10.07.11

Locked Out Kobe : Burying Kwame Brown More Efficiently Than Michael Jordan Ever Managed

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It’s not all labor meetings and negotiations with Italian teams for Lakers G Kobe Bryant.  There’s also giving back to the kids, or more accurately, visiting UC-Santa Barbara psychology students…and giving them a glimpse into the mindset of serial underachiever/former teammate Kwame Brown.  Quotes and video taken from the Washington Post’s Michael Lee ;

“So we go back to the timeout and I’m [upset], right? He goes, ‘I was wide open.’ ‘Yeah, I know.’ This is how I’m talking to him, like, during the game. I said, ‘You’re going to be open again, Kwame, because Rasheed is just totally ignoring you.’ He said, ‘Well, if I’m open don’t throw it to me.’ I was like, ‘Huh?’ He said, ‘Don’t throw it to me.’ I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, well, ‘I’m nervous. If I catch it and they foul me, I won’t make the free throws.’ I said, ‘Hell no!’

“I go to Phil [Jackson], I say, ‘Hey Phil, take him out of the game.’ He’s like, ‘Nah, let him figure it out.’ So, we lose the game, I go the locker room, I’m steaming. Steaming. I’m furious. Then, finally I get a call, they said, ‘You know what, we got something that’s happening with Pau.’ I was like, ‘Alright. Cool.’…That’s what I had to deal with the whole year.”

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