Kobe Bryant Upset By Fourth Quarter Benching

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 6 years ago '05        #1
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Kobe Bryant Upset By Fourth Quarter Benching
 

 
As the Memphis Grizzlies were running circles around the Lakers on their home floor last night, things took a strange turn for LA. Head coach Mike Brown benched Kobe Bryant midway through the fourth quarter, to the amazement of everyone in the building.

According to the national TV broadcast, Metta World Peace had to be told twice to enter the game for Bryant because he was so surprised by the move. Mike Brown offered little explanation, other than cryptically telling reporters postgame that he felt a sub was needed for Kobe at the time.

The Lakers’ superstar guard admitted that he was upset with the benching, but refused to criticize his coach. From the LA Times:

When a reporter asked if it was correct to a.ssume he was upset over the benching, Bryant said “of course I was. That’s an astute observation.” But Bryant refused to criticize Brown. “It’s his decision to make. He’s the coach. If you guys are looking for a story, I’m not going to contribute to it,” Bryant said. “I can’t sit here and criticize his decisions. Leading this ball club, that’s not something I can afford to do. I had his back the whole season. I can’t start doing something crazy now. It would make no sense.”

Meanwhile, Brown said three variances of “I just decided to make a sub” and offered little explanation on why he benched Bryant in favor of Metta World Peace. “There was not one particular thing,” Brown said. “I just made the sub, went with Metta, sat [Bryant] for a couple of minutes and tried to go back to him. But it didn’t work.”

With fans chanting his name, Kobe Bryant returned to the game with just under two minutes remaining, but could not help the Lakers pull out a win.

The loss was frustrating on many levels for LA: they played shoddy defense, the rebounding was abysmal, and the team seemed to lack the energy needed to keep up with the hungry Grizzlies.

Benching Kobe Bryant — who, granted, didn’t play particularly well last night — late in the fourth quarter did little to help matters, and created an unnecessary dramatic subplot going forward.


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 6 years ago '10        #2
lboog1423 298 heat pts298
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at the rebounding last night...this n*gga Pau didn't put a body on anyone the entire game
 6 years ago '11        #3
superdrunken 7 heat pts
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game was frustrating for real, such terrible rebounding is right. ugh.
 6 years ago '05        #4
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i cut it off after a while. kobe needs to really get his act together
 6 years ago '05        #5
Dun Language 4065 heat pts4065 OP
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oh and mike brown will be fired by the start of next seaon and if not i expect kobe being gone
 6 years ago '11        #6
pbballin 20 heat pts20
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Pau talking about he can focus on just basketball, since he didn't get traded.......lying a.ss. And yeah Mike Brown probably will be gone next year
 6 years ago '07        #7
ttime236 38 heat pts38
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Why did yall get Mike Brown again whens its been proven he gets bailed out by star power, average a.ss coach
 6 years ago '07        #8
JamcnPrettyboy 98 heat pts98
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No excuse for bynum having 4 rebounds
 6 years ago '05        #9
Mannish-Yay 2 heat pts
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Horrible game. They were playing like they were out partying all night. I dont know how many times i seen someone fall on the floor like they had no legs. Just sloppy game night for the Lakers.
 6 years ago '04        #10
Kasssssst 135 heat pts135
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To be fair.....when Kobe was benched they did start making a late run....

However the defense and effort sucked before and after the third quarter.
 6 years ago '05        #11
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 ttime236 said:
Why did yall get Mike Brown again whens its been proven he gets bailed out by star power, average a.ss coach
he will be fired by the start of free agency
 6 years ago '11        #12
Loso Luciano24 227 heat pts227
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What was the sole reason la made a run in the 3rd? Than no one else helped and that was ticket kobe off. Its getting crazy how you so fan diss the man every opportunity you get when he wasnt even the cause.

at this n*ggaz talking about kobe will be gone be next year
 6 years ago '05        #13
DaDon23 71 heat pts71
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 Kasssssst said:
To be fair.....when Kobe was benched they did start making a late run....

However the defense and effort sucked before and after the third quarter.
The defensive rebounding last night was atrocious. There was a play where Speights walk into the paint and got a board with Drew,Pau, and MWP standing right in front of the rim
 6 years ago '04        #14
Kasssssst 135 heat pts135
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 DaDon23 said:
The defensive rebounding last night was atrocious. There was a play where Speights walk into the paint and got a board with Drew,Pau, and MWP standing right in front of the rim
Did we even get 1 block last night? Serious question.
 6 years ago '11        #15
Lucky Lefty14 31 heat pts31
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Our front court got bullied last night, and the Grizzlies bench scored 41 last night...Bynum had little impact on the boards, all while Kobe didn't have a erratic shooting night. This is just one of those nights that we didn't decide to show up, and that's what I hate about this team since two years ago.

I wouldn't be surprised if we drop the game against GS on Tuesday then whoop OKC's a.ss on Thursday. fu*king Lakers.
 6 years ago '09        #16
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great game!

the lakers losing=almost as good as s3x
 6 years ago '04        #17
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 6 years ago '08        #18
iPunish901 12 heat pts12
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we needed that win BAD
 6 years ago '09        #19
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 6 years ago '07        #20
Bullseye 60 heat pts60
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I have no problem wit what Mike Brown did. Not like Kobe was on his A-game that night. He was just trying to change things up to see if something would work and it didn't. You win some you lose some. Life goes on.
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