It's no secret that Kobe Bryant has always kinda rocked to beat of his old drum. There are plenty of players out there who would've loved to rack up the rings and play alongside Shaquille O'Neal for their entire career, but Kobe wanted a chance to prove that he could get the Larry O'Brien trophy on his own. During the summer of 2010, Dwyane Wade orchestrated a plan to create the Heat Big 3, which included LeBron James and Chris Bosh, meanwhile the Black Mamba reportedly didn't even try and really convince Dwight Howard to stay in L.A.
So, while addressing the media earlier today, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was pretty forthcoming when he was asked questions regarding Bryant. In addition to stating the obvious, as to who would take the final shot when the Lakers are down by two or three (spoiler alert: it's Kobe), Kupchak also had some honest commentary about Kobe's attitude on the court and towards his coaches, courtesy of Lakers Nation.
"With Kobe you just try to manage who he is the best you can ." - Kupchak— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) September 25, 2013
More on Kobe: "During the game, he's tough to manage." - Kupchak— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) September 25, 2013
"No coach has been able to control Kobe… and that’s not going to change." - Kupchak— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) September 25, 2013
"I think the best that Mike can hope for is to get to know Kobe better. […] No coach has been able to control Kobe."— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) September 25, 2013
Hmm. Phil Jackson, who coached the Lakers from 1999-2004 and 2005-2011, wasn't able to control Kobe at all, huh? OK. What do y'all think?
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[via Lakers Nation]