Boos come early for Lakers’ Bryant in 95-93 loss to Rockets

Bryant hears it from the home crowd at start, but cheers soon come and he finishes with 45 points in loss. Late run can’t erase Rockets’ effort.

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L.A. Times: It was a game of firsts, some of them infinitely more surprising than others.

That the Lakers lost their first game of the season to the Houston Rockets, 95-93, wasn’t as startling as another event that took place Tuesday at Staples Center.

Kobe Bryant was booed, loudly, on his home court during pregame introductions, perhaps only a one-game reminder from fans that he was their darling as recently as six months ago, but also possibly a harbinger of things to come if the losses begin to collect this season.

There were loud cheers when Derek Fisher was introduced after three years away from the Lakers, but the boos continued for Bryant when he touched the ball for the first time.

Undoubtedly, it surprised him, even if he kept it to himself. His pregame prediction on the fan reaction: “I don’t think it will be any different.”

Afterward, Bryant said he could comprehend their frustration.

“I understand where they’re coming from,” he said. “They didn’t really understand the whole situation because I’m keeping my mouth shut like I should.”

Coach Phil Jackson was caught off guard.

“I turned to one of my coaches and said, ‘Are those boos?’ And one of them said, ‘Yeah, those are boos,’ ” Jackson said. “I was surprised.”

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  • yomi

    KOBE THE GREAT!

  • drake hunter

    if i was sitting courtside i woulda stuck my foot out on the court while Kobe was running by so he would trip and try to stop his fall on his fake injured wrist eventually falling on his face…

  • Neo-Laker Era

    Tonight I think I saw Kobe play as selfishly as he ever has. His teammates (save for Fish) seemed so reluctant to do anything with the ball if Kobe was on the floor. Now, my opinion may be emotionally charged due to the intensity (and disappointment, but hey, things happen) of the games finish, but still, I had really hoped that the Kings game had showed Kobe what his team can do. I understand that Kobe wants to win, but I think everyone now knows that he cannot single-handedly carry this team to a championship. (Oh how I wish to be proven wrong!)

    Like I’ve said before, you have to lose money to make money.

    YOU HAVE TO LOSE TO WIN!

    C’mon Kobe, get your teammates more involved! Pass them the ball, let them screw up. Lose a handful of games, but do it scoring 15-25 and dishing out a grip of assists, not scoring 45 points and only a few assists! Eventually, these losses will turn to wins!

    In all honesty, I hope he was just proving a point tonight; the point that he’s back and willing to give it his all with the Lakers. Not a point of discontent and still keeping the mindset that he has to do all the scoring (look at the game’s outcome!)

    I still have high hopes for this team, but please let tonight just be a fluke! Go Lakers!

    PS I know some of you will disagree with this, but keep in mind what you are responding to. Please do not attack ME for this comment. Rather, attack the comment. Free speech is a double-edged sword…

  • Neo-Laker Era

    PPS I didn’t read the article until after I wrote that comment. I didn’t see the start of the game, but Kobe was booed? KOBE?! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

  • drake hunter

    it’s official…the chants of “MVP” while Kobe shoots free throws will now be replaced by “Cry Baby” until he’s traded…

  • BEC

    Neo-Laker Era,

    Thats a nice idea and I would like for that to happen too, but being in the west those little losses will get us out of the playoff hunt almost immediately. Plus, Kobes ego and competitive nature is much too huge to let that happen, giving up games is not an option. Kobe doesnt have much time to let players grow, because his time to win titles is closing and thats why his frustration level with this team is very high. Also, the Kings game proves nothing. The kings arent even close to being a good team and they didnt even have bibby or artest. Yes, they played well, but when you play a team that youre clearly better than, youre going to look good.

  • Jrich

    Neo-Laker Era thank you… finally somebody that has the same opinion I do! I’m so sick of the guys on this site that cling onto Kobe’s balls as if their name was Vanessa Bryant. Defending Kobe no matter what he does—
    “Kobe is alone on the floor with no help”.
    “If it weren’t for Kobe, the Lakers would’ve lost by a lot more.”

    That Kings pre-season game without Kobe was great TEAM basketball. I’d like to see more of that this season. I don’t enjoy watching the Lakers when one selfish douche bag is doing all the dribbling and shooting. It would be cool if the guy could hit over 50% of his shots but less than 40% is unacceptable. Kobe should’ve been booed MORE during the second half for ball hogging every play on offense.

  • kgmvp

    what´s so sad about this close game lose is that it was more of a KOBE vs Rockets. I mean Kobe will score a lot but he won´t be a selfish player….but what we saw from that game was a kobe wanting to be traded and a kobe who is so selfish. Oh well will just have to wait and see.

  • lakerfan81

    There are a couple of plays last night. Towards the end of the game and the Lakers were down, when they first started to make their comeback. Everyone was hustling on defense and a turnover was forced. Kobe gets the ball, runs down the court, three defenders converge on him leaving Ronnie wide open under the basket waiting for the easy pass and basket after hustling all the way down the court with Kobe. But Kobe decides the drive right into the three defenders. He got fouled but Ronnie could have had an easy dunk. The next position Luke plays great defense and forces another turnover. Kobe gets teh ball and leads the fast break. Walton runs along with him. Again the defense converges on Kobe leaving walton wide open for a dunk or easy lay in. But again Kobe decides to lower his head and take it himself.

    I don’t play basketball, but as far as I know when you are on a fast break, the person with the ball is supposed to drive to the basket then pass it when the defense commits to him. Isn’t that something coaches teach at an early time.

  • kb4life

    Kobe leave LA they dont want to win its evident

  • dizzle

    Yes you are supposed to give it up. Especially when you are not hitting free throws. When Kobe does that crap, shoots a low percentage, and turns the ball over on drives against all 5 defenders, this team is not fun to watch .

  • PHANTOM

    Jrich is an idiot!!!! I hope kobe fakes an injury and sits out until they trade him. when the lakers go 20-62 kobe will give them something to boo allright!!!

  • GET JO

    I have to admit..kobe was more frustrated than usual and didnt give the ball up on a couple fast breaks, but to his defense the times he did pass it, they froze and didnt know what to do with the ball. same old story.

    wuts up with the booos though guys!?? hes still a laker, and the same fans that booo’d look stupid when the cheer when he scores.

  • KOBESno1FAN

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?
    BOOING KOBE BRYANT!?
    WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THOSE LAKER FANS?
    W/O KOBE BRYANT THE LAKERS ARE BACK IN THE LOTTERY FOR THE NEXT 5+ YEARS! W/O KOBE WE WOULDN’T HAVE MADE THE PLAYOFFS THE LAST TWO YEARS! W/O KOBE BRYANT NO ONE IN THE WORLD WOULD EVEN PAY ATTENTION TO THE LAKERS EXCEPT TRUE LAKER FANS LIKE MYSELF! WHAT WERE THOSE FANS THINKING? W/O KOBE YOU WOULDN’T HAVE HAD THAT THREE PEAT! REMEMBER THAT? W/O KOBE THE LAKERS WOULDN’T BE SHOWTIME! WHOS GONNA MAKE A SPORTSCENTER HIGHLIGHT? SASHA?KWAME?RADMAN?FARMAR? YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!WHOS GONNA SCORE 81 POINTS IN A GAME? WELL IF YOUR THINKIN LAMAR, UMMM NO! THANKS LAKER FANS FOR SHOWING YOUR LOVE LAST NIGHT TO KOBE, THE GUY THAT IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD! GOOD WAY TO SHOW HIM THAT WE WANT HIM HERE! GOOD JOB!

  • MILO

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    you and all the Kobe haters on this site are stupid….

  • MILO

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    you’re an idiot… i did’nt watch the game but i’ll bet Kobe still was the one who kept us in it.Im sure that if Kobe was not trying the Lakers would have been blown out you lame! as for all the idiots who were booing you people are disloyal.What a shame!!!

  • foxxy

    [Comment ID #15795 Will Be Quoted Here]GOT YOUR BACK ON THAT…THIS TEAM IS THE PITS…KOBE DESERVES BETTER!!!!

  • http://yenok yenok

    What the hell are you serious they bood kobe what a jake asses now kobe is going to be more of a frustrated what a idiots

  • foxxy

    [Comment ID #15799 Will Be Quoted Here]I WAS AT THAT GAME….AND THE BOOS QUICKLY TURNED INTO KO-BE CHANTS AND MVP CHANTS…SO WHATS UP???? THE BOOS ARE BECAUSE FANS DONT WANT HIM TO LEAVE….LETS NOT BE HIPERCRITES HERE!!!! WE ALL WANT KOBE WEARING NOTHING BUT PURPLE AND GOLD….4 LIFE!!!!STOP HATING ON THE BROTHA!!!!!YES,HE MAY HAVE WENT ABOUT VOICING HIS FRUSTRATIONS IN A BAD WAY…BUT THEN I COMMEND HIM ON SPEAKING UP….WAS HE LYING ABOUT THIS TEAM??? NO!!!THEY ARE NOT THAT GOOD!!!HE STANDS ALONE ON THIS TEAM…TRACEY+YUO..MELLO+A.I….BOOZER+D.WILLIAMS…ON AND ON…WHO DOES KOBE HAVE? HE IS THE ONLY ALLSTAR ON THIS TEAM.AFTER TRADING SHAQ HE NEVER GOT ANY REAL HELP…ONLY PROMISES…HELL!!!HE BLEW-UP AT THE END OF THE SEASON…IM SURE A LOT OF STUFF HE SAID HE WISHES HE COULD TAKE BACK…BUT HEY,TOO LATE…SO NOW EITHER TRADE MY MAN OR PLEASE,PLEASE….GIVE HIM THE HELP HE DESERVES!!!! AND IF HE IS TRADED,I WILL CHEER HIM WHERE EVER HE GOES!!!BOO DR.BUSS FOR NOT TRYING TO IMPROVE THIS TEAM!!!

  • foxxy

    [Comment ID #15796 Will Be Quoted Here]YEP…THOSE BOOS QUICKLY TURNED INTO CHEERS!!!! STOP THE HATE…KOBE IS STILL A LAKER!!!! HIPERCRITES FOR REAL!!!!

  • DCLaker

    Jimmy B.is probably rolling (laughing) in his front row chair as kobe got booed,hell,he probably brought those fans to boo Kobe,SHAME,SHAME.Jealousy is a wicked demon.When will people understand that it’s not even Mitch’s fault(he should at least come to his rescue and tell the truth about the FO).The Good Son(Jimmy)knew eventually something like this would go down by trying to bring in his own version of Kobe.It didn’t work.Do I think Kobe is selfish,HELL YEAH,but with good reason.Take Kobe out LA and it is OOOOOVVVEEEERRRRR.Bring in J.O’neal,get Cook out(USELESS),wait ’til Feb.or the end of the season to get some others pieces around him and trust won’t be an issue.The front like Magic needs to make up their minds,just like Kobe did last night by playing his heart out.He could have easily blew the game on purpose or sat out like Vince Carter did when he departed Toronto.Kinda funny how Sir Charles even said how Kobe,exact words,has to carry the load.I’m from Washington and we LOVE bashing our current organization especially the after the way they handled the whole Michael Jordan situation.So Kobe would be VERY,VERY well received but I’d seem him with the team he was destined to rings and that’s with the LAKERS,period.

  • ab4sure

    Even the laker announcer Spero said that kobe needs to stop dribbling so much and start passing to his teammates. It is refreshing to see an announcer that is not drinking the Kobe Koolaid that so many are so intoxicated on.