My Beef with Kobe Part III: No Love for Teammates August 17, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, NBA, Sports.
Many Kobe Bryant fans are so wrapped up in Kobe’s talents, that they fail to take note of the other things that make a great basketball player. Kobe is a great player skill wise, but he lacks a few intangibles, one of them being that he is not a good teammate. Sure, many fans will argue that Kobe is a GREAT teammate, but they are being fooled.
Kobe is a good teammate when it’s convenient. When the team is on a little winning streak or he’s having back to back 40 point games, he’s the greatest teammate in the world. But, who isn’t a great teammate when things are going well? The true test to see if someone is genuinely a good teammate is when things are going bad.
When things are not going so smoothly, there have been countless times where Kobe has shown his true colors. The most recent example, is the incident that occured earlier this summer. Bryant, obviously frustrated with the constant losing, went on a media tour blasting his teammates and management. Bryant demanded to be traded, and stated that management had basically lied to him about their plans to build a team that would be more of a contender.
Believe me, I understand Kobe being frustrated, but why not keep it within the organization? Why did Kobe feel the need to disrespect his team, and specifically Andrew Bynum through the media just because the Jason Kidd trade fell through?As a leader, that’s just something you don’t do. Bynum is one of the few players on that team, that actually wants to improve. For Kobe to just blatantly diss him shows the lack of respect he has for his teammates. As a player that’s returning to the Lakers, who would want to play with a guy like that?
The second, and most infamous incident occured when Kobe had that certain problem in Colorado. Bryant once again, decided to throw dirt on another teammate’s name. This time it was none other than Shaquille O’Neal. This not only falls under the bad teammate category, but also in the horrible person category as well. When questioned by the police, Kobe told authorities that Shaq had paid women up to $1 million dollars to keep quite about his cheating. I don’t know how anyone could do this to another teammate. If you get into trouble, you take your punishment like a man and don’t try to bring other people down with you, especially if it’s a teammate.
Many fans are divided as far as who is to blame in the Shaq and Kobe feud. I’m not sure how anyone could possibly take Kobe’s side, especially after he tried to get Shaq arrested, but people are entitiled to their own opinion. However, if you look at the personalities of Shaq and Kobe, wouldn’t it be a safe bet to say that Kobe was at fault? I don’t know about you, but in my eyes, O’Neal appears to a better teammate and a better person.
As talented as Kobe Bryant is, I just can’t support someone that simply has no love for his teammates. There is no doubt that Kobe Bryant wants to win, but by alienating himself from his teammates as well as criticizing them, he’s only making it harder for himself. Like I said before, you see a person’s true colors when things are going bad, and with the direction the Lakers are heading in, I’m anxious to see who Kobe will diss next.
Be sure to check back on Sunday for Part IV of My Beef with Kobe