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Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at 10:45 am  |  38 responses

Kobe Bryant Asks Los Angeles Lakers Critics to ‘Shut Up’


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

With a dramatically revamped roster, the adoption of a new offensive system and hit with injuries, it’s not inconceivable that the Los Angeles Lakers would be 0-2 to start the season.

Naturally, this being the NBA’s glamour team, playing in an enormous media market (serving a massive fan base), there’s widespread panic and irrationality in Laker-land.

Kobe Bryant, more frustrated than anyone about his squad’s disappointing performance this early on, wants everyone to calm down.

Bryant doesn’t ask nicely, because that’s not what he does. In fact, he calls panicky fans “stupid”, which is very Kobe-esque.

From the team’s website:

Kobe: “Offensively, it hasn’t looked as pretty as it will be, but we’re scoring a lot of points efficiently. That’s not where we’re hanging our hats on right now in in terms of how we’re losing games. We’re not executing defensively, which has a lot to do with guys being on the same page and working together.” Q: On if he’s surprised at how the team has started: Kobe: “I’m always surprised when I lose, but at the same time, it’s pretty entertaining to me. Nobody wants to win here more than I do. Nobody, nobody. I’m not panicking or jumping off a bridge because we’re 0-2. It is a process, but we have to approach the process with a sense of urgency. Just because we have this talented roster, we want it to happen. But we have to push for it to happen.”

Q: On the critics asking for Mike Brown to abandon the Princeton offense: Kobe: “I don’t understand. (The city) has seen us win multiple championships here, playing an offense that is tough to learn, that had a sequence of options and took five guys being on the same page working together. They know how that stuff works, so for them to be so stupid now and say: ‘Well, let Steve (Nash) dribble the ball around and create opportunities for everybody, let Dwight (Howard) post up or let me (isolate) … it’s not idiotic but it’s close.” […] Q: On his response to people criticizing Mike Brown: Kobe: “I can say it because I’ve won. It might be tough for (Mike Brown) to say it, but I’ll say it for him: ‘Everybody, shut up.’ Let us work and at the end of the day, you’ll be happy with the results like they normally are.”

Well, then.

It’s going to take time for the Lakers to get jell, get healthy, and figure things out on both ends of the floor – Dwight Howard said so prior to the season opener. Just don’t expect their fans and the media to suddenly become patient during the process, no matter how often Kobe asks them to shut their mouths.

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  • JML-G

    make me! muahahahahahahahaa

  • shockexchange

    Horry Jr is right. With “exceptionally more talent” than the rest of the L, the road to the chip runs through L.A.

  • Drig

    …………So no reporter shot back about Lakers’ woes on D???

  • http://twitter.com/SupermanayrB B!

    No team in the NBA has ever gone 0-82. We lost two straight. It’s no big deal. Two seasons ago the now defending champs were literally crying because of adjusting to playing together where huge losing steaks ensued, but later made it to the Finals. There are 80 more games. Calm yall asses down.

  • BuenoWayno1

    I’ve seen this movie already……

  • Max

    You can’t just say they have to shut up Kobe, you have to MAKE them shut up.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Oooooh this one’s gotta little fire in him…. I like that!

  • charliewinning

    True True

  • bike

    Deep down,and he will never admit it, Kobe is deathly afraid of the moment when Shaq weighs in on the subject. And he will, because somewhere, someplace, Shaq is quietly formulating an opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Ya’ll should shut up and form some team chemistry

  • SirGrey

    Which one of them said “we’re going 73-9″? I think it was Artest. Mr. “I’m gonna get my own shots.” Pshh.

  • Irishway’s

    The LA media is gona pick them apart like they always do when ever a mega team forms.
    In all respect to Kobe n Dwight can’t wait until the book comes out!!

  • keyon dooling

    what is this “losing steak” you speak of?

  • Comment_System

    Steak without A1 Sauce

  • Comment_System

    he’s still not wrong at this point and time in the season though. wait til loss # 10

  • RKJ92

    LOL I cant wait for it too :)

  • Wet

    Kobe: “I’m always surprised when I lose”

    This is why Kobe went from my least favorite player to one of my favorite over the last few years.

  • Dacre

    This will be the new team everyone wants to see fail.

  • Dingo

    Fans are many so the are many opinions, Kobe don’t tell us to shut up in fact don’t talk about us fans at all, your opinion is not valued when it comes to how I or we should feel. You can play ball, without that you’re a pathetic individual.

  • The Seed

    Thanks KOBE, people need to shut up.

  • rande3p

    It’s true… media pundits and fan-boys acting as if they have the answers versus NBA Vets and champions … c’mon man let them play 50 games

  • http://www.facebook.com/BadBluue Czakó Balázs

    Jason Kidd tips it in to own basket 2012-11-02 [HD]

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as5T9tP4PoM

  • Conor

    Mostly because he stated that that was the primary issue. smh

  • http://twitter.com/jay258064 jay jay

    They seriously do need to stfu thou

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    that will be something lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    well, after losing to the clippers, (to quote metta) it shouldn’t be too bad, just 6 more games to give up, and then win the rest!!!

  • Atlanta Zone 6

    Still on here pushing them garbage ass jokes?

    lame ass kid

  • Atlanta Zone 6

    Kobe has been efficient first three games shooting 60% and they still losing…

    This team still can’t stop opposing Point Guards

  • shockexchange

    Actually, the Shock Exchange wasn’t joking.

  • SirGrey

    Stop it, Nash is out, Kobe’s “foot hurts”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BadBluue Czakó Balázs

    MIAMI HEAT Top10 Play of Week 1 2012/13

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmI5nXGachs

  • Coyboo

    Trade kobe for iggy

  • Caboose

    New?

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    LA LAKERS CRITICS ASK KOBE BRYANT TO PUT OUT OR SHUT UP!

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    I agree with gamemessiah… for once

  • AQWORD

    0-3

  • RKellysDooDooButta

    And i’m tellin kobah bryan to eat a d!ck.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and that’s what is sad.

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