Kobe Bryant Refuses to Accept Idea of a Lakers Rebuild
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 16, 2014
Kobe Bryant doesn’t like losing. He’s also probably the first person on Twitter to use #blackout when referring to his professional livelihood. This is just two years removed from what looked like a surefire title contender — the collective NBA fan base shuddered at the thought of Kobe and Pau Gasol being joined by Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. Lakers blog Silver Screen and Roll described it as not “just a home run for the Lakers — it’s a grand slam. In the World Series. Against the New York Yankees. Essentially, they’ve put together, on paper, one of the greatest starting line-ups ever assembled” [emphasis theirs].
That obviously didn’t pan out, and Bryant spent most of this season hurt, watching Nash sit on the sidelines while Howard played starter’s minutes for the Houston Rockets, who eventually nabbed the four-seed in the tightly contested Western Conference while the Lakers missed the playoffs for just the fifth time since 1975. This did not sit well with the Black Mamba. Per Duran Sports, via Twitter, he said: “I feel like killing everybody. I’m on edge all the time. I feel it probably more than anybody in the organization. Drives me crazy.” And he isn’t keen on waiting for help, also saying, “oh lets [sic] just go into next year and suck. Nope.”
The last time the Lakers were this bad, Kobe was laboring with Kwame Brown and Smush Parker, complaining to anyone who would listen that he was on his way out the door. Of course, that was before Brown (and the draft rights to Marc Gasol) were sent to the Memphis Grizzlies and Kobe won two more championships.