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08:04 AM ET 12.01 | Kobe Bryant is happier now. Slightly. Maybe. He was in an angry mood at Thursday's practice, calling out his teammates for not being tough enough in games, The Times has learned. It wasn't a long rant, maybe half a minute, but he left practice in a hurry, stalking off the court toward the end of it, irritated that the first team had lost to the reserves several times. He knocked some items off a table at midcourt on his way to the locker room and did not talk to reporters who were let in after his outburst. "It was worth seeing," said a person at Lakers practice that day. Maybe it worked. The energized Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets, 122-103, Friday at Staples Center. Bryant's message wasn't light. It contained expletives and hammered at the same theme. The Lakers should not be playing this poorly. Everyone needed to be stronger emotionally and physically.

Los Angeles Times

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December 1, 2012  08:25 AM ET

Kobe is full of himself in the guise of self promoting granduer, slamming items at a midcourt table laced with expletives in the name of getting teammates attention. This sort of self promotion is only for the public at large, it for us to believe that he has this uncontained and passionate desire to win above his teammates and that somehow if he displays this raw emotion is will serve as an inspiration to get his teammates to play better. Problem is when his bush league **** don't show up in Finals, particularly game sevens, it is his teammates who are bailing out his selfserving pompus ****. He names his self the "Black Mamba" but doesn't display the characteristics of one. When a Black Mamba is cornered (game sevens) it becomes one of the most dangerous and relentless creatures the world has ever known, ala Mike/Bird. This very rare display of aggression is quite simply never displayed(game sevens) by this self proclaimed (Black Mamba) pompus prick! Kobe stop it, stop it, we've seen enough of your fradulentism......its not believeable, not at all! Apple, and I'm out.

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December 1, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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*3 guys with 8 assists.Kobe, Duhon and Pau.

Lakers bench scored half the points, I don't think I would expect this very often.....if ever

December 1, 2012  09:10 AM ET
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Kobe is full of himself in the guise of self promoting granduer, slamming items at a midcourt table laced with expletives in the name of getting teammates attention. This sort of self promotion is only for the public at large, it for us to believe that he has this uncontained and passionate desire to win above his teammates and that somehow if he displays this raw emotion is will serve as an inspiration to get his teammates to play better. Problem is when his bush league **** don't show up in Finals, particularly game sevens, it is his teammates who are bailing out his selfserving pompus ****. He names his self the "Black Mamba" but doesn't display the characteristics of one. When a Black Mamba is cornered (game sevens) it becomes one of the most dangerous and relentless creatures the world has ever known, ala Mike/Bird. This very rare display of aggression is quite simply never displayed(game sevens) by this self proclaimed (Black Mamba) pompus prick! Kobe stop it, stop it, we've seen enough of your fradulentism......its not believeable, not at all! Apple, and I'm out.

Sometimes he shoots bad (game sevens), but even if he is shooting bad (game sevens) through the entire game (game sevens), it usually is a game with impressive defense on both sides (game sevens) and were almost everyone is shooting bad (game savens), and even though, he manages to help doing things like grabbing 15 rebounds (game sevens) or begin making shots for an impressive comeback (game sevens) leading all scorers in that quarter (game sevens). Also, sometimes he may go on all-around games of 30-10-7 (game sevens) and maybe even lead one of the most impressive comebacks in Playoffs history (game sevens) with some all-around performance (game sevens). 4-1 record (game sevens).

P.S: (Game sevens)

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December 1, 2012  09:24 AM ET

McGee and Igouadala are gonna be on this week's Shaq'tin a Fool for missing those dunks

December 1, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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Jamison exploded coming off the bench.

Unfortunately, the Lakers cannot count on many consistent games from Jamison

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December 1, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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Sometimes he shoots bad (game sevens), but even if he is shooting bad (game sevens) through the entire game (game sevens), it usually is a game with impressive defense on both sides (game sevens) and were almost everyone is shooting bad (game savens), and even though, he manages to help doing things like grabbing 15 rebounds (game sevens) or begin making shots for an impressive comeback (game sevens) leading all scorers in that quarter (game sevens). Also, sometimes he may go on all-around games of 30-10-7 (game sevens) and maybe even lead one of the most impressive comebacks in Playoffs history (game sevens) with some all-around performance (game sevens). 4-1 record (game sevens).P.S: (Game sevens)

Did you create tha stat?.....30-10-7....prove it.......in what NBA Finals game seven has he ever recorded those numbers?

Wake up outta that dream will ya? You are trying to be comical, but its not funny,.......and its also not real!

PS....those 15 rebounds were not as a result of a concerted effort either. He didn't focus and say I'm having a bad game shooting so I'll concentrate on getting rebounds, no he kept chucking and collect those rebounds as a result of long rebounds (3 or 4) and Perkins not playing. Gasol had 21 & 13 that game .......why is it that thats not mentioned?

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December 1, 2012  10:06 AM ET

Last night was a great game, again this will be a roller coaster. They will have really bad games to play great on another few. Only when Nash comes back in full health we can really judge how the whole team will perform under D'umbtoni leadership.
Looking forward to this.

December 1, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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No team ever does. Even your Heat look for the hot hands to help on a night to night basis. Sometimes it's Rashard, sometimes Ray Ray...etc.That's pretty normal and not specific to the Lakers in spite of what you want to imply. :-)

Damn. you even have a grasp of the Lakers bench now. MMA, your transformation is complete. You will be sucking blood out of the Spurs and Thunder fans like DJ before you know it. Just stay away from daylight, garlic and Orlando Magic games. They will give you a bad reaction.

December 1, 2012  10:26 AM ET

Time To Earn Your Pay, Bros.

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December 1, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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I like when players give a sheet.as a fan- it is the ONLY thing we can ask/expect out of them

That was all Kobe just putting on a show for the cameras. He's a drama King.

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December 1, 2012  10:38 AM ET

good morning all

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