Kobe Doesn’t Care For Small Ball, Rips Flagrant Foul Calls
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been even more open with the media since he’s been sidelined with injuries. In Chicago on Monday night, Bryant discussed the ways in which he’s seen the game of basketball evolve since he’s been in the league. Positively, Bryant noted that basketball has gained a global audience and in turn expanded as a global brand with players from all around the world. Negatively, the sport is losing it’s physicality and ‘old school’ style of play, the type of game that Bryant grew up not being able to get enough of.
As Bryant explained his frustrations with professional basketball reverting away from physical contact, he pointed at the emergence of small ball, as taking away a bit of the fun out of the sport, a philosophy Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni not only employs, but is also arguably most known for.
“It’s more of a finesse game. It’s more of small ball, which personally I don’t really care much for,” Bryant admitted at the United Center as media members ears perked up.
Bryant even nodded yes with a grin, followed by, “It’s probably had an impact,” when asked specifically if D’Antoni’s philosophies have contributed to the change.
To go along with the sport losing it’s physical edge, Bryant called out the ridiculousness of today’s flagrant foul calls.
“Some of the flagrant fouls that I see called nowadays makes me nauseous. You can’t touch a guy without it being a flagrant foul.”
Bryant is, of course, exaggerating to make a point, and a point that’s been hammered, especially by the older generations of basketball legends for years. Something that’s not only infiltrating the sport of basketball, but professional sports in general. The National Football League is undergoing a quite comparable amount of fair criticism regarding overly limiting the physicality of the sport. At a certain point, the rigid restrictions take away from the sport that most fans fell in love with. Will it ever go back to the way it used to be? Unlikely, as Kobe pointed out, kids are a little “too sensitive,” these days.
ladyvb24: That awkward moment when you notice a guy dressed in head to toe Kobe gear but they have no idea whose standing around him.
KOBE BRYANT: Bryant is expected to be evaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles on either Monday, Jan. 27., or Tuesday the 28th. Bryant said that he expected to get an MRI in “February,” but that could apparently come a few days prior to the change of month. Kobe’s been keeping in cardio shape by doing work on a stationary bike, but needs the knee fracture to fully heal before he can resume basketball activities. That said, Bryant has made it clear in respective media sessions in Boston and Chicago that he fully plans on returning as soon as he’s physically able.
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Battle Tested20 wrote:Kobe8Fan wrote:Kobe got loud chants from Miami fans at the Miami U Vs. Duke game in Miami! Even with LeBron at the game watching too!
do you have video of this???
kenzo wrote:I'll stay with the 8's.
therealdeal wrote:Are you talking about that picture right there?
He's wearing long sleeves and pants. His hand is even covering part of his face. How can you tell if he looks lighter?
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It looks good to me.
Kobe Bryant Prefers Not To Play In All-Star Game
Jan 23, 2014 10:00 PM EST
Kobe Bryant was voted into this year's NBA All-Star Game as a starting guard, but the Los Angeles Lakers' star made it clear that he would rather not play in the event.
"No, I don't think so," Bryant said flatly.
"With all due respect to the fans who voted me in, and I certainly appreciate that ... but you've got to do the right thing as well. My feeling is you've got to reward these young guys for the work that they've been putting in."
Bryant admitted he'd play limited minutes if he has to play. He added he expected a two-game penalty from the NBA if he skipped it, meaning he might reluctantly suit up.
"It just means somebody will have to lose a spot, unfortunately," Bryant said. "Our backups will be playing a lot if I go in there and do my two minutes and sit down."
Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times
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