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Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 11:40 am  |  44 responses

Kobe Bryant Sad the Celtics Traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce

The rivalrly will always exist, but without superstar participants on both sides, the Lakers-Celtics matchups are truly lacking. Kobe Bryant will watch the sorry rosters both teams put out there tonight, while recalling battles he had with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in years past. Per the Boston Herald:

“Absolutely,” he said recently after a Lakers practice that went on without him and his fractured left knee. “It was tough to see that happen. I mean, going against Paul and KG, Lakers-Celtics? That’s good basketball.”

“When we played against them, you saw really good basketball,” Kobe said. “You saw smart players, unselfish players who played both ends of the floor, multi-faceted players. So of course I’d hoped for a team like that to stick together, because that’s the maximum level of competition that you’re going to have. I mean, that 2010 series is my favorite series of all time, just because it was the most competitive one. It was the most difficult one. I mean, we’re going against four future Hall of Famers. That doesn’t happen too often.”

Having lost the 2008 Finals to the Celtics in six games and come back to win in seven two years later, Bryant smiled and admitted he’d harbored the hope that the two fabled franchises could thread the NBA needle and meet in the rubber match this spring. He laughed long and hard when it was suggested that such a series might resemble Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro starring in “Grudge Match.”

“Yeah,” Kobe said, “but in boxing it looks a little bit different than it does in a team sport. In a team sport, you can hide a little bit more. But, of course. As a competitor, you want to be able to see that and face them.”

“In 2008, that was it,” he said. “Prior to that, Boston had some struggles. Like when we played them there, it seemed like there were more Laker fans than Celtic fans. But in ’08, that’s when everything turned and it was a palpable sense in the city about the Celtics and the Lakers. You could feel it. It’s a personal thing. Even though now Bird and Magic are all good friends and off the court the rivalry is kind of put behind, on the court, I mean, that’s still there. When you think about how many championships we cost them during that era and how many championships they’ve cost the Lakers, there’s got to be some tension there. The way I look at it, they cost me my sixth one. I should be sitting here with six.”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i think Kobe’s love for the sport is what i’m going to miss most about him as a player when he’s ruining a franchise as a partial owner.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Scalabrine getting Hall of Fame recognition. That’s nice!!!

  • TTN

    Kobe ain’t been in the news lately I guess he/the media thought we needed this…..

  • Harvey

    In all honesty, he should be sitting there with seven rings, not five or six. The Pistons had no business beating them.

  • uqk

    4-1 seems convincing enough..

  • spit hot fiyah

    haha good one. piston owned them that series

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Almost 4-0.

  • TTN

    I don’t think so, could be there with 4, or even 3 if not for shaq…..lot of if’s

    that Piston team was ready, they had one of the leagues best PG’s (Billups) a stretch 4(Rasheed), scoring at 4 out of 5 starting positions and THE BEST interior defender (Ben wallace) and two of the best wing defenders (tayshaun prince, Lindsey Hunter) at that time period they had it all for that run……

  • Harvey

    The Pistons played great in them Finals and deserved the chip. I’m just saying though, they had no business beating those guys with Kobe, Shaq, Payton, Malone (I know he got injured). Everybody had the Lakers winning it… just saying.

  • Max

    Nah man, they outplayed em.

  • Saleem Rainman

    I think his point was that they shud NOT have out played those Lakers, u know, if Kobe and Shaq had their heads out of their asses.

  • Harvey

    Exactly. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Max

    Well yeah, that just shows you how important good chemistry is on championship teams I guess.

  • pposse

    you think he’ll be a partial owner?

  • pposse

    i agree

  • pposse

    yeah but Rasheed just joined the squad that year at the trade deadline and Prince was a straight up rookie. Not trying to take anything away from the Pistons but the one year removed Lakers were still poised to get that ring. It ddn’t happen but Harveys comment still stands. The Pistons im guessing was a 3:1 longshot to win that ring.

  • LakeShow

    Shoulda, woulda… Let’s stick with what happened.

  • LakeShow

    Yep. Hence why they lost. Bad chemistry. I don’t like teams just winning off pure talent. You gotta have it all going on like the Mav’s chip season.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that or he’ll become a GM. but i was really just joking about guys with those over competitive attitudes (Michael Jordan) not being good front office people.

  • LakeShow

    This is perfect. They still rightfully won. And deserve their ring.

  • BIG ED

    I’m with Kobe on this 1 as a Knicks fan I still find it weird that KG and Pierce are not in Boston anymore. But that is business of sports KG and Pierce wanted a ring and Celtics choose to move in a new direction by trading them.

  • AndyK415

    Naw that should have been the Wolves’ chip. Cassell’s injury ruined it…I will never get over that playoffs…

  • Anthony

    Probably one of the only Kobe/KG posts where I’ll say….”who the hell cares”.
    In retrospect…the NBA stars of the mid to late 90s seem to have more depth than the current NBA stars….D-Wade, Lebron, Melo all seem so coached and fake, over exposed even….Or I’m just becoming an awnry old man….***shoulder shrug***

  • robb

    and rightfully so.

  • TTN

    All is true but, take Pippen and Kerr from Jordan, Shaq, Robert Horry from Kobe everything changes. A lot of teams year in and out are a piece or two away from winning it all.

  • TTN

    I remember that team with Troy Hudson, I thought it was time too but…..

  • dennis

    kobe living in the past…sighh..
    his time has past..rip…

  • Lloyd

    I’d say MJ is the exception, not the rule. I think Kobe would be bad in the front office, but not for the reason you say. I’d want a level of fiery competitiveness from my GM. Unless you can point to other GMs who failed because of being competitive first and foremost?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i guess over competitive is the wrong adjective, the guys with that “me against the world/i’m always right” competitive attitude. i am an overly competitive person, and i think i would be a damn good GM lol so what i originally said was worded very poorly.

  • smart

    kobe cost them by shooting 38%

  • smart

    shaq? shaq played fine

    kobes the one who shot 38% from the field

  • bike

    What’s sad and kinda weird is that NY, BOS, and LA are roaming the barrel bottom right now and at the same time. It just doesn’t pass the smell test.
    .
    But, just like when the Phoenix rose from the ashes, these fine cities will TOO rise from the depths and one again rule the league! Because, by gosh, this is AMERICA!

  • Lloyd

    Yea I get that. I think Kobe would be terrible because he’s not a big picture guy. He knows what he personally has to do to win, but I don’t think he would be capable of making the day-to-day decisions to make a team a contender short of trying to suit himself up at the age of 55.

    Like I said though, being competitive would be a strong attribute. That over competitiveness would drive someone to make any move necessary to make their team a winner. Money moves that most of us shake our head at but have to swallow would definitely be minimized.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    completely agree, well said. my bad about how that came out.

  • 2chainz

    In all honesty he should have been setting here with 4 rings if Perkins did not get hurt in game 6.

  • LakeShow

    Yes, lets ignore that Bynum(the much better player) was injured also… lol.

    I’M the biased one lol…

  • robb

    I disagree. Kobe has great vision, his problem as a player is his scoring instinct, that instinct overrides common sense and logic, but he definitely is a big picture guy, and if he decides to be a GM he won’t have the same issue he has as a player.

    Just watch ‘Kobe doin’ work’ the guy knows exactly what’s going on with everyone on the court, he’s like a chess player, so if he has to take decisions and he’s off that court, he’ll make good decisions for sure.

  • Reply-Fail

    KG and Paul Pierce gave the Celtics one final gift, by allowing themselves to be traded for value at the twilight of their careers. The biggest gift Kobe could have given the Lakers franchise was to sign for an acceptable-sized contract. It’s not his obligation; it’s just typical Kobe that the thought never even occured to him.

  • 2chainz

    Bynum was hurt but he still played the rest of the series…

  • The Real

    Smart I hear u brugh and I’m a Kobe fan, but u can’t bring that up around these parts, even though its true, it’s going to ruffle feathers…..haha…..not mine though.

  • The Real

    I see u spoke the truth too and got the thumbs down,

    maybe u should have said something like take Ray and Chalmers from Lebron and he would not have 2 titles and then u would have got all thumbs up. Haha

  • pinoy808

    i think he meant he should be sitting with 4,he forgot that year against the kings.i know
    the kings didnt make the freethrows but it doesnt take away the fact that they had the refs on their side…thank you .tim donaghy

  • Dfrance

    The league didn’t want the Wolves in the Finals. The officiating was so one-sided that Lakers series it was hard to watch.

  • Lloyd

    He understands how to use the mechanics of the game to be the most effective personally for sure, but he doesn’t make his teammates better. Dude needs to be playing to be beneficial to his team. Besides, if he were a big picture guy, he would’ve realize he’s not the man anymore and he needs help to compete in the league instead of taking a ridiculous amount of money and eating up a bunch of the Lakers’ cap space. He probably would have tried harder to keep Dwight too instead of seemingly doing everything he could to get rid of the guy.

    Being a front office guy involves seeing how you can put together a bunch of pieces to be a cohesive winner He’s playing style/personality has been too self-absorbed throughout his career to have shown any evidence that he’ll be able to do that in retirement…Jordan was the exact same way and look how great he’s been as a GM.

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