The San Antonio Spurs obliterated the Los Angeles Lakers in their final regular season matchup 121-97 and also spoiled the return of Kobe Bryant to the court after the Lakers' star was out of action due to a shin injury.
In that game, Bryant scored 18 points but according to Kobe himself, he could have scored a lot more on the Spurs. 50 to be exact.
“San Antonio was playing me single coverage yesterday, if it was important I would have gone for 50 yesterday."
Kobe is referring to the fact he is in a tight race for this season's scoring title with Thunder's Kevin Durant, who he trails by percentage points, but for Spurs fans this just adds another reason to vilify him.
If Kobe was so confident he could have dropped 50 points on the Spurs then why didn't he? Sure it was just his first game back from injury and maybe he was trying to just get his rhythm back while not trying to take from the team's chemistry built during his absence but this comment will rub Spurs fans the wrong way.
Keep in mind, Bryant is saying winning the scoring title isn't important to him so that shows he isn't a selfish player as many think about him, but I am sure I speak for all Spurs fans when I say if Kobe thinks he can score 50 on the Spurs should they do meet in the playoffs, bring it!
Sigh... Kobe could DEFINITELY drop 50 on us if he wanted to, he just knows it would be bad for his team. He was only saying that IF WHAT HE WANTED WAS THE SCORING TITLE then he could get it by just concentrating on scoring the ball on his own. I'm tired of people misinterpreting quotes. I'm all about the spurs and in no way a Lakers fan, but c'mon. Kobe is one of the best of all time and he can score, but he is also one of the smartest players in basketball.
I would love nothing more for Kobe to try to score 50 points, it would probably take him 100 shots lol
As long as Kawhi learns not to put him on the line, we're sweep the Lakers if Kobe wants to have a score fest.
What I particularly love about the remark is this:
The guy CLEARLY learned nothing while he was on the bench watching his team. He truly does think he needs to take every shot. Anyone who watched L.A beat the Thunder yesterday can see this. Yes the Lakers won. And the Spurs are 2 up on OKC for the division. I am happy.
But Kobe took basically every shot during crunch time in the 4th and both OTs. There was perhaps 3 or 4 shots for Pau, but otherwise, "the black mamba" felt the need to not trust his teammates.
And when you couple this comment with that game, you see it. Dude learned nothing. Such a selfish moron. Basketball is a team game.
It makes perfect sense. Kobe saw Bynum be a sore loser in that interview, and decided that he needed to one up him.
Yhe spurs is down to 2 games. Thunders lose to the lakers in double o.t. So they are now down by full 1 point. The apurs now assured of 1st place in the west? Go Spurs! But talking of kobe, he will have the chance to prove he can score 50 if and when they meet the spurs again in the western conference finals'
Despite what people say about Kobe ,and yes some of his comments are crazy HE'S A BEAST!!!!!!!!!!! I'm willing to bet everybody in San Antonio would love to have Kobe on the Spurs.
@ZILLA With a statement like this, no. Where would he fit in our system? Also, are you watching him get destroyed against OKC?
@CraigThomas After what Kobe is doing to OKC right now you still wouldn't take him on the Spurs?
@ZILLA He shot them out of the game, and then back into the game. What can you say other than Kobe being Kobe? Still a strong no. When Kobe decides to willingly relinquish his hold on top spot with the Lakers and so some humility, then maybe.
@CraigThomas OKC killing the Lakers right now,but seriously Kobe,Manu,Parker come on man that's trouble for anybody in the league
@CraigThomas That's true he does look frustrated,but if this was a real situation you don't think Popovich could control that he's the best coach in the game.
@ZILLA The only way that would be possible is if we could guarantee him two more rings so he could pass MJ. He is really forcing it in this game and is noticeably frustrated. I don't think there is any way he could be selfless enough to fit in the system. He definitely would not take a pay-cut for us.
@ JEFF GARCIA Do you think these players could help the the Spurs next year and is it a possibility to sign any of these players. Jason Thompson,JaVale McGee,Chris Kaman,
Nic Batum,George Hill. Javale McGee would be key and bring Hill back
@ZILLA Batum isn't going anywhere, Portland gutted their team to build around him and Aldridge. Hill is going to demand to much money but I could see him coming to the spurs for cheap. (how hated would we be in Indy, trading hill for what we got then he leaves to come back to us). McGee would be a nice addition but I think he is going to cost to much. Thompson I don't think would fit, and Kaman is likely to resign in NO
Every time I try to appreciate Kobe for the great basketball player he is, I am smacked in the face with a statement such as this which shows me what a shitty person he actually is. My admiration suddenly evaporates. Sure Kobe can shoot 50 times and make 20 of them to get his 50, but the Fakers would have lost by 40 points instead of 25. The problem that this statement illustrates is the unlimited selfishness that is Kobe Bryant. He can only think in terms of: how can I score more, how can I get more assists, how can I have a greater legacy than MJ?
When Kobe's knees finally do fail him, and his athleticism evaporates like it did with Duncan, he will not fade effortlessly into a secondary role. He will explode like a supernova of "me-ness." It becomes more and more evident this year as Bynum has show his dominance, yet, Kobe still wants to get "his." When that day comes, all we will do is laugh at Kobe's humanizing mortality and make jokes about how he thought he could contend with the GOAT.
As Jalen Rose says, in the NBA sometimes you are open for a reason. Spurs can live with Kobe's multiple pump fakes, off balanced shots with Bynum and Gasol boxed out rather than Bynum/Gasol in the paint volleyballing at the rim. Spurs can live with your shots because it would is our game plan.