lollinsL.A. Times: Of all people to take a shot at Kobe Bryant. Ryan Hollins is the backup to the backup center with the Dallas Mavericks, and yet he was trash-talking about Bryant.

Hollins, who attended UCLA and Pasadena Muir High, appeared on Michael Irvin’s ESPN radio show in Dallas and talked about how he could help the Mavericks win now and in the playoffs.

If the playoffs started today, the top-seeded Lakers would face the eighth-seeded Mavericks. Hollins gave his analysis on how the Mavericks can win.

“Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the game, and I think sometimes he has issues trusting his teammates,” Hollins said. “Maybe we catch them off guard, kind of get Kobe into playing a little one-on-one or doing a little too much, I think we’ve got a shot at them definitely.”

For the record, the Lakers are 3-0 against the Mavericks this season.

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  • imfasterthanur

    (scratching head) What a great strategy, I think it just might work. It sure worked for the Knicks when D’Antoni thought Kobe would shoot himself out.

    I mean, c’mon, 61 points? It’s barely halfway to 100

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  • lyk13

    Let’s face the mavs right now. -_-

  • Farmabrick

    Talk about a manufactured controversy. This is hardly calling out Kobe. It IS a stale take: for the 2005 and 2006 seasons, this was a valid statement. But with Gasol, Odom, Bynum, and Fisher, Kobe now has a squad that he has shown some real trust in over the past two seasons. Hollins was not being disrespectful, just out of touch and trying to say something mildly interesting on a weak local radio show.

  • imfasterthanur

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    Right on. What a way to keep it in context. You must have taken a critical thinking course at some point in your life ;)

  • #1 Laker Fan

    that guys a bich niga

  • Diehardfan

    Since I have no idea who this dude is, his comment(s) don’t even deserver the respect of a response. I rather just wait for the next post. NEXT!

  • lakerman1

    This comment is like TMZ filling the time slot with Samuel L Jackson walking out of Ralphs with a bag of groceries. Much ado about nothing, just a dumb show with little or no appeal just like the above statement.

  • Stacey

    so embarrassing. he was the same year as me at UCLA so that’s probably the only reason i know who he is. He needs to think before he speaks because he just sounds dumb. You’re a UCLA grad! You can do better than that!!!

  • Mr. Laker

    Cheesy title much….aha

  • xtro

    dj mbenga will prove LOLins wrong.

  • gugy

    Why waste time with this dude. He is trying to make his name heard somewhere. Hi is a nobody!

    If Kobe ever plays him, he will kill him on court. But seriously the chances of these two play are very slim. This dude, is a second back-up of the Mavs, a team on the decline.

  • 1ofMany

    Was that supposed to be an insult… C’mon now! After reading the opening paragraph I was expecting some real trash talk. Looks like LA Times is tryin real hard to scrape up some dirt here.

  • Lakers in 09!

    who the hell is this guy!

  • Lakers 24 7

    You can’t make Kobe shoot himself out if you don’t have anybody to guard Kobe one-on-one.

  • LakersFirst

    Typical UCLA grad, speaks before he thinks.

  • BringDFishBack

    I really don’t see the issue here. He said Kobe has issues trusting his teammates sometimes which he ABSOLUTELY does. If you say he doesn’t then you’ve been living under a rock. If anything this is a compliment, that teams havn’t been able to find any way of beating this Lakers team and are resorting to mind games to try and do it. Quite frankly, I think it could work.

  • diehardfan

    The issue here is that he has it all wrong. After Shaq left, Kobe did have issues with trusting his teammates. They were horrible jump shooters so who could blame him. But, that is not the case anymore. Now, there are times that he has to take more shots because no one is making shots or in the fourth quarter to close a game. But, he has matured. Now! there are times when just takes shots that are ill-advised but I believe that it has more to do with his competitive nature than him having trust issues. There is a difference. But then again this guy is suffering from the typical Kobe-Hate-Itus! Which is a common illness that is going around now the closer we get to MVP voting.

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  • sketch

    who is this guy again? please tell him that he needs to be able to START in a WNBA game first, before he’s qualified to make any comments! fcukin rookies! oh, he’s not a rookie? he went to UCLA? who the hell is he again?

  • digler23325

    This guy is in the nba. He is playing basketball for a living. A lot of y’all got hate in your blood. I am sure if half of you used your real name we wouldn’t know you either. This dude isn’t a star but I guarantee if he came to your local park he would give 99.9% of us the business.