Friday night the Los Angeles Lakers lost their second game in a row at home to a below .500 team. This time coming against the Memphis Grizzlies and the one before to the Charlotte Bobcats. Broderick Turner of the Press-Enterprise recorded this:
“Phil Jackson felt the need to remind Kobe Bryant of what a good
teammate he has been all season, because there was tension between
Bryant and his teammates during Friday night’s loss. ‘I just said,
‘Hey, just don’t destroy the relationship you’ve built with the players
this year,’ ‘ Jackson said. ‘He said, ‘Naw, it’s not going to affect
us, what we do. I just had to get out and vent what was irritating me.’
Bryant yelled at Jordan Farmer for not passing to him. He yelled at
Luke Walton for not calling a timeout late in the game and instead
throwing the ball away. ‘He was obviously irritated about the game
prior to that,’ Jackson said.”
Can you blame him? Did you watch friday night’s game against the Grizzlies? Kobe Bryant goes out and gives us a terrific performance, and everybody starts complaining about him taking too many shots! Are you kidding me? When Kobe Bryant is on fire everybody better get the hell out of the way! Jordan Farmar, all us Lakers fan love you man but you are a point guard. Pass the damn ball to Kobe!
And Luke Walton just keeps on making stupid decisions during the game. He had a timeout to spend at the end of the game that he should of took so the Lakers could retry the in bounds pass and get Kobe a clean shot. Instead, he tried a pathetic excuse for an inbounds pass and turned it over.
A message for Phil Jackson. Kobe Bryant is a competitor. You know this. You know when you put players on the floor with him that they better perform or else words are going to be said. You cannot complain about this mentality either. If it wasn’t for Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan’s extremely intense personalities, you wouldn’t have 9 rings!!!