Uh-oh, Lakers fans. Kobe Bryant isn't happy right now. But, it's not because the Lakers didn't make any major moves before the NBA trade deadline this year. It's also not because his supporting cast hasn't been contributing to the team's success (for the record, Andrew Bynum has been balling the last few weeks). And it's not because KB24 doesn't like this team's chances of chasing a championship this season. Just last week, he came out and said that there's no reason the Lakers can't win a title this year.
No. Instead, Kobe isn't happy after last night's 102-96 loss to the Grizzlies because he got benched by head coach Mike Brown briefly during the end of the fourth quarter. He stormed off the court before a timeout with 5:45 left in the game and slammed a chair out of frustration and was subsequently benched by Brown. And, after the game, he admitted he was upset about the benching.
"Of course I was," he said, although he refused to speak out against his coach. "It's his decision to make. He makes the decisions. He's the coach. If you guys are looking for a story, I'm not going to give you one. I can't sit here and criticize his decisions. In leading this ballclub, that's something I can't afford to do. I got to have his back. I've had his back the whole season; I can't start doing something crazy now. It wouldn't make no damn sense."
Hmmm...Well, that explanation makes sense. But, it still sounds like you're plenty upset and letting the world know about it—even if you're doing it in your own subliminal Kobe Bryant sort of way. And, for the sake of Lakers fans, let's hope that unhappiness is only temporary.
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