You couldn’t tell given how happy and silly the Los Angeles Lakers were acting during their dominant win over the Denver Nuggets last night. But a day earlier, Kobe Bryant lit into his teammates for not being tough enough. Reports the LA Times: “Kobe Bryant is happier now. Slightly. Maybe. He was in an angry mood at Thursday’s practice, calling out his teammates for not being tough enough in games. It wasn’t a long rant, maybe half a minute, but he left practice in a hurry, stalking off the court toward the end of it, irritated that the first team had lost to the reserves several times. He knocked some items off a table at midcourt on his way to the locker room and did not talk to reporters who were let in after his outburst. ‘It was worth seeing,’ said a person at Lakers practice that day. Maybe it worked. The energized Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets, 122-103, Friday at Staples Center. […] Bryant was still tight-lipped after the game, if not dour. ‘If guys are too happy, I need to bring them back down to Earth tomorrow,’ he said with more than a slight edge.”
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