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Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  192 responses

Dwyane Wade: ‘Kobe Was Going for MVP’


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

From the opening tip, it was clear that Kobe Bryant intended to win the All-Star Game, and above all, the MVP award. In what he considers his final ASG in front of an LA crowd, Bryant wanted to put on a show, and he did.

Players on both teams last night knew what was up, and save for the Eastern Conference’s furious push late in the second half, they stayed out of the hometown hero’s way.

Afterward, all in good fun, Amar’e Stoudemire and Dwyane Wade told the assembled media what everyone had on their minds regarding the evening’s biggest star:

“You could tell from the start he wanted to get the MVP,” said Amar’e Stoudemire. “He was not passing the ball at all. That’s Kobe.”

“Kobe was going for MVP tonight,” Dwyane Wade said. “It was that obvious. I think my three-year-old son knew it.”

It was Kobe Bryant’s fourth All-Star Game MVP, tying him with Bob Pettit for most all-time. He’s also now just 18 points shy of Michael Jordan’s record for career All-Star points (262).

KB24 insisted that he’s had his time, and that now it’s up to the younger guys to carry the NBA torch forward. After last night, it’s clear that he’s not quite ready to give up the throne just yet.

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  • http://bugmarley.com/ LeoneL

    Weren’t you?

  • kobesBESTfriend

    and lebron was going 4 runner-up

  • KB8toSG8

    Yeah……LeBron was going for the runner up position from the start. You could see it in his eyes too. :P J/K

  • http://www.slamonline.com Anon e Mouse

    Yes he was going for it and yes it was obvious. So what? At least he did it with good humour and some great highlights. Damn, dude can’t do anything without getting scrutinised.

  • http://jooo Max

    Well, I would do so too …

  • c.a.

    Yes, a guy was looking to go out and achieve something on his own, with his own skills.
    I guess that’s an alien concept to the 3 Idiots, who don’t want to achieve anything unless it is done holding hands with their butt-buddies.

    He could do it. He did do it.
    No empty promises, no dancing before he has won something. Just hard, solid, grafting on the court.
    How it should be done.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Oh no, Kobe wanted to try to be the best player in an All Star game that was on his homecourt. Wtf is wrong with him? (Seriously, I hate him too, but what is wrong with him going for MVP?)

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Yes he was. Yes it was obvious. Yes I enjoyed every minute.

  • adam.s

    I don’t think anybody’s criticising him. People get too defensive, too quickly these days. Kobe did fully go out with that intention, nobody had a problem with it, it happened, everyone’s happy, end of.

  • robb

    Well, that’s what a winner does Dwayne. Take some notes.

  • cheema

    I just started like Amare now. Speak the truth, Kobe is a ballhog!

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    That was a great game Kobe, appreciated what you’ve done. Thank You!!

  • jfjfjfjfjfjf

    isnt everyone going for mvp?

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    Kobe did what he does, shoot the ball, Lebron did what he does shoot, pass, rebound, triple double.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Brion, Kobe outrebounded LeBron…

  • MUBWAR

    what a ball hog. even at ASG. Kobe will indeed be Kobe at the end of the day.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    There’s always gonna be haters, that’s just the way it is/ Hater players marry hater B!tches and have hater kids.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    An MVP? A winner?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sigh. I love how Kobe plays in the All Star games. No stupid passes, no dumb tricks, no sloppy ball handling. He plays hard from the tip on both ends, and that’s how ALL the players should play, and we would have more awesome games as the absolute best in the business do things only they can do.
    And Bron was playing just as hard as Kobe, which is why the East got back in the game. BRon was ignoring teammates too as he bulled his way to the rim and I FULLY support that turn of events. Go hard and the game is better.

  • http://yahoo.com xtopher

    ow come on dwayne..aren’t you just jealous because lebron didn’t get it and the W..shut up!

  • MUBWAR

    Lebron only ignored Rose(and we all know why) but Kobe was ignoring everyone. It was Kobe’s shot or the highway. Thank god this hog is close to retiring.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    So its pretty apparent that Kobe isn’t Barkleys favorite player and that he has a man crush on Bron Bron.

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    Ya and quoting dumb Kanye lyrics doesnt make you look like any less of a d*uche.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    The East was apparently gonna run away with this game according to so many commenters because of their athleticism and speed. However, their inferior bball IQ kicked in except for Bron and they kept turning it over.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    The East was apparently gonna run away with this game according to so many commenters because of their athleticism and speed. However, their inferior bball IQ kicked in except for Bron and they kept turning it over.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Kap
    You sound as dumb as Kobe haters.
    The East was losing because they refused to play even a little defense initially, and they were too concerned with making the highlight play instead of the simple good play which has it’s on beauty to a true fan.
    The East came back because Kobe was cold as hell in the second half (He only had like 7 or something) and LeBron is a full grown beast. Everybody in the game showed their strengths and weaknesses.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    My bad, Kobe had more than 7. For some reason I mistakenly thought he had 30 at the half.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Kobe had 16 in the second half and got doubled alot in the fourth quarter which led to open shot for Durant. You don’t think their low IQ (not talkn about Bron and Celtics) caused them to try to be fancy instead of doing the right play? Like Bosh’s shot at the end of the game or Bron passing on a wide open 3 so a big guy can take it? Maybe their weakness was their bball IQ?

  • bashmo

    Lebron had an arguably better performance than Kobe. I realize the man could pull of a triple double every other night if we willed to. If the east won, it’s clear who their MVP wouldve been. But, as fate has it, Kobe and the West pulled the victory. CP3 had a nice game,10 pts 7 assists 5 steals, so did Westbrook and Gasol. Durant took too much shots in my opinion. But all in all, a nice all star game. I think last year’s was a bit more entertaining, but that’s just me.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    BTW…Did Stoudemire criticize someone for not passing the ball even though it was in humor he cannot talk about anyone ballhogging.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    -everybodys. Jealous.!! Come on!! We know that guy Is the best player of the planet:Black Mamba.’

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Brion, it’s OK. You can live in your alternate universe where everything Kobe does is negative. I will continue to live in the real world and take the good with the bad.

  • Martey

    Anybody saying Kobe was a ball hog didnt watch the game. Instead of taking your regular position of hater, just try something new. Soon Kobe won’t be with playing anymore and all these same dudes are gonna get nostalgic. The fact is during the first two quarters Kobe was the only player consistently converting on shots. He was grabbing rebounds and tipping in almost playing the power forward position. Catching alley-oops. How is it ball hogging when Chris Paul, Deron and Westbrook are running point. At a point only Bosh was scoring on the East Side. Melo couldnt buy a bucket. Stop hatin

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Lebron was a no show in the first half and even though he had a triple double I think Kobe was more impressive with 37 and 15. That’s also not me in the previous posts.

  • Bruno

    bosh f@cked all the east chances with that three missed

  • bigmellz

    These young guys in the league are pathetic and envious. Wade has my respect cause he turned into Alter Beast en route to Finals MVP. Tell Lebron that when he stops choking in big playoff moments, he can also stop begging for more attention.

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    Nicolas your right, im definatly not trying to be a hater, Ill say this, Kobe was on his home floor, it was his show. he will soon be gone and will be missed, but he took game high 26(?) shots during an all star game with all those great players on the floor.

  • bigmellz

    Joe Johnson couldn’t check Kobe by himself, therefore the Eastern Conference haters double teamed him and robbed the fans of witnessing history.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Jason Whitlocks article about Kobe on Foxsports makes me think JTaylor wrote it. I guess Kobe really pissed him off last nite.

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    But Kobes first dunk was pretty sick.

  • bigmellz

    I also find it hilarious that Amare would say someone who took 6 more shots than he did himself didn’t pass the ball, if he would have had grabbed a few more rebounds than his 6 he could’ve stopped Kobe from notching the 10 offensive boards and changed the course of the night.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    He did, you’re right, but he hit on 51% of them. Melo couldn’t hit his shots, Durant scored 32 and shot the ball 20+ times. I mean I see what people are saying about Kobe taking over and taking a high volume of shots, but in LA, when he is obviously shooting well and getting a lot of shots from in close, can we really blame him? On the East side of things, Bron shot it 18 times and Amare shot it 20, with many of the rest of the team not getting double digits in attempts. Which is fine, because the same thing happened on the West.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Kobe going for MVP, the game was played in his arena, his career is winding down, he’s a scorer, he was having fun, it’s not like he was shooting with the mindset: ‘everybody sucks, so I’m raking over’, he was laughing all the time, I thought he played great, he deserved it. One more thing, LeBron was absolutely EPIC, I know it’s the ASG, but those end to end buckets are spectacular, he looks so fast, like adrian peterson, unstoppable. It made me think, if LeBron wanted to he could go out and get 40 a night, he’s THAT gifted, and he ALWAYS has those rebounds and assists to go with it. So sick, and he was super serious, I loved it, he really is in Championship mode. Kind of a Kobe-LeBron showdown preview, they really need to get in the Finals, it just needs to happen, THIS YEAR, because Kobe isn’t getting younger.

  • dako24

    Kobe was pretty sick. Jason Whitlock you make us KC people look like idiots by stretching the “young players” remark so far. Just lookin’ like a fat idiot again.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kap on here talking like the ASG matters and proves anything. Give it a rest, nothing has changed since a week ago

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I thought Durant played like way more of a chucker than Kobe. Long threes early in the shot clock suck for real.
    Kobe pulled off two vintage dunks, then yammed on Bron, hit some big threes, and ridiculous shot of the glass… C’mon, if you can’t appreciate that, you can’t appreciate ball.
    Bron showed why he’s a beast, D-Rose showed why he’s the future, and all together it was an entertaining and fun game.
    Kap
    Not low B-Ball IQ just the idea that because it’s an all star game you have to do something hot every play. They got caught up, instead of realizing that if you just play the game the right way, the highlights will come because everybody hooping is freaking awesome.

  • L. Toles

    Wade really sounds like a hater dude you dumped your wife for G. Union

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe was going for MVP, the game is being played in his house and probably his last ASG in LA. Him doing anything else would have been uncivilized. BOOK IT!!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @nbk…a week ago you and Eboy were claiming that Kobe lost it. The game did prove something, that all the talk about being done was just talk. 25 5 5 on 47% shooting isn’t washed up to me.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    No I never said that your making stuff up. And its the ASG, there was no defense being played, i mean fa real you gonna point that out? don’t worry about the fact that it was the highest scoring regulation game in the history of the NBA, just point out the Kobe scored a grip of points (mainly in the 1st half & 3rd quarter when the game really didn’t matter). What I said about Kobe 4 days ago has not changed at all

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    and what I said is easy to comprehend if you don’t have kobe love goggles, or kobe replica man beads stuck to the back of your throat. Kobe is the SECOND best player in the world, and he CAN’T dominate a playoff series like he used to. That’s what I said in a nutshell, its not hating either, its being realistic.

  • jumpman22

    Yes he was. And he is one of the NBA players I can think of who are seriously after an All-Star game MVP as soon as( if not before) the tip-off. The other one is my MP player in NBA 2k11.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    How do you know he can’t dominate a playoff series? I also want to know how is it being realistic when Last time I checked he dominated the playoffs last year and did pretty well against Boston except for Game 7. Remember playoff games are never bk to bk. Its basically your personal opinion so separate the two.

  • JTaylor21

    Damn, since when was dominating in an all-star game mean anything? Magic came back after catching HIV and won the MVP, so that should tell you all you need to know. 37/14 was great but where was that at vs the cavs? vs the spurs? vs the heat? Charles is right, kobe has lost a step and kobe cronies are the only ones who can’t see that.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    He could easily average 30 points a game in a series along with 5 rebs and 6 or 7 assists. Your realistic statement has little logic to it especially with Kobe playing only 28 mins a game this year (25 5 5 on 47% shooting) and is being held back for the PLAYOFFS.

  • 2KInsider

    From day 1 his rookie year, Kobe has always said he is a shoot first player and that he will never change. I don’t see why after 15 years people are still suprised.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Gotta agree with AllenP, just cause Kobe didn’t rack up assists doesn’t mean he was a ballhog. He was shooting well and he had every right to keep going. Durant was trying wayyyy too hard to score and be like LeBron and Kobe. Sorry Kevin, you’re not there yet.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    A playoff series is an entire series Kap, and Kobe Bryant far from dominated that Boston series, he barely shot 40% for the series. I can, and have made the argument that Pau Gasol was the best Laker or most important to them winning a championship in that series, I’m not going to do it against for the 50th time, but we can make it simple, (6 of 7) and (5 of 7), that’s how many games Pau Gasol led the Lakers in rebounds and assists. ANd if I’m not mistaken he shot a better % from the field then Kobe in every single game. Its ok that he can’t win series’ by himself, or be the best player in every single game without question, its not a knock on him as a player, its the natural progression of age. I’m not gonna argue with you about something that I have said on numerous occasions, especially when you obvious don’t have the ability to comprehend logically the words you are reading

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    The King has been upstaging Kobe since free agency. Kobe wasn’t going to get embarrassed last night like he did during the summer.
    The King and his show being courted in Kobe’s back yard. (Clippers) Everyone dancing in celebration AND unison as The King and his men ran through L.A. teasing the masses. Even Don Sterling ceased to be a racist for that moment, it seemed.
    So no, Kobe was having none of that sh1t in his house last night…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    and Kobe is playing 34 minutes a game, just 2 less then his career average.

  • Pugz

    Kobe’s game > Lebron’s
    Lebron’s athletic ability > Kobe’s

    That’s how its always been, but at the end of the day the true victor came out on top… even if it is an exhibition. And all the haters can go hang out with Chuck because anyone who tells me LeBron wasn’t trying for the second ever triple double in ASG is blind… so before you criticize Kobe, look at your lover LeBron who was undoubtedly going for that trip-doub.

  • JOSE

    look, i am not a fan of kobe either, but i mean it’s in LA of course he’s gonna want it. it’s an all-star game to; where everyone tries to get thiers for the mvp, kobe had had a better reason to do w/ home court. Blake should got it just cuz its blake tho.hahaha

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Kobe totally sonned Whitlock during the post-game media session last night. He asked a ridiculous question and Bean basically embarrassed him.
    So if Whitlock ripped into him in his column, no surprise there.

  • JTaylor21

    Wanna hear a joke? Kobe avg. 7 apg. Dude was chucking last night and anyone that couldn’t see that must have been watching last year’s game. He came out right from the start and every time he touched the ball he was looking to shoot, now tell me that isn’t chucking. None of his west teammates where going to do anything about because they aren’t built like that but KD is and he went out and got his.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    You still haven’t proved why Kobe can’t dominate a series anymore is realistic? You act like he is playing like Tim Duncan right now. Thats the guy who’s about done not Kobe. One thing you never do is count Kobe out bc he’s gonna prove you wrong. It was just three years ago they are you guys were saying he will never will another ring without Shaq. Now you guys are saying he’s not top 5 and can’t dominate in playoffs and you question my intelligence? Yea…

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @JTaylor…Kobe avg 7 assists in two playoff series last year so hush. KD got his in the fourth bc his man left him to double Kobe.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kap take off your “i love kobe bryant, if anything even remotely sounds bad i’ll get defensive” t-shirt, I said he can’t dominate a series, you know how many players can? against teams that actually play defense? One, LeBron, and the only reason I know that is because of the Detroit series 4 years ago when he dominated a defensive power house as a worse player. I said not even 20 minutes ago he is still the second best player in the world, I don’t understand why what I’m saying is so hard to grasp.

  • JTaylor21

    Well playing the Suns and their big bad zone defense will do that for you. Dude is a great player but a ballhog and last night was just another day in the office for Mr. Me First.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    JTaylor, so Kobe was a ballhog and KD wasn’t? KD shot 3 less times than Kobe but with a lower fg%. Kobe got 3 assists, Durant got 2. Why is KD not in the same category as Kobe?

  • http://juanm.garcia@comcast.net TruthTeller

    Sounds to me like a lotta man love here from all you idolatrizing h0e m0es. The love of the game is lost amongst you all.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @nbk…so Lebron is the only guy who can dominate a series in the nba? What? Wade dropped 49 on C’s last year and had his way with them. Dwight Howard had his way with the C’s too. Kobe scored 25 straight points against the C’s in one game and they constantly doubled Kobe. You make no damn sense now. Maybe you should take your own advice and take off your “i love Lebron James, if anything even remotely sounds bad i’ll get defensive” t-shirt.

  • JTaylor21

    That Piston team Lebron dominated was on its last leg and they broke the team up the next year because they weren’t playing the same especially on defense.

  • JTaylor21

    Alright, KD was hogging too. There are you happy, you don’t know why people can’t just realize that being a ballhog is not a bad thing. You can be a great player and still be a ballhog ala AI, Kobe, KD McHale, and Wilt during his first few years.

  • JTaylor21

    The feline that stole my name keep on playing that lame a** game okay, no one believes you, sucka!

  • http://www.realgm.com Gman

    Kobe is great an all, but it is unfortunate his “me first” mentality is still there after all these years. It is a shame.

    @Pugz you seem confused over a player with all-around ability and one that is out for himself.

  • A.

    Damn, by saying “Kobe was going for MVP” means you’re hating on the guy? I mean, I’m not in the NBA, and knowing Kobe, the player, it was OBVIOUS he was not letting anyone get the MVP over him. It’s really that simple. Dude was in LA for most probably his last ASG as a player, no way anyone else was winning. And from the tip-off, it was obvious what the plan was. But saying that the East lost because of their I.Q., now that’s stupid, and hating. I mean it’s an All-Star game, they came out there, thinking “Let’s just have some fun and then go home”. I mean, come on, Dwight shot TWO freaking three pointers!!! Finished with 4 points or whatever and did absolutely NOTHING in the game and he played ZERO defense. He was there to giggle and joke around. Kobe most probably must have told the West team that he wanted MVP and they played seriously from the start, making sure the East lost. Had both teams played seriously from the tip, the game would have been different. In the end, Kobe won because he went out there and played to get the MVP, it was fully deserved, and whether he chucked or not to get it means squat. His team won it, and he’s a big reason why. The only person who seemed to want to flip the script was LeBron, who seemed to go into “F*ck this happy ending sh*t!” mode and probably said to himself “Hold up, y’all muhf*ckas can’t stop me.” and tried to Bogart the MVP. But in the end, the hole the East dug themselves in was juuuust a little too deep. In the end, this game gave us a clear view of the NBA hierarchy. Bron and Kobe at the top (whoever you put first depends solely on your preference, I say LeBron, but you don’t care) and the everyone else. Kobe for one night showed that he can still mix it up with the best. Can he do it over the course of the season? I thinking no, seeing how he ran out of gas before the end of the game, but for one game, he can still show out when he wants. Bron played balls to the wall and showed that he is a monster. He is virtually unstoppable whenever he decides he won’t be stopped. All in all, a very entertaining game, which, IMO, should have been played hard from the get-go.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Well Kap what is your definition of dominate a series? Sh*t what is your definition of dominate? Cuz I don’t know how you can dominate a series and lose. And if 25 points is dominating then the NBA is routinely dominated by more then 5 players a year. Dominate IMO, and in English means to rule or control, to exert the supreme determining or guiding influence. – Quite simply since basketball is a sport, you are not really exerting supreme determining or guiding influence if your team loses, so a dominated series would have to be won for it to be considered dominating. Then if you consider 25 points on 40% shooting dominating then your right, he dominated, but idk many people who know the game of basketball that would consider that so.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Meh.
    Y’all argue about the same things over and over for no reason.
    Kobe is great and is older. He’s still great, just doesn’t have the same bounce he had in his youth and thus settles more for jumpers. It’s not a knock, just a fact. He’s still outstanding, and against many teams, he can dominate a series, particularly if they don’t understand good team defense.
    Bron is a beast. An athletic marvel who has improved his skills every year. He still has lots of work to do in the post and on his footwork, but his fans and Kobe’s fans can both make a legit argument for their guy as the best in the league. Bron also has a strange penchant for passing up game winning shots.
    let’s leave it there.
    Tell me what Whitlock asked Bryan Crawford?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Words are taken out of context on this message board on such a routine basis, its like every adjective carries the same weight. Like last week when people were treating the word Great like it meant above average. smh

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I will again admit though, that Kobe can dominate against non-defensive oriented teams, Like Phoenix, or Utah last year. Even though I wouldn’t say he “dominated” the phoenix series, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol had just as much of an impact on that series.

  • JTaylor21

    From what I saw last night and from the RS gms when Atl plays La, is JJ the new kobe stopper? Dude is too big for KB to take him into the post and he has the foot speed to stay in front of kobe on the perimeter. I’m not saying that JJ locks down KB but I think that out of every SG in the L, JJ does the best job of checking Kobe.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Hey Allen, what’d he ask him?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    That has to be Tony Allen

  • HAMMER

    Man. I did not know KB8 could still do it like that. That 1st dunk was very similar 2 the dunks he had on the knicks and the T-Wolves back n the day, only this time it was w/2 hands. Congrats on the MVP. Well deserved. And that dunk on LBJ? Sweet, sweet

  • nyemah2k

    Kobe said before the game” enjoy the show” and he indented to put on a show and he did. Let me ask all of you if the game where on your home court would you not want to put on a show. all those players would be going for the MVP trophy don’t kid yourself. remember a few years back when the game was in Houston. everyone wanted t-mac to win the MVP trophy, because it was on his home court..I tell you most of those player had an agenda. Do you think MJ never put in an effort to win an MVP, that it just happened!

  • HAMMER

    I thought Ruben Patterson wad the “Kobe stopper”. Haha!

  • HAMMER

    ^was

  • http://slamonine.com Bryan Crawford

    Kobe said being around the younger players energized him. So Whitlock asked if Kobe was implying that he wanted younger players on the Lakers.
    Kobe told him that he was “Bikram Yoga stretching” with that question and the room cracked up. Then he said that it was silly and he wasn’t answering and hit him with the “Next!”
    I’m sure JW was furious after that, so he ripped him.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I know LBJ is the best player in the NBA now. My only issue was guys making Kobe out to be less of a player. I’m done for this season discussing Kobe and Lebron.

  • meloman416

    but derozan got robbed! ROBBED!! and Javele is my dude… but i dont know how i feel about him pimping out his mom for votes

  • Fat Lever

    “As a youth explosively/Clappin off the roof/Shootin guard like Kobe”

  • mark hiers

    triple double get the MVP in my books…

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Good sh1t, Bryan.

  • JoeMaMa

    Kobe Bryant played great. So did LeBron. It’s a shame that ignorant posters muck up this great website. If you don’t like Kobe, keep it to yourself. If you don’t like LeBron, keep it to yourself. There’s just way too much anger directed at men who don’t know you exist.

  • lexluther703

    Kobe you was tryin’ too hard,, givin’ 110% while everyone else was givin’ 50! C’MON SON

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I read the Whitlock column.
    Hilarious. Shout out to Kobe Bryant for his being “candid”, to put it diplomatically.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    forget Kobe and Lebron, how the hell did Rick Fox got Elisa Dushku??

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    where can I find that Whitlock article?? Thanks!

  • Blow Up

    wade mad kobe plucked him like 3 times lmao

  • David

    Any player on the ALL STAR team not trying to be the best player on the court does not deserve to be on the team! Maybe Wade should not have been there!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @The Fury – Rick Fox has always had a fine dime piece by his side. No surprise there. What I wanna know is how the hell did Kenny Smith land that trophy wife of his? Also, it’s at the Fox Sports website. Which I had never gone to until this morning.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Whitlock sounds like a scorned lover.

  • Russell

    Whose house were you playing in you cheesy, punk a$$ fools? Damn right he’s showing out AT HOME! D Wade Like you’d take the day off in Miami. Please!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    only Whitlock would say its a mistake not to shift around the defending champs. Well if LeBron were on a defending championship team wojenwhoski from Yahoo would have said something similar.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @Enigmatic…one word, “money”.

  • http://slamonine.com Bryan Crawford

    Now that I’ve seen his wife, I think it’s safe to say that Kenny Smith is the NBA’s version of Joe Budden.
    Word to Tahiry…

  • JTaylor21

    Damn, I like to give a big shoutout to Mark Jackson, sorry for the loss of his brother. I don’t know what I would do if I lost my brother, so that pain must be unbearable.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    It’s amazing how few Kobe versus Lebron debates there has been this season.

  • Boston sucks

    Yes, and there’s not problem about that…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Kenny’s wife was the biggest surprise of all-star weekend.
    Not Blake and his hood jumping.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Oh, and Thanks Bryan.

  • http://slamonline.com SpaceJam

    @Enigmatic, that’s what I’m sayin. I didn’t know The Jet had game like that. His wife is sexy as hell

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out to Star & Buc Wild.

  • T-Money

    Allen – re: Bron passing up game-winning shot. I’ve been watching the majority of Bron’s games for, oh, at least the last 5 years. I can say with some certainty that he approaches a game-winning shot like any other shot at any point in the game – which is a DRASTIC shift on the approach to game-winning shots we have been accustomed to by MJ and, now, Kobe. In short, the reason why he passes a lot is that he draws a lot of attention in these situatuons and believes that an uncontested shot by a teammate has a greater chance of falling than a contested one by him (if you notice, his teammates are usually wide open when he passes at the end of games). That’s the play he’ll make in the middle of the 2nd quarter and also at the end of the 4th quarter. That’s also why he has one the highest fg% in the clutch – he only takes what he believes are good shots and passes to (usually better) wide open shooters instead of forcing a contested jumper.

  • T-Money

    Kenny Smith has MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in his chequing account. MILLIONS.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’d still take Pippen’s wife as the hottest NBA wife. But Smith’s is pretty damn close.
    And one of them looks like Skeeter Valentine from Doug, the other looks like a geriatric ninja turtle!

  • JTaylor21

    I wouldn’t say that Kenny has game, more like his wife “aimed low”.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Co-sign JTaylor21 @3:23p.m.

  • anti-crust

    …and why not???? It’s his house. As he said, probably last time in his house. So why was Dwadd (no, I spelled that as intended) having an issue with it??? If the game were in Miami, the Holy Trinity would have probably had the first ever 3 way tie for MVP…that’s the way that the David Stern NBA Machine works. It’s all about entertainment, what’s more exciting, Kobe hogging the ball, or Kevin Love (great young player) grabbing rebounds and passing the ball back out???? I found the game entertaining and competitive. Durant put up 34 points as well…no complaints there. Found it interesting that LeBron had more assists than Derrick Rose.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    According to basketball reference, Kenny Smith only made $13 million over his career which ended in 2007.
    Now, that’s a lot of money, but that ain’t DAMN money. And I’m sure Kenny handled his money well, but still, let’s be real.
    Clearly, the money allowed him to step to the table, but Kenny’s wife is bad. Really, really bad. She is killing every chick on basketball wives and it’s not even close.
    So, I have to give Kenny some sort of props because even with the money, that’s impressive. Unless of course she’s an evil shrew.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    I respect getting a good shot. But, Bron had time to measure that last three TWICE! It wasn’t like a defender was flying at him. He had all the time in the world, hesitated, thought about it, then passed to Bosh for a WORSE shot.
    Nah, he just made a bad play. A really bad play.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    WAY off topic:
    Shout out to Brook Steppe…

  • JTaylor21

    I never thought I would say this but I think that DRose/Bron would have been a better combo than Wade/Bron. I feel like Rose is a better off the ball player than Wade and he doesn’t try to force the issue as much as Wade does. Just imagine that Chicago team with Bron/Rose/Noah/Boozer and Thibs defensive philosophy, that’s a scary thought. It’s all good though, can’t wait for the game on Thursday.

  • Nella

    @anti

    Did you not notice Lebron handling the ball the ENTIRE 4th. He played well, but repeatedly ignored people, Rose most of all.

  • http://sdfjklfalkfl.com Jukai

    This is dumb. Really dumb. Kobe was taking great shots and STOPPED SHOOTING when they began playing good D on him.
    I sometimes wish Amare would stop talking and just play.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    JTaylor, I can’t lie, I been imagining that lineup all season.
    I’m happy with who the Bulls got, but I still wonder what might’ve been.
    Oh well, my Bulls are good regardless.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Many of Kobe’s shots came within the flow of the game with many offensive rebounds, off the ball motion and the shots that he took did not seem forced at all. When he was defended one on one he drove for layups and dunks, or passed off when help was there. There was maybe one or two shots that were forced but overall he took great shots and passed when double teamed or well defended. It’s just stupid to say that he was chucking shots like KD early on.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    People would not have been as irked about a Chicago move by Bron. The Decision would have still been lame, but guarantee people would have hated it a lot less. With that, who knows what DRose would have done this season? I guess it has worked out for them both, individually…But you always have to wonder.

  • JTaylor21

    Enigmatic, same here but how do you see Thursday’s game going since the bulls are getting Noah back by wednesday. Should be a great game, Rose and Bron are going to try and outplay each other knowing that the MVP is up for grabs, Noah’s return should energize the bulls and Wade always plays well vs them. In my Bart Scott voice; CAN’T WAIT!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    That was one of the most exciting All-Star games I’ve personally seen all decade long. If that’s what it takes–Kobe shooting for the MVP–to make the game competitive, I say shoot!

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    But for real…What was the NBA thinking with those socks?

  • SAm

    Wade don’t be jealous. That’s how Kobe play and every one know that and every one enjoy it and we enjoyed yesterday. All we fans want is players work hard and see the good show from them when taking the court and Kobe is doin job and we appreciate it.
    LJ, worked hard tnd went several times cost to cost but your not saying anything abut him.
    KD had 34 points, is he ball hogger too because scored 34 points (just 3 shy from Kobe’s 37) but Kobe had 14 rebounds. 33 years old SG with 14 reboundscan you understand that DW.
    DW was guarding Kobe very serious but not able to stop him.
    DW I have just one question from you.
    WHAT DID YOU DO LAST YEAR IN ALL STAR GAME?
    YOU VERE SO SERIOUS AND WORKED HARD FROM TIP OFF TO GET THE MVP AND YOU DID IT.
    GOOD FOR YOU AND DON’T WORRY WE DON’T SAY YOU GOT THAT BECAUSE KOBE WAS NOT THERE.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Anon e Mouse

    Oh damn I missed some of the most compelling and well thought out arguments about an All Star game ever. Anyway… Thanks to Bryan Crawford for the gem. Thats the type of moment I’d love to witness live I don’t think there are too many players in the game today that can throw darts at a journalist like Kobe can.

  • SAm

    kobe’s most score came from fast break and his own rebounds.
    DW, did you forgot how Lebron tried to block Kobe’s dunk in fast break?
    He worked on his butt to block that and don’t let Kobe to have good show or take the MVP trophy but sorry Lebron.

  • kjonesman

    My first posting on this sight …

    Is it just me or is Charles Barkley the ultimate Kobe hater? He doesn’t even try to hide it. I think Charles is SO envious of Kobe until it’s sickening. I think he also has some residual insecurities about NOT having won a championship. Chuck, you really need to learn to be more objective if you’re going to be an actual sports analyst!

  • http://bleacherreport Big Mike

    So what, Kobe was going for MVP, anyone eles who knew they could tie the record for the most MVP honors in all star games would do the same, including D Wade. One thing I’ve learned about haters, they don’t understand that they’re paying the great players like Kobe the utmost respect and admiration, because they wouldn’t hate on a player that they knew wasn’t great, and a wins more than they lose. So haters, go ahead and keep on hating on Kobe, because he’s going to keep on being a great player, and a winner.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    JTaylor, you know I’ll be rooting hard for my Bulls, but if I had to put money on that game, I’d bet on the Heat to pull it out.
    The fact that the Bulls will be at home will really help.
    But for one, LeBron will probably go off because he didn’t get to play in the last one and the crowd will boo him and get him going.
    Two, Bosh proved in the last game that he can do whatever he wants against Boozer. Thibs might put Noah on Bosh, and Noah might be able to bother Bosh the way he bothered Gasol earlier in the year, but if it’s Boozer on Bosh, Bosh will make him his b*tch again.
    Three, it will be Noah’s second game back and the Bulls will still be getting used to having him back in the lineup and he’ll still be trying to shake off the rust of missing 30 games.
    Finally, the Heat and Wade in particular will be looking for revenge.
    I am not by any means saying I don’t think the Bulls can win, they’re extremely tough at home and Rose loves stepping his game up in these higher profile games.
    I’m just saying the Heat have the better chance to win this one.

  • Loloy Torres

    They’re just jealous people who also want to be the MVP that night, sorry guys, it ain’t you, lol…

  • Yanweezy

    Haters are gonna hate. Amare’s just mad cuz kobe’s had his way for the past 6 years with phoenix, ASG’s, and now the knicks. as far as wade goes wade’s mad he got hurt had one good dunk and kobe did all that x10. on top of all of this who wouldnt be going hard the whole game when its your LAST ASG at HOME?!?!?

  • Rio242

    Look guys I kno yall don’t like kobe but you guys gatta come to come to an understanding kobe is the best he done prove 5 times already and when a challenge arise he comes on top you guys hate him because of what he does,think about it honestly all star game on your home court in LA were, he is king and he didn’t perform for his fans home.What you guys would have been saying if didn’t come out on top he was a flop at home so don’t hate on him for being great and for all yall brain beat bron any day
    bryant beat lebron

  • tavoris

    didn’t read the commets, but my immediate reaction is “No Sh!t”…it’s Kobe we’re talking about.

  • SMIK

    Great game last night.

    i cant believe non of you mentioned how easily harassed Dwayne got when Kobe was guarding him, you can tell it made him very uncomfortable. missed easy shots, forced him into shaky ball handling and on top of that got picked a couple of times and shown up.

    i think this is what caused the comments, he couldn’t make any sort of impact for a TOP 5 player.

    Lebron on thr other hand had a amazing game and was the reason the EAST played with some competitiveness, loved the huddle speech dude was flaring and people were listening.

  • http://sdfjklfalkfl.com Jukai

    I think Charles Barkley is just telling the truth….

  • robb

    Charles usually speaks the truth, however when it comes to Kobe his rant is contradictory because he says so many great things about MJ’s game and how he’s the best ever, yet he disses Kobe every single time even though Kobe’s game, mentality, dedication and approach to the game are pretty similar. I love Charles but I’m pretty sure the guy hates the fact that someone is so close to MJ, of course Kobe will never be at the same level, because MJ’s impact goes way beyond the court, but as a basketball player 24 is very very close to 23.

  • tavoris

    Barkley doesn’t like Kobe…so what? Lots of players (on the Lakers)don’t like Kobe either. Shaq doesn’t like Kobe. Phil Jackson doesn’t like Kobe. With that being said, Barkley clearly respects Kobe.

  • Noses Malone

    Slam calls itself an online basketball news source, yet I found out about Escalade (Mark Jackson’s younger brother) dying before anyone at Slam could post a copy and pasted excerpt of a story about it?

  • JTaylor21

    The mentality of both players may be similar but the on-court results aren’t. I’m far from an MJ fan but dude was something else on the court. If we were designing the perfect basketball player, MJ would be that guy.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    MJ stated himself that Kobe is the closet to him, in separating himself from the other stars of his generation. Its funny how MJ is seen as doing everything perfect, when clearly on the court he didn’t. MJ was great, but Kobe can and has come the closest to MJ ever. Lebron can’t, Durant won’t and the next player has to come in the perfect situation and succeed. Kobe has a chance to tie MJ with six rings. Its neat Kobe has played hard his whole career, to me has a better story about his life than MJ. Starting from the bench behind better players, coach Harris acting funny, Shaq needing all the attention and Kobe worked from all that to be THE MAN. Only Idiots like JTAYLORage21 would act like Kobe sucks and does nothing. While he hypes up Lebron who mentally cannot take big shots, even in an All Star game. Kobe is the best of his generation and still has about 3 to 4 years left. Charles is clearly jealous, but he has stated on air that Kobe can sit in the passenger seat in MJ car and nobody else can. Charles came up short too many times and his career is over. I would take many, many players over him. BOOK THAT!!

  • http://www.offthebackboard.blogspot.com karma

    @ Seed – Yeah, I think people forget that Kobe was a bench player. He wasn’t given the keys to a franchise like Lebron, and had to work for every little thing he has.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    The Seed: Actually, MJ said that Kobe was the closest to him PLAYING style wise…
    And why can’t Lebron achieve more than Kobe? Lebron can’t win more than five rings? Why, exactly?
    Kobe came off the ‘bench’ is a plus? Sigh…

  • http://yahoo ddub

    First of all, learn how to spell DWAYNE!!
    And,look at yourself,Wade,You are trying to buy CHAMPIONSHIPS!!

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    I mean, if anything, MJ has always criticized Kobe. He said he’d destroy Kobe one-on-one on more than one occasion, and laughed and said Kobe would never get close to scoring 81 points on him. C’mon now.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ddub, Slam didn’t misspell his name.
    it’s Dwyane, not Dwayne.
    He’s been in the NBA seven years and people still don’t know this?

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Hahahhaha ddub wins most embarrassing post of the year and it’s only February.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Lebron and Kobe both come in as high schoolers and it is somehow a negative that Bron started from.day one? And he was “given” something by going to a crappy team instead of an established contender with the most dominant player in the league?
    do you all think about what you are saying before you type it

  • JTaylor21

    Jukai, I now understand the reason why you would take Bird over Magic, I wouldn’t but I see where you’re coming from. I think it’s safe to say that Bird was unstoppable out there on the court, dude’s the greatest shooter of all-time, he’s the best passing forward not named LeBron, and probably was the smartest player I’ve ever seen. I have a feeling that he could have avg. 30ppg every year but his court vision and willingness to pass where the reasons why he didn’t. Bird is without a question the greatest SF of all-time.

  • JTaylor21

    *were

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    JTaylor: Well, uh, just want to clarify that I said that PRIME BIRD was better than PRIME MAGIC. Magic was better because of a lack of injuries and a better career.
    What brought that epiphany? Watching some old game footage? It’s funny you mention that, cause I’ve been rewatching and reconsidering my thoughts on Pippen and thinking I may underrate him, haha.

  • http://SouthBeachBoi305@yahoo.com SouthBeachBoi

    Typical Kobe… Heat FTW Big 3 was the only reason the East got close to winning

  • Red Star

    Kobe! Lakers 4 Life!!!

  • http://yahoo ddub

    I know slam didnt misspell his name idiots!!

  • JTaylor21

    Jukai, I had a vision of a pale white man on a horse, nah I’ve been watching the 86 finals vs Rockets and dude was downright unstoppable.
    It seemed like every time down the court, he made one great player after another. Every time he went up for a shot, nothing but the bottom of the net. When he wasn’t scorching the net, he would find the open man with a great pass, came up with huge offensive rebounds among the trees even though he couldn’t jump over a phone book and he picked more pockets than a Gypsy.
    It seemed like he was at the right place at the right time and always made the right play. Only about 2-3 players in history possessed that ability, Bird was one of them.

  • http://www.slamonline.com pardeep

    Damn, Kobe WILL NOT FORGET THESE COMMENTS expect a 50 point game in the next week or two, the Heat and D-Wade will get burned if they reach the Finals against LA and Amare? LOL

  • mball

    Yes Kobe will be Kobe…thats why hes so loved.Yes…I loved every second of it…Kobe
    will be Kobe…4 MVP’s…5 titles w/ another
    comin’ in June…need I say more? Yes KOBE WILL
    BE KOBE!!!!!!

  • the nerve

    Eilza Dushku is FUGLY. Yall dudes must get no p*ssy if u think that trick is good looking.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Late to this particular party but:
    GWENDOLYN OSBORNE.
    Holy lawd almighty. I thought AllenP and co. were exaggerating last weekend, but hallelujah, that is one gorgeous female.
    JET, i shall now be less annoyed by your endless ranting. After all, i’d be in a daze too waking up to THAT everyday.

  • dfortruth

    Question, who received the most votes for the all star game? Even the four Boston players knew Kobe was going for the m.v.p. and they did not try to stop him. It’s called respect.
    Didn’t the younger players learn anything from the all star weekend? Wade, you need to ask yourself what was Lebron trying to do.

  • Justin

    Of course he was trying to win it? Does Wade honestly believe that if the game was in Miami that he wouldn’t be trying to do the same thing, or Lebron for that matter? Usually, the players TRY to get the hometown star the MVP in these situations. Jordan in Chicago, Malone and Stockton tying in Utah, even Jordan in New York because it was his last one (at the time) Give your head a shake Wade, it’s not that big a deal!

  • http://nba-point-forward.si.com/ datkid

    there’s nothing wrong with kobe going for mvp…his homecourt/last all-star game there he has every right to go off.

    I am a little annoyed that the east refused to play. I mean you’ve got the most ridiculously athletic starting 5 in history…and you guys just mess around. I kinda wanted to see them play serious. and by serious I mean dunk constantly. Lebron was the only one who did that and he was super late. Props to lebron though…the only other person to get a triple double in the asg was jordan….

    Honestly I understand why people hate kobe. but come on if you underrate his greateness at this point, you’re a fool, MJ himself did say kobe was closest to him. that being said kobe is still nowhere near mj’s level. that’s not a knock on him…it’s just the truth.

  • http://nba-point-forward.si.com/ datkid

    btw if lebron and dwade were motivated enough……the west doesnt win. period.

  • M-Dnice

    Quite frankly, I can’t see that Kobe’s Western conference teammates had an issue with that fact and aided his efforts by getting him the ball often for that very reason. Whatever, D-Wade.

  • the nerve

    yall n!gg@s been using my id 4 like a week now. muppets

  • el_larsen

    81 points in one game.yes he is good.very good.
    AGAINST the raptors.he hasn’t mj’s class.
    81 points vs the raptors:he is a best ballhoggers of all time

  • Riggs

    im sorry, since when has the all star game meant something? it doesnt decide anything for the playoffs like the MLB all star game did (or still does) so why should players play their a*s off? its whatever

  • Justin

    Uhhh…Kobe wouldn’t score 81 on MJ. He said it himself, he either would have slowed him down or he would have fouled out. Plus, Kobe would have had to spend a lot of energy on the defensive end trying to guard MJ. Kobe being criticized for coming off the bench is ridiculous. He was 17!!! On a team with good players like Eddie Jones who Kobe was not better than at the time. And I like the line “Shaq needed all the attention”. Are you kidding me Seed? OF COURSE you’re going to give Shaq the attention/ball. Nobody could stop him and Kobe wasn’t mature enough to take a team on his shoulders. Such a stupid argument. And the inference that Michael didn’t have to work hard to where he got was laughable. He worked harder than anybody in the history of the league and that along with his God given talents were the reason he was the best ever. Do people forget he was on mediocre to lousy teams for the first 6 years of his career?

  • Jeff H

    Was kobe going for it? absolutely, but he did it with good numbers and was the major reason his team won. These players are the best of the best who wouldn’t want to to be the mvp?

  • el_larsen

    agreed with justin!!!
    last bullet:kobe is so a ballhogger that he didnt care losing the finals against my beloved pistons(the wallace gang!!!!!)as long as he fired his 27 shots. and in this finals shaq was unstoppable .but he didn’ t care.
    c’mon kobe fans i know he s good,but like lebron is a quitter,rose shoot too much for a pg,and eric gordon is underrated;kobe is a chunker

  • Jeff H

    el larsen. I agree with you on some merits, but to some extent great players need to shoot alot.
    Kobe, MJ any of the greats all took a lot of shots. Regardless if Kobe shoots a lot he has won 5 rings. With regards to Drose how are you going to hate on him? Who else on that team is going to hit big shots? Plus he averages like 8 assists. Now that Noah and Boozer are both healthy it will take some of the burden off his shoulders. Also thanks for taking Ben Gordon off the Bulls hands for us.

  • DRose4MVP

    What we saw was the facts. Kobe and Durant are cold blooded killers who want to just win. DWade is gassed up with LeBron in his ear all the time. LeBron will get you to the end but won’t close it out. The East would have been better off if Rose was leading them. The league will be in good hands with Durant and Rose once Kobe, who’s still the top dog, retires. Kobe, Durant and Rose are of a different breed.

  • Killer63

    One thing that everybody is missing here – that’s the class that Popovich showed in letting Kobe go out and get it. He kept him on the floor when he needed to (knowing it was the home crowd) in order to highlight Kobe’s game and let him play. I’m a Lakers super fan, but I say KUDOS to Pop for the class that he showed.

  • Maurice Galit

    Dwayne Wade knows at the beginning that Kobe wont give up the MVP throne, but we cant argue on that cuz Kobe really plays great! for now Dwayne Wade having a great time with his family in their “House in Miami”. Nice Game Dwayne!

  • el_larsen

    justin.to take a lot of shots isn’t bad by itself excepT when it hurts the team success.
    and kobe clearly helped the pistons winning with his “i ll be better than mj was against the pistons “mentality.thanks to have created dwill and wwwwwwwwwwwill bynum

  • itsme

    When its said and done….Kobe won mvp….Kobe been with the Lakers from day one….Bron left cleveland to team up with other stars…Quit comparing the two….Wade is better then Lebron anyway gave wade shaq got a title gave bron shaq…whattttt happened….Call him a ball hog but he has produced…5 rings….Whos ur best player??…Do he have anything close to that….stop fukkn hating and take notes……dumb mfs

  • http://nba.com Maxine Kuykendall

    Well, I guess it was more noticeable to lot of people including the other players, to see just how selfish Kobe played in the all-star basketball game.Really embarrassing. How could a seasoned player decide to still be a Ball Hog, for his own personal glory? I have seen him do this each year, it shows just what a selfish player he is. Not just me, check out what other players and fans have said about Kobe. He could have cared less if the other players had a shot, it was all for himself. I watch Dirk, and others just point at how Kobe did not want to even share the ball with the others on the West team.
    Looks like the author of the above ugly writing trying to put down other players, must know that if Kobe met him on the street, he would not even
    acknowledge this person.Kobe meant to put on a personal one man show from the first click of the clock. And Popivich, thought just let him tire himself out for personal glory, the Spurs will see him come playoff, when a full team will be required. Kobe Sucks. Ball Hog. Glad I am not rooting for the poor Lakers. They all must get tired of having to bend over and show homage to one old one man team. Pouting Kobe,” he feels it is Me and I do not care about other players”. I know the rest of the Lakers would like to up chuck about the selfish play of Kobe, who is a great player however,Kobe is one of many that can knock down shots. However, last year in game 5 of the Western Conference, he would have lost the game to Phoenix with that “AIR BALL” if not for Artest, Oh, who is Artest? Does he play for the same team?????It seems like Kobe is the entire Laker team. What a JOKE.
    Of course he did, did he care about the other players? NOT. All about himself.Just as usual.

  • http://SLAM.com JRM

    Winner? MVP? Champion? Hall of Famer?

    To answer all of the idiots questions, the answer is YES to all of the above

  • Basketball is LIFE

    The Black Mamba deserved the MVP. Actually its KD whose running second. LJ’s late effort came up short.and then again, they played in LA.

  • George

    Who’s Stoudemire??? Is he the one from Phoenix that refuse to play! Oh, no wonder his envious of Kobes championship rings (work ethics)

  • http://bleacherreport Barnes

    Ok guys-Kobe has had his run- don’t get me wrong he’s awesome and deserves to be praised for being the best on his team-however-it’s someone else’s turn to be the MVP- There is much more talent on the court than Kobey>>>>luv ya K.B but share the ball!!!!lol

  • polrc99

    Kobe wanted to win and be the best on that night and what he wanted every player on the court desired. He wanted more than all the rest because he did not care what anyone thought about his efforts. He got it. Stop crying and playball. Dwayne Wade and Lebron James and Chris Bosh want an NBa title an easy one(or so they thought) and were criticised for it. Stop crying and play ball.

  • Gee

    Come on people, D Wade and Amare weren’t hateing on Kobe. They just knew like most people watching that Kobe was on a mission. Nobody cared about it at all, people lightened up and stop making yourself sick over something that isn’t that serious.

  • Albert

    To C.A. Who posted that ridiculous comment about Kobe doing everything on his own not like the big 3 open ur eyes retard he never did it on his own he had shaq who was the most dominating force ever so put a sock in your mouth I don’t care how good Kobe is he could never do it on his own even with the team he had this year he still got his ass swept in the conference finals…embarrassing

  • alex

    finally somebody agrees with me: cheema. kobe is a freaking ballhog

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