Kobe Bryant needs his teammates to not be “butter knives” in Game 7 to advance. He knows MWP won’t be.
As KOBE BRYANT prepares to save the Los Angeles Lakers season and head coach MIKE BROWN’S job (at least for another 4 or 5 games), the 5-time champion is thrilled (and may I add relieved) to have the player formerly known as RON ARTEST back from his 7-game suspension for Game 7 versus the Denver Nuggets.
Bryant, who has never been one to mince his words, said Artest uhh, Metta World Peace is the one guy he can count on to match his intensity and toughness in the clutch:
“He’s the one guy that I can rely on night in and night out to compete and play hard and play with that sense of urgency and no fear. I’m looking forward to having that by my side again.” —Kobe Bryant on Metta World Peace’s return to Lakers line-up
Was Kobe calling out his other Laker teammates? Yes. Was he wrong for doing that? Absolutely not. With two seven-footers in the line-up, one playing like his heart pumps kool-aid while the other makes stupid statements about close-out games of which he’s yet to actually close out, Bryant has every right to challenge his teammates (particularly Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum) to play up to their ability. They are primarily the reason L.A. is facing elimination Saturday.
And being that Bryant went to bat for Gasol earlier in the season when trade rumors were swirling, L.A.’s second best offensive player (really?) needs to now step up to the plate and get a hit.
If not…trust…it will be three strikes and you’re out of L.A. for Gasol. Maybe even Bynum as well.
Kobe Bryant gutted out a 31-point performance in a 113-96 Game 6 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday despite playing while ill. Kobe had a stomach issue that forced him to take two bags of IV fluids before the game and two more at halftime. He played well enough for the Lakers, but his teammates were lacking. He pointed that out after the game.
Asked whether he felt his teammates had...
Kobe Bryant was all smiles this past weekend, not only because of his L.A. Lakers beating the Denver Nuggets to capture their first-round series win against the Nuggets, but because he was greeted by his family -- his two daughters and his estranged wife Vanessa Bryant -- after the game.TNT cameras caught the lovely moment where Kobe's family meet up with him in front of...
The Los Angeles Lakers say Kobe Bryant will play Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets despite a stomach ailment that caused him to miss his team's morning shootaround.
Coach Mike Brown said Bryant was holding down liquids and had no restriction on his minutes.
Bryant has played through several injuries this season, missing minimal time with a concussion, ankle and wrist...
Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers will be hosting the Denver Nuggets for game 7 of the first round. That’s right! One of the greatest of all-time is struggling to oust a team with no all-stars. You would think there would be some type of caveat as to why Kobe and the Lakers can’t get it done. But their just failing (JaMarcus Russell style…I probably went too far right there)....
Here is the video of the flagrant foul by Kobe Bryant on Kenneth Faried in Game 6 in Denver on Thursday night. Faried looked really dazed and confused after the big blow by Bryant but he got back up and hit his two foul shots.
News came out yesterday afternoon about Kobe Bryant’s stomach ailments. Despite being listed as “Questionable”, anyone with half a brain new he’d play & most, including myself, thought he’d come out firing. Well, Kobe, as always, did his part registering 31 points despite being visibly ill, fatigued & nowhere near 100%. And yet again, the [...]
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Kobe Bryant hit his only shot that really mattered, then celebrated by slapping hands with Justin Timberlake. In the closing seconds of a Game 7 playoff win, the stars were aligning in Los Angeles once again, just like old times.
Except this was a first-round playoff series against a seriously less talented opponent. And...
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski - Edit by: Payton Wales)
By Payton Wales
The set-up was simple: an elimination game for the Nuggets in their house and Kobe Bryant has a stomach virus. A bad stomach virus to be completely forthcoming, the kind of virus that requires all kinds of things just to get out of bed, let alone play a game of basketball. IV fluids, special...
The Denver Nuggets on the brink of elimination for the second game ran the Los Angeles Lakers up and down the court to a 113-96 Game 6 win to force a Game 7 back in LA.
Game 7 will be Saturday night at the Staples Center. Denver hasn't played in a Game 7 since losing to Utah in the 1994 Western Conference semifinals.
“There’s no way I thought what happened tonight would...
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