In case you were wondering, everything Kobe says here checks out. The Lakers were playing the Pistons the night before the Kwame-for-Pau trade, he had about 40 points (39), the Lakers lost by a point and he would have found out about the trade on the way to Toronto. Incredible memory this guy has.

Oh, and he’s right about Pau being better than Kwame too, but you knew that.

(via Imadoggydogg)

Comments (10)

  1. can I have a transcript, please? Can’t hear shit

  2. Me neither. Sounds like he talking with a pillow over his mouth.

  3. Kobe is funny… so easy to hate.. but i have to cheer for him cause i lost a bet ” yeah, kobe…”

  4. Kobe’s a stud—he’s sitting in a room full of people who will literally laugh at every single lame joke he makes, yet he’s still gotta dog out another player and a fellow teammate.

    Yeah, yeah, they’re all adults and millionaires and I’m playing the world’s smallest violin for Kwame. That’s not the point.

    I’m not fretting over Kwame’s hurt feelings—I’m amazed at how vividly episodes like this depict these idiots as insecure middle-schoolers.

    If Kobe were a real man, he wouldn’t need to dump on insignificant players like Kwame and Smush Paker. Even under direct questioning.

    At the very least, he wouldn’t turn it into a 3-minute skit to pander to sycophantic hangers-on.

  5. @Hero …. first of all, nice name.

    Second of all, congratulations on your discovery that professional athletes sometimes act like less than mature, secure, gracious and self-actualized adults. Stop the fucking presses.

    Secondly, by your metric of “manhood”, Michael Jordan, the most celebrated and fawned over baller in history, is Marilyn Monroe. NOBODY has taken more shots at former teammates, former rivals, former coaches, etc. than MJ.

    At least, in Kobe’s case, he’s actually talking about somebody who is comically, cartoonishly, historically bad at basketball. It should also be noted that he has gone out of his way to defend Kwame in the past.

  6. “I got to say, it was tough doing it that year. I was playing with guys, God bless them — God bless them — but Kwame Brown. Smush Parker. We had one game right before…by the way, what I say here, I say directly to them, see what I’m saying, I don’t talk behind people’s back. Things that I say to you, I’m comfortable saying this to them and I’ve said this to them…But like, the game before we traded for Pau, were playing Detroit and I had like 40 points towards the end of the game. This is back when Detroit had Rasheed [Wallace], Chauncey [Billups] and those guys, so we had no business being in the game. So down the stretch of the game, they put in a box and one. So I’m surrounded by these players, Detroit players, and Kwame is under the basket, all by himself. Literally, like all by himself. So I pass him the ball, he bobbled it and it goes out of bounds.

    “So we go back to the timeout and I’m [upset], right? He goes, ‘I was wide open.’ ‘Yeah, I know.’ This is how I’m talking to him, like, during the game. I said, ‘You’re going to be open again, Kwame, because Rasheed is just totally ignoring you.’ He said, ‘Well, if I’m open don’t throw it to me.’ I was like, ‘Huh?’ He said, ‘Don’t throw it to me.’ I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, well, ‘I’m nervous. If I catch it and he foul me, I won’t make the free throws.’ I said, ‘Hell no!’

  7. That is the saddest story I’ve ever heard. From a pro ballplayer. Wow. I’m surprised Kobe didn’t rip Kwame’s throat out right then and there. What a thing to say.. “don’t throw it to me… I’m nervous”. Fuck you, kid.

  8. Transcript: Thanks for the transcript.

    Man, if that’s not the saddest excuse for a baller ever, I don’t know what is. I wish we could’ve heard a Smush story as well.

  9. guess Kwame was afraid ’cause the ball don’t lie…

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