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Kobe Bryant Loves Rajon Rondo?

 

A disgrace to the uniform

With the first matchup of the season looming against the Lakers tonight, ESPNBoston’s Jackie MacMullan was able to catch with Kobe Bryant yesterday, as the Lakers awaited the C’s in Boston. In the fantastic piece, Jackie gets Kobe to touch on a myriad of topics, including his admiration of Rajon Rondo.

Bryant was eager to weigh in on the notion that the Celtics actually might be better off with Rondo shelved for the remainder of the season. When presented with that theory, Kobe laughed uproariously — for a really, really long time.

The Celtics are 5-0 with a resurgence of ball movement since Rondo went down, but Bryant scoffed at the significance off the minuscule sample size.

“You don’t want Rondo? Send him my way,” Kobe declared. “I love everything about him. Everything. I love his attitude, I love his chippiness, his edge, his intellect, his know-it-allness. All of it. That’s what makes championship players.

“What guard have you seen at his size that will get you 18 assists, 17 boards and 20 points all in one game? That’s unheard of. I love that kid. I always make a point of talking to him during All-Star [Weekend]. He’s one of my favorites.”

Nice to see Bryant appreciates Rondo’s many talents and lays on a pretty convincing case about him on it. Just as much as Kobe likes Rondo, I bet Rajon detests him just as much and that makes it even more fun to read. Kobe also had a few words on the trade rumors surrounding this team right now:

“I’m not happy about what’s happening to them,” Bryant said. “We’re all running out of time. So I understand.”

With quotes like this, you would think Kobe is trying to get on the good side of Boston fans. Luckily, C’s fans are smart enough not to fall for that trap. Gush all you want about Rondo. He’s ours and he’s not going anywhere, anytime soon at least. And these old guys that are running out of time? They are going to beat your team at the Garden tonight in all likelihood.

We also get a fun story about Kobe’s tryout with the Celtics back in 1996. Yes, he even hated the Celtics back then.

Kobe actually had some brief exposure to the “Celtics way” in 1996 when he worked out for Boston prior to the NBA draft. When Bryant’s handlers told him the Celtics, who held the sixth pick, wanted him to come in, the 17-year-old high school kid flatly refused.

“They said, ‘What do you mean no?”‘ Kobe said. “I was such a Lakers fan and I just hated the Celtics. They said, ‘C’mon now, you have to do this.’ So I asked them, ‘But do I have to wear all that green stuff?”‘

 Yes, he did. When he arrived at the workout facility, he was handed a green workout shirt and matching green shorts. He did dribbling and shooting drills with Dennis Johnson, a former All-Star turned assistant coach, then did some half-court offensive drills. (Kobe even tweeted a photo of his workout on Wednesday.)

And just so we ensure there isn’t any positivity about Kobe milling about heading into tonight, let’s embrace his thoughts about Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals.

“One of the lowest moments of my career,” he admitted.

Yes, Kobe. Yes, it was. Beat LA. Do yourself a favor and check out the full article HERE

 

  • Green Fan

    What a shitty article

  • NHBluesMan

    holy crap- look how young Austin is in the video clip

  • tbunny

    The only thing that could make the Lakers' season crazier is trading for Rondo. I support it.

  • hydrofluoric

    Like any self-respecting Celtics fan I hate his guts, but I'll be damned if Kobe isn't the best interview in the league.

  • Anthony

    Am I the only one that thinks Kobe is marketing himself too late to enhance his own legacy? His personality actually reminds me alot of Rajon but the only difference is Rajon's teammates genuinely likes him. Can't really say the same for Kobe. No matter how hard he tries, he will never be MJ, though the new generation of basketball fans will say otherwise. He just doesn't fall in the same category as Magic or Shaq, Lakers who are tough to hate.

    • Phil725

      I think Kobe's starting to market himself to enhance his legacy, but it seems like he's damn good at it, and that's why I don't think it's too late. His stuff now doesn't seem contrived like other players doing the same thing (I'm not anti-Lebron, but give me a break with some of his recent stuff.)

      I think there are big time parallels between him and Rondo; what's the difference between Kobe/Shaq and Rondo/Ray? If this team sucks in two years surrounding Rondo, don't you think we're gonna get a lot of Kobe-like ire directed towards guys like Jeff Green who don't care as much as him? Because I do. What's the difference between Kobe's obsession with his legacy and Rondo's? The thing is, Kobe's teammates generally do like him. They respect his fairness and willingness to work his ass off. Rondo's our guy though, and that's all that really matters. I'm sure Kobe fans would laugh at comparison as well.

      As far as GOAT, there will always be a large group of people who call MJ the best no matter what. I personally think Lebron is more likely to stake a real claim to that title than Kobe, but even then, people will cite different rules or other anecdotal evidence to give it to MJ. Recency bias is a real thing though, and Lebron and Kobe will get their love.

      • Anthony

        Absolutely nothing wrong with his obsession. Can you imagine how good Vince Carter would be if he had Kobe's drive/ work ethics? I think Kobe's teammates respect him, as I do, but they probably don't like him. That's just my opinion and not something that we can confirm. Rondo has definitely had his fair share of WTF moments but Celts fans fall in a different category, in that we're awesome, and we can forgive him.

        I agree that Lebron is more likely to stake the claim as the GOAT also. However, I think the kids, new generation of fans, are too easily convinced by mass media marketing. Kobe, Lebron, DWade, Durant, etc all benefited from being babied by the NBA. That's part reference to the officiating but that's another discussion. I just don't see how Kobe can have the same level of success if he didn't have the handcheck rules, or if he played against the Pistons during the Bad Boys era.

        What were Lebron's other "recent stuff" you referred to btw? "The Decision"?

        • Phil725

          I was referring mostly to his marketing campaign which consists of ads paid for by him, featuring kids congratulating him and a general effort to make him seem as likeable as possible. It seems like it's had its desired effect, so maybe he's just getting better PR advice nowadays. I do think that's different than Kobe turning into a likeable Twitter follow though. I get the feeling that Lebron had a group of highly paid people sitting around a table telling him everything he needed to do to recover his image, while Kobe probably saw a tweet or two and said 'people follow this clown? I'm more interesting than him.'

          You're right to bring up the media for the GOAT discussion by the way. That's why I always ignore it all. One of the quickest ways to free page/Twitter views is to try and make a real argument for Kobe over MJ. Then all of the old school people come out in force, followed by the Kobe people coming out in force, suddenly everyone's clicking on your name, and you didn't have to say anything substantial at all! I have a set bar of success in my head for when Lebron will pass MJ (factoring in my own take on the subjective stuff like officials and rules that you mention,) and if he reaches that, great. It doesn't really matter what the media tells me.

          Edit: In fairness to Lebron, I did think that thing where he tackled the fan who made the ridiculous half court shot was awesome and not contrived.

          • Anthony

            Lol…your comment over what Kobe thinks of Lebron.

            I assume the old school doesn't rely on the media to form their thoughts about who's good and who's great the same way the new school does. I have same train of thoughts you do about what Lebron needs to do to get to GOAT status. Right now, he seems like he can get there since nobody is even close to his level. I make a very small case for Durant but I think
            playing with Westbrook actually hurts his chances.

          • Phil725

            The old school is less reliant on the media, but I would argue that they're generally more reliant on anecdotal evidence that has no factual backing. I hear all the time that MJ is a better 'winner' than Lebron… I can't define what that means any more than I can define rule differences' effects.

            I need to set aside a few hours one day to really break down Durant. I've been defending Lebron against biased people who want Durant to be better than him for so long that I've become biased myself. What he's doing now is amazing, but I haven't really had much of a chance to watch OKC.

        • Phil725

          I was referring mostly to his marketing campaign which consists of ads paid for by him, featuring kids congratulating him and a general effort to make him seem as likeable as possible. It seems like it's had its desired effect, so maybe he's just getting better PR advice nowadays. I do think that's different than Kobe turning into a likeable Twitter follow though. I get the feeling that Lebron had a group of highly paid people sitting around a table telling him everything he needed to do to recover his image, while Kobe probably saw a tweet or two and said 'people follow this clown? I'm more interesting than him.'

          You're right to bring up the media for the GOAT discussion by the way. That's why I always ignore it all. One of the quickest ways to free page/Twitter views is to try and make a real argument for Kobe over MJ. Then all of the old school people come out in force, followed by the Kobe people coming out in force, suddenly everyone's clicking on your name, and you didn't have to say anything substantial at all! I have a set bar of success in my head for when Lebron will pass MJ, and if he reaches that, great. It doesn't really matter what the media tells me.

        • Phil725

          I was referring mostly to his marketing campaign which consists of ads paid for by him, featuring kids congratulating him and a general effort to make him seem as likeable as possible. It seems like it's had its desired effect, so maybe he's just getting PR advice nowadays. I do think that's different than Kobe turning into a likeable Twitter follow though. I get the feeling that Lebron had a group of highly paid people sitting around a table telling him everything he needed to do to recover his image, while Kobe probably saw a tweet or two and said 'people follow this clown? I'm more interesting than him.'

          You're right to bring up the media for the GOAT discussion by the way. That's why I always ignore it all. One of the quickest ways to free views is to try and make a real argument for Kobe over MJ. Then all of the old school people come out in force, followed by the Kobe people coming out in force, suddenly everyone's clicking on your name, and you didn't have to say anything substantial at all! I have a set bar of success in my head for when Lebron will pass MJ, and if he reaches that, great. It doesn't really matter what the media tells me.

  • Josh_5

    Dear Abby,

    I've actually felt a lot of cognitive dissonance lately towards Kobe. I used to despise him (see Denver trial and 2010 NBA Finals) but lately he has been weirdly growing on me. As bizarre as this sounds for me to admit, I think its completely because of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. Those 2 guys has taken all the hate I used to have for Kobe. Add in what Anthony said about possibly trying to enhance his legacy and I can honestly say its hard for me to hate Kobe anymore. Any advice?

    signed, Confused.

    • Anthony

      LOL. How can you forget we were robbed of game 7? What about that twitter pic fighting with Dwight in midst of a 6 game losing streak and being the 4th worst team in the west? I mean, that's pretty stupid. (Side note, how f%&^%& annoying is Dwight?) What about that stupid underjaw scowl that he used to do? He couldn't come up with anything original since MJ already had the tongue wag. Throw in the whole feud and snitching episodes with Shaq. Guy Code! SMH

      You're right about DWade shouldering some of the hate with all is antics. Lebron, I'm sort of indifferent towards. It also has more to do with the league babying them and letting them get away with so much crap. Miami can't beat us without help. Take a look at two of my favorite plays. Didn't that make you forget that you hate them?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrLRiAdlzvo – a big STFU to DWade and Miami fans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_uulujs-MM – "Cold blooded"

    • The Cardinal

      Let me try fire up the hate again – remember during the lost years otherwise known as the Pitino era? Of course the Lakers were beating the crap out of the C's in Boston,and our home crowd had the audacity – yes, the audacity – to chant "MVP, MVP" for that rat!

      Jesus wept and so did I!!!

  • OlSkool1972

    Gotta love the way Kobe will dismissively call someone else kid when the person is usually not that much younger than he is. Just another example of how self centered this clown always has been. All the Kobe sheep fans need to explain to me how a guy with 1 stinkin League MVP on his resume and a guy that has only been the MVP of the Finals 2 out of the 5 times his team won the championship is somehow the greatest player in history. Oh yeah I do apologize to all the Kobe sheep for leaving out the 81 points he scored in a meaningless regular season game against the RAPTORS! Woo Hoo!

    • Anthony

      You mean shooting 6-24 in game 7 is not MVP worthy?

      • OlSkool1972

        Yeah I just thought about that. Gasol was the guy that really beat us in that series so KoMe really has only been the best player in 1 NBA FInal his whole career against an overrated Orlando team that only got there because KG was hurt.

  • High Rollers

    The KG Era Celtics have always been right there. I hope if there's anything the old dogs Truth and Ticket have learned — and have learned to impart to their crew — is that keeping the window open to the ultimate goal depends for the most part on minimizing error. Talent? More than enough. Experience? Abundant. Heart? Overflowing. Games both regular season and playoff where we could have won, should have won, but inexplicably found yet more ways to trip ourselves up? Far, far too many. The KG Era Celtics are simultaneously admired and lamented for always taking the hard road. There are no short-cuts to the championship, but I think this ravaged group has the intangibles. It's just going to take an epic combination (consolidation?) of unwavering confidence and humility to finally stop making all the mistakes that in the past led to being right there only to be sabotaged by empty tanks. Comebacks? Enough. Let's start winning from ahead.

  • kg215

    Why would Rondo detest Kobe individually? Obviously the Lakers are our hated rivals but Rondo and Kobe respect each other a lot. Same with KG/Pierce and Kobe. It's the new school players that are too friendly (Lebron, Wade, CP3, Melo, Deron, etc.) that Rondo has a harder time with. Rondo has the old school mentality so he definitely gets along better with the older superstars.

  • Celtic Green

    Shudd up some of you celtics fans are so pathetic not to give credit due when credit is due even I as a Celtic fan can admit that kobe will go down as one of the greatest ever respect that man the celtics lost that game 7 hands dwn stop making excuses. They beat us. Rondo & Kobe will be good as a backcourt scary good!

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