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Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 at 11:05 am  |  42 responses

Kobe Drama’s Effect on Laker Fans

Plus: Gortat.

by Marcel Mutoni

-I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Laker fans are sick of the guy, but some in Lakerland could use a break from Kobe talk.

I don’t think bored is quite the right word, but I think Lakers fans (and Los Angeles as a whole) need a little break from Kobe.

In the wake of Kobe’s “trade me. Trade Me! WHY ISN’T ANYONE IN THE FRONT OFFICE CALLING ME?” radio talk show tirade, Lakers fans were frustrated (with both Kobe and the front office) and insulted, which even led to some “he can’t dump us, let’s dump him first” heat-of-the-moment comments from fans. But by the end of that first day of calls I was burnt out on the Kobe drama, and within a few days I think most fans were too…

(Laker fans and non-Laker fans can claim Bryant fatigue all they want, but we all know that as soon as Kobe opens his mouth again, his name will be all over the place and everyone will pay attention. Learn to embrace the insanity surrounding The Mamba, people.)

-Theo Ratliff says he feels great, and if Theo feels great, then we should all be feeling great.

-Bad news for anyone who played on the Cavs’ summer team: thanks for showing up, but none of you are making the real squad.

Based on what I saw, the Cavs coaches told me and other scouts and coaches said, there didn’t appear to be any other players on the Cavs summer team who are serious candidates to make the team.

-The Magic are signing some guy named “Gortat”.

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  • dez

    Whose Kobe and why is he so important?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    These obviously aren’t real Laker fans. Real Laker fans would never be fed up with Kobe. Real Laker fans would let Kobe poop in their mouth and ask for more, I’d imagine.

  • Colie

    r u serious? kobe’s like the best player in the nba right now, he’s been the scoring champ like 5 times and he came out of high school and won na few rings? thats why kobes so important.

  • Adrian

    Ahh, the death of sarcasm…

  • Joel O’s

    I’m a Kobe fan. But I think he’s acting like a spoiled girl at her sweet-16 party throwing a hissy fit because the car daddy bought for her wasn’t big or cool enough.

  • 15AM

    to magic fans: don’t expect marcin gortat to be the saviour! he played for cologne germany’s first division the last couple of years and put up averages of 9 points and 6 rebounds as a starting 7′ center. you can best describe him as the second coming of mario kasun … without the ink.

  • Steve O

    Early nomination for Gortat to be the Official Links Player of the Year for 07′-08′

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    @Collie:Chris Mihm is more important to the Lakers’ than Kobe

  • Mongoose

    I second the nomination, I keep thinking of Borat’s brother Bilo

  • http://getgarnett.com Reggie Evans

    You are disgusting, Ryan. I would never let Kobe poop in my mouth. That is unsanitary. I would let him poop on my head, wipe it off with antibacterial soap, and then have him sign it with a sharpie.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Max Airington

    That’s what I was waiting for! Nicely played Reggie.

  • h-wag

    Gortat really improved his midrange jumper last year, but other than that I think he might not be as good as Kasun was when he came to the NBA.
    Gortat is just big and athletic, but understanding the game isn´t one of his strengths. Some fans over here in Germany used the nickname “The Brain” for him…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    to 15AM: I’m pretty sure, having been burned by the all-world likes of Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady, most Magic fans don’t even know who the f*ck marty gon@d is, so I doubt they’re going to expect salvation from him.
    And “marty gon@d” pretty much has to be this guy’s nickname, right?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Reggie: I cannot argue with that.

  • http://yahoo.com DP

    KOBE, GO TO MEMPHIS SO I CAN SEE YOU PLAY! Ryan, when am I going to get my own blog on this freakin website? play wit it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    You’re asking the wrong guy.

  • Kracka

    Dear Kobe,

    Alot of people cannot beat the Suns!

  • http://www.myspace.com/whyberickjames Greased Up Deaf Guy aka Clay Davis

    kobe should quit crying about needing help, he had the M.D.E. and ran him off. two first round exits and he wants help. wtf

  • http://getgarnett.com Reggie Evans

    Wanting Shaq gone is not the same as not wanting any help

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    Greased Up Purveryor of Mainstream Media – Kobe has his faults, but he did not run off The Big Broom, Buss didn’t want to pay an aging, out of shape center with a history of being a bad teammate. I bet you think the US is in Iraq because of WMDs as well?

  • http://www.raptors.com Mr. 416

    “”The Magic are signing some guy named Gortat”"……HIGH FIVE !!

  • Chukaz

    I think that I had already mentioned this, but the Lakers should keep Kobe and not play him for the next 2 seasons. That way, by the time he can opt out of his contract, nobody will want to pay him top dollars and Kobe will be making 5 mil a year.

  • Chukaz

    I have said that Kobe is the greatest player of all time, but he is not nearly as good as MJ. MJ had like 8 straight scoring titles (I think) while Kobe’s got 2. MJ got 6 finals MVPs on six finals appearances, while Kobe got none and has lost in the finals once.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyNMz_LxEoA Boing Dynasty

    If kobe sat out for 2 years, and then came back as a free agent, he would be offered a max contract by every team that could afford to give him one.

  • Chukaz

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that MJ’s got more MVP’s than Kobe’s got rings.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The 24 who cried wolf.

  • Chukaz

    @Boing Dynasty: Nobody would give a max contract to Kobe if he didn’t play for 2 years, ’cause he ain’t no MJ. Now that I think of it, Kobe is not as good a dunker as he is given credit for. Kobe is the 2nd most overrated player in the history of the NBA behind Shawn Marion and Scottie Pippen (they are tied for 1st)

  • Chukaz

    Oh, I would like to say that if Kobe comes out and tells all of us that he doesn’t want to be traded he will go from 2nd most overrated to the most underrated player of all-time and will go back to better-than-Jordan status.

  • Chukaz

    Oh, I forgot to mention that if Kobe gets traded and Yi get traded, the terrorists have already won. By the way,
    Dear Mr. Owner of the Super Sonics,
    Here in El Paso, TX, we don’t have a pro-franchise and we are building a new arena downtown and you are looking for a new arena, so give us a call if you are interested. By the way, he are the 21st biggest city in the U.S and between the population of Las Cruces(NM), Sunland Park(NM), Santa Teresa(NM), El Paso(TX), Socorro(TX), Juarez(MX), and some other cities around El Paso, you are gonna sell out every game. Just think about it.
    Sincerly, Chukaz.

  • Chukaz

    Travis Outlaw was signed by the Blazers to a 3 year deal. First Darko, and now this? Someone bring the troops home the terrorist have already won.

  • Chukaz

    Someone bring the troops home, even if the terrorist haven’t won. We are never going to win the war against terror. We are fighting an idea or belief, you can not beat somethig that ain’t there physically. This ain’t like going to war against a contry, this is againt an idea/belief/movement, you just can’t stop it. It’s like if you wanted to go on war agianst Catholict.

  • Chukaz

    I meant Catholisism or however that thing is spelled.

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin _personal

    Anybody else that thinks Travis Outlaw is due for a GWall kind of breakout?

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Yo Chukaz.
    Believe it or not once the season started, those Kobe hatin’ by Laker fan will be gone.
    Just a few string of jaw-dropping statistics from Kobe then they all will shut up.

  • Chukaz

    @Sesa: I know that the Kobe hate will stop. I don’t know if you noticed this, but I went from seeing he was the second most overrated player to saying that he is the most underrated player of all time in about 5 mins. Check the time of the posts.

  • Keith

    Isn’t the Magic’s new dude a character from Mortal Kombat? Or maybe Harry Potter….

  • http://www.ref-ump.com Referee

    UPON FURTHER REVIEW

    Sorry… but Kobe is a disgrace! He is pulling down serious $$$ and as good a player as he is… No one is bigger than the storied franchise for which he should honour.

  • P-MAC

    as a laker fan, kobe the best player in tha league has a right to talk but mitch can’t have, traded: Shaq,Caron butler and Kobe on his resume, he never again would find work…… not to mention signing Aaron Mckie and RadFallovic aka space cadet????

  • jay

    first off..we will all be getting a lot of kobe in next day! team usa opens camp. kobe will be front and center. i will see him go off sunday and yes, i am pumped for his olympic kicks!

  • drew

    i dont understand why people are mad at kobe right now. when your the best player in the game you shouldn’t be forced to play with 2nd and 3rd class players. and that is what the lakers are doing. yes kobe is the best to ever live but even the best player cant take on a team of five.

  • tike

    Hey Ryan why dont you let me poop in your mouth..

  • sarah

    nooo LA dont want kobe to leave!

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