When Derek Fisher was traded to the Houston Rockets, a lot of people said things like, “How could the Lakers trade Kobe’s only friend on the team?” and “Oooohhh, Kobe’s going to be mad they traded his friend,” which is hilarious because it imagines a world where Kobe Bryant cares about having friends on a basketball team. (And maybe even about having friends at all.) Good one, jokesters.

Want proof that he doesn’t care? Here you go, from ESPN:

“Look, we don’t get five championships by being sympathetic towards each other and kissing each other’s a– during the game,” Bryant said Wednesday when asked about the Lakers’ upcoming game against the Thunder next week. “I’m going to demolish him. He understands that. If he switches off on me in the post, there’s going to be problems. I’m sure he’ll put an elbow right in my back, and that’s why we love each other.”

Pretty much exactly what you’d expect. The second Derek Fisher put on that No. 37 jersey, Kobe Bryant hated him just as much as any other non-Laker, which is even more than he hates any non-Kobe Laker.

Maybe Fisher was Kobe’s strictly on-court basketball friend for the majority of their careers, but if you think he cares one bit that the Lakers traded away a bad player while getting back cap space to acquire a better player for the future, then I have a bridge I’d like to sell you on an adjustable rate mortgage and then jack up the rates to make some serious money. Kobe sees teammates as either guys who can help him or those who can’t, and he doesn’t even see non-teammates. If losing a guy he’s been around means the Lakers are going to have a better shot at the title, then I’d guess Kobe is OK with that. Scratch that. He’d encourage it.

Friends are for normal people. Kobe cares about getting that sixth ring way more than he cares about how he should act when he sees Derek Fisher on the Oklahoma City bench. I’m sure he’ll pull the hug and fake smile in pregame, but as soon as the ball is in the air, Kobe is going to want to murder Derek Fisher, just like he would anyone else on any other team. Should be pretty fun for us to watch, assuming there are no real deaths.

(via Dime)

Comments (19)

  1. Maybe it’s because i’m a Laker fan, but I’m sure it’s not like that. We can’t assume that because he said what he said that he all of a sudden doesn’t give a sh!t about Fish leaving the team. Perhaps on basketball related terms, he may care a little less than the next guy, but as friends I’m sure there’s more to it than that… But then again I’m assuming just as much as you’re assuming.. We’ll never know how he really feels…

    • I think it might be because you’re a Laker fan. Kobe being ruthless is what makes him both great and hated. I’m not exactly sure myself what the extent of their friendship is, but Kobe’s focus allows him to put that aside in a game context. But you’re right. We never know exactly what a lot of these guys feel, even when they say some pretty candid things.

      • Yeah, i heard Kobe was really “ruthless” when he gave half of everything to his wife in the divorce for cheating on her..lol. Oh, and how ruthless was he when Dallas swept them last year?

    • to me this is just the ultimate respect for fisher that he would go at him as he would anyone and he knows fisher would do the same thats just how these two guys are they are tough battlers

  2. I’m going to miss him when he retires.
    Thank god we have Derrick Rose

    • Miss him? Fisher, Bryant, or Kerby?

      • since i’m a TBJ fan and we’re in assuming mode in this comment section, i assume he means TacoTrey – which on the other hand is kind of astonishing, since i wouldn’t have pegged D-Rose as a blogging replacement for T²!

        lot’s of text-free pictures on The Future Jones i guess…

  3. Ohh nooozzzz someone save the children……….

  4. And this is why people love Kobe. He’s a sociopath, but it makes him an all-time great.

    MJ was a sociopath too. He was better at hiding it (dude seriously had Dexter-esque camoflage) than Kobe is, but I almost think that makes Kobe the more honest and likeable of the two, all things considered.

    Kobe is a basketball machine. He only cares about winning. That’s why we love him.

    • It also has to do with the increased media coverage 24/7 and the ease to broadcast and receive information these days. Things just didn’t proliferate as quickly and the slightest bit of information was not as readily available to be digested and judged in the past. Judgements are made, opinions are formed and reputations are built these days before all the facts are made available; we’ve become lazy consumers of information.

  5. what is kobe supposed to do? hug and kiss fisher and give him open lanes and let him score? pass the ball away when he see fisher guarding him?

    please

    his statement was made in a joking manner. kobe doesnt care? i’ll bet anything he wasn’t happy about the trade when it went down. especially because it was a cost cutting move as they already had the Sessions deal completed.

    you fail to mention that kobe had a scheduled radio interview an hour after the trade deadline that he canceled as soon as the fisher trade was made….

    doesnt care?

  6. I’m glad theres still people in the league who are competitors, we make fun of Kobe and D-Rose for not having fun at all star weekend and shit like that but lets be honest, I’d rather have Kobe say he wants to kill fish then LeBron say “Well actually I love Wade so we’ll probably just make a pact to not guard eachother before the game”.

    • exactly.

      “i dont want to make you look bad on tv because we are bff so i’ll just pass the ball” -LBJ

  7. wow this is stupid he till this day talks about how hes good friends with caron butler and even kawme brown for god sakes .. what happens on the basketball court is what happens on the court fish and kobe are friends of it and they both know what has to be done your over thinkin what he said

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