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#1 West Coast

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Posted February 01, 2009 - 08:45 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – You basically never get to see the "human" Kobe Bryant on a basketball court. You did Saturday night.

Bryant was so unnerved by Andrew Bynum injuring his right knee that Bryant ceased being a basketball-greatness machine and became a regular guy worried about his friend.

It was particularly difficult because Bryant was the one who crashed into Bynum's right leg and left him lying there, howling in pain and fear to the point that Bryant felt guilty even getting up himself.
It just felt wrong for this to be happening again to the Lakers' 21-year-old little brother whose 2007-08 season had ended prematurely.

Word that Bynum hadn't heard any pop and could put some pressure on his leg as he left FedEx Forum gave Bryant some hope, but his eyes got wet just from talking about the whole thing again after the game.

"I can sit here and (utter expletivies) all night long. … I'm just really P.O.'d," Bryant said. "Because he doesn't deserve it. He has worked extremely hard."

It still was on when he narrowed his eyes and talked tough to Bynum afterward:

"When you get back, I don't want you coming back and being tentative. I want you to do what you were doing before you left. Don't forget what you were doing and come in here and try to feel your way out. We know what you're capable of doing, so when you get back and put back into the lineup, just pick right back up where you left off."


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Posted February 01, 2009 - 08:48 PM

Kobe was crying for Bynum. :o

Who woulda thought after the ship his [expletive] video.

Kobe is good guy. Too bad so many people think he is the devil

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Posted February 01, 2009 - 08:48 PM

:cry: awww

but his eyes got wet just from talking about the whole thing again after the game.



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Posted February 01, 2009 - 08:49 PM

Is there video?

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Posted February 01, 2009 - 08:49 PM

It's devastating.. all we can hope now is for Bynum to make a speedy recovery. Who knows, it might inspire the team to even play more physical and determined to make up the loss of Bynum.

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Posted February 01, 2009 - 08:50 PM

Yeh, I'd be shaken up too. It is disappointing that this happened but there's nothing that can be done about it now. :(

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Posted February 01, 2009 - 08:50 PM

i hate it when bad things happen to good people

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Posted February 01, 2009 - 08:53 PM

Kobe was crying for Bynum. :o

Who woulda thought after the ship his [expletive] video.

Kobe is good guy. Too bad so many people think he is the devil


you won't believe what some people are saying around the league when they saw Kobe's reaction to the injury

"Kobe injured him because Bynum was outscoring him recently"

"Kobe's got that looks that says 'toughen up and get up' and no look of symapthy for him."

Bunch of classless punks

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Posted February 01, 2009 - 09:04 PM

Sucks for Kobe, he feels really bad. Bynum should be fine though cause God will realize how it happened. 2/3 weeks max and for those Kobe and Pau and Fisher will hold their on. Allstar break too remember. But for some reason Phil doesn't think he'll be back soon.....

There is still no word on Bynum's immediate status, but Phil Jackson has stated that he believes he'll be sidelined for "quite a while."


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Posted February 01, 2009 - 09:21 PM

i thought i was the only one that saw it. i have to admit, i can be one of the biggest Kobe apologist out there but i have never seen him react the way he did when Andrew got injured. usually he's stone-faced and goes about his business without blinking an eye which rubs some people wrong. seeing Andrew yelling in pain like that was a scary sight. it was obvious everyone was shaken up.


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Posted February 01, 2009 - 09:22 PM

i hate it when bad things happen to good people



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Posted February 01, 2009 - 10:32 PM

Is there a video for this?

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Posted February 01, 2009 - 10:44 PM

It's devastating.. all we can hope now is for Bynum to make a speedy recovery. Who knows, it might inspire the team to even play more physical and determined to make up the loss of Bynum.

Thr team will step up, I could see it in everybody's body language....FINALLY back to the underdog status, Gasol is too soft, Lebron is better than KObe, Sasha is a contract player, odom cant step it up, the Lakers will slip up no, Okay I for one doubt it, lets see who's truly a believer in THIS TEAM
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Posted February 01, 2009 - 11:35 PM

You gotta love that.

That is a true team leader.

Bad things happen to good people because they have the character to handle it and turn it into strength later on.

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Posted February 01, 2009 - 11:47 PM

i hate it when bad things happen to good people


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Posted February 01, 2009 - 11:51 PM

makes me so sad.

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Posted February 01, 2009 - 11:58 PM

i thought i was the only one that saw it.

I think everyone saw it actually.

But yea I like the words from Kobe here

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Posted February 01, 2009 - 11:59 PM

is there a vid of this?
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Posted February 02, 2009 - 12:40 AM

Okay I'm going to be brutally honest here...call me cynical, but I don't know if Kobe is more worried/saddened about his chances of winning a championship slipping through his fingers or about his injured teammate.

edit: actually i'd like to change it to "I didn't know". I'm convinced Kobe is genuine from this article, but before that, I was on the fence.

Edited by daco_inc, February 02, 2009 - 12:41 AM.


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Posted February 02, 2009 - 12:50 AM

kobe is only 30. the way he talks, he makes it sound like he's so old... when others argue his age is where basketball players prime. maybe that was years ago before there were hotshot 19-24 year olds who can jump straight into the stands ruling this league, but kobe along with this team is and will be in contention for years to come, and kobe is a smart enough man to know this.

keeping this in mind, i'm sure he was more genuinely concerned about impeding AB's path to being the MONSTER center that he will be than winning a championship.

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