Ray Knows That Feeling

PHILADELPHIA – Ray Allen knows a thing or two about getting shots up. The NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers religiously shows up at the arena, home or road, three hours before every game for his shooting routine.

And yes, he knows why Kobe Bryant was shooting on the American Airlines Arena floor two hours after the Lakers lost to the Heat on Thursday.

“There have been plenty of nights where I felt that way,” Allen said before the Celtics took on the Sixers Friday night. “There’s nowhere I can go right now but just back on the floor to get this bad feeling out of my mind, off my body.”

Allen said he’s never gone back on the floor after a road game, but there have been plenty of times when he’ll drive to his team’s practice facility after a bad shooting night at home.

“It’s probably one of the best times, where you feel the best immediately after the game,” Allen explained. “Your body can recreate those moments. The next day is kind of hard, because your adrenaline is not pumping as much. It’s very impulsive, that feeling right after the game that you’re upset with something that you did. Going back to the hotel, where you’re staying overnight in the city, is not going to help you.”

That need to perfect their craft is why Bryant and Allen are multi-time All-Stars. And it’s why they’re still in the league 15 years after they were drafted. And Allen says that there aren’t many players in this league that would ever think about getting in shots after a game.

“I don’t even know that many guys in the league that really work on their games, work on their shot, let alone have a bad game and go back to that moment,” Allen said. “My generation, I think I’ve seen the last of those guys that work hard that aren’t superstars.

“The role players that came off the bench… Those guys worked on their game when I came into the league. You don’t see that as much.”

Celtics coach Doc Rivers agrees.

“The average guys are at South Beach,” Rivers said. “Kobe’s out on the floor. That amazes me. It was really cool to see.

“For kids, I think that was awesome. I think any kid that sees that, it sends so many great messages.”

Of course, as much as he loved hearing about Bryant’s late-night shooting, Rivers would never have let a visiting player do such a thing in his own arena.

“Turn the lights out,” he responded when asked about that scenario. “No doubt about it. The lights have to go out.”

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John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. Send him an e-mail or follow him on twitter.

107 Comments

  1. kos3vil says:

    It is evident that many people did not actually watch the game. The game was very close all the way until the last few minutes. Both Wade and Kobe had a bad shooting night. It is a fact that Kobe is older, can’t drive as much which is undeniable. Wade is still in his prime while Kobe is deteriorating which explains why they’re an even match now. You can hate on Kobe all you want, say the most stupid obnoxious bias things you can think of but that will not stop Kobe from trying his best for his three-peat.

    And let’s be honest, Miami may be better than Lakers in terms of the match up but Miami can’t beat the Eastern Conference to reach the finals which there is a 70% will be against the Lakers. Keep hating, keep trash talking like you guys ALWAYS do every year.

    I swear every year you guys say the same damn crap, about how LBJ and his team will win the finals and that the Lakers don’t have a chance.. Right.

  2. la4life says:

    ofcourse a player is gunna say the shot was lucky, its called being modest, you moron. well thats besides the point. you are probably a band wagon heat fan like the rest of em so just watch “your team” lose in the 1st round of the playoffs

  3. D harper says:

    I remember d wade winning the chip wit practically the same shaquille that Kobe had two years removed and yes the prime Kobe had stalemates wit a second and third yr d wade also. Kobe is an all time great no doubt but don’t slight d wade cuz of homerism. Wade is no punk he has been a beast and a champ since day one check his record ask pop ask Riley ask mj23. He does it on both ends stays clean and is a good citizen. I would have him as my kin anyday. People need to stop hating on grown men and start loving the game

  4. jun says:

    And it’s why they’re still in the league 15 years after they were drafted. The use of they’re is correct.

  5. abe says:

    yo big up to th kids man my lil cousin play AU nd he loved seen that

  6. la4life says:

    wade is better than kobe? r u people crazy? kobe = 5 rings … wade=1ring…..and i think we all seen that buzzer beater last season that kobe nailed in his face:) … o yea and those long 3’s that were getting hit in wades face all night :)… people are kobe haters. they cant stand to see so much greatness on one court. LA lost to the heat , not just kobe. But it is not june yet and the playoffs are not here so untill then keep ur mouths shut k?

    • dwade nuff said says:

      kobe himself said dat was da luckiest shot he eva made n remember all those tyme b4 shaq left wen wade use 2 bone him i do dats why him doin it dis tyme was not a surpise dis tyme

    • LOL says:

      @la4life

      RIGHT RIGHT…cause if the Lakers won thats what YOU wouldve done LMAO…your pathetic

  7. basketball wizard says:

    okay kobe and attention ? possibly …
    kobe cant guard dwade ? no way ! he was shutting wade down with the defense , i wonder if you had seen wades shooting performance
    kobe cant get pass dwade anymore? yes i agree with that too , but kobe has his ways of getting a little bit of space between him and the defender to raise up and shoot. think through with what you’re saying look at the stats of the night !

    KOBE BRYANT DID NOT REACH 6TH PLACE IN THE ALL TIME SCORING LIST BY JUMPING UP AND DOWN -.-

  8. great88 says:

    Kobe is the face of the NBA and the best player in the world. So it is just natural that the media follows him. He really does not seek attention, but that’s the way it is. Media should have some story to tell…What can you do if Kobe is really a media magnet…

  9. turtle says:

    Miami Heat hasn’t proven anything yet. Only Heat swept the Lakers. But Heat was swept by Hornets, Mavericks, and Chicago. Soon Spurs, Boston and Denver will be added to that list.

  10. Miami Heat says:

    D Wade did a good job at Defending and shutting down Kobe. Tats what happens to Kobe when he faces SG of his caliber. All that practice is pointless Miami Heat All Day Everyday!!!

  11. Chris says:

    oh one last thing for you guys saying that Kobe only did the post game shoot around to get media attention, quit hating. there is no proof that he did that for attention, yet ya’ll accuse the man of media attention, we live in a country where your innocent till proven guilty, prove to me he wanted attention and please state facts not random shiznit you can think of, thank you

  12. Chris says:

    Kobe is old so yeah he can’t hang with the young’ns in the league. BUT to me KOBE is the greatest basketball player in the LEAGUE right now. Sure LeBron,Wade,Durant, can play but look at their age, Kobe has been doing work since 96′ and can still lace them up.Wade played exceptional defense on Kobe, but thats because Kobe is getting old so hes not as fast as he use to. People don’t hate one day your favorite player will get old and well lets just hope they had as much success as Kobe did.

  13. Dennis says:

    Kobe is a hard worker, perfects his craft I am not a fan of his but I give him credit, he is the best player in the league. This wasn’t about attention it was him using this as therapy after losing. Also he never blames his team mates you always hear him taking responsibility for his mistakes in games first and fore most then he might mention that the whole team basically didn’t play well. enough said now everybody get over it.

  14. Dwage better than kobe? says:

    hey LOL I cant think of a more lacking statement? so from 2 games you got your view that Dwade is better than Kobe? maybe the fact that Kobe in 30’s Dwade in prime? if you are stating that right now Dwade is better than KB……WOW you are a Miami fan right……or a hater still from Denver?
    KB had a bad night he went back to shoot out the bad taste the memories, his team lost how does that cover the fact up? if anything it showes he knows that and needed to imrove on somethings…….so stupid how ppl start the so so is better than so so over this.
    most of these post probly come from non bball players exept on xboxs and ps3’s oh and when does having an off night make sombody better than you? if so be it on that theory…..Dwade this season wouldnt be the best SG in NBA!!
    love the commitment KB showed after losing going back taking the shots he should made going over in his head the plays he should of made that is a champion!!

    • dwade nuff said says:

      dwade os 29 if im correct his prime was 06-08 bhut den again dat just shows how much betta den kobe he’s always ben bhut dah media always chose someone else

    • LOL says:

      @Dwage better than kobe?

      Yea thats right I said it. ANY IDIOT could see that DWade dominated KB in the 2 games they played this year. Sorry bout it. Your the blind Laker or KB fan, and thats ok, but theres alot of other people who see it the right way. You say KB had 2 bad games against him LMAO. YEA ya THINK? Cause D Wade played RIDICULOUS defense on him, THATS why.

      Umm how does he help cover the loss up? Gee by diverting media attention away by talking about his so called amazing work ethic lol. Yea cause tell ALL of us here how often you seee KB doin what he just did? Never thats how much. How come when he lost games before for the Lakers that he wasnt out on that court takin the shots? LOL He didnt need to. In his own mind he was still confident that his team was better than the other team. With Miami its not the case. He now has doubts as to if the Lakers are better than the Heat, and its bugging him BAD. He also knows he got dominated by the best 2 guard in the NBA now. These things MADE him have to go out and shoot for some therapy, thats it.

      Your statements are so lacking

  15. Freedom fighter says:

    Go NBA! Go Lakers! Go Kobe! but some of you kobe fans need a reality check.

  16. Freedom fighter says:

    Does it really matter if kobe scored 81 against clippers or toronto? u get the idea, they are both bottom dwellers and are last in the league and have been for the last 10 years. I’m not hating on Kobe if u had bothered to read my full comment before putting kobes beef stick in ur mouth u would see that I said “he is a great, great player, no doubt”. Im just tired of the double standards. Im tired of people saying Kobe cant do no wrong and he is not selfish. Why if he is not ARROGANT and SELFISH and wants to WIN does he try to get his teams best player at the time ( shaq) traded. When Shaq was the best player of the team and they rode him in the finals and I remember shaq scoring like 40 pts and 20 rbs in some of the final games. I mean jordan put up with rodman for the sake of championships. Maybe cos shaq was the better player and kobe couldn’t share the spot light. anyway I don’t hate kobe. I dont even know him. Im just sick of him being over hyped. I also LOVE LA but grow tired of kobe fans that are too blinded by hype to see the truth. Mr Kobe Chucker Bean Bryant. If the heat had lost, everyone would be saying they have no chance at the chip and questioning lebrons greatness. but when its kobe, then he is the man cos he throw some shots after losing. There team records are almost identical and the heat have only been together for just over half a season so “WORLD” the sky is not falling in Miami. im not even going to address “smit” as he has his head so far up kobes a$$, he is blind. Its hard to tell where kobe begins and where smit end. In fact I think it reminds kobe of that affair he had. Im not saying the heat are better then the lakers after half a season but they are just as good. What a season and what great teams there are playing at the moment. there is 5 or 6 teams that are title contendors.

  17. Tenki says:

    What Kobe should have done is to pay all those people running the facilities in South Beach overtime, even if the game didn’t go into overtime. If not, Kobe is a cheap player who want media publicity and talk about his ‘legacy’ and work ethics.

  18. lui.k says:

    Allen Iverson could learn something here… this is why kobe still dominates and he doesnt after so many years since their draft together. I mean working out in the off season is just a phenomenal trait of excellence that players today dont have..

  19. jUST DOIN HIS JOB says:

    funny how everything turns into a fight lol….Yes if Kobe wanted media time he can get that no problemo lol The media is everywhere , they follow the teams 24-7 sooo why would you not think the media was gonna be waiting around to see Kobe’s reaction to the lose?. And if Kobe is playing media games everybody bought into it so you gotta give him credit, I just doubt that he would wanna spend the energy on a road trip with a game a day away to play media games, I would think that like he said he isnt gonna get a good practice in on Friday and he wanted to fine tune hes shot plain and simple. I blame everybody else for blowing this up just like everything else in the NBA….Its the Media’s job to keep you guys hooked into the NBA and just like all television they will over HYPE AND MAKE ALOTTTA DRAMA JUST LIKE JERSEY SHORES LOL TO KEEP YOU GUYS HOOKED!, SO DONT BUY INTO IT. Kobe was just shooting tthe ball and doing his job. I am not even getting into this whos better stuff lol all of us will see at the end of the season who gets the ring and thats that .

  20. Celtic Pride says:

    Celtics are winning a title THIS year 100%

  21. Fastbreak says:

    Wonder why no one has mentioned the Heat’s respect in allowing this to happen. As Doc mentioned most teams would of quiet literally kicked him out after the game.

    I’m not a Kobe fan, and a Laker hater, and find it funny that I’m here defending him. However, Kobe is a great player and yes this one of the reasons why. Sure maybe it involved some publicity but I can’t believe that a guy who gets as much attention as Kobe needs more attention. Don’t forget guys, at the end of the day they are all just people…with emotions. From what I heard Kobe was really beating himself down when he was practicing, so I don’t think it was a media stunt.

    That day Kobe earned some respect, even amongst the haters. Not because he shot afterwards – many players do that probably. But because he is Kobe and did it. He knows he lost that game for them at the end even though he could of easily thrown blame on others, and it takes character to admit that kind of stuff, and this shows that it did bother him, and he is truly invested in being a great NBA player.

  22. TruthHurts says:

    First, who cares about Kobe shooting after the game…? Now he’s everyone’s darling until the playoffs start and they start losing and he takes every shot… He should’ve been shooting like that before the game and maybe he wouldn’t have shot so badly… Getting fouled or not he didn’t get fouled on every shot… He looked like a puppy and sounded like a Rat after the game about getting fouled. I’m sure Lebron and Wade and Cake Bosh got fouled also but stop complaining… By the way nice defense on Wade… The media is so shady. They dislike the guy one day then they love him…. Criticize him for shooting too much then praise him for taking shots after a loss?? Well played Kobe. Well played… And Ray Allen as much as I like him should have stayed after and shot as well…. He was awful… I don’t think you praise guys for practicing their craft… So what… Other people do the same things they just don’t have 20 idiot reporters watching….

  23. LB6 says:

    Kobe shooting after the game. Relentless? Dedicated? hmmm probably guilty coz he took many shots and didnt came down. probably what he needs to do is call out odom artest or somebody with him to practice passing the ball. hmmmm.. much better if he starts passing the ball to the open teammate rather than jacking up low percentage shots when the points are needed the most.

  24. ivy surles says:

    First off Ray Allen is my favorite player as for Kobe shooting after the game I thought it was great. He just does not like that he lost both meetings against the Heat and just wanted to shoot to get it off his mind. The Heat got away with lots of bad calls as well, Wade fouled Kobe twice down the stretch so let’s not read into the Lakers losing to the Heat because the Celtics will most definitely be in the. Finals!

  25. earthquake says:

    kobe cant believe why they lost to the heat once again, dont worry lakers miami will never pass eastern conference, lakers for 3 peat 100 percent sure

  26. T.J. says:

    The Lakers lose their 1st game since the All-Star Break & this is how Kobe reacts, that’s good to hear. There’re less than 20 games left in the regular season, playoff position is still in the air & Kobe knows it. Besides, no team want to enter the playoffs being inconsistent to end the season.

    • LOL says:

      YEA RIGHT! I agree with these other people its simply to turn the attention AWAY from his teams 0-2 season to the Heat, and his terrible game. I think in the back of his mind it is because he now knows that D Wade is BETTER than him. Wade is now the best 2 guard in the NBA. He has thoroughly outplayed KB in both games while having a more impressive game hisself. He knows all of KB’s moves, is quicker and stronger, more agile, more athletic, and has a better overall game. Sure, KB will still hit some tough shots, but Wade is THE BEST 2 Guard in the NBA.

      THIS is what left a sour taste in KB’s mouth. I think this game woke him up that Wade is now better than him. MJ would do this after almost every game, not just the RARE game by KB.

      Cause comeon KB fans, TELL EVERYONE how many times this season there have been a story of KB staying over after a game to work on his shot? ABSOLUTELY ZERO. LOL. Its funny you act like he does it all the time.

      NO he DOESN’T

      Simply as the other guys said, this was done to divert media attention away from his teams loss and from him being DOMINATED by Mr. Dwayne Wade.

      TOO BAD KB, even you can’t defeat Father Time.

      • T.J. says:

        I didn’t leave the comment as if Kobe does it all the time. If D-Wade left a bad taste in Kobe’s mouth & shooting after games helps him, so be it. I just left a comment based on the article. I can honestly say that I like both players so one outplaying the other doesn’t bother me. For all both of us know, this article could have been created to downplay the fact that Miami got a huge win to break the losing streak & break the Lakers’ winning streak.

  27. Pido says:

    I am a Heat fan and somewhat a Kobe-hater (due to the fact that he is trying to surpass MJ). But it is clear that there is a stark contrast on how the superstars of each team react on their teams losses. On one hand, you have Miami, who after losses would cry and sulk to the world and how happy the world is with their team losing (I ,for one, am not part of the statistic). On the other hand, you have Kobe who after a disappointing loss stood up, moved on and improved himself. That for me, earns respect. It is what Champions are made of- the ability to get up and constantly improve themselves.

  28. ROB says:

    I don’t understand those people who always criticize the Miami Heat.. It seems they don’t wanna accept that those 3 amazing superstars can beat and smash the heads of those guys in L.A. team.. it doesn’t matter if its a regular season game, playoffs, whatsoever..if you loose, then accept it,.go to school and train hard like the Black Mamba did after the game.. We’ve all noticed that D-Wade can definitely guard Kobe down the stretch, knowing that Wade is shorter than Kobe.. If Lebron James was the one guarding him, do you think Kobe can still score? i don’t think so.. CB also stepped up in that game.. i saw the usual CB4 up in Toronto.. I don’t agree with Phil’s statement, saying that the Heat are just playing like an XBox thing or whatever..LBJ is averaging almost 10 assists per game. People must know how to acknowledge the fact that the Miami Heat is in a great position to win multiple championships.. LETS GO HEAT!!!

  29. ayedgaf says:

    kobe dropped 62 points agasint mavs, in THREE QUARTERS and did not play at all @ fourth, guess what that was when mavs were top 3 in the league !

  30. ray allen fan says:

    yay I get to see Ray Allen for the first time ever this monday vs the nets…should be a good game! Shouts to kobe shooting them extra shots…I wish gilbert would join him so he could be agent zero again lol.

  31. jdq says:

    champion admiring another champion… that is the reason why i love the lakers and celtics… that is how true champions are made of… learning to keep quiet and just try to master the game of basketball… they try to improve their skill and do not cry in the locker room…

  32. ALL TIME GREATS says:

    It is amazing how much Kobe works on his game. It is also amazing how many bricks he throws with that 46% lifetime fg%.
    Kobe’s accuracy compared to the All Time Greats of the game is very telling. Michael Jordan had many years when his fg% was well over 50% which is unheard of for a guard. Even Wade has a nearly 50% fg% right now and that is very uncommon for a guard in this league.

  33. Smit says:

    @ Freedom Fighter. First of all Kobe scored the 81 points against Toronto and not the Clippers you idiot. If your going to make a point at least have your facts straight. That tells me you really have no idea of what type of player Kobe is. You probably only get to see him play when he comes to your town and hits a game winning shot against your team. Anybody that says Shaq won the 3 rings for Kobe is pretty stupid. Living in Los Angeles I have been following the Lakers since the early 80s. During the 2000-2003 dynasty Kobe actually had to bail the Lakers out repeatedly because Shaq was a liability in the end of games. Shaq could not hit free throws and Phil was forced to take him out many times when the game was on the line. If you go back and watch the games Shaq was fed the ball early in games but Phil trusted Kobe with the ball in the 4th quarter to close out games. Which is why Jerry Buss decided to keep Kobe instead of Shaq. Add up the rings: Shaq-4, Kobe-5, Wade-1, Lebron-0.

    • DW3_FOR_MVP says:

      There was a nice article written recently about how Kobe is perhaps the last person you would want with the ball in his hands when your team is tied or down by 3 or less with less than 24 seconds to play. Statistically he is horrible at it, mainly because to go with his 116 field goal attempts (He made a little over 30 of those attempts) in those clutch moments (at the time of the article) he has ONE ASSIST!!! Pass the ball Kobe! The point is, I highly doubt that this gentleman has seen Kobe Bryant hit a game winner against his team at home. Nor has he seen the Lakers beat his team in a game where the Lakers were tied or down at the end, because Kobe doesn’t pass in the clutch moments regardless of who’s surrounding him and he himself really isn’t that clutch. If you don’t believe me, google it. I have the article hanging on my wall. I use it to teach my students the difference between perceived greatness and actual greatness. Oh and one more thing, the Lakers were given a trip to the 2002 NBA Finals by the referees. They never should have gotten past the Kings in the WCF, but the series was rigged. The referee currently in prison for rigging games would be happy to tell you all about it. Kobe’s 5 rings should have an asterisk just like Barry Bonds’ home run record. Cheating is cheating. I know Kobe didn’t do the cheating, but he doesn’t deserve the rewards from a rigged series that the Kings OBVIOUSLY DOMINATED either. Seriously, watch the film from those 7 games, it is disgusting to watch if you’re a fan of seeing fair basketball. He only has 4 rings in my book. Also, Freedom fighter not knowing who Kobe scored 81 against doesn’t correlate to him not knowing about Kobe as a player. That is a fallacy in logic, there is no real correlation there, so perhaps you shouldn’t be calling him the idiot. You can google logical fallacies too. It’s interesting stuff. Just note that I have seen Kobe play more games than I care to remember (the shots he takes make me sick to watch) and know all about what type of player he is, but I had no idea who he scored his 81 against. Just an example of the fallacy in your logic.

      • DWADE STINKS says:

        DUDE LOOK AT DWADE’s STAT LINE at crunch time this season! 1-7 is not good AT ALL. Plus, do you remember last season when Kobe was one of the clutchest in the fourth after hitting seven gamewinners!!!

      • tata says:

        In a recent poll of NBA GM’s the overwhelming majority of them would want Kobe taking the last shot.

      • Ok says:

        If we are gonna play that game we might as well bring up the 2006 NBA Finals where D_WADE after being down 2-0 magically starts averaging 18.25 fouls shots a game. Just because i know you are gonna fact check I saved you some time by doing it myself. In the total series there were 112 free throws attempted by the maverick starters. D-Wade shot 97 total free throws by himself. The four games after the Mavericks dominated the Heat D-Wade attempted 73 of those 97 free throws and the Mavericks attempted 79 of( god i hope i get this right) “THEIRS” as a team. Thats how I got the 18.25. In the first two games D-Wade shot 24 total. I think you can kinda see where im going with this, but if your having trouble i will make it simple The MAVS were Cheated without a question more widely believed than any other chamionship you can think of. The numbers don’t lie find a finals series where the foul count is that way off and you start bringing up some bulls championships.

  34. Justin from Cerritos says:

    Man I am a big time Kobe fan…but gotta give Allen and the Doc some RESPECT..They all know what true winners are, not like those clowns from South l3it<H…!!!

    • IDK says:

      true true! I have a lot of respect for Kobe. I admire his dedication. MVP!!!! The heat will never win a ring!

    • LOL says:

      LOL FUNNY how those CLOWNS beat the 2 time defending champions BOTH times they played this YEAR. Yea their some real clowns aint they?

      HAHAHAHAH

      Love the H8rs!

      • tata says:

        Regular season wins are like kissing your sister. Frenchy will never get a ring.

      • LOL says:

        @TATA

        Dude your absolutely RIDICULOUS. You know for a FACT if the Lakers won you would be ALL ABOUT how much the Heat suck and if they met the Lakers they would lose LOL

        Your one of THOSE fans that when YOUR team loses to another team, then regular season wins dont mean anything, but when your team WINS they are far superior.

        Just hatin. Pathetic.

  35. Antav says:

    Some always claim Kobe is arrogant and use it as an excuse to “hate” him. But Kobe is not arrogant, Kobe is winner and wants to win at all costs. His issues with Shaq, Bynum, management…etc was about their lack of commitment to winning in Kobe’s eye’s, and he was right about Shaq and Bynum at the time.

    Kobe is a basketball geek and one of the most dedicated athletes ever! He’s always worked on his game and it’s said he has maybe the toughest work ever, some call it 666 “6hrs a day, 6 days a week, 6 months a year”.

    Kobe say’s very little in the media but does get frustrated at times with lesser motivated players, and people erroneously view it as arrogance, no, he wants to win. As far as comparison’s to Jordan, never heard Kobe do anything but give MJ props and say comparisons shouldn’t be made, yet Kobe gets hate for that too.

    For the record MJ was much more arrogant and egotistical than Kobe, in the real sense of the words, which he displayed again at his hall of fame speech.

    • LOL says:

      MJ has a right to arrogance as the Greatest Of ALL TIME Antav. You didnt live during MJ’s prime so dont even try to compare you know NOTHING about the GOAT.

      • tata says:

        Where were you when Wilt averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game for the WHOLE SEASON??

      • LOL says:

        @TATA

        Pleeeease. Back then Wilt towered over everyone and was spoonfed the ball most everyone knows this. Wilt was a force yes, but his 50.4 and 25.7 against far inferior athletes compared to the past couple generations, does not get him a nod as the greatest ever, sorry.

  36. Rye.GuitarGOD says:

    i SALUTE you KOBE! still the best player until now..

  37. Freedom fighter says:

    Typical Kobe blaming his bigs for the loss instead of saying I took ridiculous ill advised shots at the end of the game and lost it

    • LOL says:

      @TATA

      You sound like an immature kid constantly complaining about the refs..there were plenty of bad calls BOTH ways just like there is EVERY game. Heat fans have to deal with it to in their close 1 to 5 point losses theyve had lately. So no excuses the Lakers got HANDLED yet again by a superior Heat team that doesnt even have their best post defender and rebounder yet LOL

      ANd the Lakers STILL got outrebounded by 9!! lol

  38. Freedom fighter says:

    If the heat had lost, everyone would have been all over lebron. Lakers lose and people still ride kobes pony. He is a great, great player. NO DOUBT! But that alien head dude takes way to many shots trying to better Jordan. Jordan still averaged more points on less shots. That 81 pt game against the leagues worst CLIPPERS says everything. How many assists did he have? not many i bet. Jordan scored 63 in a playoff game against the eventual champs of that year(boston). Way more impressive. Lets face it Kobe lovers Kobe got his first 3 rings on Shaqs back. Everybody knows that. Then Shaq went and won with D Wade. Thats wat u get for breaking up a dynasty Kobe. Heat and Lakers records are pretty similar(1 win difference I think). which is pretty impressive considering the heat have only been together for just over half a season and the lakers have been together for like 3 or 4 seasons. Kobe will probably pass jordan on the all time scores list but only because he was in the nba at the age of 18 and didnt go play baseball for 2 seasons and is wat we call a CHUCKER. Kobe great player but not the best in the league. Most over rated.

    • Francisco says:

      You can say whatever you want. But, do not say Kobe just got 3 rings because of the who and the what. MJ had 4 all stars on his team too. So ? Kobe isn’t better than MJ, i mean, its gonna be hard to surpass such greatness. I will keep an eye on some players like KDurant and DRose though. Either way, im gonna keep this conversation on topic. What matters is, Kobe is the best player of this decade, and that’s a proven fact. And he will be on the top 10 best players of all time, without a doubt. I’m a Laker fan since i was a kid, true, true. Allen Iverson and Kobe are the ones that i follow all the time. I guess we’ll just see how good the Lakers are going to get the rest of the year.

  39. Freedom fighter says:

    If the heat had lost, everyone would have been all over lebron. Lakers lose and people still ride kobes c # $ *. He is a great, great player. NO DOUBT! But that alien head dude takes way to many shots trying to better Jordan. Jordan still averaged more points on less shots. That 81 pt game against the leagues worst CLIPPERS says everything. How many assists did he have? not many i bet. Jordan scored 63 in a playoff game against the eventual champs of that year(boston). Way more impressive. Lets face it Kobe lovers Kobe got his first 3 rings on Shaqs back. Everybody knows that. Then Shaq went and won with D Wade. Thats wat u get for breaking up a dynasty Kobe. Heat and Lakers records are pretty similar(1 win difference I think). which is pretty impressive considering the heat have only been together for just over half a season and the lakers have been together for like 3 or 4 seasons. Kobe will probably pass jordan on the all time scores list but only because he was in the nba at the age of 18 and didnt go play baseball for 2 seasons and is wat we call a CHUCKER. Kobe great player but not the best in the league.

    • Get It Right says:

      1) Those 81 points were against the Raptors, not the Clips and he had two assists. How does that diminish the fact he scored 81?

      2) They were losing and his 81 helped the Lakers win the game.

      3) When MJ scored that 63, Bulls lost. Both Jordan and Kobe would tell you that 81 and a win > 63 and a loss.

      4) Why did you bring up Jordan? I didnt see anyone in here say Kobe > Jordan. Sounds like you just want to hate.

      • DW3_FOR_MVP says:

        Yeah, the Bulls lost that game…in triple overtime, against one of the greatest teams ever assembled: the 1986 Boston Celtics. That’s a pretty large difference from the who-gives-a-&*^% Raptors. And Kobe’s team might not have been losing if he didn’t CHUCK every time he touches the ball. And Jordan is brought up because Kobe has made it obvious since day one that he wants to be Michael Jordan. Everybody wants to compare him to Jordan. But it has to be noted that Jordan is on a completely different level from Kobe what’s-his-name. Kobe rode Shaq, then Gasol and crew to his 5 titles. Game 7 last year proved it. Kobe was the Celtics best player in that game, but the rest of the Lakers managed to overcome his lack of passing/defense/////////everything but chucking. D-Wade showed everyone last night who the best player in the league is. Kobe couldn’t guard him. Kobe couldn’t score on him. And if you look at their stats, D-Wade is even better on paper. He just prefers to stay out of the limelight and out of whores’ pants, and therefore doesn’t get near the media attention. Oh yeah, and his GM doesn’t provide him with the best surrounding cast in the league every year. But there is not question, if you disagree go watch the last summer olympics, Dwyane Wade is the best player in the world. Kobe’s ego will just have to find a way to deal…

      • Sammy says:

        First of all DW3_FOR_MVP, ur wrong. Second of all, I’m a Heat fan so just listen to what I have to say:
        Kobe is better than Dwyane Wade (look I even spelled his name right to prove I’m a Heat Fan and that I love DWADE). But, sadly, facts are facts, and Kobe is a better player. You have to respect Kobe for what he did against the Rpators in 2006 because he had no team back then. That was the season when he avergaed 36 PPG. And yes, he had many 50+ point games that season only because he needed to lift some weight right after Shaq left. Come on dude, u know DWADE used to CHUCK shots when LeBron and Bosh were not there. He had to CHUCK them because he really didn’t have any reliable players when he first entered the Heat. And even with Shaq, Dwyane was their main threat.

    • LOL says:

      Hell yea Freedom Fighter your right on bro!! Nuff said with that ish right there! lol

      Get it Right??. LMAO. Jordans 63 AND 69 will ALWAYS be better than KB’s 81. Sorry bout it!

      DW3_FOR_MVP :

      Dude your absolutely right I said it too. Wade has now proved BOTH games against the Lakers that he is BETTER than KB and is now the BEST 2 Guard in the NBA, bar none

      • tata says:

        Wade couldn’t touch Kobe in his prime. Get back to me when Wade cracks the top ten all time scoring list.

        Jordan is Jordan and Kobe is Kobe. Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50.4ppg and 25.7rpg in 1961-62. Bill Russell had 11 championships. There is no way to compare them. The best thing is to enjoy watching one of the greatest ever while he is playing. The others are gone, but Kobe plays on.

      • LOL says:

        @TATA

        Wade prime for prime is better than KB all day sorry bout it. And Gee Wade WILL crack the top ten list, and wonder why he hasnt? Well KB has how many more seasons than Wade, about 7 or 8 LOL. Gee no wonder huh? KB old

        I already watched everything that KB has done in the previous generation with MJ, dont need to watch KB. Everything he does we have all seen before, or anyone who has watched MJ would know this. Sure KB’s a great player, but far from one of the greatest ever.

  40. lawrence says:

    wow, that’s why kobe is the man. I’m so inspired of the work ethic Kobe shows to us. Unlike the three KIDS in South Bich when they lose, they cry.

    • LOL says:

      KB has CRIED MANY times in his career. Your obviously too young and too much of a KB homer to know that. He went shooting after game to divert media attention away from his terrible game along with his teams 0-2 season to the Heat. Nuff said.

      • tata says:

        He felt like shooting. He couldn’t care less about Miami. The Lakers often lose to teams they won’t see in the playoffs.

    • LOL says:

      @TATA

      Sure, he FELT like shooting, to DIVERT MEDIA ATTENTION AWAY from his terrible game and one that again proved both the Heat are a superior team and that D Wade has taken the mantle of best 2 Guard in the NBA from KB.

      SORRY bout it. He cares ALOT about Miami, he cant STAND that they get all of the attention they do because hes an egomaniac. Too bad for KB hes past his prime and Father Time has already taken his legs and is in the process of taking his overall game too.

      Just deal with it everyone has to get old.

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  42. VJ, name one Mega-Star that isn’t or wasn’t arrogant and self-centered. Most people love Jordan, but have no idea that he was an arrogant butt-hole…..the most arrogant! The media loved him and kept a lot of his personal ways away from the world. Just appreciate the man skills and leave it at that!!!!

  43. N.O. says:

    thats why ray allen and kobe byrant are the best in the business

  44. Jmc says:

    I’m not a Kobe fan but i really respect the dedication and his work for his craft. Players in this generation don’t do what Allen or Kobe does.

  45. bj says:

    that’s why kobe has come to what he is now….

  46. VJ says:

    Great work ethics but still the most arrogant,self centered basketball player of all time.

    • LA says:

      Arrogant ha, you dont know what your talking about he has 5 rings, you dont get 5 rings being self centered dont confuse it with confidence, you loser

      • Sammy says:

        He’s not arrogant at all! He’s dedicated to the game. That’s why the Lakers are going to the Finals this year; because of their mentality and dedication. Sorry Miami, but running home to party after the game just proves why you guys have a 3-6 record after the all-star break. Oh, and just to clarify, I AM NOT A HATER! I actually do like the Heat and watch their games but I don’t like their dedication.

    • Mckaeyn says:

      True, makes you think if this is about work ethic, I think it’s actually about getting camera shots and all of this overrated columns, posts and articles. If anyone truly thinks that Kobe doesn’t has the media coverage in mind at all, then they’re underestimating the mischiefs that come with being in the league for fifteen years. Bottom line is, this move by Kobe is not as motivated by work ethic but by arrogance and the desire to move the spotlight away from his team loss to the Heat.

      • kobe_24 says:

        i totally agree, Kobe only wants the attention, the drama that this will bring, to turn media away from the fact that he committed 2 turnovers, missed 3 shots in the final minute, and yeah, that his Lakers were swept by the Heat this season. And moreso, that DWade has his number all night, Kobe can’t guard Wade now, and surely Kobe can’t get past Wade’s defense. Nice try Kobe, it’s good to know though that there are people like us who really knows the score and the motives behind things being done for display

      • nick says:

        it amazes me how many haters there are…kobe has no other gym to go to but has a bad taste left in his mouth over a bad game and so he takes to the floor that was probably a hundred feet away from the locker room u queers…it has nothing to do with media attention or anything other sh*t thing u can make in your mind its about him being the best and doing what it takes to win a championshipe…something very, very few superstars (or any players) are willing to do…if you cant see that than you are obviously blind…and a queer

      • nate says:

        Please, if kobe want to gets some attention over this regular season game, he would be calling out press conferences, telling them how his team mates cry in the locker room. Yeah, that would be a media whore………

      • LOL says:

        @Nick

        No hatin here buddy. I agree with these other people its simply to turn the attention AWAY from his teams 0-2 season to the Heat, and his terrible game. I think in the back of his mind it is because he now knows that D Wade is BETTER than him. Wade is now the best 2 guard in the NBA. He has thoroughly outplayed KB in both games while having a more impressive game hisself. He knows all of KB’s moves, is quicker and stronger, more agile, more athletic, and has a better overall game. Sure, KB will still hit some tough shots, but Wade is THE BEST 2 Guard in the NBA.

        THIS is what left a sour taste in KB’s mouth. I think this game woke him up that Wade is now better than him. MJ would do this after almost every game, not just the RARE game by KB.

        Cause comeon KB fans, TELL EVERYONE how many times this season there have been a story of KB staying over after a game to work on his shot? ABSOLUTELY ZERO. LOL. Its funny you act like he does it all the time.

        NO he DOESN’T

        Simply as the other guys said, this was done to divert media attention away from his teams loss and from him being DOMINATED by Mr. Dwayne Wade.

        TOO BAD KB, even you can’t defeat Father Time.

      • tata says:

        If they called the foul when Wade grabbed Kobe’s arm with 45 seconds left it would be a different story. Apparently, Adolph Stern has scripted the season. Griffin-ROTY, Rose-MVP, Lakers-CHAMPIONS, Miami-gets to sweep Lakers. I guess it works out for everyone. :)

      • Jesse W says:

        Well, if all Kobe wanted was attention – he got it! No one asked those cameramen to stay around. Kobe was doing his thing and they wanted a chance to see the best perfecting his craft.

      • tata says:

        I doubt that the future all-time leading scorer is craving attention. He could just as easily snap his fingers and have 10 reporters lining up. At least when Kobe gets some press it is for working harder to improve his game. Frenchy “Le”Bron is in the news because of what bar he intends to show up at on St Patrick’s Day. Great press, Frenchy.

      • LOL says:

        TATA

        absoulutely NO foul on Wades CLEAN BLOCK AGAIN on KB. Sorry bout it. Its NOT about him being the best. He hasnt dont that ALL year he simply is soooo egotistical instead of the media talking about how the Heat swept the Lakers this season he wanted them talking about his work ethic. BOTTOM LINE.

        Real people read through all the BS.

        Lakers Champs? HAHA Please.

      • Pete says:

        @TATA

        Future all time leading scorer? Please. Yea ok KB has to average 25 ppg for the next 6 years…yea thats really gonna happen LOL You already see Father Time beatin on his door more and more every passing day. Your in a big fantasy land of your own, and you can stay there where you feel safe and secure.

  47. Proctor says:

    “And it’s why their still in the league 15 years after they were drafted.”

    • Sammy says:

      And these comments right here show the importance of agood education and hwy it is necessary to go to college.

      • Sammy says:

        sorry I meant why* and THERE should be a space between “a” and “good” just in case some smart-aleck comes to reply.

      • lynchcrew says:

        I would hope you learn about contractions in grade school and perfect their use in HS. If you are getting taught this stuff in college then I hope you aren’t going into debt for that degree cause they’re teaching you elementary school lessons.

  48. Writing says:

    In case I wasn’t clear, here’s the sentence in question: And it’s why their still in the league 15 years after they were drafted.

  49. Writing says:

    You need to learn the difference between “their” and “they’re.”

  50. Fact Not Fiction says:

    That’s nothing new to me. Maybe on an away court like Allen said but shooting around after a game is something that I’ve heard and seen pleanty of players do. But anyway I still think it’s great work ethic. As for Doc rivers, bold words from the team that got mopped up by the Clippers and we’ll see what happens come playoffs cause I bet you that Celtics ain’t going to the finals.

    • Kel says:

      I have a hard time believing the Celtics aren’t going to the finals. All teams lose games, even bad ones. To be fair, the Celtics have a lot of injuries and are integrating new players into their system. But they never use it as an excuse. They still are upset with every loss they get ,which isn’t very many. They’re what? Like 47-17?

  51. monica murray says:

    That is one of the reasons kobe is my all time favorite player, and its the reason he is the world greatest.

  52. Jason says:

    It’s so emotional to see a great player just go back and work on his game. What I like about him is that he doesn’t stop, he’s been in the league for 15 years and he understands that he’s not the best. He understands what it’s like to lose and win.

  53. Tridanny says:

    Wow, I gotta say im always extremely impressed with how relentless kobe is about his goals. He’s completely focused and completely driven.

    That being said, it does surprise me that this doesnt happen more often. If i was coaching a team and felt that there where things that needed to be done, then and there would be a great opportunity. It drives dedication. If theyll train then, then theyll train harder during the day.

  54. Quincy says:

    I’ve never done that but that was a rather interesting move. Kobe working after a game. Its inspiring.