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Gotham Chopra, the director of “Kobe Bryant’s Muse”, an upcoming documentary on Bryant, told a story about being with Kobe and watching the Nets and the Heat play. Recounts Chopra, “Deron Williams went like 0-for-9. I was like, ‘Can you believe Deron Williams went 0-9?’ Kobe was like, ‘I would go 0-for-30 before I would go 0-for-9. 0-for-9 means you beat yourself, you psyched yourself out of the game, because Deron Williams can get more shots in the game. The only reason is because you’ve just now lost confidence in yourself.”
Personally, I think they traded No. 1 for No. 2.
— Andrew Bynum (on Dwight Howard trade)
I accept my Brian Scalabrine role. I’m cool with it
— Rasheed Wallace (on his role with New York Knicks)
I was shooting 45 times a game. What was I supposed to do? Pass it into Chris Mihm & Kwame Brown?

Kobe Bryant (via nbaquotes)

Many people give Kobe a pass for being abusive towards his teammates during those years, both on the court and in the media. I get why. His best years were wasted. But was it really a situation he couldn’t control?

After all, LeBron took Cleveland to the NBA Finals in 2007 by passing to Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden…

Kobe’s approached helps highlight just how bad his teammates were. Don’t let them touch the ball until you need them to bail you out, putting already incapable players in nearly impossible scoring positions. 

LeBron took the different and instead of shutting off his teammates, he shared with them not just when it was convenient for him but when it was best for his teammates. And that approach got his team into the Finals. 

It’s easy to give Kobe a pass for those years, especially when he tried his best to make his own teammates look terrible. 

@Suga_Shane

CP3 says he doesn’t believe in talking junk. “I feel like I’ve worked so hard to get good,” he would tell me later, “I’m expected to score on you.”
He coached the Bad Boys. And if you can coach those assholes, you can coach anybody.
— Charles Barkley (on Chuck Daly)
If it wasn’t for my teammates’ poor defense, I would have never won this award.

Tyson Chandler (on his DPOY award)

Best victory speech, ever? (Also, the most accurate!)

I never said Kobe was better than [Michael Jordan]. [Michael] just told me Kobe’s the only one to have done the work, to deserve comparison.

via Roland Lazenby’s twitter account.

So Jordan doesn’t think anyone’s worth of even standing in his shadow but off the players, Kobe’s the most-least-most-worthy. Or something like that.

Read more on this from LakersNation.com.

@Suga_Shane


"He was at every practice. He was one of those guys that you never could come into practice and say ‘M I’m a little tired today man. Take it easy on me.’ That would be like throwing blood in the water to him. He just wanted to kill you then."

~Scottie Pippen during “Legends of the 90s” on NBA TV

"He was at every practice. He was one of those guys that you never could come into practice and say ‘M I’m a little tired today man. Take it easy on me.’ That would be like throwing blood in the water to him. He just wanted to kill you then."

~Scottie Pippen during “Legends of the 90s” on NBA TV

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