[dropcap]E[/dropcap]arlier today, on my way to work, there were reports of Kobe Bryant trash-talking his teammates and his GM while at practice. Apparently there’s video of said incident (below).
As Kobe walks off the court, he yells at Mitch, affectionately reporting his disappointment with his teammates. Kobe’s feedback: he’s supposed to get better at practice, however:
“these [expletive] ain’t doing [expletive] for me.”
Everybody knows that the best way to inspire those around you is to callously tear them down until there’s almost no spirit or will left in the body. Think of it like a mediocrity cleansing—Kobe’s just helping his teammates wash away the ineptitude.
During today’s scrimmage, Kobe also reportedly called his team “soft,” and more specifically challenged Nick Young & Jeremy Lin, as the L.A. Times reports.
“Now I see why we’ve lost so many games. We’re soft like Charmin!”
Kobe during practice: “Is this the type of s— that’s going on in these practices? Now I see why we’ve lost 20 f—ing games.”
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 11, 2014
Kobe’s maniacal competitive edge has been well reported throughout his time with the Lakers, but through the magic of social media, we now have some visual and audible proof of what a hard-ass he can be.
While his attitude may be the most polarizing in the league, one has to respect him for his inability to settle for mediocrity (a trait most of us admired Michael Jordan for during his tenure in the league).
It may not be the most constructive way to go about improving the Lakers, but at least he’s leading by example during the days he’s present at practice. Stay real, Kobe.