Kobe Bryant: I called play for Andrew Bynum against Celtics, not Mike Brown (video)

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Kobe Bryant: I called play for Andrew Bynum against Celtics, not Mike Brown (video)
 

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers took out the Boston Celtics in the latest installment of their classic rivalry on Sunday, and while the Lakers were clutch down the stretch, the game's final possessions weren't without some theatre.

Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant hit a go-ahead jumper to put L.A. up 95-94 with 41 seconds left. After a stop on the other end, Bryant brought the ball up court, only to have his chance to put the game away dashed by Lakers coach Mike Brown, who called a timeout.

That decision sent Bryant to the bench shaking his head and smiling, and after the timeout was called the Lakers went into All-Star center Andrew Bynum, who delivered a short jump hook over Celtics forward Kevin Garnett to provide the 97-94 final score.

In a televised post-game interview, though, Bryant made sure to point out that it was his decision, not coach Brown's, to feed Bynum on the final possession. In fact, Bryant said he told Bynum to scrap the play Brown called in the huddle to improvise a look that would find the ball in the big center's hands.

"Man, look, everybody in here thought it was coming to me," Bryant said, referencing his well-known reputation for taking and making game-deciding shots. "Andrew has improved so much. I felt like it's important to trust him in that situation and throw the ball to him. They've had a hard time dealing with him all night long. Decided to give it to him and he went towork."

Bryant said that his decision to turn over the offense to Bynum in that crucial situation came with some advice.

"I told him, 'We're going to come to you. We're not going to do this play right here, we're going come to you, post you. Be strong. If they come and double, make the easy play. If they don't, do what you do.'"

At All-Star Weekend in Orlando, CBSSports.com's Royce Young reported that Bynum told reporters he was hoping for more late-game looks, as the Lakers' offense often degenerates into Bryant going 1-on-5.

"Crunch-time has been tough for us," Bynum said at the time. "Because we're not moving the ball, not playing the same style of basketball that got us where we were at. And really, that has a lot to do with the coaches and just kind of getting people in the spots that are going to make them successful...If I'm doing good things with my touches, I just have to get the ball."

Bryant saw Sunday night as step one in that developmental process.

"It's big for him because that's the first time we've ever trusted him in that situation," he said. "He was excited to be in that position. It was just a good moment...It will do wonders for his confidence. He's been getting better and better every game. To come through in the clutch against a great defensive player like [Kevin] Garnett, it's really going to give him a great boost."

Here's video of Bynum's late jump hook over Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics:


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 Eye On Basketball - CBSSports.com Kobe Bryant: I called play for Andrew Bynum against Celtics, not Mike Brown

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 6 years ago '04        #2
casper 1 heat pts
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& the mutiny begins


glad drew is getting his credit


mike brown....holla
 6 years ago '10        #3
Fly Elroy 321 heat pts321
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lameduck coach
 03-12-2012, 07:55 AM         #4
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Wonder how many plays Phil took credit for that was a Kobe call ?
 6 years ago '11        #5
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It was good to see Kobe in a good mood in yestarday's game. Hugging MWP every time he did well. Looks like he made the effort to play team ball while still taking his shots...I like it
 6 years ago '05        #6
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maybe bean is a better coach. maybe the back of his jersey should say coach
 6 years ago '05        #7
Hold That 104 heat pts104
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It was clear from day 1 that Mike Brown isn't the type of coach to handle Kobe. How are you going to hire someone that LeBron pretty much walked all over to coach an even stronger, basketball rebellious mind in Kobe.
 6 years ago '11        #8
Backflipz 84 heat pts84
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Bean always gotta find a way to boost his ego
 6 years ago '04        #9
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 .:RELOADED:. said:
mike brown is a fu*kin goof

why didnt we bring in brian shaw
Anything that was Phil Jackson era related was cut by Jim Buss.
 6 years ago '07        #10
joshdogg26 194 heat pts194
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omg kobe doesn't want the ball in the clutch
 6 years ago '10        #11
Fly Elroy 321 heat pts321
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 joshdogg26 said:
omg kobe doesn't want the ball in the clutch
 6 years ago '11        #12
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 joshdogg26 said:
omg kobe doesn't want the ball in the clutch
guess you missed the 2 threes, and the go ahead jumper right before that play.

but nah forealll kobe and bynum played great together down the stretch... combined for all 8 points it was a sight to see. hopefully they pick the two man game up and start using it more often because thats really something weve yet to see from them.
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 joshdogg26 said:
omg kobe doesn't want the ball in the clutch
omg him and lebron have so much in common






























































except kobe has 5 of those things and bron just has excuses
 03-12-2012, 08:29 AM         #14
Nate187um 
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now thats making the "right play"

he could of been like fade and just scored 2 points in the 4th instead

when making the "right play" goes wrong


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joshdogg26 194 heat pts194
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 chenkcity said:
guess you missed the 2 threes, and the go ahead jumper right before that play.

but nah forealll kobe and bynum played great together down the stretch... combined for all 8 points it was a sight to see. hopefully they pick the two man game up and start using it more often because thats really something weve yet to see from them.
 CashNy said:
omg him and lebron have so much in common



except kobe has 5 of those things and bron just has excuses

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there is a tremendous double standard though. if bron drew up a play for somebody else, the nut huggers would be going to town. kobe does it and it's the right play .
 6 years ago '11        #16
HipHop Since 93 11 heat pts11
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Bynum (if healthy) is the future of the Lakers. They need to go ahead and make Kobe the coach when he retires
 03-12-2012, 08:39 AM         #17
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 .:RELOADED:. said:
why u guys keep comparing kobe and lebron???

the different players

kobe is past his prime now as well... there not comparable
because thats the only way lebron or any other player in their prime now stands a chance
 6 years ago '04        #18
Kasssssst 135 heat pts135 OP
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 NineFour said:

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Fixed*
 6 years ago '04        #19
Kasssssst 135 heat pts135 OP
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^
agreed, I started dying seeing that and reading it again and thinking back to that series.

It was supposed to be Lakers vs Cavs Finals 09

but hey
 6 years ago '07        #20
joshdogg26 194 heat pts194
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 Kasssssst said:
It was supposed to be Lakers vs Heat Finals 11

but hey
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