Posted December 03, 2012

Kobe Bryant: ‘I’ll kick everybody’s ass in this locker room’ if Lakers don’t improve

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Kobe Bryant had strong words for his Lakers team after losing to the Magic. (Harry How, Getty images)

The Los Angeles Lakers have been far from the dominant force many predicted going into the 2012-2013 NBA season. Yesterday, their franchise players made it clear that the up-and-down results aren’t being taken lightly.

In comments made to reporters after yesterday’s 113-103 loss to the Orlando Magic, Bryant fired a warning shot to his team that things must get better. Quotes via FOX Sports:

“I’ll kick everybody’s ass in this locker room if it doesn’t happen. It’s the attitude you have to have. Metta (World Peace) is the same way. Dwight (Howard) has it in him as well. Even though he smiles a lot, he cares a lot about this. Come hell or high water, this has to get done.”

Bryant also had some choice words for power forward Pau Gasol, who has struggled to adapt to life in new coach Mike D’Antoni’s high-energy offensive system. The message was basically the same: Adjust, or else.

“Put your big-boy pants on,” Kobe said with a trace of disgust in his voice. “C’mon … just adjust. You can’t whine about it or complain about it. Heck, I’m 34 years old, and I’m running screen-and-rolls out there because Steve is out, and my ass is running up and down the court more than I ever have in my entire career. But you have to adjust to it.”

The Lakers will have a chance to heed Bryant’s words tomorrow when they take on the Houston Rockets.


14 comments
doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Yes the Lakers need to improve, but if I were in that locker room I would love to see him try to kick my arse. Threatening violence towards your teammates and making them the scapegoats instead of acknowledging your own play isn't exactly showing leadership. 

Dave C
Dave C

How (Why) would your wife still live with you.  Hypocrite

Dave C
Dave C

F U Kobe,,,u rapist

Mr. Nuff
Mr. Nuff

He stole that line from "Cookie" Gilchrist.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Notice how he excluded Ron Artest (mom named him Ron, I'ma call him Ron!).  That's cause Kobe knows Ron could take him behind the woodshed and put a serous ar$e whoopin' on that big dummy!

remolques
remolques

so now Gasol has to run the floor, how many rings phoenix have won?

 

how many running centers or power forwards were in the 11 championships that Phil has

 

Jafari
Jafari

Kobe is right, guys need to step it up and put in some extra effort. Don't shoot the messenger.

stuartmd
stuartmd

Kobe is a crybaby who has always gotten his way with the Lakers.  Doesn't he realize that he is part of the failure.  Easy to point a finger at Gasol.  

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

There was a period of like 3 years where Gasol started shopping at Big and Tall. Then sometime around the 2011 Dallas playoff sweep he got a gift certificate to Baby Gap. And he's been there since.

 

That being said, keep dirty laundry in the hamper, not aired through the media. And based on his past with women, pants are the last thing Kobe Bryant is familiar with...

MickTimbrell
MickTimbrell

Wow theres a suprise, kobe throwing somebody under the bus in stead of owning up to his short comings, its not like he does that everytime something goes wrong, like the last time things weren't going so great n he demanded a trade, what really gets me is the fact that he could not be more smug when he wins, sorry but I got no respect for a guy that lives in a fantasy world were nothing is ever his fault and all the success is because of him, sorry sell that crap to what ever feeble minded idiot will buy it.

Braktooth
Braktooth

I dare him to kick Metta's ass. I double-dare him.

tillzen
tillzen

Why doesn't Kobe loan Pau his big boy pants? Oh wait, Kobe left his big boy pants on the floor of that Colorado hotel room.