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When [Carmelo] Anthony grumbled to Bryant about D’Antoni’s defensive acumen on a trip to Los Angeles before the coach’s resignation in New York, one witness says Bryant shot back to Anthony – only half-kidding – that, seriously, when the hell have you ever played defense? By From Adrian Wojnarowski’s interesting take on the Phil Jackson hiring saga (via fuckyeahlakers)

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Kobe x Rubio trash talk: 

Bryant: ”You talking about London?” [to Rubio and Pau Gasol]

Gasol: ”Oh yeah.”

Rubio: ”You’re gonna be there?”

Bryant: ”Yeah.”

Rubio: ”You know you’re getting the silver medal. You know that.”

Bryant: ”Shiiiiiiit! I’m taking bets. If I win, I get the keys of Barcelona.”

Rubio: ”I bet what you want.”

Bryant: ”I’ll take it!”

"We applaud Commissioner Stern and the NBA for not only fining Bryant but for recognizing that slurs and derogatory comments have no place on the basketball court or in society at large," said Joe Solmonese, president of Human Rights Campaign — a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. "We hope such swift and decisive action will send a strong and universal message that this kind of hateful outburst is simply inexcusable no matter what the context."

Bryant called Solmonese Wednesday before the Lakers’ game at Sacramento to apologize and express regret.

"I applaud Kobe Bryant for his swift apology," Solmonese said in statement. "We had a very sincere conversation in which he expressed his heartfelt regret for the hurt that his words caused. He told me that it’s never OK to degrade or tease, and that he understands how his words could unfortunately give the wrong impression that this is appropriate conduct. At the end of a difficult day, I applaud Kobe for coming forward and taking responsibility for his actions."


More from Kobe’s apology. I wasn’t happy with his previous apology that he released this afternoon, which wasn’t even an apology. This, however, is a lot better in my opinion. If you click and listen to the radio clip, he goes further to say he plans on doing more to speak out against any sort of discrimination and hate crimes, and that he needs to own up and take responsibility. I hope he does go through with that.

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The comment that I made, even though it wasn’t meant in the way it was perceived to be, is nonetheless wrong, so it’s important to own that. The concern that I have is for those that follow what I say and are inspired by how I play or look to me as a role model or whatever it is, for them not to take what is said as a message of hate or a license to degrade or embarrass or tease. That’s something I don’t want to see happen. It’s important for me to talk about that issue because it’s OK to be who you are, and I don’t want this issue to be a part of something or to magnify something that shouldn’t be. By

Kobe Bryant. He was fined $100,000 for the slur. (via fuckyeahlakers)

this is better.

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We have to take Michael Jordan out of the equation. Stop comparing anyone to Michael Jordan. It’s just not fair. He was remarkable. Kobe’s in his own sphere. He doesn’t shoot the same percentage [.455] as Michael [.497]. He has the same characteristics as Michael, but he’s not the same player. It takes nothing away from him — he’s a great player in his own right. By

Phil Jackson officially putting an end to the Michael Jordan/Kobe Bryant debate.

via Slam


(via nbaoffseason)