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USA TODAY Q & A with Kobe on Dwight trade; Durant "I really don't care" :sadto:
 

 

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LONDON – After the U.S. men's basketball team defeated Argentina 109-83 in a semifinal game Friday in the Olympics, All-Star Kobe Bryant discussed the deal that sent center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.


The trade, along with the Steve Nash deal in free agency, elevates the Lakers to a championship contender after losing to the Western Conference champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder, in five games in the conference semifinals. The four-team deal sent center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Asked how he felt about the trade that might alter the Thunder's plan of Western Conference dominance for the next few seasons, All-Star forward Kevin Durant said, "I really don't care."

He might not care now, in the midst of trying to win a gold medal. But he will care — soon.

Here is Bryant in his words on the Howard trade:

On the Lakers' ability to land another star

"History speaks for itself. Just certain franchises seem to make all the right decisions and make smart business moves. The credit really goes to management (general manager Mitch Kupchak). You're talking about a franchise that shipped Lamar (Odom) out, the CP (Chris Paul) trade fell through, which would have been a great deal for us financially and basketball-wise and all of a sudden that gets pulled from underneath us, and they regroup and they come up with something that's even better. It's impressive."

Did LeBron James or Durant say anything to Bryant?

"They didn't say too much to me."

Are they mad at Bryant and the Lakers?

"I've heard that they are. We haven't had those conversations. We had a little game to think about tonight." image image lebron butt hurt already

Are the Lakers a championship team now?

"Absolutely. We would have been a championship (caliber) team with Andrew. Add Dwight into the mix, along with Steve and Antawn (Jamison) coming off the bench. I'm sure they'll make a couple of tweaks to thicken the bench a little bit."

No exchanges with LeBron James of defending champion Miami Heat?

"No."

Did you talk to Dwight?

"I have. I talked to him this morning. I'm not sure what time that is in Los Angeles. I spoke to him. He gave me a call. He was happy to find a home. I told him Los Angeles is the perfect place for him. If you look at history and all the great centers who have come to L.A., now he's the next in line. He couldn't be in a better position than to be with this type of organization. I'm really excited for him and just excited too."

Does Dwight have a future with Lakers?

"I'll probably play two, three more years. You know what I'm saying, (and then) the team is his. I'm excited for the Lakers franchise, because they have a player who can carry the franchise after I'm gone. This should be his, and he should be willing to accept that challenge."

What did Kobe think when he heard the news?

"I was very excited. It's one of those things where you hear it and you have got to let it go, because it changes every two minutes. Once I got the word it was confirmed, obviously, my mentality switched from excitement to execution and how we're going to do it."

How will Howard's game work with the Lakers?

"He's not going to have to sacrifice much. He just comes out and does what he does. He'll get more touches here than he did in Orlando, which sounds weird to say, but it's true. We do a great job playing through the low post and playing through him and playing through Pau (Gasol). It's going to be sensational."

On Howard's defense

"You can really funnel a lot of things into him. It gives you the ability to play passing lanes a lot more. Be a little more aggressive in the passing lines. He's not the kind of big who gets into foul trouble. It's going to be big. … He does a great job keeping the ball in play."

On Dwight being a star with the Lakers

"The simple fact is we'll play through him a lot. I think he'll be a lot more at ease because he's surrounded by better talent and he'll get a lot more easy opportunities playing with Steve, Pau, myself. His life will be a lot easier."

On how the Lakers compare to the Heat

"I don't know. We're obviously bigger, but there's different ways to skin a cat and they do a great job with their shooters and penetration and knocking down perimeter shots, which got them a championship last year."

On competing with Durant and Oklahoma City

"We joked around a little bit about it during the summer. The consensus was that there is no way we can get Dwight and still keep Pau, and they all love Pau for us. It was like, 'No way you're going to let Pau go, so therefore you can't get Dwight.' I was like, 'Well, I think we can make that happen.' "

On how at ease Bryant is now

"It helps because you're starting to get into a frame of mind of knowing what your team is going to look like and then you can prepare yourself for how the season is going to shake out, how you're going to execute certain things and visualizing how things are going to work as opposed to going into training camp with question marks."

On Sunday's gold medal game against Pau Gasol and Spain

"It's going to be problem on Sunday regardless. Pau's a problem, period. But I talked to him last night, as well, and notified him about the trade as well. He was excited, too."

Did Pau talk to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak?

"I spoke to Mitch last night, too."

On how he stays focused after being dealt with the news

"You just focus on the game, and obviously you take the news. The first thing I did was call Pau and let him know what was going on. Then I shifted my focus, and he shifted his focus right back to what we had to do (Friday)."
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 08-11-2012, 12:11 AM         #2
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On how the Lakers compare to the Heat

"I don't know. We're obviously bigger, but there's different ways to skin a cat and they do a great job with their shooters and penetration and knocking down perimeter shots, which got them a championship last year."
Great way to s/o your Asian fans
 6 years ago '10        #3
Agentzer0oo0 215 heat pts215
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Damn I can't even use that Kobe/Dwight ego sh*t anymore

Bean looks like he's really serious about just handing the keys over to Dwight (ala D-Wade) playing out his contract & riding out into the sunset to Italy.
 6 years ago '09        #4
RaIVIpAG3x 3 heat pts
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Only two, three years left for kobe
 08-11-2012, 12:26 AM         #5
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 ballislife said:
Great way to s/o your Asian fans



i noticed that too.
 6 years ago '12        #6
TRILL SH1T 101 heat pts101
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 RaIVIpAG3x said:
Only two, three years left for kobe
I never cried when Jordan retired... Probably will when Kobe does *Drake voice
 6 years ago '05        #7
astroblack9 4 heat pts
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 ballislife said:
Great way to s/o your Asian fans
I wonder what was more racist...

His use of an old analogy thats been around for ages...

Or your automatically a.ssociating its use toward a race
 6 years ago '12        #8
AceBoogie 45 heat pts45
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the league without kobe
 6 years ago '04        #9
Lester86 
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Do it mitch
 08-11-2012, 02:39 AM         #10
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maybe it's because they had a game to play...and Durant was worried about Russell Westbrook injury?
 08-11-2012, 04:02 AM         #11
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I guess Kendrick Perkins will become relevant again. I thought OKC would chop him in order to try to re-sign Ibaka & Harden...........probably not now.
 6 years ago '04        #12
abstractq 5 heat pts
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n*ggas gonna freeze kobe out of the gold medal game. . .


oh they mad. . .
 6 years ago '04        #13
abstractq 5 heat pts
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i refuse to believe kobe done in 2-3 years

maybe he means hes done leading the team in 2-3 years and will fall back like wilt after that and just coast
 6 years ago '10        #14
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 abstractq said:
i refuse to believe kobe done in 2-3 years

maybe he means hes done leading the team in 2-3 years and will fall back like wilt after that and just coast
The writing is all over the wall bruh. This would be the second time that Kobe has spoken about Dwight leading the team & it being Dwight's team, not to mention Kobe himself said he can't see himself just getting by in the league only scoring like 19/20 PPG.

That man is gonna retire & play in Italy when his contract is done.
 08-11-2012, 04:15 AM         #15
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 abstractq said:
n*ggas gonna freeze kobe out of the gold medal game. . .


oh they mad. . .
they was kinda doing it last game, Kobe usually be all fired up and talking to Durant/Lebron...he wasn't even remotely active as he were in them last games
 08-11-2012, 04:16 AM         #16
k3llz 
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 Agentzer0oo0 said:
The writing is all over the wall bruh. This would be the second time that Kobe has spoken about Dwight leading the team & it being Dwight's team, not to mention Kobe himself said he can't see himself just getting by in the league only scoring like 19/20 PPG.

That man is gonna retire & play in Italy when his contract is done.
especially if he wins a ring this season, if he does...i agree
 6 years ago '04        #17
abstractq 5 heat pts
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In 2-3 years hes going to be within shouting distance of Kareem for all time nba points scored

I know he says hes not gunning for those kind of things, but when its in reach, he might change his mind

and when nash is off the books and LA snatches kyrie irving, kobe gonna wanna be around
 08-11-2012, 04:24 AM         #18
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 abstractq said:
In 2-3 years hes going to be within shouting distance of Kareem for all time nba points scored

I know he says hes not gunning for those kind of things, but when its in reach, he might change his mind

and when nash is off the books and LA snatches kyrie irving, kobe gonna wanna be around
you just got Dwight, be happy with that...now you want Kyrie?? come on man...let them season play out, Lakers have a long way to go...if they win a ship next season...Kobe will basically be a role player afterwards
 6 years ago '09        #19
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 purenitro01 said:



i noticed that too.
 6 years ago '12        #20
ThePainkiller 356 heat pts356
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Nice interview.
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