Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 at 12:11 pm  |  20 responses

Kobe Bryant Accepting of Mike Brown’s Criticism

The Kobe Bryant/Mike Brown relationship is off to a fascinating start, as Mike Brown ripped Kobe’s defense against the Clippers in the first preseason game, something that Bryant welcomed with open arms. Per the Daily News: “They’re the coaches,’ Bryant said. ‘We’re here to be coached. I’m here to be coached just like everybody else, you know what I mean? It’s important for everybody to understand that. If I make a mistake, it’s the coach’s job to correct that. You can’t be sensitive or a baby. You’re here to win. That’s his job. I would upset if he was just letting me skate through things. You make mistakes, it’s the coach’s job to point that out. If he can’t point that out to me, he has no chance of pointing it out to anybody else.’ Bryant said he’s been surprised by Brown, who hasn’t lived up to his reputation. ‘What I heard about him was he was a pushover, doesn’t say what he’s thinking,’ Bryant said. ‘I haven’t seen that at all. He’s been the complete opposite. He’s been detail oriented. He’s been up front and open and honest. He praises guys when they do well. He jumps on them when they’re messing up right away. He does that me. He does that with Pau (Gasol). He does that with (Devin) Ebanks. There’s no difference. I’ve been extremely, extremely surprised and very, very pleased about that.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “But I’m still going to do whatever I want.”

  • BigRose174


  • trusoldier

    who’s going to rip brown since everyone knows he can’t coach. he is lucky. first he has lebron and now kobe. once he gets fired from LA he’ll have another superstar just waiting on him.

  • http://skjflf.com Jukai

    NBK beat me to it.

  • bukey

    mike brown #winning

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR6ULRp3Uqk Overtime

    Hated the Mike Brown signing at first, surprised so far though, as Kobe said, he’s going against his rep at the moment

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    If Kobe did what he felt like when PJax was coaching, what makes people think that he’s listening to Mike Brown?

  • LakerSlurper

    Kobe – GOAT? 4 sho

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lakers Fans + Preseason, JT.

  • KurtRambis

    Love the subtle dig on Ebanks as a Laker plebeian.

  • flipnoyce

    Now all Kobe got to do is pass the second round of the playoffs or lead the league in W’s. This Laker team is still more stacked than Cleveland with Bron. Let see if Kobe actually is listening to M.Brown!

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Its alot of deep teams out there. But if we could make it to tha finals in 08 with that roster, without Bynum, then if Mike Brown does wat he did in Cleveland, we can make it back to tha finals with this roster

  • ripslam

    I hardly call that “ripping”, he was just holding Kobe accountable just like everyone else. I guess everyone’s just used to Bean being coddled.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    “What I heard about him [from LeBron] was he was a pushover, doesn’t say what he’s thinking,” Bryant said.

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    “Woah, why you gotta use me as the example of the opposite of you? Why not Luke or someone else?” – Devin Ebanks

  • MikeC.

    Let’s see how cuddly they are after Brown rips Kobe for shooting too much.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Bron didnt give a f*ck bout what Mike B said so Kobe sure as hell aint gonna.

  • ClydeSays

    C’mon Kobe. We know who you are…

  • robb

    So Brown has become a real coach and Kobe has become coachable?? c’mon!

  • Justin G.

    Guys, every superstar is given leeway by his coaches. Larry, Magic, Michael…they all had it and so does Kobe. This isn’t exactly a new thing although Phil Jackson probably yelled at his superstars more than any coach I’ve seen. He was not afraid to get in Michael’s or Pippen’s face when they weren’t running the offense properly or doing something else wrong, especially when he first took over. He did the same with Kobe and Shaq.