A review of Kobe Bryant’s behavior during last night’s game against the feisty Rockets, from ESPN’s Daily Dime:
He took it upon himself to take out his frustrations on Shane Battier, lighting up from the beginning and making 16 of 27 shots overall. After almost every basket he yelled to the fans, to Kevin Harlan and Doug Collins, or to Battier himself that “He can’t guard me.”
I was watching — he truly was yelling this at the top of his lungs, over and over. Except, of course, after one of his 11 missed shots, 2 turnovers and other missplays.
You see, people, this is why the average fan hates Kobe Bryant’s guts. “He can’t guard me”? How old are you? You’re striving to prove you’re one of history’s best players, and acting like a petulant brat ain’t helping your cause. I can’t fathom any of the other greats acting so bush league. Trash-talking is fine, and being a badass is fully supported at all times, but passive-agressive trash talk, not even directly toward the player you’re trying to punk? Spending your time trying to get the attention of the fucking broadcasters? Lame. So very lame. It’s pretty simple to hate someone who acts like this.
PS to readers: sorry for all the sports talk of late. It’s just that they’re really damn fun right now.