Kobe Bryant Has A Hilarious Kwame Brown Story To Tell Us (Video)
Kobe Bryant was never fond of any of his Los Angeles Lakers teammates heading into the 2007-08 season. Among those who Kobe didn’t think highly of was 2001 first overall draft pick, Kwame Brown, who struggled to develop confidence and transform himself into the NBA star many thought he would be when he came out of high school.
During a recent visit to the University of California, Santa Barbara, Kobe spoke about Kwame’s lack of confidence, as he provided students with an interesting story about an event that occurred during a game in 2008 against the Detroit Pistons, the day before Brown was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Pau Gasol.
Here is the video, You can check out the transcript below it. And just so you know, the Lakers would go on to lose to the Celtics in the NBA Finals that year.
“I got to say, it was tough doing it that year. I was playing with guys, God bless them, but Kwame Brown. Smush Parker. We had one game right before.. And by the way, what I say here, I say directly to them. See what I’m saying? I don’t talk behind people’s back. Things that I say to you, I’m comfortable saying this to them and I’ve said this to them…
“But like, the game before we traded for Pau, were playing Detroit and I had like 40 points towards the end of the game. This is back when Detroit had Rasheed [Wallace], Chauncey [Billups] and those guys, so we had no business being in the game. So down the stretch of the game, they put in a box and one. So I’m surrounded by these players, Detroit players, and Kwame is under the basket, all by himself. Literally, like all by himself. So I pass him the ball, he bobbled it and it goes out of bounds.
“So we go back to the timeout and I’m pissed, right? He goes, ‘I was wide open.’ ‘Yeah, I know.’ This is how I’m talking to him, like, during the game. I said, ‘You’re going to be open again, Kwame, because Rasheed is just totally ignoring you.’ He said, ‘Well, if I’m open, don’t throw it to me.’ I was like, ‘Huh?’ He said, ‘Don’t throw it to me.’ I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, well, ‘I’m nervous. If I catch it and they foul me, I won’t make the free throws.’ I said, ‘Hell no!’ I go to Phil [Jackson], I said, ‘Hey Phil, take him out of the game.’ He’s like, ‘Nah, let him figure it out.’
So, we lose the game, I go the locker room, I’m steaming. Steaming! I’m furious. Then, finally I get a call. They said, ‘You know what, we got something that’s happening with Pau.’ I was like, ‘Alright. Cool.’
“So the first game with Pau, I slip him the ball and he catches it. I’m like, ‘Oh Yes!’ And me makes the shot. So I’m running back to the timeout and I’m screaming and I’m like jumping on Pau’s back, thinking ‘Booyah I got someone that can play.’ That’s what I had to deal with the whole year.”
Hat Tip – [The Basketball Jones]