Around the NBA: Kobe Buzz (Quotes, Comments)

Around the NBA: Kobe Buzz (Quotes, Comments)

Postby BrianCook_The_Laker on Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:54 am

Around the League (what I gathered):

Celtics Great Larry Bird:
"That's wild. That is really wild. That's a lot of points, I'm telling you. There's no question how good he is, but when you start throwing numbers around like that, it's unbelievable. It would be hard to believe if you didn't know it was true."

Miami Heat Coach Pat Riley:
"Anybody who's got the kind of energy to try to hoist up (nearly) 70 shots is going to score a lot of point. It's remarkable, the execution and the efficiency, but we've got a lot of guys in this league, if they took 70 shots, they'd score a lot of points."

Miami Heat G, Dwyane Wade:
"Everybody was calling. Everybody called every player in the league."

Miami Heat F, Antoine Walker:
"I think with the 81 now, no other team or other players will let that happen. Now guys will foul out trying to stop him from doing that. If someone gets 81 on me, I'm going to clothesline him." On Shaq: "He told us to get him 50 shots."

Tex Winter, Ex-Assistant:
"It was quite an exhibition. It's what the fans love. I don't think you can win a championship playing that way and so, consequently, I would be concerned about that. But it was a great victory and I don't want to take anything away from Kobe because it was one of the greatest I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of exhibitions."

Lakers Great, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:
"Kobe's range is unreal, and he does it his way. It was a real treat. His ability to shoot from long range and also attack the hoop, split the defense and get in close for opportunities near the basket is unique. He's made a niche for himself, and he deserves it."

New Jersey Nets PG, Jason Kidd:
"How many minutes did he play, 42? If he had an overtime game, maybe (100 would be possible)"

New Jersey Nets F, Vince Carter:
"It is great for the league, for him, just because of the buzz it has created. The only bad thing about it is younger kids, whose minds are easily warped, are going to think, 'Ohhh! I am going to go out there and do it' instead of the team concept first. That is what is missing, guys understanding how to play as a team. They [the NBA] want scoring, they want ratings, you are going to get that. You are definitely going to get them now with the amount of 50-60-point games . . . I just hope kids and young guys understand that yeah, special guys can do that. But . . ."

Detroit PG, Chauncey Billups:
"If you have it going, you're supposed to keep it going. ... Unbelievable."

Indiana Pacers Coach, Rick Carlisle:
"I don't feel so bad about the 45 he got on us now."

Golden State Warriors Coach, Mike Montgomery:
"I wish we had King Kong (to guard him). Anything we can do, we'll do."

Bulls Great Scottie Pippen:
"It's superb, definitely. Something that is new to me, that is shocking. I got the news last night about 3 in the morning, and I don't think I even went back to bed."

Ex-Bull and now-Analyst Steve Kerr:
"I'm always one to credit the guys who win. I don't know if I would have given Kobe the M.V.P. last week. But what he did in the game last night, he's so clearly the best player out there."

Hubie Brown, Analyst:
"For Kobe Bryant to do this as a guard, it is a testimony to his athletic ability, incredible endurance."

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars:
"I think it is an awesome feat what Kobe did the other night, and I tip my hat to him. The one word that comes to mind when I think about what he accomplished is SPECIAL."

Utah Jazz Coach, Jerry Sloan:
"Kobe brought his team back from a big deficit to win the game, so you like to see that. That means quite a bit more than getting points with no competition."

Cavs Guard, Eric Snow:
"Hats off, he's the best. It's hard to get 50 in a game. He did it in a half. It takes a tough player who works really hard. I think he's one of the best ever."

Celtics Ricky Davis:
"That was a great game. It surprises you, but the guy was hitting shot after shot."

Celtics Forward, Paul Pierce:
"It's impressive,. He's probably playing the best basketball of anyone in the NBA right now. When you’re taking jump shots, you’re going to get more tired. Wilt got all layups. With the athletes that are in the game today, no, it wouldn’t happen. You would have to put more minutes on the clock. Well, maybe Kobe could do it. If he shot every time down the floor.” "

Celtics Coach, Doc Rivers:
“What was lost in all of that was that he got it going when they were down by 18 points. The other amazing part was that he didn’t get tired at the end.”

George Gervin:
"To compare it to anybody would be useless. He set himself apart from everyone else. Everyone looks for another Michael Jordan, and there probably won't be one. What Kobe did was establish himself as one of the greatest scorers of all time at an early age. He's a phenom. I'm a believer, man. Now we've got to sit back and wait and see if anyone scores 82."

76ers Guard, Andre Iguodala:
"How does the other team let him get that many points? Once a guy gets 50 points, you double him every time down the court. They weren't doing a good job of trying to keep the ball out of his hands so I was actually rooting for him.

Chicago Bulls G, Ben Gordon:" That should put all the questions to rest who's the most talented and who's the, you know, best offensive player in the league. You know if he would've had a decent first half, he might've got 100 points last night. I mean if anybody can go out there and score 25 points a quarter I would definetly say it's Kobe."

Chicago Bulls G, Chris Duhon: "I'm just amazed he got up 46 shots. That's like, uh, five games worth for me. After eight shots I'm already having to ice my elbow. You know, 46, that's just amazing on it's own."

Chicago Bulls F/C, Tyson Chandler: "We're witnessing greatness right now. We need to understand that. (asked: "Is he the best of the best?") Yeah, definetly."

Detroit Pistons Coach, Flip Saunders: "I think the most amazing thing about Kobe scoring 81 is about how easy he made it look. It's not like he made a lot of difficult shots. A lot of the shots he took were like open shots."

Phoenix Suns F, Shawn Marion: "Is that for real? You know. That's what people will probably go around saying today. Did he really have 81 points? Is that possible?"

Miami Heat Center Shaquille O'Neal:
Declined to comment..
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Postby BrianCook_The_Laker on Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:55 am

Elgin Baylor:
"Scoring 81 points is a truly amazing accomplishment. Of course, the most important thing is that his effort contributed to a victory for his team."

Mavs GM, Mark Cuban:
"It's amazing. Beyond amazing. He's on another level from any other player at this point. It's like he is toying with teams. If you push up on him, he just takes two steps back and shoots from further out. I hope the NBA adjusts its TV schedule so we all can see him play more. It would be fun to watch and fun to debate how far a one-man show can drag four other players in a team sport."

Mavs Guard, Darrell Armstrong:
"Imagine if our game had been close. "

Mavs Guard, Jerry Stackhouse:
"How many times did he get to the line? You'd think the Super Bowl would lead 'SportsCenter' tonight. But you know it won't. It can't. Kobe will. He has to."

Mavs Forward, Dirk Nowitzki (on if he could get 81):
"I don't think that would be good from a team standpoint."

Mavs Forward, Keith Van Horn:
"How many assists?. He didn't have any against us."

Mavs Guard, Devin Harris:
"He took 47 shots?"

Ex-Lakers Guard, Ty Lue:
Listen to Lue interview

Atlanta Hawks Captain, Joe Johnson:
"With Kobe, he takes shots that look bad, but they're not bad shots for him. He was on fire. On fire."

Atlanta Hawks Coach, Mike Woodson:
"It was just a special, special night. And I'm sure Kobe felt that way. Because 81 points is, well, 81 points, and I don't care how you cut it up. It's amazing."

Atlanta Hawks Radio Analyst, Dennis Scott:
"The most points I ever scored was 65 in the Urban Coalition summer league in D.C.. I had something like 16 3-pointers, and I'm telling you, I was dead tired when it was over. I saw the highlights of Kobe, and he looked like he could have played another game."

Orlando Magic Guard, Keyon Dooling:
"It's not just a buzz about Kobe, it's a holler. That guy is incredible. That's why he's the best player in the league."

Orlando Magic Assistant GM, Otis Smith:
"Whether you like him or dislike him, Kobe is a special player. He has the killer instinct in him that a lot of the talented players don't have. When he smells blood, he goes for the jugular. That's a (Michael) Jordan-like quality."

Orlando Guard/Forward, Grant Hill:
"I guess they say records are made to be broken. You wouldn't think it could be done, but if anybody could I guess it would be Kobe. It's just incredible. There's not much really you can say. Wow."

Orlando Coach, Brian Hill:
"Forget about 81 points. To be able to get up that many shots and still play defense at the other end of the floor, that's a pretty incredible physical accomplishment."

Hornets Guard Kirk Snyder:
"I heard about it after I had finished hanging out with David West, and he called me and said that Kobe had scored 81. My first thought was is that I'm in the NBA with probably one of the best players ever to play in the NBA."

Hornets Coach Byron Scott:
"I think Wilt's record is pretty safe unless a player like Kobe goes into four or five overtimes. I think this is the closest you'll see anybody get to it."

Hornets Guard J.R. Smith:
"The first thing that came to my mind when I heard about what Kobe did was the amount of shots he go. If anybody's going to score, it's Kobe. He can take as many shots as he wants, and nobody says nothing. Of course when you take 46 shots you are going to score, but he's good enough to make more than half of them. He's good enough to take good shots, and he just had one of those nights."

Jerry West:
"I don't know if anyone could have stopped him last night. It's so senseless to me to say he shouldn't take over like that. You give the same amount of shots to everybody else and they're not making that many, I know it. Players are jealous of greatness. Kobe is a unique talent and a unique person. His belief that he can jump to the moon is never going to change. But I admire him, what he's been able to overcome. You would think he would be a fair-haired man of the NBA with what's he's already done. But he's taken a fairly good battering."
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Postby nameant on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:04 am

awesome. major props for posting all those quotes. nice touch with the font colors for the team the person used to play for/plays for. awesome.

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Postby Sunny on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:04 am

Thank you for posting this.
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Postby BDG on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:07 am

GOAT post.

That must have taken a lot of time to gather all those quotes, color, and label them.

Seriously, thank you bro. :bow:
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Postby suniloneal34 on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:07 am

I dunno from what I'm hearing around the league/etc is just a bit of jealousy. People are trying to commend him but not fully it seems. Everyone seems to throw in if someone took as many shots as they wanted they are bound to put up a lot of points. If that was the case a player on a team with a terrible record, ie Tmac of years past or etc should be able to just as easily do that.
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Postby BrianCook_The_Laker on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:08 am

BryantDunkGiant wrote:GOAT post.

That must have taken a lot of time to gather all those quotes, color, and label them.

Seriously, thank you bro. :bow:


Indeed.. well about a couple hours.. I'm sure there's plenty more I'm forgetting too :man1:
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Postby BDG on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:10 am

suniloneal34 wrote:I dunno from what I'm hearing around the league/etc is just a bit of jealousy. People are trying to commend him but not fully it seems. Everyone seems to throw in if someone took as many shots as they wanted they are bound to put up a lot of points. If that was the case a player on a team with a terrible record, ie Tmac of years past or etc should be able to just as easily do that.
I felt jealousy from a couple dudes by these quotes, but from the overall reaction, it's been absolute respect (as it should be).
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Postby nameant on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:11 am

suniloneal34 wrote:I dunno from what I'm hearing around the league/etc is just a bit of jealousy. People are trying to commend him but not fully it seems. Everyone seems to throw in if someone took as many shots as they wanted they are bound to put up a lot of points. If that was the case a player on a team with a terrible record, ie Tmac of years past or etc should be able to just as easily do that.


you look at the guys that HINT selfishness or whatever else..and it's not surprising. VC...you know the beef they had earlier in the year. antoine, riley, shaq...heat people.

when something this big happens you're going to respond in 2 ways:

1) disbelief and admiration.

or

2) jealousy.
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Postby ki1983ng on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:13 am

IMO jerry west said it the best
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Postby Jordan-esque on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:17 am

:bow: :bow: :bow:

I agree. GOAT post! Amen!

I love Kirk Snyder's and Jerry West's quotes.
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Postby scheven on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:39 am

LOL at Shaq....gimme me 50?

he won't even reach 50 attempts....once the other team see him getting the ball 100% of the time, they'll just foul him....
so shaq let's see you free-throw your way to 81
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Postby JJigga3000 on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:40 am

BSPN put it best they compared Kobe to the 3 teams that scored under 81 the night he went for 81 one. Mind you these stats were one man compared to a whole team, I think one team went 27 for 72 compared to Kobes 28-46. And so on, You can't take anything away from that performance the fact that he made 60% of his shots his amazing.
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Postby BrianCook_The_Laker on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:41 am

Edited my 2nd post to include the lovely Dirk quote :man10:
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Postby nameant on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:56 am

here are some more...if you (Cook) or the mods wanna edit them in or whatever.


Chicago Bulls G, Ben Gordon:" That should put all the questions to rest who's the most talented and who's the, you know, best offensive player in the league. You know if he would've had a decent first half, he might've got 100 points last night. I mean if anybody can go out there and score 25 points a quarter I would definetly say it's Kobe."

Chicago Bulls G, Chris Duhon: "I'm just amazed he got up 46 shots. That's like, uh, five games worth for me. After eight shots I'm already having to ice my elbow. You know, 46, that's just amazing on it's own."

Chicago Bulls F/C, Tyson Chandler: "We're witnessing greatness right now. We need to understand that. (asked: "Is he the best of the best?") Yeah, definetly."

Detroit Pistons Coach, Flip Saunders: "I think the most amazing thing about Kobe scoring 81 is about how easy he made it look. It's not like he made a lot of difficult shots. A lot of the shots he took were like open shots."

Phoenix Suns F, Shawn Marion: "Is that for real? You know. That's what people will probably go around saying today. Did he really have 81 points? Is that possible?"
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Postby BrianCook_The_Laker on Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:57 am

Thanks for that name.. I could edit the first one :bow:
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Postby Vasashi17 on Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:02 am

Great great great thread BC the Laker. I always love to read your key contributions to this site. Greatly appreciated bro! :bow:

There's always going to be jealousy, but for the most part, I love the fraternity known as the NBA and the love they showed toward one of their own.
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Postby BrianCook_The_Laker on Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:05 am

Vasashi17 wrote:Great great great thread BC the Laker. I always love to read your key contributions to this site. Greatly appreciated bro! :bow:


I dont post as often here as I do on other forums but every now and then I'll post and try and contribute things.. Well its' 3 am where I'm at.. Gonna go to bed.. If anyone finds any others feel free to post em!

Actually scratch that.. Couple more things

From Here:

Richie Guerin, played in 100 pt game:
"I thought the game in the second half was set up to try to have Wilt score as many points as he could. And I told Wilt this personally. Kobe's, I think is a little more special because of his size and he played in a game that was significant and meaningful. Taking nothing away from Wilt. . . . If you play a game a normal way, I think it's just about impossible to score that many points.''

Miami Heat Coach, Pat Riley:
"He might get 100. If you can get 81 . . . absolutely. He has the mentality to do that and conditioning. He's one of the best conditioned athletes in the world.''

Miami Heat Guard, Dwyane Wade:
"Not at all." - If he thought 80 points was possible

"Give him overtime and he might have got there. Now, it's possible." - On the all-time record

"Maybe if I go home and play my video game I'll hit 80." - If he can make a run at Kobe

New Jersey Nets F, Richard Jefferson:
"He's the first person to ever get to 80 (since Chamberlain's 100). Is 100 doable? You'd probably have a better chance of winning the lottery but there's always a chance.''
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Postby The Kobe Era 2K5 on Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:32 am

Excellent find man! :jam2:
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Postby hdtvset on Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:43 am


BrianCook_The_Laker wrote:
Richie Guerin, played in 100 pt game:
"I thought the game in the second half was set up to try to have Wilt score as many points as he could. And I told Wilt this personally. Kobe's, I think is a little more special because of his size and he played in a game that was significant and meaningful. Taking nothing away from Wilt. . . . If you play a game a normal way, I think it's just about impossible to score that many points.''

Wow! :man4:
I don't know Richie Guerin. Did he play in the 100 point game? That makes Kobe's 81 points even more specail! :man9:
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Postby Frank The Tank on Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:27 am

It looks like one of the great minds in basketball Jerry West agrees with most CL members about Kobe. Well said Jerry, you are the man. :bow:
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Postby KB24 on Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:37 am

WOW what a great post.
Thanks soooooo much. really its a great contributio´n dedicated to a great performence. most funny ones were these

Mavs Guard, Darrell Armstrong:
"Imagine if our game had been close. "

Chicago Bulls G, Chris Duhon: "I'm just amazed he got up 46 shots. That's like, uh, five games worth for me. After eight shots I'm already having to ice my elbow. You know, 46, that's just amazing on it's own."

:man10: :man10: :man10:

I was surprised by some of the replys. Some were really great, but some seem to be jealous and just stupid. I saw some classy responses like Cuban or something that I didn´t expect.
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Postby kb8lak on Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:38 am

Just wondering if anyone got a quote from Mike Miller....... :man11: ?
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Postby borri on Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:50 am

Lakerman91 wrote:It looks like one of the great minds in basketball Jerry Wst agrees with most CL members about Kobe. Well said Jerry, you are the man. :bow:


Far and away the most insighful quote of the bunch. The Logo ALWAYS sets things straight.

Jerry might be in Memphis right now but he will ALWAYS be a Laker to me.

Man imagine how much more special Kobe's performance would have been if:

1. Chick Hearn was still calling the game. What i would give to hear Chick calling Sunday's game. :man6: :man6:

2. The Logo is still our GM. THe man who brought us the Kobester in purple and gold.
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Postby epak on Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:53 am

BrianCook_The_Laker wrote:
Jerry West:
"I don't know if anyone could have stopped him last night. It's so senseless to me to say he shouldn't take over like that. You give the same amount of shots to everybody else and they're not making that many, I know it. Players are jealous of greatness. Kobe is a unique talent and a unique person. His belief that he can jump to the moon is never going to change. But I admire him, what he's been able to overcome. You would think he would be a fair-haired man of the NBA with what's he's already done. But he's taken a fairly good battering."


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