Kobe Bryant's Game 7 No Shot Pout the most selfish act in sports since Phil Mickelson's Ryder Cup equipment switch
For those of you who live under a rock - or in some completely soccer mad country, which is almost the same thing - and missed it, Kobe Bryant basically pouted away a Game 7 vs. the Phoenix Suns the other night. Lightly criticized in the Los Angeles papers for going off for 50 points and supposedly ignoring his teammates in a Game 6 loss, and no doubt urged by Phil Jackson to get those teammates involved in Game 7, Kobe decided to stage one of his shot boycotts.
So with the Lakers down 15 points at halftime, the most dominant player in the NBA, the guy who dropped 81 on the Raptors earlier this season, refused to shoot in the second half. Kobe took three shots total in the last 24 minutes - what he gets up in some single minutes - and the Lakers got humiliated.
Anyone who’s followed Kobe knows this isn’t exactly new behavior. He did the same thing against the Kings in a game a year ago. But this was Game 7 of the playoffs.
And that makes it the single most selfish act in team sports since Phil Mickelson switched equipment brands right before the Ryder Cup two years ago. Now, I don’t like dragging Mickelson into this. Phil’s turned me into a believer with his play and actions in recent years.
But that wasn’t one of his finer moments. And he and Kobe Bryant do belong in the same sentence in that sense.
The question is: Will Kobe Bryant ever get a Mickelson renaissance?
He’s not off to a good start. Kobe furiously texted message Charles Barkley the other night, irate that Sir Charles called him “selfish” on air. Yes, he stood up for himself in text message, not having the guts to get on the phone even.
And of course Barkley gleefully relayed this all on TNT. You have to love Barkley no matter what ridiculous claims TravelGolf.com’s William K. Wolfrum rambles on about. (And yes, K. I have interviewed Barkley and found him to be a “good guy” - look for the interview soon on BadGolfer.com.)
Barkley never pulled a Kobe in the playoffs or a Phil in the Ryder Cup. You don’t pout or promote away your team’s chances of winning on the big stage.
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There is not even the remotest connection between this sexual predator and Phil. Mickelson has shown huge character, Bryant none.
Thanks Mr. Baldwin for writing the truth about Bryant. Thank goodness that other people are stepping up to the plate as well.
To the Kobe lovers. What an embarassment for you all!!!
I was a basketball writer in the New York area years before I become a travel golf writer.
Which doesn't make me any more qualified to comment on it than any other diehard NBA fan. Of which I am. I watched every minute of that Game 7 - even though Kobe rendered it meaningless after halftime by No-shot pouting. And anyone who watched that game and had any clue saw a superstar effectively throwing a terrible two temper tantrum.
Only instead of yelling or stomping his foot, Kobe refused to shoot to make his point.
Also note that I never criticized Kobe for shooting too much in Game 6. I said he received some light criticism in the LA papers which no doubt helped spur his baby reaction.
Kobe Bryant should have been shooting every time he touched the ball in Game 6. He's the only thing that gave LA a chance to win that game. And with the Lakers down by 15 in Game 7, he was their only chance again.
But this time, he decided to make one of his Kobe points.
The Lakers were in position to steal that series against a superior team. Instead of throwing every no-way dagger he had at them to give the Suns some pause in Game 7, Kobe went Kobe.
Hence, the most selfish act in sports since Phil Mickelson's Ryder Cup equipment switch.
What was worse, and quite alarming as well, was the fact you actually attempted to pass your own point of view/speculation/assumption as a "matter of fact" without even hesitating.
You loudly pointed out to your Golf fans? readers how Kobe was "the most selfish since Phil Mickelson..." yada, yada, yada (you should really stick to golf next time) and how he "sabotaged" Game 7 by not shooting in the 2nd half of the game...."
The comments/statements made above would have been acceptable if you had honored the basic journalistic ethics and stated those were only your own opinioins and not actual facts, like you clearly tried to pass them to be , but unfortunately failed miserably.
Normally your piece of garbage blog gets filed to the worthless garbage bin, but the whole hypocricy of some noname irrelevant "golf-blogger" turned into a "basketball-insider" attempt of yours was not only a joke but was too tempting to just ignore and bypass it like all the others.
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The problem wasn't getting points, it was stopping the Suns from scoring at will. If you watched the Lakers at all this season, you'd have seen that the effort they gave defensively was dependent on how involved they were offensively. Even if Kobe had gone for his, they still wouldn't have won because defensively they'd have been awful. As it was, Kobe's teammates couldn't hit water if they fell off a boat that night. That's why they got killed.
With respect to all this "criminal" talk. I didn't know that adultery was a crime. He cheated on his wife, which is bad but it is not a crime. The accuser wouldn't testify because she knew she'd be found out for what she was, a gold-digging liar. Kobe settled because he didn't want to put his family through a long civil trial. Get over that case, innocent until proven guilty is still the law in this country. You people hate Kobe so much you're willing to piss on the values that this country was built on. If any of you ever get accused of something, I hope you get convicted before you have a chance to defend yourself, and then you'll see that all this nonsense about Kobe being a criminal is just that, nonsense.
The Suns lit up the Lakers because the men from LA played no defense as a team. The Lakers took 14 more shots in the game but they hit about 35% vs. the Suns 48%.
Was he pouting? Probably more like deflated. He takes it to the hoop and he can't pass it off (since no one could hit a @#$#@ shot) or get back as easily on defense to make up for his teammates sucking there.
If he'd tried the solo act in the second half the articles would read "Kobe sets playoff scoring record, sinks Laker season" and we all know it. I'm as disappointed with the writers who've created this issue for him as I am with Kobe for caring.
How about some applause for taking an elite team to 7 games in the playoffs by elevating his team's play for 6 of them?
Oh and by the way - good job on the sensational title - I'm sure it's worth plenty of readership.
1st of all yes u are right about kobe only shooting 3 shots in the 2nd half.
but he probably just wanted to see how much he could trust his team.
or teach them how to step up.
not only was kobe off but the whole team was playin horrible.
so why only blame it on kobe?
And to the people that call Kobe a "criminal" when you have no idea what happened in that room, what makes you different than the Salem Witch Hunts? If there was enough evidence to even make a case, much less convict, it would've gotten to that point. The Colorado DA wanted his 15 minutes of fame and got them. The accuser wanted her check and got it. Everyone got what they wanted at the cost of Kobe's reputation, yet he is villified? Wow, what a world we live in. I sure do hope someone else becomes the next target of everyone in the media cuz soon spewing hatred towards Kobe unjustly is bound to go out of style.
And nice try about Kobe not having "the guts" to confront Charles. He's spending 4 hours in studio with Chuck on TNT tonight. There goes that ignorant claim.
You're like one of these kiddie followers who is just brainwashed by whatever is trendy to do in the media. In this case it's to hate on Kobe Bryant.
He stuck to the gameplan that he and Phil drew up. Get the other guys involved and it will fire them up and have them play defense. It worked in the first four games, then his supporting cast disappeared once Game 5 came around.
If you actually knew anything about basketball, you'd realize there's no way to beat the league's best offensive team when your teammates give up 121 points on 61% shooting. Ask anyone that actually watched the game and they'll tell you Kobe was the only guy out there playing with heart on defense.
The problem was that when Kwame Brown shoots 2/10 on open layups, it's hard to "make your teammates better."
If Kobe shot the lights out in the second half and the Lakers still lost, the media still would write pieces on how Bryant's supposedly selfish for not getting his teammates involved.
And why don't you blast LeBron James for taking 3 or 4 shots in the second half in the Cavs' blowout loss to the Pistons? Oh thats right, it's not fashionable. And you're biased.
By the way, the majority of legal analysts said that charges shouldn't have even been pressed by the (racist) Eagle County office. So give up the rape claims. That was so 3 years ago.
I know you're trying to make somewhat of a name for yourself, but please, stick to something that you've actually played before. You sound like you've never picked up a basketball in your life.
Yeah, you're right Barkley never did "pull a Kobe" in the playoffs. He's never hit a big shot in the Finals. He's never won a ring. He's never taken a #2 seed to 7 games with relatively little help from a supporting cast.
Nice job on the title, too. That's really catchy. I just can't get those TWENTY words out of my head!
That's funny how you try to give yourself more credibility by mentioning you've interviewed Barkley before. I'm sure the 5 minutes you spent with him allows you to properly confirm that he is indeed a "good guy."
So, like I said, stick to golf. You obviously know nothing about basketball, or something called a "gameplan."
Your attempt to get noticed by jumping on the Kobe-hate bandwagon is PATHETIC.
so did you actually watch game 7? or did you just read from the "bspn" articles out there and "made it your own" by somehow tying it in with golf? i guess that's pretty smart thinking on your part by having one of the most popular men in sports in a boring golf article. you'll do whatever it takes just to give your article the hits right?
Yes, kobe scored 50 points in game 6 (which he was called selfish for as well). But was it enough for the win? no it wasn't. Kobe needed his teammates to step up as well, which did not happen. Game 7, the lakers were in the same predicament. Kobe can score and get going ANYTIME he wants, but to win, his teammates must also step up, hence kobe being passive, which was also phil jackson's game plan. And if you watched the game, double and triple teams were being thrown at kobe the second he touched the ball. here's some basketball 101 for you just incase you decide to write another basketball article. A good offensive player takes what the defense gives him. A double team means a team mate is open, which means pass the ball to the open team mate, which is what Mr. Bryant did.
So Kobe's selfish because he scored 50 points, yet he's also selfish because he passed to his team mates.
Ok..keep on hating haters.
By the way, please stick to golf, get off the Kobe-bashing bandwagon, and leave the hate articles for real basketball "analysts"
Good luck, and more power to you.
Mr. Matador Defense (Charles Barkeley) is also on that list.
I'm more impressed Baldwin's mother has cable.
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