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Originally Posted by Hombre Secreto View Post

Guess his last game will be April 13 against the Jazz. Must be horrible for former, and current players to see him go out like this. Couldn't imagine how disappointed Kobe is.
Dude, everybody goes out like this. If you can still play, you do.
At least he has his status as a top 10 all time multiple champion multi-millionaire idol to a generation to console himself with.
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Originally Posted by NorCal View Post

Dude, everybody goes out like this. If you can still play, you do.
At least he has his status as a top 10 all time multiple champion multi-millionaire idol to a generation to console himself with.

Yeah, I have never been one to partake in the love of kobe, but what do you expect from an guy playing in the back court this many years into his career? It's good comedy to look at a 1-14 shooting performance, but give the guy credit for announcing he's done this early in the season and all the work to be able to even play again. This way he can take a final lap with dignity.
Edited by idfnl - 11/29/15 at 8:04pm
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Such a sad, sad day. Can't believe it.

Entire laker nation is in mourning.
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Originally Posted by NorCal View Post

Dude, everybody goes out like this. If you can still play, you do.
At least he has his status as a top 10 all time multiple champion multi-millionaire idol to a generation to console himself with.

He went 4-20 against the Pacers, and is playing HORRIBLY. Any other team, and he wouldn't even be seeing playing time. Jordan, and even Shaq weren't this bad in their final years. Kobe is probably the worst player in the league right now.
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 Any other team, and he wouldn't even be seeing playing time. Jordan, and even Shaq weren't this bad in their final year

 

This. Not sure he's "the worst player in the league right now," but Zach Lowe is probably right when he says Kobe's the player who most hurts his team right now.

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Originally Posted by marvin100 View Post

This. Not sure he's "the worst player in the league right now," but Zach Lowe is probably right when he says Kobe's the player who most hurts his team right now.

Where does one read Zach Lowe now?
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ESPN
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

ESPN

Bleh. Wading thru all the insider crap and videos attached with every article isn't worth it. Doubt he can longform anymore either.
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Yeah, I used to read  Lowe/Barnwell/Mays all the time, but now that they've moved back, I havent read them in weeks.

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Originally Posted by venividivicibj View Post

Yeah, I used to read  Lowe/Barnwell/Mays all the time, but now that they've moved back, I havent read them in weeks.

It's only this week that I started to miss grantland.
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From a few years back...
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A story about Kobe Bryant, as told by a professional trainer who worked with Bryant this past Summer, for the Olympics:

I’ve been a professional athletic trainer for about 16 years and have been able to work with a range of athletes from the high school to professional level. Right now I run in a clinic in Cincinnati and have most recently been training with some players on the Bengals.

I activated my reddit account just a moment ago and because I’ve been seeing the videos of Kobe’s most recent dunks and the comments you guys have had to share I decided I might as well chime in what I know about the man. And let me just state by saying that this story doesn’t touch on anything we don’t know about Kobe but rather that he simply is not human when he is working on his craft.

I was invited to Las Vegas this past Summer to help Team USA with their conditioning before they head off to London, and as we know they would eventually bring home the Gold (USA). I’ve had the opportunity to work with Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade in the past but this would be my first interaction with Kobe. We first met three days before the first scrimmage, on the day of the first practice, early July. It was a brief conversation where we talked about conditioning, where he would like to be by the end of the Summer, and we talked a little bit about the hustle of the Select Team. Then he got my number and I let him know that if he ever wanted some extra training he could hit me up any time.

The night before the first scrimmage I remember I was just watched “Casablanca” for the first time and it was about 3:30 AM. I lay in bed, slowly fading away when I hear my cell ring. It was Kobe. I nervously picked up.

“Hey, uhh Rob, I hope I’m not disturbing anything right?”

“Uhh no, what’s up Kob?”

“Just wondering if you could just help me out with some conditioning work, that’s all.”

I checked my clock. 4:15 AM.

“Yeah sure, I’ll see you in the facility in a bit.”

It took me about twenty minutes to get my gear and out of the hotel. When I arrived and opened the room to the main practice floor I saw Kobe. Alone. He was drenched in sweat as if he had just taken a swim. It wasn’t even 5AM.

We did some conditioning work for the next hour and fifteen minutes. Then we entered the weight room, where he would do a multitude of strength training exercises for the next 45 minutes. After that we parted ways and he went back to the practice floor to shoot. I went back to the hotel and crashed. Wow.

I was expected to be at the floor again at about 11 AM. I woke up feeling sleepy, drowsy, and almost pretty much every side effect of sleep deprivation. Thanks, Kobe. I had a bagel and headed to the practice facility.

This next part I remember very vividly. All the Team USA players were there, feeling good for the first scrimmage. LeBron was talking to Carmelo if I remember correctly and Coach Krzyzewski was trying to explain something to Kevin Durant. On the right side of the practice facility was Kobe by himself shooting jumpers. And this is how our next conversation went – I went over to him, patted him on the back and said, “Good work this morning.”

“Huh?”

“Like, the conditioning. Good work.”

“Oh. Yeah, thanks Rob. I really appreciate it.”

“So when did you finish?”

“Finish what?”

“Getting your shots up. What time did you leave the facility?”

“Oh just now. I wanted 800 makes so yeah, just now.”

My jaw dropped. Mother of holy God. It was then that I realized that there’s no surprise to why he’s been as effective as he was last season. Every story about his dedication, every quote that he’s said about hard work all came together and hit me like a train. It’s no surprise to me now that he’s dunking on players ten years younger than him and it wasn’t a surprise to me earlier this year when he led the league in scoring.

Thanks for reading and allowing me to share you my Kobe Bryant story. If anyone has any questions I can clarify. Sorry if the story was at all hard to follow as this is my first time on reddit.

Rob.
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lol the warriors and spurs have changed the way i appreciate the sport. yes he made it, but why did Kobe take such a bad shot?

its fitting that on the night the warriors went 15-0 (or was it 16-0) playing team ball, they knocked out the lakers in just 3 quarters. Kobe shot 1-14 from the floor (1-7 from 3). And how fitting that Luke Walton, as coach of warriors beat the Lakers and his former teammate Kobe. The same teammate that scored 81 points without assisting a single basket. The NBA has never been more fun to watch. And its coincided with Kobe's demise as a shooter and inability to become a better teammate. And congratulations are in order for the Lakers for sucking bad enough to encourage his exit.

edit-bye Kobe, bye
Edited by NAMOR - 11/30/15 at 12:33pm
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Greatest player of my generation. And the second best I've seen play after Jordan.

Now he gets to have the funny experience of listening to people talk about him like he's dead
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