GameTimeLaker wrote:Why do I have a feeling that if Kobe guaranteed gold, nobody would be saying anything of this.
So was it not humble of Kobe to announce that the Lakers are going to play until June during his MVP trophy ceremony against Utah in LA?
Come on, they're confident superstars who feel that with our current lineup, we will win it all.
Stop making a big deal out of it.
Usually, when you're good at something, you're confident about yourself. When you have other people around you who are just as good, you become just as confident. Lack of confidence or being pessimistic leads to mentalities of being quote on quote, humble, because after not having a Gold medal since 2000 (8 years), anything less would be a travesty, and LeBron and Wade know this first hand. Give them a break.
If Kobe had made that gaurantee it would be plastered all over ESPN. Lets take Kobe's "we will play until June" statement in the context of the moment he was receiving his MVP award infront of his home crowd and getting them hyped. LBJ and Wade on the other hand are trying to say that the US is going to win after they (LBJ/Wade and others) failed to even get to the gold medal game in the past 4+ years.
I think you are right to an extent that if Kobe said some fans would be like
Mamba but most would be saying the following:
Now ESPN has something to crucify Kobe on if they lose
2. Kobe WTF thats immaturity
3. Kobe should know better
4.......Waits for ESPN writers to start writing about the arrogance of Kobe
Those are just some of the comments I suspect from this board had he made the same decleration. It is one thing to say we feel we can and should compete for the gold medal it is another to say "we are going to win". LBJ and Wade do know what it feels like to come up short and they should also know what it feels like to be cocky and get your jocks handed to you by teams that have no right beating them. They got their breaks after the first Bronze medal they should both be grown enough to remember how that fealt....Guess not better give them a break.
I agree that if, and that's a big if, because I don't think they will, lose this year in the Olympics, Kobe may get a bulk of the blame, unfairly so.
He's the best player out there and everybody knows it, even if he isn't dubbed their leader by default, the players and coaches know that he's ultimately the difference maker.
The thing is, young guys like Wade and LeBron are just rolling with their emotions. They're excited about this team and excited about the prospect of winning gold after 8 years of dissapointment. I can't blame them for being so confident. These guys are high on life and are just speaking their mind. People would be foolish to think Kobe doesn't have an ego just because he says certain things off the court for PR purposes. He's probably the most confident player in the league and he has every right to be, just as I think Wade and LeBron as so good, they also have the right to be, especially when it comes to representing your country after being embarassed for so many years.
If Kobe had been part of the 2004 losing team, I'm sure his motivation would be to annhilate every team they face, which it probably is anyway. Point is, with LeBron and Wade, it's a little more personal, considering they've been through the battle and have ultimately failed. For them, it's embarassing, and they want to redeem themselves. They look around them and see Kobe, Paul, Howard, Bosh, etc. and think damn, we got ourselves one helluva team, there is no way we will lose this thing.
I like it, shows that they have comroderie and trust in each other.
I don't think the comments need to be probed, It's a bunch of competative athlete's representing our country with pride and giving the fans a guarantee that this time, there is no such thing as failure.