The players want NBA officials to treat them with respect, so in turn should treat officials with respect. Kobe Bryant gets a lot of rope because he is Kobe Bryant, but he crosses the line here.
The truth of the matter is Kobe like most star players whine and complain way too much to the officials. They never commit a foul and they always are fouled.
Granted a lot of the technical fouls they receive are borderline at best and the a lot of NBA officials are on an ego trip, but you can’t be using this type of language if you are Kobe Bryant.
Here is what went down last night while the Lakers beat the Spurs “B” team.
Apparently Kobe was upset with his fourth foul call during Tuesday night’s game against the Spurs, and when he complained to the ref about what he deemed a bad call, Bryant got T’d up. So Phil Jackson made him take a seat, and rightly so, seeing that Kobe picked up his fourth foul with about six minutes left in the third quarter.
The TNT cameraman followed Kobe to the bench, where he threw a towel in disgust, before calling out to someone on the floor, and then dropping the gay slur…with the camera still squarely focused on Bryant. You don’t have to be an expert lip reader to realize exactly what Kobe had said, which will make it all the more difficult for the Lakers guard to deny, deny, deny.
This isn’t unusual, but you have to be aware that the camera is always on you. If you are Kobe Bryant especially, you can’t get away with that.
Kobe is probably the most intense basketball player on the planet, but sometimes that temper gets the best of him. Angry Kobe has to be under control, it is when he loses control he goes into gunner mode and that isn’t beneficial for the Lakers.
SMARTEN UP BEAN