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Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  88 responses

Kobe Bryant Called His Critics ‘Idiots’ After 40-Point Performance


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Kobe Bryant is on a roll of late when it comes to insulting anyone who dares to question his team or the man himself.

Last week, Bryant called those who doubt that the Lakers can contend for an NBA title this season “mentally challenged”.

After bouncing back from an awful 11-point performance on Saturday (which, granted, included the game-winning shot), with a blistering 40-point effort last night, Kobe had a message for his own doubters.

From the LA Times:

So he said he didn’t approach the Lakers’ game against Golden State on Sunday as a chance at redemption, or anything so trite as that. “That’s not going to happen,” he said. “I had an 81-point game. That’s just not going to happen tomorrow.” [...] The doubters don’t bother him, he said, not even hearing the criticism they offered in analyzing Saturday’s near-debacle. “It’s interesting to me to hear people talk after a game like that, that I’m done and all that stuff,” he said. “The amount of idiots that live out here, after 16 years, is baffling to me. I guess people just get dumber over the years.” Including those who carp about his efforts.

”We’re all surrounded by idiots. All of us,” he said. “We’re all surrounded by idiots.” Not a diplomatic way to treat the fans who are paying the ever-increasing freight to see him play. Or did he mean the media gathered around his locker? “Take it as you wish,” he said. “The only thing that people need to know, even if I told them I’d come out here with a sprained ankle and all sorts of stuff, they know after 16 years I’m going to go out there and do my job and I’m going to perform. And whether I struggle for 31/2 quarters or whatever the case may be I’m going to play hard. I’m going to put my team in a position to win.”

Hilarious bravado aside, these are the facts: Kobe Bryant holds a slim lead as the NBA’s top scorer. He is taking the most shots of anyone in the L, and shooting the second-worst % of his illustrious career. It’s clear that he must work harder that ever to score his points.

These are all signs of a great player slowing down, but still fighting against father time, and for the moment, winning the battle.

But for how much longer, and how far can his heroics carry the Lakers this year and beyond?

Only an “idiot” would venture to take a guess, I suppose.

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  • riggs

    then he told the kids to get off his damn lawn.

  • kobe4ever8

    I am a big kobe fan, I am happy that he can still score (most often than not, in expense of a W). But why would you can the people around you idoits??? He just have got to shut up and play; and play better to help the TEAM win.

  • http://www.runninglikwidworks.com MrRLW

    Great close to this write up Marcel.

  • Truthtell4r

    Dont Mess With THE BLACK MAMBA!!! he’s bringing anuther championship to L.A !!!!!!!!

  • Paul H

    I guess there are a lot of idiots out there Kobe. Still a great player but an ego going more stratospheric by the minute just doesn’t go well with your diminishing ability. You talk constantly about being a consummate professional? That includes not taking criticism like a 14 year old mate.

  • lakernation

    he’s right we’re all surrounded by idiots…. watch how many idiots post on this blog.

  • orso94

    The ultimate douche, but the ultimate winner.

  • Heals

    “We’re all surrounded by idiots, all of us, we’re all surrounded by idiots.” I hear ya Mamba LAL fans are awful, glad we can agree on something…

  • Yesse

    Yeah, a real mature finish with the article.

  • bike

    Classic symptoms of insecurity.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    When did a 40pt game against the Warriors become a cause for celebration and insults?

  • AD

    He really was telling Taylor to choke on a fat one. It won’t be long before he finishes sluroing on one and come on here to give his “Kobe sucks…” routine bit.

  • crooklyn

    More players should take this approach. Maybe not all players, but the ones who hear enough ridiculous crap from these idiots (you know who you are)

  • toinefan88

    No more chippos but Kob still got game.

  • AD

    Spoke too late

  • AQWORD

    Ultimate douche. M.J. was ultimate winner. Kobe = ultimate weeener !

  • benkeys1

    He’s right. We are surrounded by idiots. 5 rings, 81 point game, 2nd all time leading scorer with one team, 5th leading scorer of all time, olympic champ, his team is 3rd in the west and he plays hurt and doesn’t complain. They act like the Lakers are the Charlotte Bobcats or something. IDIOTS.

  • Joe Black

    MJ = whiny scumbag punk

  • AQWORD

    Wow. Kobe lit up the warriors for 40 in an offence where he is right when refusing to pass to better players. Well done Kobe. Well done. I bet u will bring home the title this year & not let anyone hold it because it’s yours & yours only. Youre right Kobe – Phuk dem kidz. I know this makes sence Kobe. Noone will tell me different.

  • Joe Black

    MJ = league’s worst loser

    see: Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats

  • Harlem_World

    At what point does arrogance become ignorance?

  • AQWORD

    :-)

  • T-Money

    i really have no idea how can anyone like kobe. not appreciate his talent, but find him likable.

  • dargar

    I’m no real fan of Kobe, but I agree with him on this one. Most of his critiques ARE idiots. After 16 years he leads the league in scoring??? THAT, to me, is mind boggling. ANY commentary about his game, therefore, should be done under the hush of absolute respect for his continued greatness.

  • Joe

    There are so many idiots in this wolrd especially journalists who are looking for drama such as to publish, becausexthey have nothing intersting to say. If Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnet, Ray Allen who are older than Kobe Bryant can score in double figures, Ray Allen is 35, why not Kobe Bryant. People, let’s get real, ” God has given to many human being apecial gift, only he can tell”, not us humans.

    Kobe will get ring number 6 and 7 and is good till 39, look at Steve Nash, he is 38 and still makes wonders and score in double digits.

    Kobe is on a mission and it will be accomplished. Just live the Mamba alone, before he starts to bite. ” Go Kobe and Lakers, get ring 6 and 7″

  • http://www.robbrack.com rob

    Kobe has always done things his way. If he had been more of a team guy they probably would have beaten Detroit in 2004 and the Celtics in 2008 in addition to the 5 championships.

    I am not sure why a guy with his skill can’t get easier shots and I know when he takes the ball 1 on 3 defenders that it can’t be the best shot and especially so when Andrew Bynum shoots over 50% and for the most part Pau does as well.

    Does and idiot look at the stats and just pretend that the math doesn’t add up? Does an idiot look at the stats of Michael Jordan compared to Kobe’s and see that Kobe isn’t Michael Jordan?

    Kobe is a narcissist but it is this persona that allows him to be great at the same time. It is definitely a double edge sword. I honestly believe he could score the points he scores with less shots. I believe he could score with less jump shots, fall aways with defenders all over him and more layups. If he took less 3′s and contested jump shots when he was cold he would be better off.

    Basketball is a team game and his own strong will and belief in himself blurs the line between individual performance and the team game.

    I love Kobe Bryant he has produced a lot of winning years for the Lakers. I just haven’t always agreed with his shot selection or shooting efficiency and believe he could do better.

    But what do I know, I am idiot!

  • Joe Black

    Read fan’s comments on any sports blog, and you can’t argue against that assessment. Stick around for a few minutes, and for sure fans will start calling each other idiots.

    Read the insane drivel written by most in the media attemtpting to sell their newspapers, magazines and webstites, and the argument is once again confirmed for the correctness of his statements.

  • http://yahoo ronald

    get off the MVP D_ _ _ K!!

  • http://yahoo ronald

    you all was not doubting him when they were stacking up back to back, and 3-peats championships! so get a life broke american Haters!!!!

  • Ranly

    I’m a huge Kobe fan ever since she scored 81 against my Raptors, but one thing you can not accuse him of, is been humble. KD 4 MVP

  • http://aol C-Man

    When You have agood game look at your shooting you take 40 shot to get 30 points check your self first and share the ball you have some great players on the team when they get the ball you will see it’s not all about you stop drinking your own kool aid

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Kobe uses his arrogance to fuel his self-esteem.. don’t any of you get that? Jeez!!
    Anyway, he’s still playing great ball despite the FG%. I still think he’s taking the Lakers to the Finals.

  • gee

    only a freakin idiot would!!!!!

  • Sam Crawford

    He’s right. Quit being so sensitive. Too much political correctness in the media. He’s allowed to have an opinion. None of us knows what he’s going through. People have their limits regardless of the nature of their job. I’ll bet most people who dislike Kobe for this, has said the same thing about a co-worker or boss. Don’t be a hypocrite.

    As for him taking shots… His gets PAID to be a “SHOOTING” guard. That’s his job!

    Like Jack said, “You can’t handle the truth!”

  • Bruce

    Frankly,Kobe is probably the idiot. The guy has been blessed by Laker management with pretty much the best front line in the NBA in about 13 of the 15 seasons he has played. In that time “his” team has won 5 titles with the most expensive roster in the game. With all the blessing given to him by Laker management,the guy almost never shares the glory or the ball with the big men who were more responsible than he was for those titles.
    The more his skills fade, the more desperate he becomes to take all the credit for whatever the team accomplishes while blaming the increasing number on losses on coaches and the big men who both shoot between 15 and 20% better than Kobe from the field and combined have probably taken less shots than Kobe has by himself. When you lead the league in scoring(cited as a great achievement by the media) and are shooting 42% from the field while the other scoring leaders in the league are over 50% and you have taken over 200 more shots than either of them,not to mention being about 3% under your Laker TEAM average, you are probably responsible for more Laker loses than wins by wasting so much time dribbling aimlessly while teammates go to sleep waiting for you to miss so they can rebound or the other team can rebound and take off on a fast break scoring opportunity.
    The older and less effective Kobe gets,the more his ego takes over. All he is proving now is that his goal is not winning or leading a strong TEAM, it is to catch Kareem as the highest scorer in NBA history before the Lakers wise up and figure out that what he brings in at the box office is not worth giving up the future of the the Laker franchise for a decade or so.

  • DavidB

    Everyone is an idiot but KOBE. Go figure.

  • RunNGun

    Kobe is not getting another ring.

  • abaci

    At this stage in his career, he should just mention the rings and let this small stuff slide. I think he is going to play for 2-4 more years, so this kind of talk is only going to increase. He should should get used to brushing this stuff aside.

  • dazzy

    A 40 point game, against the Warriors, taking a ridiculous amount of shots while barely passing isn’t impressive. The Lakers are done and it’s Kobe’s fault.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Agreed T-Money.
    But he’s right that there are lots of idiots in the world. He’s wrong that proof of their idiocy is determined by the fact that they question his shot selection. And I have heard anyone say “Kobe is done.” He just created a strawman argument because like Jordan before him, that’s what he does to get hype. You can’t take that seriously.

  • Daniel

    Kobe’s career may be nearing it’s end, but how about attributing his trouble shooting on.. Oh I don’t known.. The nonexistent ligaments in his wrist? The multiple injuries he plays with? Yes, the Lakers aren’t what they used to be, but let’s be honest, some critics were counting them out of the PLAYOFFS! Kobe has every right to call you and many others idiots. Your arguments are valid, his shooting is down, lakers struggle at times, but don’t ignore the lack of depth on the bench, mike browns new system, injuries etc.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    T-Money that’s where your wrong. He’s not “likable” to anyone. You ‘like’ him for his on the court accolades. I like him for his “never say die” and “I don’t give a f*ck” attitude. It’s always fun for me to see people talk the talk and then follow by walking the walk. But he’s a dick, that’s undeniable.

  • Jeremy

    You should of had your editor take a look at this before posting it! I guess that would have made you “work harder that ever” so you didn’t! Anybody who knows Kobe’s career at all knows he relishes in the hate! During last night’s telecast Bob Fitzgerald asked a question: “I would love to know what Kobe’s 3-point shooting percentage is in the last three minutes of the game.” Forget 3-22, or 81 point games, or struggling for three and a half quarters. Forget all of that! One thing is for certain, KB24 loves to be hated, and loves to use that to stick a fork in teams in the final minutes of games. i.e. Saturday, and Sunday night, he nailed 3′s to either put the dagger in, or seal the win for the LakeShow! When the Media criticizes the Lakers, as not having another man outside of Kobe who can create; how can you write he shoots to much! GET IT TOGETHER!!!

  • benkeys1

    Everybody that came into the league around the same time as Kobe has faded. KG 1 ring, T Mac no rings, Allen Iverson no rings Vince Carter hahahahaha !!!!!! Kobe is still playing at a high level. MJ said himself that Kobe is only player that could take the next MJ mantle. Losers don’t understand the winners mentality. You guys better stop listening to Charles Barkley and Chris Webber. Both losers.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Well people that said he’s over the hill after that 11 point game are idiots….

  • AQWORD

    true dat lakeshow he talks the talk 4 sho. I like him coz he had nice dunks. All the other stuff i seen done 100 times better before him by M.J. Kobe is a M.J. slurper for trying to steal his game & failing badly at it. I’m gonna enjoy his little crash & burn this year.

  • Dan

    Dizzy, get your facts straight before you open your mouth. Kobe scored 40 on like 26 shots and had 5 dimes. That’s while shooting over 50%. He was very efficient last night. The Lakers will go only as far as their effort takes them. If they play d and rebound, they can and will win another title.

  • AQWORD

    nbk is an idiot.

  • Raseven7

    I’m a major Kobe fan he doesn’t have ish to prove,cats been throwing shots at him for 16 years dude been a winner since high school,so to me he can say what he feels

  • http://yahoo.com Marcelle Waller

    Let me just say this Kobe is by far the best player in the league right now, and he is voicing his opinion because IDIOTS keep asking stupid questions. Reporter constantly ask the same questions over and over again which makes him having to answer them over and over again which is IDIOTIC. If he didn’t say anything then the reporters would say he’s not cooperating and being difficult; which by the way I wish he would do(not talk). This year’s NBA season is nothing but a farce because of the condensed schedule and all the injuries that have occurred to key players I only hope we as fans appreciate what these players are doing for us and themselves. The product that is being displayed night in and night out is for the most part sub-par. So with that said I applaud Kobe for speaking his mind and letting the IDIOTS know that he will continue to call them just that when they ask stupid questions.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    People are funny.

  • Horsey

    Didn’t Rodrique Beaubois do that as a rookie? Typing “40 points against Warriors” into YouTube shows a pretty impressive video of efficiency over volume…just saying…

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/39910/knicks-will-miss-lin-during-playoff-push Paul H

    Nbk sux dix like an idiot. Benkeys1 Lol. All these guys played more minutes overall + Kobe always had great help & never really had to carry a team properly like these guys did. Nobody can take the MJ mantle. M.J. is real & Lobe is plastic like Barbie. Im enjoyin watchin his mental & physical demise this year. If the Lakers win a title this year i will publically eat my Jordans.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “Let me just say this Kobe is by far the best player in the league right now” – “Reporter constantly ask the same questions over and over again which makes him having to answer them over and over again which is IDIOTIC”
    .
    LOL

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I’ll just say it for Paul. That wasn’t Paul.
    -nbk, what were you trying to say in your 1:17 post? Couldn’t tell if that was a condescending comment towards KB, or his critiques.

  • benkeys1

    Paul H are you serious? they didn’t have help? They all played for contenders. I’ll give AI some credit for carrying the 76rs and KG for just being tough but the rest of them? hahahahaha!! VC and T Mac got hurt tripping over shoe strings.

  • Truckee

    It is about time writers are called out for what they are sometimes. Idiots!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    his critiques.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/39910/knicks-will-miss-lin-during-playoff-push Paul H

    why does Paul H’s info keep appearing in my box ? wtf SLAM !!!!!!!!!

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/39910/knicks-will-miss-lin-during-playoff-push Paul H

    it was me

  • Joe Black

    Jordan? You mean that loser w/ the league’s worst records in Washington and Charlotte. Remember, the Jordans you eat, came from the bottom.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    hmmm..

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

    Pretty interesting read

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/39910/knicks-will-miss-lin-during-playoff-push Paul H

    Cheers Lakeshow, that WASN’T me! Glad to see I have slightly more credibility than someone who would use such a horrendously childish statement like “Nbk sux dix like an idiot.” on a BASKETBALL website. I have always LOVED Kobe Byrant as a ball player. I respect his focus, determination and grit but have always thought he was a bit of an a*shole. You can’t act like no one has the right to criticize you after you have a horrific game. You are not a deity, Kobe.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Yeah that obviously wasn’t you Paul.

  • bdogg

    he had a bad shooting game..it happens..he bounced back..for those doubting him..go jump a bridge. he is taking a lot of shots and probably could get to hole more often since he seems after germany to get his first step back but he is killin it this year..he did not have the hops or 5th gear last year and was playing on one leg..he is trying to prove a point..maybe to a detriment but he will take la to the WCF! book it!

  • Heals

    Kobe slurpers’ excuse for his poor shooting this season is the wrist. So is that wrist responsible for his lack of passing? Fact: he scored 40 against Golden State. Fact: he is shooting the second worst of his career. Fact: no other front line in the league boasts two starting 7 footers with skills like Bynum and Gasol. Groupies won’t understand why rational people don’t see the Lakers making it far. I’m unimpressed with Kobe chucking his way to the scoring title at the expense of his team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    This is Kobe’s yearly grab at attention. This years tactic appears to be insult as many people as you can and see if they still come to the games. What a genius!

  • Marie Valmonte

    Leave the the Black Mamba alone. Lakers will not be on the 3rd place if it wasn’t for him. He plays all the time even with injuries. Appreciate what he does, he does not perform miracles just good honest work! Yes, I’m an diot too!

  • http://n/a sonnyboy110

    A truly great player — 1 of the best ever — but a thin skinned 1. And I’m a LA Clipper fan but have to recognize K’s greatness

  • robb

    Kobe is Kobe’s biggest fan. This is just a fan talking, no more no less.

  • rand33p

    ya’ll realize even during the previous 4-5 years, where he’s had great success, he has been criticized by “journalists” and “blogs” alike.. at the end of the day the guy is a winner and one of the best ever.. way too much hate for a guy like that.. don’t like his personality? who cares! don’t be so immature and sensitive

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Who cares, he has 5 rings. Haters hate, Kobe skill set is better than most to ever play in NBA and at 33 years old, is still a top 5 player. Has a chance to be the oldest player ever to lead league in scoring. MJ shot selection was awful, some of yall go read some old articles on MJ. BOOK IT!!

  • BRYANT BYNUM GASOL 24 17 16

    Lakers will win title. Plain and simple!

  • BRYANT BYNUM GASOL 24 17 16

    WTF run n gun Kobe will get at least eight!

  • nbk

    THE BEST PLAYA IN THE DAMN LEAGUE IS KWAME BROWN!!!!

  • blah

    I’m a little bit older, but I remember. you played defense, made the pass to the open man, and if a shooter was cold, he did other things to help the team win. Kobe is an example of the spoiled athletic a**hole changed the game. Don’t correct him; he knows everything. Let him shoot 40 shots and, put the “dagger” in Golden State (hahaha)and his crew of man lovers will tell you how beautiful and wonderful he is, “how dare you put down the most beautiful player of all time,” they say. Kobe couldn’t wash Jordan’s jock strap, or Magic’s, or Bird’s, or, even, Shaq’s. He pouts, berates, shows little class, and I’m sick of his act. Even, AI isn’t as arrogant KB24 (or 1 better than Jordan) Remember the post-Shaq Lakers? Kobe showed his true character and the Lakers could win anything until they got that crazy deal for Pau and mgmt up the talent level significantly. If you want to say, “Count my rings.” Count Robert Horry’s rings (7)> Ron Harper, Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr all have 5 rings, too. Are they better players?

  • http://n/a Jay Rich

    Say what you all want. When Kobe retires, he will be missed. MJ is the greatest player in the history of the NBA, but really watch the videos and MJ’s pouting just like Kobe does, yet no one else speaks on it. Why? Because the media made the world LOVE Michael Jordan, Just like Jay-Z in Rap, Just like Hulk Hogan in Wrestling, just like Michael Jackson in POP. We always saw them as icon, regardless of the dirt they did. But we now criticizes the new legends on their “areas they need to improve in”. Hard Work does pay off, but so does positive exposure. MJ pouted, elbowed, pushed off and yells at his teammates as much, if not more than Kobe did. But they come from 2 different eras. No Doubt MJ is the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball, but respect greatness and loyalty while its here. Because when it’s gone, its gone….

  • AQWORD

    Check out blah (flying over the bull$#!t while delivering the killer blow) . Thank you bro.Amen

  • Rose24

    I`m a biggest fan of Kobe Bryant from Philippines,,he is my long time favorite NBA Player,,since Michael Jordan retired..I agree with Kobe..he is right..We`re all surrounded by idiots…GO KOBE..I LOVE YOU..I KNOW YOU CAN MAKE ANOTHER TITLE IN L.A..I NEVER STOP SUPPORTING YOU UNTIL THE END..FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!NEVER GIVE UP..TRUST YOUR SELF…I LOVE YOU “KOBE BEAN COX BRYANT”<3<3<3..I know you do all your best for your team mates and for us(your supporters)and me AS A FAN I`M WILLING TO DO ALL FOR YOU..I WILL FIGHT FOR YOU..HATERS…SHUT THE HELL UP!!!

  • http://slamonline plex

    hey marcel why the backhanded form of flattery
    Maybe the idiot he waz refering 2 could be you.
    He’s been loyal to a franchise & a fanbase.
    Diminishing ability is the reason behind his bad shooting percentage or
    horrible offense from an obviously overwhelmed coach…tsk tsk tsk
    the Kobe haters going 2 learn soon

  • Justin G.

    @Seed…Even if MJ’s shot selection was as awful as you say, he still shot 50% for his career which means he was still hitting those supposed awful shots. It truly is amazing how one guy can be so clueless. And Jay Rich might be The Seed part 2 with that great analogy. The media made the world love Michael Jordan, Jay Z, Hulk Hogan and Michael Jackson? Hahahahahahahaha! Michael Jordan’s game made the world love him. Jay Z’s songs and rap ability made those that like rap love him. Same with Michael Jackson as well as his charisma, dancing, videos…pretty much everything. As for Hulk Hogan…well, in the 80′s he was a hero to a lot of kids because he fought for truth and the United States. I know that’s corny but wresttling billed itself as a real sporting event but that’s what his character was and he was the most requested celebrity for Make A Wish for the 80′s. Yes, even ahead of Michael Jordan although I believe he was next.

    As for Kobe, I sometimes wonder if reporters ask these things on purprose just knowing he will go off with a good quote like this. I mean, a lot of them ARE idiots and I know personally I would have said something like this long ago if it were me

  • SCOTTY D

    http://theheroesandvillains.com/handv/H_%26_V_-_Kobe_Bryant_Gets_Stuck_Driving_The_Lakers_Short_Bus.html

    sucks that kobe got stuck with these clowns though. he’s still a pimp

  • james

    he just mad his wife is getting piped down else where and ran with his money

  • james

    lakers will get another ring but not with kobes help this guys is ruining a perfect organization so until he leaves the league GO CLIPPERS

  • http://bleacherreport Jnmandjlm

    Kobe is just not a happy guy, is he?

  • http://gmail.com z

    rob at 12:15 summed up the critique of kob’s game and issues with it perfectly

  • Bryant24

    I’d like to see anyone else get out there and do what he does. Exactly, I’d call em “idiots” too.

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