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Mike D’Antoni Describes Kobe Bryant’s Defense Through A Series Of Bumbling Stutters

Everybody in Lakerland knows better than to publicly criticize Kobe Bryant, but if you’re there long enough, you learn some tricks of the trade. Mike D’Antoni has not yet learned such tricks. He was about as good at hiding his disgust with Kobe’s defense as Kobe is at playing defense, which is to say, not very good.

Now, we all know defense has been a particularly sensitive topic for the Lakers this season, mostly because they’re terrible at it. Moreover, it’s been a particularly sensitive topic for D’Antoni throughout his coaching career, mostly because he doesn’t coach it with any semblance of consistency, and for Kobe throughout his playing career, mostly because he doesn’t play it with any semblance of consistency (the ball just finds him, guys!).

ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin got to the bottom of the issue, asking D’Antoni what he thought of Kobe’ off-ball prowess. And by “the bottom of the issue” I mean not very far:

What are we really getting at here? Defense is like a cuss word in Los Angeles (as long as we’re talking about the Lakers, not the Clippers), so what did we really expect? This is as overt as D’Antoni will ever get.

[via SI.com, Getty Images]

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527969315 Greg Scherr

    It’s a bad joke, the Lakers should have traded Kobe before the season started, they could have gotten 1-2 strong starters and several very high draft picks, truthfully Kobe has 3-4 good seasons left IF he keeps his injuries to a small minimum, whereas he has ability to mentor some younger guys, he’s just not what he was for the last 10-12 years, but who is?

  • amit

    The games leading scorer, probably having one of the best seasons of his career! your lost in the game greg!! do your homework, to win championships its a team effort and he doesnt have the support right now, but it will turn around to much talent for it not to happen!

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