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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 at 12:37 am  |  20 responses

Kobe Bryant Finally Speaks On Mike Brown


Ever since the hiring of new Head Coach Mike Brown, Lakers fans have worried about Kobe’s silence on the matter, assuming it means the team’s superstar wasn’t feeling his new coach. Turns out they were kind of right, but only kind of. Via the L.A. Times: “In the better-late-than-never category, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shared his public thoughts about new Coach Mike Brown. ‘He just seems like the type of coach that buttons everything up, so I think as players we’ll all be happy,’ Bryant told ESPN’s George Hill in SportsCenter’s ‘Sunday Conversation’ segment, as first detailed by Lakers Nation’s David Brickley. Bryant was hardly happy when the Lakers made the initial hire. He texted a ‘no comment’ to The Times’ Broderick Turner when asked about the hire. Though he invited media to an event promoting his foundation’s aim to help those in need with the knowledge they’d ask him about Brown, Bryant still maintained his silence. Then in a move that differentiates from other years, Bryant declined to have a media session during one day of his summer camp in Santa Barbara. Although it’s fallen on deaf ears among Lakers fans, this story involves more than just inside information among media types. Former Times NBA columnist Mark Heisler talked to sources close to Bryant, who indicated he maintained his silence about Brown because he was miffed the front office didn’t consult him. Turner and Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski also talked to Bryant associates that made it clear he wasn’t thrilled with the hire. But for now, Bryant say he’s on board. ‘We’ve talked. We’ve met, we’ve talked several times, met several times,’ Bryant said. ‘We have been in dialogue. There has been an open dialogue.’”

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  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Isn’t this all just standard Kobe Bryant aloofness….? No news here. On to the next thing.

  • Red Star

    Kobe is hilarious!

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

    Can you really blame him for being kinda bothered the Front Office didn’t consult ask for his input?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    He’s right to have a ‘wait-and-see” attitude. I do the same thing when I get a new boss.

  • LA Huey

    co-sign BP and Cheryl

  • greg

    i concur. i think brown is gonna go the whole dump it in the post for 3 quarters and let kobe close the game offense. they will have a great defense that is for sure though

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    CoSign LA Huey, I think Brown will do just fine. They should ask their superstars how they feel about a new coach hire. The players won the franchise a couple Chip, don’t you think you wanna check with them first?..

  • Riggs

    its more like a new supervisor than a new boss. Checking with kobe on who should be the new owner would be retarded.

  • LA Huey

    I don’t think Kobe should get input solely because he’s their most valuable employee. They should listen to him because of that AND he’s been working there for over 10 years. I agree with Riggs about Mike’s standing in the organization though.

  • LA Huey

    Also, they don’t need to ask Kobe to sign off on 2nd round picks or signing and undrafted free agent, but something as impactful as the new head coach…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Re-Co-Sign LA Huey.

  • bike

    Kobe’s ‘open dialogue’ with Mike Brown: “Sir, you ain’t no Phil Jackson. You stay outa my face and I might let you live. You, my man, are a bottomfeeder until you prove otherwise”.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^^ Not to far off…

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Kobe never had the clout that many people thought he had.
    He doesn’t have the clout that many people think he has.
    HA!
    Gentiles run players out of town.
    Kings run coaches out of town.
    Kings get the first taste of the hunt.
    Gentiles get the leftovers…
    LONG… LIVE… THE KING.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Gentiles win rings??^^

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    ^^Shaq wasn’t a gentile.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I’m confused. I’ve been “Philosophized.”

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Nah.
    No need to be confused. You got ME. lol
    But in my defense… damn, I can’t think of one.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Haha, your awesome. I say we keep the verb though. When I see you school someone i’m just gunna say “you just got Philosophized!” Or maybe “Philoed.” Or something good like that hahah

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out @LakeShow.

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