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Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  43 responses

Kobe Bryant Surprised By Contract Kwame Brown Got From Sixers


Kobe Bryant was in a joking mood this week, and his zingers weren’t reserved solely for Smush Parker. Bryant also talked about Kwame Brown, another infamous teammate who he can’t believe is still cashing large NBA checks. From the LA Times: “He couldn’t understand how Brown could sign with the Philadelphia 76ers this off-season to a two-year, $6-million deal. ‘I don’t know how he convinced Philadelphia to cough up $7 million a year,’ said Bryant, slightly inflating Brown’s salary. ‘They want to lock us out, but they’ll pay him $7 million.’ Another reporter relayed to Bryant that Brown said last year he taught former Lakers center Andrew Bynum ‘everything he knows.’ ‘You know what, he may have showed Andrew a couple of things though, especially on screen-and-roll coverages and one-on-one defense. Offensively? No way,’ Bryant said. ‘Kwame, he’s a great defensive player. He’s one of the best defensive big men I’ve ever seen. But in terms of offense, he was challenged.’ Another reporter sarcastically gave Brown credit for at least stepping foot on the court even if his mind wasn’t always there. ‘He was present,’ Bryant said with a smirk. ‘He was there.’ … ‘So it was like ‘Weekend at Bernie’s'?’ another reporter asked. Bryant laughed. ‘Exactly,’ he said.’”

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  • Max

    Keep going Kobe..

  • pposse

    wtf is Kobe on this week? Kwame and Smush should take it to another level and sue Kobe for defamation!

  • Fat Lever

    Trust me, we as Sixer fans were surprised too. All Kwame has to do is grab boards and play solid low post D for the 20 mins he’s on the court. Anything more than that is gravy.

  • Dutch Rich

    Learned something new today

  • M Cho

    LOL at all those people who criticize Shaq for always talking to the media — Kobe is just as big an attention hound.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Kobe knows who to go after… Talk reckless about Kwame and Smush because what can they say back to you? NOT A THING!

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Cosign by the rest of the world.

  • Caboose

    Smush and Kwame. That’s a little bit like Woody Allen fighting Anderson Silva….when Woody didn’t pick the fight.

  • Caboose

    Do you even understand what defamation is without quoting Wikipedia?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s 3 million a year Kobe. And you said yourself Kwame is one of the best defensive bigs you’ve ever played with. Stop stirring shit for the sake of stirring shit.

  • Anthony Jamison

    Kobe should go into stand up/comedy!

  • Caboose

    You ever known someone who went to a prestigious college yet still feels the need to disparage the less-than-stellar schools (which are still colleges nonetheles) just for the purpose of propping up his own ego? That’s Kobe.

  • nhm

    he’s been extra talkative this week…

  • Jimmy

    kwame should blap kope when they play LA

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha basically

  • spit hot fiyah

    3 mill a year for guy that can grab some rebounds and defend a little bit is a steal these days. speaking of steal, golden state got landry for cheeeeaaap

  • LakeShow

    lol, agreed..

  • Drig

    Aren’t Philly over the luxury tax??? Anyways, THIS was a boneheaded move by Kobe. A quality defensive big man for 3 mil is exactly what the Lakers needs right now but he calls out Kwame? SMH.

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    Yeah Kobe can come off like an AHole sometimes, but he says all the things that everybody thinks. Who isn’t surprised Kwame is still in the league?!?

  • T-Money

    kobe gets 28 mil. kd and bron both get 17. it’s all relative. besides, why is he even looking at another man’s pocket?

  • pposse

    im jus saying..kobe just went on a tirade these past couple of days! Reading these articles recently on slam is like watching a soap opera. I always knew Kobe was a prick and blamed his teammates, but he just went ham on Smush and Kwame, not in a million years would i even think that he would be so low as to call out these guys to national reporters..talkin bout “why else would i take 45 shots a game?!” And defamation is something along the lines of ruining one’s credibility to the pt of no return. Smush can get a lawyer and sue Kobe for banishing him from the league with these remarks and Kwame should demand more money in two years and if doesnt get it, quote this article as for the reason why.

  • Comment_System

    this analogy fits so perfectly.

  • bike

    Behind these shots at former teammates, Kobe is trying to tell us; ‘I chuck for a reason’.

  • Drig

    1. Smush’s play banished him from the L
    2. Kwame will get signed as long as he provides solid D for 15-20 minutes every game and puts in the occasional shot on O
    3. Kobe has called out both of them earlier to national reporters. Multiple times infact.
    4. The lawyers wouldn’t dare take such a shallow case.
    5. Soap Opera it is lol :D

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Sounds about right

  • Brion

    I paid that much for this outfit.

  • mojo

    Now that both brown & bynum both in philly, maybe brown can teach bynum flopping on the court, and give some if those over paid salary back to the nba.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    That’s what he’s trying to say, but the reality was he chucked with Shaq, Pau and Bynum and he’s already planning to chuck with Dwight and Steve. His mouth says one thing, but his game says another.

  • shockexchange

    Horry Jr is so gangsta, tryna catch fade with Kwame and Smush. Ya’ll notice how he never talks wreckless about Chris Childs … ’cause Childs will go to your mouf.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1602832844 Michiboo Meticulous

    Where has Kobe been for the past 2 seasons? Just Saying. He’s very talkative of late. LMAO. Bet u Kobe dont try to go at Lamar. LOL…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1602832844 Michiboo Meticulous

    Holy Dang. Philly is using Kobe’s $$$$$ o pay Kwame, right? LMAO. LOL.. Kobe need to chill.

  • Junior Taylor

    Kobe is an all-time great player and in the same right ranks up there with the worst teammates of all-time

  • shockexchange

    Brion with the haute couture

  • errday

    You spelled “whore” wrong.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    ya, but Kobe should pick someone his own size.

  • Anonymous

    Please Kobe shut up, you just do you and stop analysing everyone else .Or you could keep running your mouth as you steadily decline cos let’s face it you ain’t taht good anymore.

  • Fireplug66

    Brion, you ripped off cuz!!!

  • Fireplug66

    Why does a man who makes so much money, has the rings, Olympic Medals, Talent and was brought up with every advantage feel the need to rain on lesser players parades? Is he auditioning for a GM job? If so, he should look around the league and see that an athletic big man who can rebound and play D is a sought after commodity that is a steal at $3 Mil./per. I still think it’s because his parents named him after a STEAK!!! He seems to have a BEEF with just about everybody! LOL, LOL,LOL…

  • z24698816

    Amen to that.

  • z24698816

    Kobe will flip again as he does each time the pressure is up.. LOL

  • Derek Fisher

    No, your mind is just dirty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jun.kaviedes Jun Kaviedes

    Normally I would agree, it’s nobody’s business how much or in fact HOW anyone earns their money. However in this context, when speaking about the lock out and the supposed financial difficulties the smaller market franchises were experiencing, I think he’s spot on.

    After all the talk of player power and small market limitations they go and give Kwame Brown (scrub) 7 mil/year, it’s ridiculous.

  • MShowerhead

    Kobe called Kwame Brown one of the best big men he’s ever seen… that’s a pretty good endorsement. I don’t see anything wrong with this.

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