Surrounded by talent, Bryant regains passion

USA!O.C. Register: Here’s how Phil Jackson put it recently when taking Kobe Bryant’s explosive offseason and trying to put the blasted pieces together for a coherent picture: “He has already been to the mountaintop. Anything besides that makes it very difficult. I know that frustration.”

The one thing laid-back Jackson long has been working with Bryant on is teaching him to loosen the white-knuckle grip on everything that is a control freak’s reflex. Bryant’s recent outbursts against the Lakers reflected his inability to deal with failures that were somewhat out of his control.

“Just had to put it aside, not think about it,” Bryant said Saturday. “I just wanted to move forward, not be distracted by it.”

That had been Bryant’s initial plan after huddling with Jackson two days after the Lakers’ season ended. Bryant said then he would not fret about the Lakers’ need to make roster upgrades as the summer played out, mentioning the USA Basketball opportunities that awaited him. He failed spectacularly trying to let go of that Lakers-related frustration, but now that he is at the U.S. team’s mini-camp this weekend, he is breezily succeeding.

“I’m in a better place … I’m here,” he said.

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  • http://Lakers.com Ed24

    Kobe is the greatest player in the world and in NBA history. With team USA, Kobe feels like he back with the team that won three cosecutive titles and I wouldn’t be surprised if Kobe ends up dominating the entire Olympics and winning a gold medal.

  • KOBE

    same ol shit

  • tj

    ugggg. Kobe is content when he is surrounded by all stars…Kobe make your own light with the Lakers and be a leader, and don’t worry about who’s coming to the team, Jordan never needed a bunch of all stars to win his rings, he was the star…grow up.

  • TheComeBacKid

    [quote comment="8973"]ugggg. Kobie is content when he is surrounded by all stars…Kobie make your own light with the Lakers and be a leader, and don’t worry about who’s coming to the team…grow up.[/quote]

    You’re not allowed to talk anymore untill you learn how to spell Kobe, you JACKASS!

  • davidle7777

    LOL!!!Another Illiterate fool….

  • tj

    [quote comment="8974"][quote comment="8973"]ugggg. Kobe is content when he is surrounded by all stars…Kobe make your own light with the Lakers and be a leader, and don’t worry about who’s coming to the team…grow up.[/quote]

    You’re not allowed to talk anymore untill you learn how to spell Kobe, you JACKASS![/quote]

    eat sh*t thecomebackkid, and who is the JACKASS until is spelled with one L not two. Okay so you’re not allowed to talk.

  • That’s Right

    In my mind, Kobe’s not going anywhere – never was. The media drove this story much like the Alex Rodriguez non-story. Kobe’s outburst was helpful in the sense that it not only shed light on the pathetic Laker FO, but also lit a fire under them. It did hurt the Lakers’ bargaining advantage however, but given their lack of foresight years ago when they dealt Shaq for some magic beans – that’s their own damn fault.

    For what it’s worth, the Lakers need to land KG because he’s the insurance for the future in case Kobe bails. At this point, nothing else matters.

  • TheComeBacKid

    TJ, you illiterate jerk-off, there’s only one K in my name, so still work on the spelling. Also, I don’t know about your stupid ass, but I would call Pippen, Kukoc, and Rodman All Stars, and Jordan didn’t start winning championships until their arrival. Do yourself a favor: take the rest of the day off from here, spare yourself the embarassment, and go roll around in some cow dung you angry little dwarf!

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 darkice18

    Anyone find it particularly odd that Joakim Noah still hasn’t been signed yet?

    Chicago trades:
    Joakim Noah
    Re-signed PJ Brown

    Chicago receives:
    Lamar Odom

    Lakers trade:
    Lamar Odom

    Lakers receive:
    KG
    Blount

    Minnesota trades:
    KG
    Blount

    Minnesota receives:
    Bynum, Noah, Kwame, PJ Brown, picks

    MIN would have a glut of PF/C though.

  • tj

    [quote comment="8979"]TJ, you illiterate jerk-off, there’s only one K in my name, so still work on the spelling. Also, I don’t know about your stupid ass, but I would call Pippen, Kukoc, and Rodman All Stars, and Jordan didn’t start winning championships until their arrival. Do yourself a favor: take the rest of the day off from here, spare yourself the embarassment, and go roll around in some cow dung you angry little dwarf![/quote]
    Listen dick, Jordan won championships without Rodman and Kukoc as well…you must be the dumbest person in the world…
    well you spelled that wrong too, lol…bac=back and I’m 6’5 220, so if you said that to my face,,,you would be on your back..bitch, no body likes you.

  • da1

    darkice are you retarded?
    trade away odom and get kg and blount?
    youre on crack. would never happen

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    That’s funny that Kobe is spelled ‘K-o-b-i-e’.

  • TheComeBacKid

    [quote comment="8981"][quote comment="8979"]TJ, you illiterate jerk-off, there’s only one K in my name, so still work on the spelling. Also, I don’t know about your stupid ass, but I would call Pippen, Kukoc, and Rodman All Stars, and Jordan didn’t start winning championships until their arrival. Do yourself a favor: take the rest of the day off from here, spare yourself the embarassment, and go roll around in some cow dung you angry little dwarf![/quote]
    Listen dick, Jordan won championships without Rodman and Kukoc as well…you must be the dumbest person in the world…
    well you spelled that wrong too, lol…bac=back and I’m 6’5 220, so if you said that to my face,,,you would be on your back..bitch, no body likes you.[/quote]

    Yeah, you’re 6’5 220, thats some big dimensions for a bitchy old woman! Pretending to be bigger than you are online just shows how much of a bitchy dwarf you really are. Yeah, he won championships without those two, but he still had all stars on the team, right dick face?

    You’re a dumbshit, get off your period, and stop being a bitch! And it looks like everyone is making fun of you…”KOBIE”!

  • tj

    [quote comment="8985"][quote comment="8981"][quote comment="8979"]TJ, you illiterate jerk-off, there’s only one K in my name, so still work on the spelling. Also, I don’t know about your stupid ass, but I would call Pippen, Kukoc, and Rodman All Stars, and Jordan didn’t start winning championships until their arrival.”

    first you say Jordan didn’t win Championships until Rodman and Kukoc arrived, then after I correct your stupidity you say he did????? You need to STFU because you lose all Credibility with your inaccurate post, are you okay? You also need to go back and read my post real slow, because the only one spelling Kobe like that on here is you. Anyway I’m going to curb this back and forth with you because I’m sure the other people on here grow tired of reading your showcase of stupidity, and lack of knowlege on the history of the game, again nobody likes you, poof be gone you don’t exist…

  • TheComeBacKid

    Go back to your first comment…now read it! You spell Kobe “KOBIE”. I intended to say he didn’t start winning until Pippen and Rodman and Kukoc were the other all stars…so sorry for typing too fast Mr. Dwarf!

    Let me point out how everyone on this thread has been laughing at you for spelling “KOBIE” (see Fred A) because you can’t get it through your thick skull. Also in your first post you say Jordan didn’t need all stars so now AFTER I CORRECTED YOU, you’ve lost your creditbility, and proved your a DUMB BITCH!

    “poof be gone you don’t exist…”(?) WTF? Loser asshole

  • tj

    If anyone on this board other than the dumbest person in the world goes back to read my first coment and sees me spelling Kobe the way this first class idiot is stating … the world is in trouble. Dumbest person is the world, read this real slow…when I say a bunch of all stars, I’m refering to a team that is made up entirely of all star players…NOW STFU and go lick your dog’s balls.

  • TheComeBacKid

    [quote comment="8974"][quote comment="8973"]ugggg. Kobie is content when he is surrounded by all stars…Kobie make your own light with the Lakers and be a leader, and don’t worry about who’s coming to the team…grow up.[/quote]

    You’re not allowed to talk anymore untill you learn how to spell Kobe, you JACKASS![/quote]

    So you went back and changed your posts, that shows how much of a pathetic asshole you really are. Good thing I have your original quote on here!!!

    You said Jordan didn’t have a bunch of all stars to win his rings…neither does Kobe and you’re making yourself look desperate now trying to change your meaning!

    “poof be gone you don’t exist…”(?) WTF? Loser asshole

  • tj

    Dumbest person in the world,,,see a doctor.

  • TheComeBacKid

    Your shoe size shouldn’t be bigger than your IQ. Get off this site and go back to the LA Times Blog. You’re just a hater, and did I say pathetic asshole?

  • tungtwista

    You guys are both immature idiots.

  • tj

    [quote comment="8994"]You guys are both immature idiots.[/quote]

    exactly, I should have never replied to that idiot….and got down to his level.

  • TheComeBacKid

    Or you should’ve never misspelled Kobe…dude, just grow up…you lost and you got embarassed!

    “poof be gone you don’t exist…”(?) WTF? Loser asshole

  • http://WWW.AOL.COM FOXXY

    KOBE & CO WILL BRING HOME THE GOLD!!!

  • Anonymous

    [quote comment="9035"]KOBE & CO WILL BRING HOME THE GOLD!!![/quote]
    I think its more like…..KOBE WILL BRING HOME THE GOLD.