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Kobe Bryant didn't tell team he was headed to Germany for surgery

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05:43 PM ET 10.06 | Kobe Bryant and Mike D'Antoni have had an interesting relationship. Kobe idolized D'Antoni when Mike played in Italy professionally, where Bryant grew up. After Mike Brown was fired early last season, Bryant had said publicly that he wanted Phil Jackson. After D'Antoni was hired, he seemed on board with the decision. Now, reports have come out that say Bryant checked himself in and out of games, and that he wasn't on board with his style of play. When Kobe was injured during the playoffs, he tweeted critical things about how they were playing, and D'Antoni called him "just a fan." During Media Day, Kobe came out and said that he didn't really think they should be playing Mike D'Antoni's style. Kobe left for Germany to get treatment on his knee and apparently he didn't bother to tell his coach

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October 6, 2013  10:13 PM ET

If an employee goes AWOL without even communicating, then he can be suspended or be placed on loss of pay. If Lakers have the balls, then do it. Otherwise just shut your pie-hole and move on.

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October 7, 2013  03:14 AM ET

Hope the Germany therapy helps Kobe recover quicker because I'd like to see him play for a couple of more years.

October 7, 2013  09:42 AM ET

This Is Your Last Dance, Bro.

October 7, 2013  10:32 AM ET
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DA's days are numbered... Now, reports have come out that say Bryant checked himself in and out of games, and that he wasn't on board with his style of play. When Kobe was injured during the playoffs, he tweeted critical things about how they were playing, and D'Antoni called him "just a fan." During Media Day, Kobe came out and said that he didn't really think they should be playing Mike D'Antoni's style.

LOL, EEA, you are worse than an old women!!! Starting rumors, huh??? :-)

October 7, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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If an employee goes AWOL without even communicating, then he can be suspended or be placed on loss of pay. If Lakers have the balls, then do it. Otherwise just shut your pie-hole and move on.

ESPN, Kobe didn't go AWOL!!!! DA knew he was going to Germany and besides Kobe told the team's long-time trainer, Gary Vitti that he was going to Germany for treatment.

October 7, 2013  12:36 PM ET

Why would he when the Lakers have been allowing him to run things for the last 8 years. This isn't news, or news worth. ComeOn Man

October 7, 2013  09:40 PM ET

Prima Donna exposed....

 
October 8, 2013  03:50 PM ET

He's KOBE BRYANT! What the ****! The only person that need to know what Kobe is doing is Kobe and no **** body else.

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