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Kobe on today's game: 'Makes me nauseous'

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07:31 AM ET 01.22 | Out since Dec. 17 with a fracture in his left knee, Kobe Bryant was in midseason form when it came to a recent interview. Bryant touched on a number of things in his state-of-the-Mamba address, including the Lakers' other injuries, their midseason status (16-25 prior to tipoff) and the state of the league. Among the topics: *He made it abundantly clear that he won't be joining Team USA in the 2016 Olympics. ... *The most noticeable change in NBA basketball since his arrival in 1996? "It's more of a finesse game. It's more small ball. Which, personally, I don't really care much for," Bryant said. Like so many from the old-school -- even at 35, Bryant qualifies -- he is befuddled at the soft stuff now that passes for physical play. "Makes me nauseous," he said. "You can't touch a guy."

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January 22, 2014  07:37 AM ET

Bryant qualifies -- he is befuddled at the soft stuff now that passes for physical play. "Makes me nauseous," he said. "You can't touch a guy."







Agreed..............





The NBA................It's nauseating-tastic............

January 22, 2014  07:38 AM ET

Don't Come To Boston, Bro.

January 22, 2014  07:53 AM ET

If Your Mind Says 'Go' Will Your Body Say 'No', Bro?

January 22, 2014  08:32 AM ET

Love him or hate him, but he isn't wrong about this. The nba has never been softer

January 22, 2014  08:36 AM ET

He is 100% correct but he got the benefit of the new rules. Why didn't he complain years ago when he was on top of his game?

January 22, 2014  09:25 AM ET

I think he meant gaseous

January 22, 2014  09:29 AM ET

He and Payton could be wrong also because it will allow less skilled players to mug players w/out getting a call.

January 22, 2014  09:29 AM ET

Doesn't matter. The Fakers are probably 5 years from contending for a championship. Kobe is on his way out.

January 22, 2014  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He and Payton could be wrong also because it will allow less skilled players to mug players w/out getting a call.

Agreed. Bringing back hand-checking is not the answer....

January 22, 2014  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Agreed. Bringing back hand-checking is not the answer....

So why was the nba more fun to watch when defenders were actually able to play defense without a foul? The game has gone soft. Not saying hand checking is the answer, but the balance of power has shifted way too much in favor of offense. The nfl is going through a similiar struggle where they are neutering defense like the nba did a decade ago.

January 22, 2014  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He is 100% correct but he got the benefit of the new rules. Why didn't he complain years ago when he was on top of his game?

reporters never asked him?

January 22, 2014  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He and Payton could be wrong also because it will allow less skilled players to mug players w/out getting a call.

but that is the beauty of the game.
it evens things out
- it really isn't fun to watch guys dribble, dribble dribble, drive cause they know there is no consequence

the old pistons, knicks...those teams didn't have the elite talent
but you knew when you were watching- that MEN were playing.
now its an and-1 fest......yuck

January 22, 2014  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So why was the nba more fun to watch when defenders were actually able to play defense without a foul? The game has gone soft. Not saying hand checking is the answer, but the balance of power has shifted way too much in favor of offense. The nfl is going through a similiar struggle where they are neutering defense like the nba did a decade ago.

Hey I'm just saying, go down tot he YMCA and watch the 40 plus crowd where hand checking is the primary source of defense. I can tell you it is far less entertaining.

I suppose Kobe's statement (and your reply) were more directed toward cheap, touch fouls being called..... and that statement I agree with 100%. But let's keep the hand checking to a minimum....SHUFFLE THOSE FEET, MEN!

January 22, 2014  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So why was the nba more fun to watch when defenders were actually able to play defense without a foul? The game has gone soft. Not saying hand checking is the answer, but the balance of power has shifted way too much in favor of offense. The nfl is going through a similiar struggle where they are neutering defense like the nba did a decade ago.

Exactly all they want it to be is an offensive game, if you watch the games the defense these guys play is soo weak, but it has to be or they'll all be fouled out

January 22, 2014  09:53 AM ET

This coming from a guy that benefited the most from the rule changes LOL!!!! Kobe is just making a pitch so that guys down the road will not be able to catch him scoring wise in the record books. Way to shore up your legacy Mamba...

January 22, 2014  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Don't Come To Boston, Bro.

If Kobe goes to Boston I'll start rooting for the Lakers!

January 22, 2014  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Exactly all they want it to be is an offensive game, if you watch the games the defense these guys play is soo weak, but it has to be or they'll all be fouled out

That's a shame because there are players who specialize in defense and have great defensive instincts, but aren't allowed to play even 1/5 as physical as they can due to the rules so heavily favoriting offense. News flash nba and nfl, some people prefer strong defense over great offense. A 10-9 nfl game is more exciting than a 42-35 game IMO. I don't know if hand checking should come back, but I'd really love if the nba embraced tough defense again.

January 22, 2014  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

That's a shame because there are players who specialize in defense and have great defensive instincts, but aren't allowed to play even 1/5 as physical as they can due to the rules so heavily favoriting offense. News flash nba and nfl, some people prefer strong defense over great offense. A 10-9 nfl game is more exciting than a 42-35 game IMO. I don't know if hand checking should come back, but I'd really love if the nba embraced tough defense again.

some people do.....
but the people that do aren't the 'target' audience
the kids want to see high flying....they are the ones that buy merch

January 22, 2014  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

That's a shame because there are players who specialize in defense and have great defensive instincts, but aren't allowed to play even 1/5 as physical as they can due to the rules so heavily favoriting offense. News flash nba and nfl, some people prefer strong defense over great offense. A 10-9 nfl game is more exciting than a 42-35 game IMO. I don't know if hand checking should come back, but I'd really love if the nba embraced tough defense again.

Players can play tough defense, but you just can't affect a shot by touching the player. Be it in the air or planted. With guys a lot stronger then they used to be simply putting a bit of pressure on a guy with an outstretched hand could be 50-100 lbs of pressure depending if the offensive player leans into it or not.
I agree fouls should be called less and refs should be more technical and consistent in their play-calling but the bottom line is NBA thinks they'll get more money from having their poster players posetrizing everybody night-in and night-out.

 
January 22, 2014  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

That's a shame because there are players who specialize in defense and have great defensive instincts, but aren't allowed to play even 1/5 as physical as they can due to the rules so heavily favoriting offense. News flash nba and nfl, some people prefer strong defense over great offense. A 10-9 nfl game is more exciting than a 42-35 game IMO. I don't know if hand checking should come back, but I'd really love if the nba embraced tough defense again.

Yep agreed and it makes it hard for teams to draft defensive minded players, its a scorers game, you used to have to have a balance strong defensive players along with a couple scorers but hell now if a player cant score you might as well leave them on the board and yes the nfl is getting same way player basically has to stop and think before they make a tackle or hell they'll get a penalty and be fined

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