Kobe Bryant has long had a contentious relationship with teammates both past and present. He claims to have sacrificed much in order to play with Shaquille O'Neal, disparaged then-Lakers center Andrew Bynum on a fan's cell phone camera, and never misses the chance to remind everyone that he once had to share the ball (well, theoretically anyway) with the likes of Kwame Brown and Smush Parker. And lord only knows what he's done to poor Pau Gasol.
But one thing the Mamba has never done is take things to the physical level, even when provoked - word to Chris Childs. That all changes now. If the Lakers team bus is going off the cliff, Kobe's gonna shove someone in front of it first and get out of the way. Mamba out.