What would Have Said to Kobe after he said this:

Assuming you're his teammate:

Jeremy Lin says Kobe Bryant once came to practice to say goodbye to the 'bums' getting traded at the deadline

One of the most Kobe stories ever

Kobe Bryant's fascination with copying Michael Jordan's sociopathic approach to the game of basketball is no secret. It's gotten to the point where any story about his attitude towards teammates perceived as inferior simultaneously feels shocking and par for the course.

This is the case with the latest anecdote about the late Lakers legend. Jeremy Lin, a former teammate of Bryant's on the Lakers, joined the 'Inside The Green Room' podcast, hosted by current-Laker Danny Green, to recall the time that Kobe came into practice to bid a not-so-fond farewell to teammates who'd soon get traded.

He comes in … sweatsuit, he has a sling for his hurt shoulder, and he has these shades on … and Carlos Boozer says 'Kob, good to see you bro … we haven't seen you in a bit, how come you came today' and [Kobe] was just stonefaced, and he was like 'I just came by to say bye to some of you bums who are going to get traded tomorrow.'

Is it jarring that anyone would just openly mock teammates who are about to have their lives uprooted in the name of roster movement? Yes. Does the fact that Kobe said it make it a little more understandable? Also yes.

For what it's worth, Lin is able to laugh off the moment, and hosts Green and Harrison Sanford laugh along with him. It obviously helps that this moment happened about five years ago, and that this was in the context of memorializing the NBA legend who was killed in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven other passengers in late January.

Of course, even if the comment was both harsh and on-brand as hell for Kobe, it's hard not to understand a bit where Kobe was coming from. Lin and Bryant were teammates in Los Angeles in the 2014-15 season. That year, the Lakers went 21-61. It's hard to imagine any superstar player being buddy-buddy with their mediocre teammates after a year like that.

Imagine being on the #Lakers with Kobe Bryant and going into February w/ trading deadline approaching with a 13-34 record. @JLin7 recalled a practice during that 2014-15 season.

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Knowing what I know now, I would have said something like: 

“I may be a bum, but 50% of the people in the conversation will be dead in a few years.” 

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He better be glad he was in sports and not the real world.

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honestly, im not sure this story hasn't been turned into something it's not. Guys talk like that. like a guy calling his group of friends a bunch of fags or pussies. He very well may have just been coming to say bye to some people who he considered friends on some level. 

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ufc98newb - 

honestly, im not sure this story hasn't been turned into something it's not. Guys talking like that. like a guy calling his group of friends a bunch of fags or pussies. He very well may have just been coming to say bye to some people who he considered friends on some level. 

This. He cared enough to come say goodbye. Locker room shit talking is dagger sharp.

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Yeah, but Kobe is the guy who decided not to try his best *quit* in an elimination playoff game "just to prove a point" everyone was already aware of.

These are things you can only get away with in sports.

clattymine -

Knowing what I know now, I would have said something like: 

“I may be a bum, but 50% of the people in the conversation will be dead in a few years.” 

Fuck this made me laugh. 

he dead

clattymine - 

Knowing what I know now, I would have said something like: 

“I may be a bum, but 50% of the people in the conversation will be dead in a few years.” 

And I got frozen for less......hahaha....

Agreed though...

sounds like he made a  joke any one in group of friends would make and it's just being sensationalized.

Sounds like a story that is being blown up to help further enhance Kobe’s image.

Kobe was a cunt.

When he was on trial for RAPE the Lakers provided him with a private jet to fly back and forth from LA to Colorado.

Kobe complained the private jet wasn’t nice enough.

Source : Phil Jacksons’s book - “The Last Season”.

In peace for gods sake and I'm not even a fan

clattymine -

Knowing what I know now, I would have said something like: 

“I may be a bum, but 50% of the people in the conversation will be dead in a few years.” 

 

edit delted in poir taste

Chris - 

sounds like he made a  joke any one in group of friends would make and it's just being sensationalized.

Words can hurt, man. Not as much as rape, but they can still hurt.

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this is bullshit, no doubt he said it but I am sure there has to be some context to put it. He might have been a dick at times but I doubt he says that without anyone checking him

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Chris - 

sounds like he made a  joke any one in group of friends would make and it's just being sensationalized.

Words can hurt, man. Not as much as rape, but they can still hurt.

hahahha

Guy was a piece of shit human being,  elite baller though.

clattymine -

Knowing what I know now, I would have said something like: 

“I may be a bum, but 50% of the people in the conversation will be dead in a few years.” 

Gotdamn bringing out sledge hammer first post. Lmao

From reading the NBA subreddit. Alot of people said that no one was traded. So it was Kobes way of saying none of you guys are bums as you're still going to be here.