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My Beef with Kobe Part III: No Love for Teammates August 17, 2007

Posted 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


1. The Mixtape Monster - August 17, 2007

MJ was hard on teammates too, but he also praised them to boost their confidence, something I’ve never seen Kobe do for Andrew Bynum or anyone else on that roster but Lamar Odom. Poor Kwame Brown too.

2. Marquis Chapman - August 17, 2007

Yeah, Kwame Brown really gets it, but Kwame is horrible

3. tsos20 - August 18, 2007

The Lakers blamed Kobe for trading Shaq. Even Shaq blamed Kobe. Suddenly Kobe come out and says he never asked for Shaq’s trade. The Lakers let him be the fall guy. Since the trade the team has failed to replace Shaq with the talent needed to win. All this time people were blaming Kobe for the Lakers fall. If it’s true that he was a scapegoat for management for 3 years, then he should demand a trade!!!

4. tsos20 - August 18, 2007

One more thing. Didn’t Shaq say, just a few months ago, that he believed Kobe’s version of his exit from LA.
The Sultan on Sports


5. withmalice - December 25, 2007

Indeed Sultan…
And Mixed… “poor Kwame”??? You have got to be kidding me… guy gets nearly $10 million a year to suck, poor Kwame???

And on the article itself… I’m not sure on two things:-

How we can declare to ever ‘know’ an athlete…
Understand Kobe’s frustration, but declare him to be not acting responsibly when he’s frustrated with his team-mates?
It’s just a continuation of the mis-management of the Lakers front office. How a team that was as successful as they have been can just basically trade Shaq for bits ‘n’ pieces… and fail to put the pieces around a player-for-the-ages… it’s simply amazing.
Yes, they look better now, but they’re still a major ‘piece’ away from having an actual contender.
Additionally, let’s look at the Bynum slagging in retrospect: kid REALLY has a fire under his butt now – do you think that would’ve occured had Bryant not ripped him?
I don’t.

6. lakersfanboy - December 30, 2007

Kobe is a good team leader, what he does is only for the good of the team. Admit or not, there is no other player in the NBA today who can match his achievements.

Lakers fan

7. Marquis Chapman - December 30, 2007

Kobe has stepped up this season. The team is playing extremely well, but lets wait till playoffs to see how good of a team leader he actually is

8. Chris - August 8, 2008

Can you really say that Shaq is the better teammate after the whole free style incident? And Didn’t Shaq immediately start praising Nash as the best guard that he had ever played with, blatantly disrespecting Wade, Kobe, Fisher and the guard that Shaq played with in Orlando. (His name escapes me.)

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