Post-game Reactions

Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant are both down two games to none, and because their respective brain abnormalities take different forms, they’ve taken almost opposite approaches to this reality. Kobe, for example, does not see what all the fuss is about.  Yeah, he’s arguably in a worse position because his team lost their first two games at home and one of his starters is suspended a game for face-punching, but if everybody would just stop tripping that would be great.

It’s especially awesome how he pauses before “trippin” and gives little head-shakes with his face all scrunched up. If you’re wondering where you’ve seen that tone and expression before, it’s Shenehneh dissing Gina’s shoes in the hallway.

So Kobe’s not desperate. He’s going to play calm basketball. He says going to Dallas is “no different.” It’s “one game.” The series deficit, it seems, is not a huge concern to Kobe Bryant.

Let’s check in with Kevin Garnett, who spoke with Julian Benbow after practice today. True to form, KG drops two solid interview metaphors in about five seconds. But the subtext of his words is “TIME TO PANIC.”

The urgency is there. This is it. We’ve used all our lifelines. I hate to say it like that, but it’s true. This is not a cool, kind of, keep your composure. No, this is we’ve got to get the next game. It’s all-in. This is it, I’ve got two pocket kings and I’m all in.

KG essentially gets in an argument with Kobe here. He expresses the need for urgency, and that his team is out of options other than winning. Where Kobe keeps cool, KG explicitly plans on losing his composure. And while I’m not sure which lifelines he’s referring to, he says they’re all gone. Shaq is probably the 50-50.

So which attitude do you prefer? Delusional nonchalance or unhinged desperation? Either way, these are the two players most obsessed with winning in basketball, so it’s fun to see how that passion can manifest itself in two radically different ways.

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  • Federico

    if I was a player in kobe's position i would probably take his approach. you know the talent is there, you just got to play well, and do the little things that make a great team like the lakers win.

    in the other hand, i love kg's urgency. GO CS!

  • I wonder if Kobe is so nonchalant behind the scenes, esp in the locker room. I'd guess his approach there is actually pretty similar to KG's. What differs is their approach to the media. KG can't hide his intensity, even in front of reporters, so he doesn't bother trying. Kobe sees a psychological benefit for his team to being cool and confident for the cameras, so that's the approach he takes. (Probably influenced a bit by listening to years of Phil's Zen stuff, too.)

  • James Patrick

    KG Definitely! He's straight up! I'm tired of Kobe and the arrogance of the Lakers and their fans. Notice there are no Laker fans on here bashing us? They all go into hiding when their team loses as oppose to us, when we really try to break it down.

    KG all the way! It's now or never!!!

  • Kobe's stubbornness is a little off putting at times but I'm still putting my money that Lakers over Celtics will pull out of this 0-2 hole. Or maybe they both will do it, but one team will def go to a game 7. I wonder who…
    Watch Kobe's best moments here http://kobegames.blogspot.com

  • Zee

    I’m surprised there haven’t been more uplifting articles being that we are in a 0-2 situation… something to give fans hope.

    DID YOU KNOW: In 1969 the Celtics were down 0-2 against the Lakers. They came back and won the championship.

    Why hasn’t there been an article on this???

    • I_Love_Green

      Celticsblog already talked about that 1969 team.

      • Zee

        Is this site CelticsBlog???

  • Josh

    I love how intense KG is.

  • Alex

    I'm not going to panic until those pocket kings team up with a green squirrel to make a caesar salad.

  • janos

    is probably tailor make suit kobe wear. fit very good around shoulder. shirt probably iron too. It would be nice one day have tailor make suit.

  • rob

    http://youtu.be/Ry8-ieR8Lvw come on people see Boston’s golden child fake his act one more time… I bet pony pierce will pull one of his best performances ever in game 3. fake another injury and have to be carried off the court hold up the game and the suddenly come out of the locker room running out as if he was miraculously healed ,,,,,wait didn't this happen.. See it one more time… http://youtu.be/Ry8-ieR8Lvw

    • Batman

      too bad that won us a championship

      • rob

        but now pierce will not win another title . every ref knows he is a faker …. ref did not fall for his antics " game 1 ejected "

    • rondeezy

      get stabbed 11 times face neck and back and ball the week after. then tell me pierce isnt the hardest mother fuck to step on the court

      • James Patrick

        Yeah, all Kobe does is fake injuries. He wants us all to think he's like Mike. lol He's done! DONE! we saw it tonight! hahaha

  • I_Love_Green

    I'm starting to get nervous…under 24 hours now until game time.

  • marty

    Lakers are done

  • lakershater13

    Kobe are you worried now??? 0-3

    The Mavs got upset by an 8 seed a couple years ago. I don't think they are going to let the Lakers make history this year. Phil you still are not as good as Red. Red built his team. Phil went to already established teams.

    Peja must be thrilled. He will be able to sleep now and not have to think of game 6, 2002.

    • talesofJP

      the last part of this comment is excellent, thats an underrated yet good storyline. Good for Peja

  • Guest

    Well now at least if the C's don't make it out of the second round, they'll be taking the Lakers down with them. No 3peat for them.

  • janos

    Everything go down hill for kobe since he call ref fagot. He should have bought 4 million dollar ring for perez hilton, make it right. now laker lose.

  • AussieCeltic

    Great article, Hayes. Both approaches are fine in either situation. What will decide this is whether Kobe's cool approach or KG's desperate approach manifest themselves in good ball.

  • Leeboo1211

    Somehow I feel better now given the Lakers' struggles. I guess father time is catching up with both franchises.
    Where are those Laker fanbois rubbing it in when we lost? Where did they go now?

  • diehardceltic

    Man! Misery really loves company! I am over the moon on the lakers loss! Can't wait for Kobe to comment during post game! This is just heavenly! Now Celtic nation, do me a favor and even this thing out!!!!!!

  • Morpheus

    Mavs about to sweep the Lakers. If you predicted a sweep in this series you lying.

    Now let's take care of business tomorrow Celtics and tie this series up in Boston.

    • Batman

      I predicted Mavs win though 🙂
      Yay for my prediction!

      • talesofJP

        i still don't think Mavs sweep, I think Kobe has a throwback game or 2 then the lakers go down in 6.

  • Morpheus

    It's that troll who was on here talking all that shit about how we're done. He put the jinx on the Lakers chances of a 3 peat….idiot Lakers fans.

  • Morpheus

    Haha and Kobe's an idiot, one game….AHH no you're down 0-2 Kobe….now 0-3. You'll never be as GREAT AS MJ.

  • Morpheus

    And Kobe's still in denial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4dEph0cd1s&fe


  • bojo

    alright. a bit of offtopic here, but … and it might have been discussed already … but assume the worst and celts lose tomorrow and eventually get knocked out of the 2011 playoffs. This might be it for the Celtics team constructed as it is and time for Danny to begin full on reconstruction.

    How crazy would be an idea to trade Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green/2012 Pick for Chris Paul. Then try and woo Dwight Howard in 2012. There should be some more cap space left even after the signing to fill the rest of the roster. Assuming CBA will not drop significantly. CP3/PP/DH12 + 8 mil signing.

    • Far East Man

      ohh yea! i would definitely trade rondo for CP3. then maybe sign ray-ray for vet's minimun and have him come off the bench next season! As for KG, I'd still make him an honorary starter but I would lessen his minutes and hopefully celts can sign a suitable PF that can complement Howard. Relegate fat baby to the bench of sign and trade him. and hopefully we can add a better, BETTER, back-up SF than Green. Lol. Wait. I'm in dreamland right now… I forgot the C's aren't dead as the lakers yet.

      • talesofJP

        That would be interesting, I have heard a few rumors that the C's might try to pursue Howard. Makes a ton of sense, and even if we can't get CP3, if Howard was able to join PP, Ray Ray, that would be enticing. I personally think KG retires after this year no matter what, esp with the lockout looming

    • Batman

      Dwight wants his own team though

    • kricky

      Sign me up. Where can I send a check to make that happen?

  • Far East Man

    ohh yea! i would definitely trade rondo for CP3. then maybe sign ray-ray for vet's minimun and have him come off the bench next season! As for KG, I'd still make him an honorary starter but I would lessen his minutes and hopefully celts can sign a suitable PF that can complement Howard. Relegate fat baby to the bench of sign and trade him. and hopefully we can add a better, BETTER, back-up SF than Green. Lol. Wait. I'm in dreamland right now… I forgot the C's aren't dead as the lakers yet.

    • bojo

      well, i think ray is definitely worth more than vet minimum. reggie miller played on a fairly decent level till he was 39, can't see why ray ray can't repeat the feat.

      now, assume kg comes back and signs with celtics too, for say mid-level exception, combo of howard/kg would be deadly defensively and will only require kg to do spot up shooting something that he's really good at. also KG/DH and even CP3 combo defensivly will hide all the defenisve weaknesses of ray and pierce, which will begin to show more strongly with age.

      so this is how it works out

      CP3 (Max – 16 mil)
      Ray Ray 5-6 mil (2 year contract after which he retires)
      PP (locked in)
      KG (mid-level exception)
      DH12 (Max – 16 mil)

      with these calculations there should be 5-6 mil left for another signing.

      well, looks like a long shot pipe dream. but hell … why not.

      but for now, GO C's!!!

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