Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/20/12
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We know that Kobe Bryant has never been one to downplay his confidence in his basketball ability or be quiet, well, about anything. But he took that too far recently, telling T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times that he probably would have scored more points had he never played with Shaq on the Lakers. From Simers' column: 'If I was playing in this [Mike] D'Antoni system when I was 21 or 23, forget it. The floor is spread and you just get to the rim.' So I ask, 'Would you have 40,000 points by now?' 'If I wasn't playing with Shaq, probably,' he says. 'I would have scored a lot more for sure.' But that's like a lifetime ago. And so knowing how much he wants to win championships and (tongue-in-cheek) I just heard him say he's going to retire after next year, is he panic-stricken, nervous or questioning his chances now of winning another ring? I like Kobe as much as the next guy but this statement is just a little absurd and frankly, out-of-the-blue and inconseque...
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