WTF: Chris Webber Encourages Lakers Players To Act Like Kobe Fanboys
Kobe Bryant has spent most of his NBA career being an arrogant jerk and is now embarking on a six month long farewell tour while he screws up the Lakers chances of doing anything with this season. So it only stands to reason that every dummy in the NBA media is buying into the hype of his two-years-too-late retirement; including former pro and current NBA TV analyst Chris Webber.
After Kobe Bryant was introduced to an overly excited crowd in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, Webber had some "interesting" advice for Kobe's fellow Lakers. After reminiscing about hugging Allen Iverson goodbye after he was traded to the Denver Nuggets, he went on to explain how he capitalized on Iverson's all-time great basektball career.
“And then I was sitting in the locker room and I’m like, that’s my boy Allen Iverson. He’s one of the greatest players ever. I’m about to take everything out of his locker. I took everything out of his locker. I have about 20 pairs of shoes; I got his jersey, practice jersey, shorts, socks; I took the dirty clothes bag — no lie. Because I’m like, this is the greatest moment ever for — and I’m just like ‘ya’ll don’t want none of this? This is AI’s stuff?’ And at my house right now, I got the last shoes he played with in Philly, the last uniform."
“I’m just trying to give these guys some advice, steal Kobe’s stuff after every game!”
Webber goes on to suggest that they take a picture with whatever they take and hold up a newspaper in the photo so that there is proof that they do actually own things that were taken directly from his locker.
Okay, hold on. I'm not saying that this is the worst idea if you think your career is going to suck. If any of these young kids ends up having a big flop of a career, then being able to auction off an authentic 2015 Kobe Bryant jock strap might come in handy. But isn't there an uncomfortably large does of irony in encouraging these young players to fanboy all over Kobe's sweaty locker remnants?
The whole reason that Kobe became the basketball icon that he is today is because he didn't do shit like that. Kobe always believed that there was no one better or more important in any NBA arena on any given night that Kobe Bryant. He was a legend in his own mind from day one, never allowing himself to appear impressed by the mystique of another great player.
Sure, that made sometimes made him unbearable to the media and to fans of any team other than the Lakers. But there's no way that fellow NBA players aren't secretly jealous of his unwavering belief that he is better than all of them. So why start your career, or end it, by feeding into the legend and ego of someone else?
My question to Lakers players is this: Would you rather be a Chris Webber or an Allen Iverson? If your answer is the latter, then leave Kobe's locker alone. The Laker King is about to leave the throne up for grabs, and when he does I can promise you that you don't want to be the one standing there holding his dirty warmups.
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