Kobe Bryant "I don't Take Charges"

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 6 years ago '04        #1
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SacarioEpiphany 17 heat pts17
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Kobe Bryant "I don't Take Charges"
 

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Los Angeles Lakers forced only four turnovers from the Oklahoma City Thunder in Monday's 119-90 loss in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

One way the Lakers could plan to get the Thunder, who had the most turnovers in the league during the regular season with 16.35 per game, to cough it up more would be to try to take charges in Game 2.

Just don't expect Kobe Bryant to be the one taking them.

"We got a couple guys that take charges, but for the most part, the one guy that took a charge is now playing in Oklahoma," Bryant said after practice Tuesday, referring to Derek Fisher. "I don't take charges. Metta [World Peace] don't take charges. Steve [Blake] will take a charge every now and then, but most everybody else just stands up and plays."

The 33-year-old veteran who is playing in his 16th season said part of the reason for his longevity is his aversion to sacrificing his body to draw offensive fouls.

"I learned from my predecessors," Bryant said. "[Scottie] Pippen had a [messed] up back taking charges. [Larry] Bird had a [messed] up back taking charges. I said, 'I'm not taking charges.' I figured that ... out at an early age."

Bryant said that Pippen and Bird didn't share their charge-taking horror stories with him to influence his decision, he merely noticed through observation. He also picked up on other legends who benefited from not taking charges.

"I've seen Michael [Jordan] not take one ... charge and he's healthy his whole career and the same thing with Magic [Johnson]," Bryant said. "I might not be the smartest guy in the room, but I can figure that ... out."

Bryant estimated he's taken only one charge in the last two seasons and it was probably "by accident."

"I couldn't get out of the way," Bryant joked.

Even though taking charges isn't in Bryant's bag of tricks, he credited players who do take them successfully.

"Shane [Battier] does a great job taking charges," Bryant said. "Fish actually does a great job taking charges too. ... It's a skill. It's definitely a skill. I know at Duke they teach that, they drill that, how to step in and take charges and sacrifice your body."

Bryant's comments on charge-taking came on the heels of commissioner David Stern decrying the epidemic of flopping going on in today's NBA.

"I think it's time to look at [flopping] in a more serious way," Stern said Sunday, "because it's only designed to fool the referee. It's not a legitimate play in my judgment. I recognize if there's contact [you] move a little bit, but some of this is acting. We should give out Oscars rather than MVP trophies."

Bryant, who made it clear, "I don't flop," echoed Stern's remarks.

"There's a difference [between taking a charge and flopping]. We all know what flopping is when we see it," Bryant said. "The stuff that you see is where guys aren't really getting hit at all and are just flailing around like a fish out of water. That's kind of like, where are your balls at?"

Lakers coach Mike Brown said that it will be difficult for the league to enforce some sort of anti-flopping policy, however.

"It is [a problem]," Brown said. "I don't know how you clean it up though because everything is a judgment call and when it happens, and it happens at the speed that it does, how do you clean that up? Because, it's human error. You see somebody get hit, a lot of times you're told to make a strong call. You're told to be strong with your calls and so you're going to hit that whistle real hard. You hit that whistle real hard and by then, it might be too late. It's like, man, he might not have done that but it's too late."


sh*t was all good back in the summer when you flew out to meet CP3..image


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 6 years ago '05        #2
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"There's a difference [between taking a charge and flopping]. We all know what flopping is when we see it," Bryant said. "The stuff that you see is where guys aren't really getting hit at all and are just flailing around like a fish out of water. That's kind of like, where are your balls at?" SHOTS FIRED!
 05-15-2012, 11:10 PM         #3
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he wont admit he cant guard westbrook..........but but he shuts down tabo safodula!!!!!!

hobe has the most 30 point blowouts in playoff history
 6 years ago '10        #4
SoulOnIce 67 heat pts67
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 SeaJaiye said:
he wont admit he cant guard westbrook..........but but he shuts down tabo safodula!!!!!!

hobe has the most 30 point blowouts in playoff history
You're fu*king pathetic.

In every kobe thread talking sh*t

Arent you a Cavs fan?
 6 years ago '11        #5
MakeItHappen456 41 heat pts41
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 SeaJaiye said:
he wont admit he cant guard westbrook..........but but he shuts down tabo safodula!!!!!!

hobe has the most 30 point blowouts in playoff history
Kobe got 5 rings, and the highest paid nba player. How about lebron ? ZERO RINGS, and took a pay cut
 6 years ago '05        #6
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 seajaiye said:
He wont admit he cant guard westbrook..........but but he shuts down tabo safodula!!!!!!

Hobe has the most 30 point blowouts in playoff history
lol already over bron missin them 2 fts playa?
 05-15-2012, 11:15 PM         #7
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 MakeItHappen456 said:
Kobe got 5 rings, and the highest paid nba player. How about lebron ? ZERO RINGS, and took a pay cut
5 rings = phil jackson
salary = playing in LA and ballhogging for 81 points

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 6 years ago '04        #8
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If Kobe takes a charge he will officially have to retire... you see what a little tap from Wade on the nose did
 05-15-2012, 11:18 PM         #9
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 6 years ago '05        #10
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 GrimeyKevin said:

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How's the sonics series going though?



ohhhh waittttt............


















 6 years ago '05        #11
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 SoulOnIce said:
You're fu*king pathetic.

In every kobe thread talking sh*t

Arent you a Cavs fan?
funny you say that..

i went on my old laptop and found old threads i use to be in when i first found out about the sports section on here and i noticed...this n*gga was never in any miami heat related threads not any..even this game were goat sh*tted on d. wade




i sure as hell didn't see him repping miami back in the 2010 playoffs before lebron came




this n*gga false claiming
 6 years ago '05        #12
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every heat fan in boxden is a member for the past yr in a half pathetic!!
 6 years ago '07        #13
theFREAK 3685 heat pts3685
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 CashNy said:
funny you say that..

i went on my old laptop and found old threads i use to be in when i first found out about the sports section on here and i noticed...this n*gga was never in any miami heat related threads not any..even this game were goat sh*tted on d. wade




i sure as hell didn't see him repping miami back in the 2010 playoffs before lebron came




this n*gga false claiming
 05-15-2012, 11:29 PM         #14
SeaJaiye 
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 CashNy said:
this n*gga false claiming

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 05-15-2012, 11:31 PM         #15
Trill Clinton 
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 CashNy said:
funny you say that..

i went on my old laptop and found old threads i use to be in when i first found out about the sports section on here and i noticed...this n*gga was never in any miami heat related threads not any..even this game were goat sh*tted on d. wade




i sure as hell didn't see him repping miami back in the 2010 playoffs before lebron came




this n*gga false claiming
 6 years ago '11        #16
maxnn 129 heat pts129
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 CashNy said:
funny you say that..

i went on my old laptop and found old threads i use to be in when i first found out about the sports section on here and i noticed...this n*gga was never in any miami heat related threads not any..even this game were goat sh*tted on d. wade




i sure as hell didn't see him repping miami back in the 2010 playoffs before lebron came




this n*gga false claiming
You wouldn't happen to have Cavs-Bulls 2010 would you? Wonder if he makes an appearence in that thread

Better yet, do you have cavs-celtics 2010? Want to see the excuses he had for bron quitting
 6 years ago '05        #17
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lol go polish your lebron bobble head kid
 6 years ago '11        #18
KingPAPO 44 heat pts44
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 CashNy said:
funny you say that..

i went on my old laptop and found old threads i use to be in when i first found out about the sports section on here and i noticed...this n*gga was never in any miami heat related threads not any..even this game were goat sh*tted on d. wade




i sure as hell didn't see him repping miami back in the 2010 playoffs before lebron came




this n*gga false claiming


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 6 years ago '06        #19
PG-13 126 heat pts126
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 SeaJaiye said:
he wont admit he cant guard westbrook..........but but he shuts down tabo safodula!!!!!!

hobe has the most 30 point blowouts in playoff history
 SeaJaiye said:
5 rings = phil jackson
salary = playing in LA and ballhogging for 81 points

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 GrimeyKevin said:

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 6 years ago '05        #20
Dun Language 3971 heat pts3971
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 SeaJaiye said:

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laker fan/shaq stan since junior high


jets fan since day 1


casual yankee fan


die hard uconn fan since ray & rip. and now i also live in ct

but the real question is where were you during all of this "heat fan"






i've been a member lurking since 05...started coming in here in 09-10
before that i was on realestn*ggas in the sports section on my laker sh*t
and i been a member on there from 03-04 till they shut it down

but where were you during d wades struggles
your the definition of bandwagon fan i seen a couple of dudes ask you what happened to you being a cavs fan and you never answered back
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