A great article from one of the all time greats, Jerry West on Kobe Bryant.

jkESPN: There is at least one soul in the NBA universe who doesn’t care that Kobe Bryant couldn’t close in Game 3, or that he missed 20 shots and needed Derek Fisher to bail him out in Game 4, or that Kobe’s kids have been calling him Grumpy for days because he’s determined to stay so humorless about this championship stuff.

Fortunately for Bryant it’s the guy whose opinion he treasures most in this game.

Good luck trying to convince Jerry West that the sight of Bryant hunched over at the waist in a recent courtside interview was the first tangible sign of his decline at age 30.

Or that Kobe’s legacy has a Shaquille O’Neal-sized hole until he wins a title without Shaq.

Or that No. 24 should actually, you know, smile once in a while in these NBA Finals.

“Why the hell would you want to smile?” West bellowed into the phone Friday, still lathered after watching the other player he brought to the Lakers in that magical summer of 1996 — Fisher — inspire a coast-to-coast stream of “Fish That Saved L.A.” references with two big triples Thursday night that nudged West’s old team into a 3-1 series lead/stranglehold.

“I love Kobe’s passion,” West continued. “People think he’s not getting any joy out of this? This game is not about having fun. This is the ultimate competition. You can feel good about it afterward.

“I didn’t see Michael Jordan giggling and laughing all the time.”

Continue reading: ‘Logo impressed by Kobe’s tenacity’

  • magicfan4lifesuckers!!!lulz

    no big surprised there!!! didnt he say lebron was better and now he has a change heart how lame!!!

  • http://myspace.com/taeyongpark Day

    Awesome words by Jerry West.

  • domisthebomb

    yeah this is BS, this is the same guy who said lebron is better than kobe, now that kobe is lookin for his 4th ship hes hopping on the bandwaggon.

  • Touching Myself

    Hey Logo, a simple “sorry” would suffice! Don’t try to compliment Kobe’s intensity and his greatness or anything else that he’s doing well. Any props that comes out of the logo’s pie hole is just so contrived.

    At this point, just congratulate Kobe for winning his 4th ring… 1st without Shaq, the 15th in the franchise and move on with your life. I’m sure Kobe’s already moved on with his.

    The thing of it is Jerry didn’t have to say anything about that even if he did think that LeHype’s surpassed Kobe! There’s really no reason to do so! It was only get him into trouble by making the statement! Anyway, whatever… what’s done is done and he’s no longer part of the Lakers organization. He’ll always be in the family because of the history, but he’s not around for Kobe to see and we don’t need to see him as part of the coaching staff or anything like that so, it’s all good.

    LOGO STFU!!!!!!!

    GO KOBE!!!!!!!!!

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!

  • http://getgarnett.com golakers75

    Jerry West said Kobe is the most talented laker ever…. Hell no, r we forgetting the G.O.A.T. MAGIC JOHNSON. this dude is the best player of all time. kobe is great no doubt about, but if you were to put magic on this lakers team, no one would come within 30 pts of them.
    MAGIC IS THE BEST………………………

  • LEADERFISH

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    He didn’t change his mind. Read the stupid article idiot. He said kobe was one of the greatest players of all time. Stupid nba fans on this site need to gtfoh. Go back to Orlando and play in kiddie land at DisneyWorld.

  • CLsmooth

    I don’t understand how you can consider yourself a laker fan and slur Jerry West. You must be a complete bumbling idiot. I agree with LEADERFISH. There’s too many stupid NBA fans on this forum who don’t know anything about history and respect. As for Jerry West saying that Lebron was better than Kobe, “READ THE STUPID ARTICLE IDIOT”. Are you forgetting about the long relationship and mutual respect between Jerry West and Kobe ever since Kobe was brought over to LA? Its great to be a Laker fan but there is no excuse for being a complete ignorant dumbass.