Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 9:06 am  |  108 responses

Thanks to Kobe’s ‘Selfishness’, the Mavs Can Beat L.A. in Playoffs

by Marcel Mutoni

Um, that’s according to Ryan Hollins of the Mavs, a man who has played in a whopping 18 games this season, and clocked about 9 minutes per.

Hollins, appearing on a sports radio talk show, gave the Lakers (and their leader) some great motivational material should the two squads meet in the first round of the postseason.

The Dallas Morning News has the details:

Hollins went so far as to provide some insight on how the Mavs could succeed as an 8 seed against the Lakers, whom he acknowledged were the team to beat. The key: Take advantage of Kobe’s selfishness.

“Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the game, and I think sometimes he has issues trusting his teammates,” said Hollins, who probably saw a lot of Lakers games while playing college ball at UCLA. “Maybe we catch them off guard, kind of get Kobe into playing a little one-on-one or doing a little too much, I think we’ve got a shot at them definitely.”

As the local reporter helpfully points out in the post, Hollins has yet to log a single Playoff minute in his life. Should he get the opportunity this year, one can’t help but feel that it won’t be a pleasant experience.

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  • larrylegend

    ryan who?
    well, another 8th seed upset would be welcome…
    btw, 1st

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Andy

    So, a Dallas player tells the press his team can beat the Lakers. I’m sorry, but I fail to see the story here. Would you really expect any Dallas player to say anything else, regardless of his role on the team? Sounds like a little Lakers bias there, Marcel. And, let’s be honest, he’s not wrong about Kobe, is he? Tell me the man doesn’t occasionally feel uncomfortable giving up the rock in close games.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    These comments should be interesting…

  • DJR

    MAMBA!!!! Take him back to school!!! Just break his ankles a little bit. Even if KB decides to revert to old ways, who on the Mavs is capable of stopping him?? They would have to double and triple team him every time, and it would still be a close game. This guy thinks you can beat the Lakers by letting Kobe play one-on-one, classic.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    No one ever says this stuff about Lebron. JUST SAYING.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber


  • vtrobot

    where’s rueben patterson these days? can the mavs try to find him so that he can stop kobe?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Someone should tell the young’n that the Mavs have to actually MAKE the playoffs first.

  • littleshotlarry

    I love how people always say “this isn’t news,” when someone posts something they’re not interested in. If you don’t want the little details, why don’t you get your hoops news from CNN or something?

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    @Tad … I was thinking the same thing … you should make sure you HAVE 8th seed first.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    So angered by this, my thoughts are all disjointed. How dare you give Mamb*atch (who’s in cruise control at the moment, biding his time) added motivation? Who are you, nannystopper? Kobe eats the Mavs guards for breakfast, then wipes the crumbs off his face with the small forwards!! Everyone is in awe of his 81 years ago? well a week earlier, he scored 63 on the Mavs, in THREE QUARTERS!! 3! That floored me more than 81, to be honest. Ryan better hope Kob’s doesn’t go into selfish mode, cause if there’s one team in the west who want nothing to do with scoring machine 24 in “i’ma get mine” mode, it’s Dallas. Who is this Hollins guy? You know if Stack had said that, i’d have been much less annoyed, he’s earned the right to talk, and when he’s healthy, he contributes to the team’s success. Team’s not even secured that 8 spot yet (see the suns in the rearview, guys?? Nice, eh?) and he’s blabbing. Gag order Rick, NOW! Great players, especially vindictive ones like Kob’s, MJ etc. mark these statements and use it for that little boost of extra motivation! Jesus, what a tool!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Speaking of which, how cool would it be for the Suns to get that 8th seed and have another Shaq v. Kobe moment? Anyone? No? Ok.

  • http://4point0show.com/ Wes

    So I’m still confident Phoenix will actually be playing L.A. in the first round this year…

  • DJR

    Since All-Star break has anyone else got the feeling Shaq is upping his numbers to prove he can still play and maybe go back to LA for one last show?

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Wow what a f*cking idiot.

  • http://indianz.com R3Z

    Lakers fear the Blazers in the 1st round. The rest of the West is falling off, except for the Blazers. RIP city is coming.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Bryan, how is he an idiot? His team will likely face the Lakers in the 1st round. If it motivates Kobe to come in and dominate the ball and prove a point, well great that’s exactly what he’s hoping for. He knows they have NO CHANCE of beating a high-powered Lakers team that moves the ball around. Their only chance really is Kobe averaging 50 a game on poor shooting and freezing Pau. The fact that he’s a fringe NBA guy doesn’t really affect the validity of his statement, IMO. It’s not like he said that Kobe sucks or anything à la Deshawn on LeBron (btw, I’d LOVE to know the reason behind that feud… a girl?).

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    So these teams “falling off”, like Utah or Houston or the suns with 5 wins in a row…thats who R3Z meant, right? And the blazers would need to do the falling off and go on a losing spree to be able to meet the Lakers in round 1, just saying.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    The NBA, where unbelivable happens.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Andy

    Co-sign Z. He put my original point far better than I did.

  • Randy Brown

    Someone’s put him up to this no doubt. I reckon Cubes

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Andy

    By the way, if the Suns sneak that 8th spot, the that series will be the best of the plaoyoffs. Hell, it would be better than the finals themselves.

  • Randy Brown

    And then the NBA goes WWE. Hollins comes on with seconds left in the first half. The crowd boos him like crazy. He smacks Kobe with a steel chair

  • Jake

    This series is gonna be a disaster.I just Kobe taps or”slaps”(whichever you prefer) Dirk in the face like David West.Best 2008 Playoffs moment am I right?!?!

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    I can’t wait.

  • doyouwantmore

    Co-sign Andy at the top.

  • Jake

    Oh also,Ryan Hollins might want to take into account the fact that Dallas has to play Denver,Cleveland,Miami,Phoenix,Utah,New Orleans twice and the Rockets before he starts talking about Playoffs.Playoffs?We’re talking about Playoffs??

  • B0$$ John

    First of all…there are like 10-12 games left in the season and well the Mavs, need to lock up the 8th spot, because the Suns are gainin on that ass like a killer in a movie. I am a Laker fan and will be one all my life. They are playing the best basketball they have played since the 3-peat run! The Mavs are in trouble if Kobe plays “Mr. Ball-hog” and scores in the over 35pt mark. Kobe right now is the best player in the NBA hands down! People keep saying it’s LeBron, its D-Wade, it’s D-Howard and others, but lets be honest…LeBron, hasn’t been able to get over the hump yet and won a title…D-Wade, basically is a one man scoring machine, but since Shaq left hasn’t had much success…D-Howard, is young and still has to overcome the East monsters called Clevland and Boston. So Point blank “BLACK MOMBA” is just as his nickname says…DEADLY AND DANGEROUS!!!! 2009 NBA CHAMPIONS…..LOS ANGELES LAKERS!!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    While the kids a dummy for saying this without a team to back him up…..he’s actually right…..the Lakers are WAY more dangerouse when Bean plays more of a facilitator role and gives Pau, Lamar, etc. legit scoring chances instead of forcing triple pump fake shots and 30 foot, hand in the face threes for an entire game.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy


  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    He’s pretty dangerous when he drops 63 in three quarters too, E. Trust me, I was there. Either way the Mavs are toast in the first round just like I predicted in my Slamonline Mavs preview. (Handclaps ensue)

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Yeah, for a game B. No doubt. Not a series. Be real.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    For sure, I’m just saying that I’m pretty confident that the Lakers could win 4 of 7 without Kobe against this squad, although that is the last thing I want to see.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    And I don’t think Kobe’s even sniffed anything close to 50 in a playoff game, so that’s not a valid argument.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I think if the Mavs get the 8th spot, they’ll win a game….the Lakers trip out too much and let teams fu*k around and stay close…..Dirk and the Jet can get hot at home and steal one game.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    My fingers are crossed for a Suns-LA series, that would be something. Suns recently beat LA with Shaq playing out of his mind – one can only dare to dream.

  • Jackie Moon

    Jukai Posted: Mar.25 at 9:18 am
    No one ever says this stuff about Lebron. JUST SAYING. … Nope they don’t, they just say “we’ll let Lebron take outside jumpers all day”.

  • Jackie Moon

    Eboy Posted: Mar.25 at 11:29 am
    And I don’t think Kobe’s even sniffed anything close to 50 in a playoff game, so that’s not a valid argument. … 50 points May 4, 2006 Phoenix Suns (playoffs) L 118-126 (OT) Los Angeles 52 … yes, they lost, but I’m just saying, he sniffed it haha

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    My bad.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    He also had 49pts. and 10 assists against the Nuggets in game 2 of last year. Does that count as a sniff?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Jackie, that’s a very good point and a lot of teams do say that’s the gameplan on him. However, from having watched at least 30 Cavs game this year, I can say that this gameplan is never really implemented. The defense might consider it a victory when he settles for the jumper but nobody is ‘letting’ him take it. There’s always a dude in his grill for two reasons: 1) Give him open j’s all game and he will destroy you. Open looks tend to create streaks and when he hits a couple of early Js theres basically no way to stop him. 2) Backing off of him gives him the time to hit cutters and actually create baskets for his team. That’s also a no no. So anyways, that’s just my perception from watching the games. Teams say they play him for the shot but what they really mean is ‘we hope he’ll shoot’, they don’t really dare him.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Well three instances in 11 playoff seasons IS fantastic, I guess.

  • Nigel

    Kobe has problems with his teammates? Is this guy like living in 2003?

  • a_whiteman

    They haven’t been saying that lately, especially since him and kobe shoot the same% from 3!!!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    where the hell is Josh Howard? Did the docs mistakenly saw off his injured ankle or something. What’s with the hush hush surrounding this ankle? Damnit, Mavs are playing with no offensive (and limited defensive) options at the 1&5 spots. Is Josh still on this team?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Darksaber; His ankle is in Guantanamo for swearing during the national anthem. Bush’s last act as president.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    And I think that JVG mentioned this in a broadcast but he was basically saying that even if he could shoot it like Ray Ray, teams would still hope that he’d settle for Js as long as he was able to get to the basket like this. There really isnt any solution for the D to LeBron in the lane.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Sorry for hi-jacking a Kobe thread. My bad. So yeah, I think Hollins has a point even if he’s a nobody. Lakers will still dismantle the Mavs if they do make it.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    good one Lz. Well maybe Barack can get gitmo cleared before the playoffs start, hmm?

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    I’m thinking the Suns have a slightly greater chance of winning 2 games than Dallas. At least the Lakers won’t sweep in the 1st round like last year’s Nuggets. *cringes*

  • Static

    If the Mavs make 8th seed they will get the biz no doubt, but Hollins aint completely off base. The Lakers have not been playin their best ball cuz the 2nd unit is inconsistent, plus they let teams hang around for a lotta 4th qtr comebacks cuz of shoddy D. Their weakness(es) may not be so big and correctable but its still there

  • BostonBaller

    Someone above mentioned that no one would say this about James and that has been true so far BUT if James continues to steal passes that are meant for his teammates just so he can score it will be said about him too. The other night a pass was thrown to a fastbreaking Anderson Varejao and James put on the after burners and stole the pass and dunked it then looked at him with a goofy guilty smile. lol

  • Nathan Gonzales

    Okay so his guy has played in 18 games big deal. I am sure he has no idea what goes on in Kobe’s head. if you look at Kobe’s stats this year they are down again because he is trust his teammates a lot more than he has in previous years so he has no clue what he is saying!!! When and if they do meet in the playoffs he is in for a very rude awakening and will find out first hand why Kobe is the greatest!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    BostonBaller, how`s your Catfish and crew doing? Worry more about that, 2nd seed losers.

  • ab_40

    I hope the suns play the lakers in the first round it will be a lot more fun to see then LA letting bynum come back beast back into shape for the seccond round and have fun they’ll have more trouble vs phoenix… just a little bit more hehe

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL! Why WOULD Kobe give up the ball in crunch time?
    And quite frankly, he doesn’t have a Mo Williams to kick out to at the ends of games, JUKAI.

  • niQ

    If Kobe actually faces the Mavs in the playoffs.. he will average 10 assists.

  • Michael


    Um What? Kobe- 48pts 16rbs 5asts Game 4 in Sacremento in 2001.

    The very Next game Game 1 of THE WCF in San Antonio 45pts 10rbs 5asts

    2006- Game 6 in Phoenix 50pts 8rbs 7asts

    2007- Game 3 aginst Phoenix 46pts 6rbs 6asts

    2008- Game 2 aginst Denver 49pts 10asts 7rbs

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm….no 50′s in there, huh?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    But they were sniffable……

  • Michael

    Phoenix 50 pts 8rbs 7asts.

    Have you not watched Kobe play in the playoffs before? He destroys the Western Conference, he always has, he doesn’t have a lot of 40 or 50 point games but he’s consistently put up 30 plus up until the finals… where he seems to fall all over himself, save for the Nest series where he ran circles around J-Kidd and Kenyon Martin.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm…I’m not a fan….so no….I don’t track his stats game to game. I just referenced someone else’s comment that refered to his 60+ point game against the Mavs and how that’s something that would be quite uncommon for him to do in a playoff setting.

  • RayRayJr

    Ryan who?!?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I really really want the Suns to somehow catch the Mavs. Dallas is just incredibly boring to watch and the Lakers will just sweep them, and probably look bored doing it. Phoenix will atleast make a couple of the games interesting. Not to mention the inherent entertainment value of Kobe vs Shaq…The more I think about it, this HAS TO happen. Get on it Stern!

  • http://neworleansbasketball.blogspot.com Caleb

    He has to say they have a chance. Players and teams always do this. What is he going to say “No, we are the 8 seed for a reason and we have no chance against them. And I’m stuck on the end of the bench so what do I know?”

    That may be mostly true, but c’mon.. he’s not gonna say that. And there is always the slim possibility that the Lakers could be upset, its very very slim, but its there.

  • http://neworleansbasketball.blogspot.com Caleb

    That said I’m with ciolkstar… I’m hoping the Suns somehow catch the Mavs. I don’t see it happening, but it would be cool.

  • Jackie Moon

    If anyone thinks this year’s Lakers are like the 05-06 Mavs, here is the main difference: Lakers-Kobe, Mavs-Dirk. The Lakers MIGHT lose in the Finals again, but there will be no first round upset, guaranteed. I will refund your membership to Slam online material.

  • Eboy’s Daddy

    A comment from a nobody – this is a non story. Dont detriment SLAM by putting this stuff up.

  • whooo!

    i’m in agreement with Eboy. when i read what hollins said, i was like, “he’s right…” you beat the lakers when kobe decides to make it a 1-man show, while you limit the role players. they’re deadliest when the role players all get theirs and kobe picks his spots.

  • Clark Kent

    I heard this yesterday when Ryan was on the Michael Irvin Show. All I can say about this is, meh.

  • truthteller

    If you don’t follow a player’s games then maybe, just maybe you’re not in any position to talk about his game. Just a thought. Saying that he has never sniffed 50 points in a playoffs kinda makes you look clueless! I understand that you are not a kobe fan and that’s fine, you don’t have to be but I’m assuming that you’re a basketball fan, right? And you do watch playoff games, don’t you? Or were you just talking out of your ass for the heck of it?

  • truthteller

    Boy, I can’t wait for the playoffs to begin!

  • A D-Wade fan

    gotta love the confidence… i guess. even though he’s completely insane.

  • truthteller

    But that can be said about any team! If LeBron decides to play 1 on 1 basketball do you think the Cavs have a legit chance of winning? Wasn’t that MJ’s problem earlier on in his career? He couldn’t win until he started playing team ball?

  • Kozmic

    Boy this sounds like fun. He’s a funny guy you gotta admit that. Lotta Cajonés! 3 weeks sounds so long from now!!!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm…..I counted three 50 point instances pointed out by my fellow commenting fam in 11 years of playoff basketball for 24, truthteller. Since I’m not a fan…..could give two sh*ts if the dude scored 10 or 110 in a game…..seeing him pull a 50 point game on the average of every three years or so in playoff competition doesn’t seem that far fetched to not be familiar with his accomplishments….especially when two of them came in pretty meaningless series’. I don’t run to Wikipedia every time there’s a conversation going on……I’m not a stat douche.

  • Kadavour

    Last time Kob was selfish against the Mavs he scored 62 on them in 3 quarters. At that point the entire Mavs roster had 61. Kobe didn’t play in the 4th quarter. I’ll take that kinda performance anyday.

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  • L33tSauce

    Kobe will drop 50 on them in a game if they meet in the playoffs. Key word right now is IF. The suns are catching them.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    No one even knows what this Ryan Hollins guy looks like/does…has anyone ever seen him in the same room as Mark Cuban?? I’m thinking it’s actually MARK CUBANS ALIAS on court!

  • L33tSauce

    Oh, and in Eboy’s defense, that 50 point game Kobe had vs the suns, they lost. Interesting.

  • L33tSauce

    And Teddy, your saying a pass to Gasol when Kobe is being double teamed at the end of a game isn’t a good choice? Or to Odem? Or Fisher? Come on. Take your head out of Kobe’s ass, people. He’s playing on the BEST team in the NBA. His teamates are better than Lebron’s and especially Wade’s. Yet oth of them aren’t afraid to dish when the game is on the line. Lebron has given his teamates the chance. And look to Marion’s last game in Miami. The play was to get Wade the ball and have him drive the hole. Instead he goes to the side and tells Marion after the inboud to run for the rim. Ball goes to Wade, all 5 defenders look at him, and he passes to Marion for the jam and the win. Kobe is a selfish guy, but i agree the man can score.

  • http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com/ The Kandi Raver

    Like HEL the lakers will lose to the mavs! The maves rely too much on jumpers and they are bad at defense! Kobe trusts his teamates more and he knows pau is willing to take scoring! Yes L33 His teamates are way better than anyone elses including the Mavs! Good day to you all!!!!

  • truthteller

    You don’t have to be a stat! Just watch basketball, idiot!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ L33TSauce: You’ve got to be kidding me if you think Pau Gasol can hit the kick-out 3 pointer better than MO WILLIAMS can.
    And Wade dishing to his teammates in crunchtime is stupid too. Obviously he should be taking the big shots ALWAYS. You’re pretty d@mn naive if you think Wade should pass to, hmmm, Michael Beasley in crunchtime?

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Avery Johnson’s voice makes me laugh.

  • L33tSauce

    I wasn’t talking about kicking out for the three. I was talking about giving it to Gasol in the post, because every time i see the lakers play and Kobe has the ball at crunch time he settles for the crazy tough jumper with so many hands in his face, i wonder if the other team has extra players on the court. His killer instinct gives him the ability to be such a great player, but it’s what to this point has kept him from getting his teams without Shaq the title. And I’ll take being naive if it’s working. Why not? You have between two-three guys on you and everyone else looking at you like your Jessica Alba with no cloths on, why not pass it to someone he trusts?

  • L33tSauce

    And it’s not like Wade isn’t afraid to take the shot (two game winners this year), but he’s more concerned with winning than being the man. KInda why Wade came off the bench in the olympics, and Kobe’s big head was kept intact by starting. Wade is a team player. Kobe not so much.

  • truthteller

    You are right. Kobe isn’t a team player at all. That’s why the Lakers are 8th in the western conference! They suck! Damn Kobe!

  • truthteller

    Oh and by the way, Wade came off the bench during the Olympics because Kobe is better than Wade and not because he’s a team player!

  • Nate James

    WADE MVP!!

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    You guys are right, truthteller and l33t.
    Oh wait, Wade averaged 5 more points, 2 more rebounds, and a better shooting percentage all while playing a full 5 minutes less than Kobe.
    Suck it long and suck it hard.

  • Jose

    i would belive him 2 yrs ago now ,not so much. good idea tho,

  • DJR

    @Tyler Batiste: If you’re going to rip into people for being idiots, at least make sure you can spell: fanominal? perposterous? Check again homeboy.


    1. LAL 2. SAS 3. DEN 4. HOU 5. POR 6. UTA 7. NOH 8. DAL

    I know they look a little weird but you look at the games the teams still have to play and you’ll find out why. In Denver’s last 10 games they have 6 at home, and 6 games against teams that won’t make the playoffs. Compare that to the Hornets who only have 4 home games in their last 12, and 8 games are against playoff bound teams. And if Phoenix want to make the Playoffs, they have to win at least 10 of their last 12 which will be near impossible considering who they’re playing, but then they also need Dallas to go only 6-6 in their final stretch – which isn’t out of the question but they would have to play some pretty bad ball.

  • L33tSauce

    Thank you, Anton. And truthteller, please point out a more talented or deep team than the Lakers? THAT is why. Kobe doesn’t make that team, the group as a whole is what makes LA good. Why do you think so many players don’t like playing with him? And cut the “MJ used to be that way”. Jordan figured out how to pass in his 5th season, the one where he averaged 32.5-8-8 shooting 54%(Kobe, you will never get that line, or shooting %). Kobe has been around 13 seasons and he still can’t quite figure it out.

  • L33tSauce

    And DJR, one change to that… Utah will be 5th and Portland 6th. Williams finally has it going.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    truthteller be on that sauce. Guess you CAN obscure obvious facts when one is KBblind. Wade came off the bench in Beijing cause Mambiatch was better. Laughed hard at that one.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    oh and Dallas stomped a depleted warriors team tonight, that’s what you need to do to get a playoff spot. 9 game home winning streak and a ton of homegames left, my dough is on Dirk/Jet making it. Question is at what pos.? The 3-8 spots in west are so damn close. Uncanny.

  • anjoe

    o common yung player. you suck! the first thing to do is to lock on that 8th spot. and i think mavs cant even do that..

  • dubya816

    Kobe take him to school. He needs to learn. Shut the mouth. Anyone remember a guy named Ron Artest?

  • L33tSauce

    Wow, really? Ron Artest and Kobe have almost split their games against each other down the middle. And sorry, but Kobe only played half a game of basketball, because that whole first half Ron and Shane made him look like a child.

  • CHE

    I think the SHAQ vs KOBE is getting played out. It’s like watching the tv show prison break. Gets old watching these fools break out of prison for 4 seasons. I want to see Kobe and Lebron in the finals. Or Wade vs Lebron. Those would be great series’.

  • truthteller

    Are you really serious? MJ learned to pass in his 5th year? This is what I’m talking about. Do you know that MJ didn’t start trusting his teammates until Phil Jackson got there and even then he was reluctant. Phil told a story of how he had to get in MJ’s face every now and then to pass the ball! And we’re talking about championship years! Mj averaged 44 points in ’93 NBA finals! 44! Why? He turned that series into a MJ vs Charles duel. I could keep going but I think these few examples should give you an idea. Not everybody liked playing with MJ! He wasn’t liked by everybody ’cause he was an asshole! Mj was no saint! So, quit the double standards!

  • L33tSauce

    What double standard? Did the Bulls win that series? Yes, and in 6 games. When Kobe goes off for 50 in the playoffs his team manages to lose. MJ did what he had to to win, whether it was dish to teamates one game or score the next. So, like i said, its not close. And i guess 8 dimes a game is selfish. I never knew that, thanks for opening my eyes.

  • truthteller

    You’re an idiot and I really mean that! I don’t even think Jesus Christ himself could open your eyes! When Kobe scored 81 points in a game, wasn’t he doing what he had to do to win the game the Lakers were actually throwing away to the Raptors? And all people kept ssaying was how selfish he was! But MJ does it and he’s doing what he has to do? Didn’t he have Pippen? Now to the playoffs. He scored 50 points one game and the next game he scored 20 and everyone said he quit! Do you see what I mean by “Double Standard”

  • truthteller

    And if Phil Jackson is getting in MJ’s face to pass the ball, then maybe, just maybe MJ’s doing something wrong!

  • Alan

    keep dreamin ryan, it’s good for soul and body

  • uncleballa

    this guy needs to kip payoff dream alive cuz its over 10 games left nd i bet Shaq wnt be givin up tht easy!black Mamba wont hog the ball cuz this season he still get his whil Pau nd Odom do theirs!nd shudnt he about woryin making Startin 5?i just cant wait to see Lebron meet Kobe in Finals!!