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Sunday, September 29th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  71 responses

Kobe Bryant on Dwight Howard Signing With Houston: ‘I Really Don’t Give a Sh*t’


Yesterday was Media Day for the L.A. Lakers, and as was to be expected, Kobe Bryant was grilled on Dwight Howard’s decision to sign with Houston a few months back. Naturally, Kobe responded in the Kobe-ist way imaginable. Via Sporting News: “It was no secret, by the end of last year, that Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard had never really gotten onto the same page. Bryant is a fierce competitor, a guy who pushes teammates whether they like it or not. Howard is a much more laid-back personality, one who is not easily pushed. Kobe Bryant has moved on from the period Dwight Howard was with the Lakers. When Howard was deciding his future in free agency this summer, his choice captivating the entire NBA universe, Bryant was part of the Lakers’ group making the pitch to keep him in LA. Howard ultimately chose Houston, completely redirecting the future of the Lakers franchise. Now, three months later, Bryant looks back on the whole thing with decided nonchalance. At Lakers media day on Saturday, Bryant was asked about Howard’s decision and said, ‘Honestly, man, I really don’t give a s—. It is what it is. If he had come back, it would have been great, if he didn’t, that’s not—it is what it is.’”

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  • LLC#12

    People will probably criticise his answer, but what were you expecting him to say? It’s been over 2 months since Dwight left, Kobe and the Lakers just have to forget about it and carry on with the team they have. If I was him I’d be sick of people asking.

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    Yeah He wasnt gonna rehash it in media day. Just wait till the first time they play him

  • WildCard

    Kobe can’t play with anybody, he should run Lakers alone.

  • robb

    If the media kept asking me the same fcking question, that would be my answer too. It’s been almost three months since Dwight left, and these guys keep bringing the same question every time. Stop it.

  • spit hot fiyah

    humpty

  • Zabbah

    And that’s the correct response to Dwight leaving your team

  • Zabbah

    i know. i hate winning championships with someone who can’t play with anyone.

  • ATL dynamite

    Guess he is feeling too annoyed by the insistent media that keeps jacking up Dwight-related questions in his face. This news is no biggie, just a soundbite that can trigger the target audience to give as much sh*t as possible.it’s time to move on.

  • Conor

    Hey, SLAM, it isn’t news-worthy to you guys that Doc Rivers called the Lakers the greatest franchise in N.B.A. history? That’s beefier than any Dwyane Wade tweet.

  • WildCard

    O’neal + Phil Jackson, Timberwolves could win 3 titles with them. Duh.

  • C.M.G

    Kobe pushes his teammates but he never passes them the ball lol, he encourages passing him the ball, passing him the ball, passing him the ball where he likes it, and getting his rebounds on his off nights.

  • shockexchange

    We knew Horry Jr didn’t care by that terrible powerpoint presentation he made to Rent-A-Center – “You re-sign and I’ll show you how to become a champion.” You’re not supposed to insult the guy until after he re-signs. *Womp*

  • Max

    He had the most assists out of all the SG’s.

  • athanasia columbus

    And why should he?

  • C.M.G

    show me the car fax

  • Clos1881

    Lol word a lot of people are but Dwight made a good move.

  • grgeblck

    he doesn’t because no one can help him get a ring in this time around.

  • MasterSplinter

    So what is your excuse for the other two?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    The clutchness of The Machine?

  • Zabbah

    It’s always easy to talk about things in hindsight but really, you just underestimate what it takes to win a chip.

  • Drig

    Just wanted to remind you this ain’t 2006. So, why don’t you actually watch how he played last season before you comment?

  • Drig

    Gotta be the clutchness of the Machine.

  • Shooting Guard

    if he didn’t give a s*** he wouldn’t be this bitter

  • Max

    And that is, …?

  • C.M.G

    kobe’s fan boys are delusional, i actually watched the lakers last year….NUMEROUS times…..kobe didn’t pass…..the only way dwight really got his pts is off the boards. and its 2013…its bout time u wake and realize what kinda player your idol is before he retires on you

  • C.M.G

    prove it, post the link to the stats, or where you read that @? anybody can come on this site and make asinine statements like the one u made

  • Max
  • Drig

    So………you missed the part where :

    Howard couldn’t even hold his position and grab the ball down low or recognize the double? Or the fact that he bricked FTs left and right when he got fouled in the act of shooting. Guess who got the ball to him??? Kobe and Pau. Plus, incase you forgot, the Lakers suffered from a lack of perimeter shooting outside of Kobe. Which allowed defenders to guard the paint. Hell, that was the reason Pau was pushed into the mid-range to decongest the paint for Howard to operate.

    The only way Dwight got his points were off the boards. Precisely the reason why he lit it up when Kobe was out.

    Also, its funny you say Dwight got most of his points off the boards. Almost sounded like he must’ve had a LOT more offensive rebounds than he usually did. Which is strange because he had a similar number of offensive rebs in his Orlando.

    And all of this is WITHOUT coming to the fact that the Lakers perimeter outside of Kobe absolutely sucked at shooting from distance. Even when Kobe dished the ball ( and boy did he dish em out for open looks ), Metta and co. simply couldn’t convert enough of them for him to pile up those assists ala CP3 does with the Clippers.

    And despite all of this, he averaged his BEST APG stat rating in his career.

    http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2013/08/09/playmaking-kobe-point-guards-the-harmonic-mean-of-points-assists/

    Shocking isn’t it? How Kobe actually can SCORE AND CREATE at the same time? Kinda hard for you digest it, right?

  • Drig

    Monta did actually. I assume you overlooked that because he’s a hybrid PG.

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    I agree, he did made a good move, don’t hate me on this but he won’t get a ring with Kobe telling him what to do.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • thebossman15

    you fuckin moron he lead all shooting guards with 6 assists a game get brons dick out ur mouth

  • C.M.G

    so when dwight left orlando he just magically forgot how to recognize the double team?? GTFOH…you wanna see a team use the best center in the league watch the Rockets, cuz the lakers damn near wasted that mans talents….and kobes BEST assist average of his Career is still AVERAGE….So whats your point??? kobe passed the ball last year and he still was a BALL HOG…and when u cant shoot thats more reason to pound the rock inside….DUHHH!! the lakers didnt do it though because Kobe is a HOG, and mike dantonio was inept to coach that that team.

  • C.M.G

    great point he led SG in assist and somehow was still a ball hog, did u see the stat where he also led the league in field goals attempted, and averaged 4 turn overs a game at the same time??? those 6 assist dont look as good no more huhh??

  • C.M.G

    he also lead the league in field goals attempted and averaged 4 turn overs…and who said something bout lebron?? lol. get off your moms couch and talk with respect

  • Cortez Mack

    I have never understood why turnovers are contrasted with assists in the first place.

    It seems more apt for the contrast to be turnovers to steals.

  • C.M.G

    maybe they’re mentioned in the same breath because turnovers take away from possessions which in turn take away from points and assist directly lead to points scored. maybe u have a point in that steal should be mentioned with the two though. makes sense. but then i’d ask how many times did a player gamble and try to get a steal and gave up pts….so i guess its just simpler to do it how its been done since forever. but u do make a point tho

  • thebossman15

    dude first of all melo lead the league in field goals and second off kobe shot 47 percent so wtf is ur point? he avg 3 turnovers per game this yr but then again every top player in this league except for very few avg in tht range..its called having the ball in your hands more, usually a responsibility for the best player on the team if not the league. And why would i talk with respect too an idiot who states made up facts all over this page hypocrite ass mf i seen ur other comments

  • C.M.G

    Kobe led the league in field goals attempted per game…he didn’t lead in total field goals attempted most likely bc he got injured last year. and to be exact he averaged 3.7 turnovers a game…which is closer to four than three, so dont try and skew the stats for kobe lol. and im stating facts bro, all my comments basically say the same thing…so im happy u can read…mission accomplished….now if you only knew basketball you’d in there.and he shot 46% lol u gave’em that 1% like it mattered. you manipulated every stat u just mentioned lol…..yet im the hypocrite

  • C.M.G

    and rounding up 3.7 is 4….FYI…it’s common practice when judging stats…rounding off.

  • C.M.G

    learn how basic math before u call somebody a idiot lol

  • LakeShow

    Damn right.
    … don’t let the door hitcha.

  • Drig

    http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2013/08/09/playmaking-kobe-point-guards-the-harmonic-mean-of-points-assists/

    Next time, read the entire post. READ THE DAMN THING. It specifically caters to dumb arguments like yours.

  • Max

    Well yea he had like 10 assists more, per game they were equal. And like u said sometimes he plays at pg.

  • Max

    So basically you’re telling me Kobe wasn’t great on offense last season?
    lolol

  • Drig

    Honestly, this is what gets me riled up. Every time Kobe’s shot count is brought up, most people don’t think it through. So, tell me :

    1. Do you want Kobe to pass shots to his open teammates on the perimeter who on an average score at a similar ( and at times, lower ) efficiencyas a Kobe who is doubled? Why?

    2. Kobe can’t pass it into the paint because it is blocked off by defenders who sag off LAL’s perimeter players and crowd out Pau and Dwight.

    3. He averaged 4 TOs per game while playing a ton of minutes.

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2013_advanced.html

    Look at the TOV% column which counts the number of times players commit TOs per 100 plays.

    Guess what, Kobe turns the ball over at a similar rate as Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Wade, Westbrook and Tony Parker ( He’s at 13.4 )

    Next, look at the AST% which indicates the % of all made shots assisted by the player when on the floor.

    Kobe’s #35 on the list. The only non PG players that are significantly better than him in this regard is LeBron James.

    This is with the Lakers’ PATHETIC shooting. Just imaging where he’d be if he had teammates who could actually put the ball through the hoop ( Nash excluded ) from range on open shots……..

    Wanna know where other “elite” scorers are? Durant is at a whopping 77. Carmelo’s at 166.

    James Harden, the best SG in the L according to some, has a 15 TOV% score ( Kobe = 13.4 ) and is 53 on the AST% list ( Kobe = 35 ) .

    This is a 33 year old Kobe playing huge minutes with a rotating cast of players and a changing role. And with a bad hand at that.

    You’re arguments are half baked. Until you bring a valid argument, you’re simply hating on Kobe in my eyes.

  • C.M.G

    the formula they use only judges a player based solely on points and assist…..nothing else…kobe would be high on that list regardless of how many assist he averaged because he is a GREAT scorer…but at the same time according to that same list chris duhon is somehow better than dwight howard lol, that list loses an enormous amount a credibility on that point alone….and dont point me to a lakers fan site to prove ur point lol, they obviously jus made some basic ass formula only using two stats of a players game to make kobe NOT look like a ball hog….i give it to you tho…i didnt think kobe passed as much as he did…and he’s still a ball hog..doesnt negate the fact that nobody likes playing with’em….except maybe pau gasol…and thats questionable…..nobody wants to play with a ball hog whose an asshole. its easy to average to average 6 assist when u have the ball in your hands 35 minutes out of the 48 minutes a basketball game last

  • C.M.G

    no im telling you kobe was a ballhog last season, don’t let his average fool you into thinking he wasn’t. he had the ball in his hands more than almost every point gaurd in the league. that what im saying….u comprehend lololol

  • Drig

    Dude’s argument is crazy I tell you. Next, he’s gonna say Ellis and Harden are good defenders lol.

  • C.M.G

    BRO you win…to each his own..every stat u mention i could argue against it…but you win…congrats….and im’a big kobe hater ADMITTEDLY, no shame in that what-so-ever. but i dont argue based off just me not liking kobe. i posted stats up here. the same as you…people can analyze and argue stats all day….doesnt change the fact the kobes a ballhog….i woulda respected it more if you said “yes kobe is hog…but he’s the best damn ballhog to ever play the game”….that woulda been appropriate response…..bot some made up stats on a lakers fan site tho.

  • Drig

    Google context. I was hoping such a list would imply that only ball handlers were being compared.

    Dwight Howard is not a ball-handler. In any sense of the word. That list pertains to ball handlers only.

    Harmonic mean = (2*A*B) / (A + B)

    How the hell would Kobe have a high score if one of them was a a crappy score? Honestly, your statement defies any mathematical logic.

    It is a Lakers fan site yes. Doesn’t mean that basic mathematical formulae automatically become biased towards the Lakers on the site, no? Plus, it actually made a lot of sense as the true value of creators is highlighted.

    Yeah, its easy to average to average 6 assist when u have the ball in your hands 35 minutes out of the 48 minutes a basketball game.

    Especially when you’re doubled constantly. I mean, I just FREAKING SHOWED YOU NO OTHER NON-PG PLAYER ASIDE FROM LBJ WHO HANDLES THE BALL FOR A SIMILAR AMOUNT OF TIME MANAGED TO DO WHAT KOBE DID.

    Nobody. Not Durant. Not Melo. Not Harden. Not Wade.

    And at the end of the day, why does it matter than Kobe’s not the nicest guy out there? Pretty sure there was a notable #23 in Chicago who was a much bigger asshole and yet had everyone fawning over him even though he was a ball hog and “nobody likes playing with’em”.

  • C.M.G

    i din’t say kobe wasn’t a great player, i said he was a ballhog….

  • C.M.G

    it would be disrespectful for me to sit here and say kobe isnt a GREAT player…part of what makes kobe so great is his selfishness, but for you to sit here and argue that he isnt a hog is asinine. yes kobe is one of the greatest to EVER play the game…and he is a ballhog…why would that get anybody riled up?

  • Drig

    1. I posted stats which actually mattered.

    2. I added context to said stats which actually matter.

    3. HOW THE HELL IS “yes kobe is hog…but he’s the best damn ballhog to ever play the game” better than a reasoned argument backed up by stats used contextually?

    4. That made-up stat had more reasoning and logic than all your arguments put together. Better than #3.

  • Drig

    Don’t get confused between usage rate and time with the ball. Both are different.

    He had a high usage rate, yes. But he didnot handle the ball more than PGs of most teams. Even when he was playing PG and SG for teh Lakers simultaneously last season.

  • C.M.G

    kobe led the league in terms of usage rate the last 3 years lol…wtf r u talking about??

  • C.M.G

    below is an article from nbc sports….kobe is a admitted ball hog lol read it…iima post it on here for u lol

  • C.M.G

    What do Kobe Bryant and Gilbert Arenas have in common? According to Antawn Jamison, both will shoot when triple-teamed.

    The difference between Kobe and Arenas? According to Jamison, Bryant will pass if yelled at and Arenas will shoot regardless.

    “Kobe will tell you, he’s like, ‘Look, you guys as my teammates, yell at me. Let me know that you’re open because I’m so programmed,’” Jamison told ESPN LA radio. “And this guy has told me this. ‘I see nothing but that basket. You could be open. It could be three guys on me. But the only thing I see is that basket. So, you have to tell me, Look, I was open. Or yell at me in mid-play.’ He said, ‘That doesn’t affect me at all, and I respect that.’ So, you know, I’ve dealt with Gilbert, who, ‘Look, I’m going to shoot with three guys on me, and that’s it.’”

    Setting aside Arenas averaging more assists per 36 minutes (5.4) than Bryant (4.7) in his career, it’s no surprise Bryant becomes so single-minded with the ball in his hands. After all, he has led the NBA in usage percentage three times for a reason.

    If we learned anything from Jamison’s interview, it’s how vocal Kobe’s teammates must be this season, considering Kobe is averaging a career-high 5.5 assists per 36 minutes

  • C.M.G

    we’ll kobe’s retiring next year…after that your gonna have find somebody else’s balls to constantly have in your mouth…..good luck

  • Drig

    Are you talking about last season or about Kobe in general? You’re swinging back and forth on this issue. Stick to one timeframe.

  • C.M.G

    and usage rate directly correlates to how much a player has the ball in his hands lol…

  • Drig

    Google usage rate. Try and comprehend what it means. If you can’t, ask someone else. I’m done with you if you think Usage rate and time on the ball are same.

    Here’s a hint : A player can have a high usage rate while not having much of the ball.

  • Drig

    Sigh.

    Sure. Come back when you know what a harmonic mean is and what it is used for.

  • Drig

    CP3 runs the O for the Clippers. Durant shares the ball with Westbrook. CP3 has the ball in his hands most of the time. Yet Durant has a greater USG% than CP3. Why?

    Think dammit!

  • Drig

    ………….and what did that prove?

    1. Being a scorer who creates =/= Being a ball hog.

    2. Gilbert Arenas and Kobe Bryant like to score.

    3. Gilbert Arenas refuses to pass even when teammates call for the ball. ( Ball Hog )

    4. Kobe, unlike Gilbert, is willing to pass the ball as long as his teammates man up and demand the ball from him. Even when he’s in the act of shooting. ( Scorer who Creates )

    How the hell did you come to the conclusion that Kobe was a ball hog from that article? If anything, it shows how Kobe can curb his scoring instincts for the team if his team steps up to him.

  • C.M.G

    you posted made up stats from a laker’s fan web-site

  • C.M.G

    kobe said all i see is the basket….idk know if you play basketball but your supposed to see the whole floor…thats why i never argue with people who never played organized ball.

  • Drig

    Way to go. Of course, one of the top 10 players ever to play in the NBA can only see the basket. So, Kobe can’t read defenses. Kobe can’t call plays. Kobe doesn’t know where his teammates are on the floor. Kobe doesn’t know the dimensions of the court.

    Infact, since Kobe can only see the basket, I guess Kobe’s doing all of these things with his mind’s eye. Kinda like a Jedi.

    Now I know why Kobe said he played checkers while others played Chess.

    GTFOH.

    Kobe’s primary instinct is to find ways to score. That’s what he meant by always having his eyes on the basket.

    However, that doesn’t mean he can’t read defenses and find teammates for the open shot.

    I mean, again, DID YOU WATCH THE LAKERS LAST SEASON?

    There was a stretch of games where he simply destroyed opposing teams’ defensive makeup with his incisive passing.

  • Drig

    And again, I dare you to prove how that stat is worthless because it does what it says it does :

    Separates pure scorers like Melo from complete offensive players like Kobe and CP3.

  • C.M.G

    yes kobe passed the ball very we’ll for a good month last year…..good for him

  • C.M.G

    and the reason kobe is top-10 player ever is because his scoring, and his titles….nothing else…and yes kobe did a great job passing the ball we’ll one month outta his entire career….if he coulda did all season though they woudlnt of been 8th seed….and dont tell me he had to because when he averaged 7 or more assist they won about 80% of their games

  • C.M.G

    right i forgot kobe wasn’t a pure scorer….ur exactly right.

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