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Kobe: "Lakers dug themselves into a deep hole"

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#1 manaro90



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Posted January 03, 2013 - 10:00 PM

After practice today...

"The problem is we’ve [the Lakers] dug ourselves such a deep hole we got to do a lot of fighting just to catch up and get in that conversation. I firmly believe it’s going to happen but we have to do a lot of fighting just to get there. It’s very deep, we’re very concerned but we’ve been playing well lately.

The last eight games we’ve been playing pretty well but the hole we dug ourselves in the start is very deep so every loss now cuts a little deeper than it should. So we have to keep focused on how we’ve been playing lately and just continuing to get better from that.

If we’re going to be a champion, you have to face the adversity eventually whether it’s in the postseason or regular season. “That’s something you have to deal with. You have to come out of it the right way. You’re better off because of it. The opportunity is what you make out of it. When you’re going through a tough time, if you look at it as doom and gloom, that’s what you’re going to be stuck in. If you look at it as an opportunity, you have a chance to come out on top."

Do you agree with the King of LA ?

Edited by fido, January 04, 2013 - 09:33 AM.

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Posted January 03, 2013 - 10:56 PM

He is right. We have a lot more games and we actually are playing much better. We are still having a few bad games but we are having more good ones. Right now we just need to get into the playoffs and hop dwight is fully healed and the team is getting much better chemistry.

Were not gonna get a top 3 seed or even 4 probably. We will have to deal with that. Just gotta hope that by playoff time we are playing at the level we should be.

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Posted January 03, 2013 - 11:19 PM

That was hard to read, remove the formatting next time.

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Posted January 03, 2013 - 11:32 PM

read the title and was expecting the worst... kobe admiting defeat or something like that LOL

he´s right, long league ahead of us
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Posted January 04, 2013 - 12:21 AM

yeah j but he ist right

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Posted January 05, 2013 - 02:42 PM

I didn't know where to put it but it has some good stuff about Kobe and Shaq.

The message popped up on Twitter near midnight, not long after the Lakers lost to the Clippers.
"Thoughts of self doubt...Am I done? Is this how my career will end?? I REFUSE to give in to these thoughts. #strongwill #countonchallenges"

It was from Kobe Bryant. He didn't step back from it 12 hours later while talking to reporters after the Lakers' practice Saturday.

"Everybody has it. I'm human just like everybody else," he said. "I think the way I react to it is probably a little different than anybody else. I don't feed into it. I'm able to face it. I'm able to deal with it. I'm able to roll through it."

Bryant added that he wouldn't "capitulate" to it. Nor was he worried that teammates would see his vulnerable side.

"I think it's good for them, especially for them to know I have those moments as well," said Bryant, who is under contract for one more season (and $30.5 million). "I'm sure they've had them. I don't know how they respond to them. In certain instances, maybe they let the self-doubt get the best of them. I refuse to let that happen."

The Lakers have been beyond vulnerable this season, falling to 15-17 after their 107-102 loss Friday to the Clippers.

Bryant was surprisingly calm afterward and again a day later. He even took a trip down memory lane, painful as it might have been.

It went all the way back to the breakup with Shaquille O'Neal after the 2003-04 season.

"You’re not going to find another duo like that ever," he said. "There are other duos that are better than us. [Scottie] Pippen and [Michael] Jordan. But you'll never find a duo with two dominant personalities. Myself and Shaquille, that was kind of once in a lifetime."

Why couldn't it last a lifetime? Why did it end amid discord and chaos after the Lakers lost to Detroit in five games in the 2004 NBA Finals?

"I'm amazed it went as long as it did. That just wasn’t going to last," Bryant said. "We’re both alpha males. It just wasn’t going to happen. What do you think would happen if you put Jordan with Wilt [Chamberlain]? Not going to happen."

Bryant admitted the Lakers left championships on the table after O'Neal was traded to Miami. But the breakup with O'Neal was inevitable, he said.

"The big thing for me was when he did an interview in ESPN magazine and he said that he felt like I couldn't win without him. I was fine up until that point," Bryant said. "I'd be damned if I retired and you [reporters] said I couldn't win without this guy. After that, the line was drawn in the sand."

Bryant said he deferred to O'Neal plenty of times while the Lakers won consecutive championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

"I sacrificed quite a bit in individual numbers and MVPs and NBA Finals [MVPs] and all this other stuff," Bryant said. "Phil [Jackson] used to come to us as a team and let me take over during the march to the Finals. Then in the Finals, which was mostly Eastern Conference teams that didn't have any centers, we went through Shaq. Those are things I was willing to sacrifice. And you have to have that sacrifice if that dynamic’s going to work."

Bryant wasn't willing to compare his time with O'Neal to his time so far with Dwight Howard.

"It’s not the same thing," he said. "That team it was me and Shaq and a bunch of role players who were excellent role players. Here it’s me, Dwight, Steve [Nash], Pau [Gasol]."

Meanwhile, Bryant continued to defend Gasol, who had two points and four rebounds in 27 minutes against the Clippers. Gasol would have sat out the entire fourth quarter again Friday if Howard hadn't fouled out with 1:07 to play.

"The ball should be in Steve's hands and should be in Pau's hands," Bryant said. "The ball used to be in my hands and we got Steve Nash, who's better at it than I am. He's an incredible facilitator. So is Pau. So we have the two best passers at their respective positions and they need to be the guys that have the ball the majority of the time. Myself and Dwight, we're finishers. I think that's how it should operate.

"I won two championships with [Gasol]. We won two championships playing through him, really. I know what he's capable of doing."

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Posted January 05, 2013 - 03:13 PM

Kobe basically said the two problems right there.

You have the best passing big man and the best passing little man.

But when the bestp assing little man gives it to the best passing big man in the best scenario.. the passing big man looks to pass first and doesn't take advantage.

ONE of them is going to have to be aggressive if this is going to work. Nash gave a legit reason why. When teams play him hard off double teams he gets the ball out of his hands into the hands of the teammate with the easier shot or going to the basket.

Gasol doesn't cooperate with the second half.

"Bryant had come to rage against the idea that Howard's clownish disposition could overtake the locker room, the Lakers' culture, and had warned Howard that he would never, ever let it happen." 

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