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#1 Majesty

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Posted May 01, 2013 - 12:02 AM

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Kobe: Neither Mike D'Antoni nor Phil Jackson could have stopped him from playing heavy minutes during April.

It's no secret a large contingent of Laker fans lay the blame for Kobe Bryant's season ending Achilles injury at the feet of Mike D'Antoni, who played the guard 40+ minutes during a string of April games. Or, more specifically, for acquiescing to Bryant's demands to play 40+ minutes while the Lakers were making a playoff push. Thus, the guard literally laughed when asked if D'Antoni could have kept him off the floor.

"Of course it was (my idea)," scoffed Bryant. "Mike's really gonna tell me when to go in and out of the game?"

Plus, as Bryant noted, a legitimate superstar dictating his own PT is hardly uncharted waters.

"You guys really can't ride Mike too hard about this, because Magic used check himself into games, too," noted Kobe. "MJ used to check himself into games, too. I'm just following their examples. I used to do the same thing with Phil."

Yes. Yes, he did.

And with that endorsement, Laker fans will officially lay off D'Antoni. Done deal. Easy Peasy. (#Sarcasm)

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Hopefully that stretch by Blake at the end of the year and Goudelock's play was enough to convince Kobe he won't have to play 40 going forward or force himself to(jf we re-sign Dwight).  I will say though that if Webster is not signed, Goudelock is not re-signed and Meeks is still the backup 2 next year, then it's not going to change sadly.

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Posted May 01, 2013 - 12:18 AM

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Kobe wouldn't have had to play that many minutes to fight for the 8th seed with Phil Jackson as head coach.
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Posted May 01, 2013 - 03:43 AM


Kobe wouldn't have had to play that many minutes to fight for the 8th seed with Phil Jackson as head coach.

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Posted May 01, 2013 - 04:02 AM

Kobe wouldn't have had to play that many minutes to fight for the 8th seed with Phil Jackson as head coach.

Exactly the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this article.


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Posted May 01, 2013 - 04:31 AM

Lakers fans will lay off dantonie after the lakers lay off dantonie
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Posted May 01, 2013 - 05:17 AM

Come on Kobe, no need to do this.



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Posted May 01, 2013 - 05:34 AM

Why are you so high on webster???

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Posted May 01, 2013 - 07:25 AM

Kobe wouldn't have had to play that many minutes to fight for the 8th seed with Phil Jackson as head coach.


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Posted May 01, 2013 - 07:28 AM

Kobe wouldn't have had to play that many minutes to fight for the 8th seed with Phil Jackson as head coach.

 

 

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Posted May 01, 2013 - 08:41 AM

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Posted May 01, 2013 - 09:32 AM

Lakers fans will lay off dantonie after the lakers lay off dantonie

 

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#12 West Coast

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Posted May 01, 2013 - 10:15 AM

I don't know why people keep making it out to be like Kobe should have been pulled in the fourth quarter, that wasn't what was being questioned or argued. 

 

The question is why Kobe could not get a rest in the first half or the third quarter?

 

Sorry Kobe, but Phil Jackson consistently gave you rest in the first half, at the end of the third quarter and even sometimes at the start of the fourth quarter.  Didn't matter if it was a regular season game, playoffs, or Finals, you still got some sort of rest regardless of the score. 



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Posted May 01, 2013 - 10:20 AM

So maybe Kobe is accurate in the MJ and Magic did it.  Did what?  Overplayed themselves for long stretches of games at 40+ MPG and to the point of obvious exhaution at 34 years old, game after game? 

 

What was MDA's response when questioned by the media about the heavy minutes for Kobe?  Something like "he is only under contract for another year so let's get everything we can out of him." 



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Posted May 03, 2013 - 07:44 AM

after the 2nd injury PJ would have taken Kobe out regardless of what he may say now. cuz it was the correct thing to do.


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 08:18 AM

The key that you're ignoring is the Lakers wouldn't have been in the situation where Kobe would've had to play such heavy minutes down the stretch if Phil was coaching.

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Posted May 03, 2013 - 06:19 PM

Kobe is just trying to take some heat off MDA.

Don't feed the trolls. 


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 09:01 PM

Lol @Kobe

MDA is trash

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