Found May 12, 2012 on SportySexyCool:
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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.

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