal cuddling by StephenA abit no?

  • danpowers

    you can even tell by his facial expression that this was a big big lie.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he was selective about his words. saying, playing along Kobe left all the off-the-court stuff out of it.

  • danpowers

    sure, but just look at what he did with his head, eyebrows and eye movement when he said what you quoted.

    its like from a textbook for interrogation classes lol. so yeah, its obvious that youre right about “everything”.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    damn i didn’t even notice. you are completely right.

  • danpowers

    the difference is that kobe is arguably the greatest of his generation while michael jordan was the greatest of all time lol

  • logues

    as much as I hate listening to Dwight howard talk, I really liked his last comments about being pi$$ed off and hating seeing other players(LeBron) getting championships…

  • The Seed

    Why did CNN, Sports magazine, ESPN, state Kobe is the player of the Decade. Dude really. Shaq underachieved and Duncan choked with Spurs. It take Kobe, go research and see what MJ states.

  • Lloyd

    Welcome to the Twitter age. Overall, he’s saying all the right things though. The comments he ended off on were great.

  • iceman

    comment of the day, shock u on fire this year u called Rent a Center leaving LA, coined a now used term, and now this, slow clap*

  • Sérgio

    Man, Kobe was unfair to a lot of teammates he’s had, but not with Dwight. He was hard with him, but it was deverved – Dwights attitude was pathetic. He wasn’t a ball hog like Dwight is trying to make him look like. He averaged a career high in assists, and really tried to establish Howard in the low post in every game (what usually does not count as an assist). He got the ball A LOT. But he also had a horrible turnover rate, and could not make freetrhows. So how did he want to keep receiving the ball throught the game?

  • BrownJesus

    Maybe then he should play for the Nets. Heyoooo

  • shockexchange

    (Deshawn Stephenson voice) “The Shock Exchange can’t feel his face!”

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Even when he’s trying to sound mature he looks goofy as f*ck. Having watched his half a**ed effort all of last season (to the point that Nash snapped on him), it should be more like “it must have been very tough for the Lakers players to play with me”.

    Just wasn’t a good fit with this team, and definitely not with the personality and culture of the team’s leaders.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Most Lakers insiders/players are pissed off after the fact because he half assed his way through the season and only gave efforts in spurts, feuded with teammates and his coach, and tried to undermine Kobe’s leadership by making fun of him behind his back to the rest of the team.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    I don’t think they’re better off without him from a talent perspective (obviously), but it is worth noting that the relationship that Dwight had with his teammates and coaches was borderline toxic throughout most of the season and likely would have carried on to this season. He is a hell of a talent and will be burden free and rejuvenated in Houston, but LAL as they are currently constructed is/was not the right fit for him.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    This. Dwight had a chance to have the offense run through him against the Spurs for the whole series as “the man” on that team…his numbers: 17 and 10, which is actually worse than his season average. He was garbage (as in, not up to par) the entire season expect for a couple of stretches here and there.

    And I’m not talking just from an injury standpoint – his effort and heart were not that and that’s something that was not only visible to fans but teammates as well.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Its still devastating to lose the best center in the league for nothing, regardless of his fit.

  • RKJ92

    AHAHAHAHA.

  • Evan Boland

    Yes, one of those people. Don’t like him, don’t want him, thankfully he’s gone, good riddance. Successful on athleticism and athleticism alone. Has NO post moves. NONE.

  • Evan Boland

    I can’t believe you, as a Laker fan, would want that man on our team.

  • Evan Boland

    Dude’s a loser.

  • Zabbah

    I agree with most of what you say but Hedo played ball during that Finals run. He was an excellent facilitator, just not anymore after that.

  • Ron

    You are on crack

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Howard or @Shockexchange? … both are fruit-loops if u ask me. One thinks he’s a celebrity and wafts through the stratosphere with a sense of grandiose entitlement… the other plays bball for the Rockets.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Well… his PR people have told him to reinvent himself and I guess this is beginning of that. One major problem with being a max contract kinda guy is too few people tell u when yr not doing the right thing, i.e being a jerk, or not tacking the situation seriously enough (see Iverson/Jordan after retirement). So yes, it scripted in that Howard has run through what he has to say to the media, but it’s also natural in that it shows his natural happy go lucky personality. Times are different in today’s NBA. You don’t have to be a flat out killer and hate yr opponent (Isaiah Thomas/Mj) like u once did. Everyone’s smiley like KD or unwilling to hit back like BG these days… it’s indicative of the modern game.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    I hate the Lakers (like the next guy, unless of course it’s @LakeShow) but I want them at their best so I can take it to them. There’s no fun beating an inferior opponent.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    “making fun of him behind his back” eh?

    1. What’s yr source there?

    2. how old are u??

  • Interdico Scriptor

    kill yrself

  • Interdico Scriptor

    I only ‘got’ yr name last week.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Just say laughing all the time.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    My turn at pedantic. “better off without him” doesn’t need literally. There is only one interpretation of “better off without him”… anyway, carry on.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Who? Howard?? Yeah he does. He has two. Right dropstep jumphook and left dropstep jumphook.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Y. Now seeing Kaman there cracks me up. Tis going to be an interesting year…

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  • ClydeSays

    These 2 should do a five minute weekly show for ESPN & call it “Unintentional Comedy!”

  • Caboose

    The same reason Fox, CNN, and many newspapers thought Sarah Palin would make a good vice president. You’re talking about the same media who have Kobe an All Defensive Team 2 years ago. It’s simple lack of knowledge.

  • Caboose

    Wilt Chamberlain is top 3-4 all time but I’d never say he’s arguably the greatest.

  • Caboose

    This.

  • Caboose

    LeBron has officially been inserted into my Top 10 all time list. Kobe has not. If you want my rationale, I’ll give it to you, but don’t try to compromise the debate. LeBron is better now, is better than Kobe at his peak, and if both guys retired now, LeBron has had a better career.

  • Swaggy p

    Read first 4 words and stopped trying

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    That’s fair. He went for 16/5/4 on 42% shooting during that run. He played solid ball, but not exceptional when compared to other primary facilitators who play in the NBA Finals.

  • Caboose

    He reminds me of George Bush, like someone told him a joke backstage that he can’t quite share with the audience, but it’s still on his mind.

  • Caboose

    You amuse me.

  • Conor

    Corner threes, no free throws during warm-up at the Toronto game this year. The same one, coincidentally, he was ejected from after a foul-plagued first half.

    Unprofessional stooge.

  • thebossman15

    man you win

  • thebossman15

    relax..kobe is the best of the generation..kobe was too shooting guards what shaq was too big men, except with more rings which is why hes better..duncan is definitely there along with shaq

  • Conor

    People talk about the hate James receives, but this Kobe stuff is always on another level.

    Dude, the only one comparable through accolades is Duncan. And when it comes to talent, fundamental skill, & basketball perspicacity, Kobe has no rival. What would Kobe have done with David Robinson and those élite Spurs teams? He won the first of three championships with Shaq only three years after leaving high school…

  • thebossman15

    tyreke evans was also a 20-5-5 guy i guess that speaks alot about him too huh clown..when givin the opportunity too play on shitty teams elite players can put up those types of numbers easily, especially when ur given the green light and have the ball in ur hand the whole game..stats need too be looked at in perspective

  • athanasia columbus

    Kobe couldn’t get along with D Howard because the Black Mamba is the most intense competitor in the game today! And that is why he has 5 rings!!!

  • Conor

    You are comparing biased networks forwarding political agendas (btw: what panel on CNN concurred, upon analysis of her candidacy, that Palin would be a good VP? Maybe the Republican correspondents…) to a review of the best members of an era of a sport (which is like compiling, say, a list for the greatest inventions of the 20th century). HaHaHaHa

    Analysis of the past is much more reliable, and obvious, than the adumbrate of a biased, likely violent governor from Alaska… smh

    Especially by those who have nothing to gain from it other than advancing their knowledge of the sport and the League. Once again, Bryant’s contemporaries’ views align completely with the media. At least, for Generational/Decade’s Best, the media was correct.

  • shockexchange

    Yeah, and an vicious attack against the Shock Exchange’s person is really going to bring Rent-A-Center back to L.A.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    wrong.
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    there is the team is better off without him as a business.
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    there is the team is better off without him as a basketball team.
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    thanks for playing.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Woj, who happens to be a leading NBA reporter, reported it after the All Star game, and again after the season. Read once in awhile, you’ll learn something.

  • LakeShow

    I would want a 3 time DPOTY and 20-14-3 on 55+% FG’s capable player on my favorite team yes.
    I know… shocking.
    Dude, don’t get me wrong. Dwight is a punk. He is a weird dude that I don’t think fit with our culture at all and is nothing compared to Lakers greats of the past…. but you don’t say goodbye to 20-14-3 until it says goodbye to you.

  • LakeShow

    Just when I think you can’t get any more stupid, you go and completely make it abundantly clear… i’m an idiot.

    Kobe has played more games, scored more points, grabbed more rebounds, tossed more dimes, made more free throws, swiped more steals, won 3 more championships….
    But somehow LeBron has had a better career…

    LMAO

    Wait till the fat lady actually sings next time Caboose.

  • LakeShow

    And this is not a debate Caboose.

    Your wrong.

    We get it. You HATE KB and love LbJ… but try and see things objectively at least in the slightest… Gol damn man.
    It’s bad, because even nbk would agree with me on this one… that’s how far off you are.

  • Evan Boland

    Why? Because I actually watch the games and know what I’m talking about? Do I think they’ll have a better record with him gone? Nope. But they’re so lucky they didn’t max contract that fool. If he was the face on the franchise Lakers would’ve lose so much respect.

  • Evan Boland

    Yeah he’s a fool.

  • Evan Boland

    Yes you do. As you said, he’s a punk, did not appreciate LA, did not like the fans, disrespected Kobe, some things mean more than one season. Him as the face of our franchise would be the ultimate embarrassment.

  • LakeShow

    I kinda agree, but I ain’t upset at myself for being okay with him being on the team.

  • shockexchange

    You’ve just outshocked the Shock Exchange! By the way, the thought of the Shock Exchange being a celebrity never crossed his mind ’til you just mentioned it.

  • Max

    Bravo.

  • robb

    Dwight talking about pick and rolls? lol

  • Guest3

    Well said.

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  • Ebony Ballard

    Bball is played from the heart and heart plays a big part in a persons character let’s hope the some of the nba players can get some buy it from somewhere smh

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