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HiCat
12-08-2004, 08:24 AM
http://msn.foxsports.com/story/3227666

"LOS ANGELES (AP) - Karl Malone has ruled out a return to the Los Angeles Lakers because of comments made by Kobe Bryant in a radio interview, Malone's agent said.

"Karl is furious," agent Dwight Manley said Tuesday. "He felt very disrespected and betrayed after personally being the first to stand up for Kobe over the last year throughout his rape charge and all he went through."

Way to go Kobe...Lakers now really his team.. Bet they don't win more than 44 games this year.. Schmuck.

HiCat
12-08-2004, 08:46 AM
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-newmalone8dec08,1,349563.story?coll=la-headlines-sports

Bryant also said it was tough for teammates "to be looking over their shoulder, wondering if [Malone]'s going to come back and then everybody is going to disappear."

"As much love as I have for the organization and for its fans, when your star player doesn't want you there, I take hints easily," Malone told The Times. "I want to be there but he doesn't want me there.

"It's not about the Lakers, I love the Lakers. It's about your main guy saying he doesn't want me. "

Mitch Kupchak: " It is unfortunate that [Karl Malone] would make such a decision based on the reason given. Kobe Bryant's interview [Monday] on Mychal Thompson's radio show merely reflected his personal opinion that Karl would probably not return to play this season."

Kupcake...will never be Jerry West..

Chicat
12-08-2004, 11:05 AM
Why wasn't Malone already with the team if he wanted to come back so bad? In my opinion, Kobe actually made a good point. Instead of talking about whether he was coming back or not for the next three weeks, Malone should have just made a decision one way or another. I don't know if there was an injury involved or a contract dispute, but if you want to play for a team, and the team wants you, then what's the problem? In my mind, this is just Malone using this as an excuse as to why he isn't going to come back and that he made up his mind a long time ago.

It's really not fair for us to sit around and speculate how long this is going to go on. I mean, you can't sit up here and speculate for the remainder of the season whether or not he is going to come back. I mean, that's not fair to the guys that are working here." - Kobe Bryant
For once Kobe, I agree with you.

HiCat
12-08-2004, 11:23 AM
Chi,
I see your point, but I wonder if Kobe couldn't have just called Karl and asked the aging superstar if he was coming back. If so, could he do it soon. Maybe he did call..who knows..

After all that rape bs I have lost interest in the Lakers. My bias.. like everything will pass. Maybe that's why I come down so hard on him.. he's a spoiled kid that was lucky to have some great attorneys. Not that I thought he was guilty...that's another discussion..

violao
12-08-2004, 12:00 PM
"They are here giving me 110 percent. It's really not fair for us to sit around and speculate how long this is going to go on....
These are appropriate remarks for a coach, but for a Kobe to say the players are giving HIM 110 percent is telling. Karl probably just doesn't want to play for Kobe....

Chicat
12-08-2004, 12:06 PM
Chi,
I see your point, but I wonder if Kobe couldn't have just called Karl and asked the aging superstar if he was coming back. If so, could he do it soon. Maybe he did call..who knows..

After all that rape bs I have lost interest in the Lakers. My bias.. like everything will pass. Maybe that's why I come down so hard on him.. he's a spoiled kid that was lucky to have some great attorneys. Not that I thought he was guilty...that's another discussion..

Oh, trust me, I'm not defending Kobe going on the radio to call the Mailman out. To me that is unprofessional and childish. When I'm at work, I don't go on the PA system to tell everyone that a coworker has spent the better part of an afternoon in the bathroom. :D

Both Kobe and Malone both need to shut their trap and they both need to stop overreacting to everything. Kobe can win at least 50 games with the cast that he has and Malone can latch on to some crappy team to get the scoring record he covets so much. And they can both achieve those aims without once opening their big fat mouths . . .

PointGuardU03
12-08-2004, 03:33 PM
Kobe was just trying to get some pub, b/c his Laker team sure isn't getting any...










... Oh yeah and Karl will never win a ring, that's what you get for letting down John Stockton. He'll curse which ever team he signs with and they won't win a championship. I'd bet everything I own on that.

JMarkJohns
12-08-2004, 04:00 PM
I don't cry for dirty players, buh-bye Malone. Now, go away...

DCCat
12-08-2004, 04:05 PM
When I'm at work, I don't go on the PA system to tell everyone that a coworker has spent the better part of an afternoon in the bathroom. :D
And hopefully none of them will get on the horn to announce that you've spent the better part of the afternoon on goazcats.com. :smokin:

Class of 1990
12-09-2004, 12:18 AM
Kobe will just buy him a 4ct ring and everything will be alllll right.

HiCat
12-09-2004, 10:19 AM
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-adande9dec09,0,7948130.column?coll=la-headlines-sports

December 9, 2004


J.A. Adande:
At This Point, He's Not an Attractive Teammate


At This Point, He's Not an Attractive Teammate
December 9, 2004


Even Now, Wright Still Is Fighting for Respect
November 18, 2004




This isn't about Karl Malone, who would not be the missing piece that gets the Lakers to the NBA Finals.

It's about 2007, and the Lakers' ability to attract a free agent who can vault them back into championship consideration once they get under the salary cap.

And so far Kobe Bryant is proving much more adept at sending Hall of Famers away than attracting them to Los Angeles.

Malone added his name to the list that includes Shaquille O'Neal and Phil Jackson when he said Bryant's public and private comments angered him to the point that he no longer wants to play for the Lakers if and when he ends his knee-surgery sabbatical.

There are other factors at work here, mostly financial. But the common thread is negative public comments about Bryant.

In varying order, players seek dollars, stats and favored status. And for the next seven years the bulk of all of those around here will belong to Bryant.

The two biggest free-agent names on the horizon for 2007 are Yao Ming and Amare Stoudemire.

The way things are going in Phoenix, do you think Stoudemire wants to leave Steve Nash? Playing with a point guard like that is like luxuriating in the palace with the helping hands feeding you grapes and fanning you with palm fronds.

If the Rockets keep losing, L.A.'s large Chinese population and Yao's affinity for Coach Rudy Tomjanovich could make the Lakers appealing.

But there are growing doubts about whether Yao has the mental or physical makeup to be a franchise player. And if he can't form a winning combination in Houston with Tracy McGrady, the knock-off version of Bryant, would he fare that much better with the real thing?

Look around the NBA and you won't find many players who dream of playing alongside Bryant.

Oh, they respect his game. Have to. There are mandatory props for anyone who can light you for 40 on one end of the court, lock you down at the other end and dunk on you or anyone else who gets in his way.

They just don't like him.

How many players around the league did you see piping up in his defense after Bryant was accused of sexual assault? (The charge was dropped this summer before the case went to trial.)

Now they see the developing pattern.

The coach who got along with everyone from Michael Jordan to Dennis Rodman couldn't break through with Bryant. The center whom they all respect couldn't get along with Bryant. Now Malone, the player who had Bryant's back last season, accused Bryant of stabbing him in his own.

"The bottom line is, Kobe doesn't want me to play for him, and it's his team," Malone said Tuesday.

Like the other Hall of Famers no longer in Lakerland, Malone doesn't get away cleanly.

There's already the wide suspicion that he's using Bryant as an excuse to get out of his earlier Lakers-or-nowhere stance because he'd rather play for a championship contender such as San Antonio.

I don't doubt it. But what's wrong with wanting to play for a championship team?

Isn't that what this is supposed to be about? You should be in the NBA because you love the game, feel fortunate to be paid to play it, and want to get a championship ring.

Malone put winning above money when he took an almost $17-million pay cut to come here. If he goes to the Spurs, he'll put winning above playing time, because there aren't many power forward minutes available in a rotation that already has Tim Duncan, Robert Horry and Malik Rose.

The Lakers' reaction to Malone's statements was their first sign in months that they care about championships too, that they aren't all about sound business and satisfying one particular ego.

They said that Bryant did not speak for the team. Wednesday, Bryant met with reporters, apologized for offending Malone and said, "I would love to have him here."

Tomjanovich added that "the red carpet is out for him if he wants to come back."

Give the Lakers credit for recognizing the importance of perception and trying to do something about it.

The smarter, more successful organizations understand this is part of the game. So they fly in families for games on Mother's Day. They put PlayStations and fluffy towels in the locker rooms.

Or, in the Lakers' case, they pay for players' flights to Colorado for pre-trial hearings.

The Lakers have catered to Bryant and now it's time for him to pay them back by catering to others and, for once, putting someone else's ego above his.

He might not have needed to do it for a 41-year-old forward with a scar on his knee. But if Bryant does indeed hold the future of this franchise in his hands, it would have been a good place to start.

HiCat
12-09-2004, 10:23 AM
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-bryant9dec09,0,7012273.story?coll=la-headlines-sports

Bryant Says No Offense Intended


December 9, 2004
At This Point, He's Not an Attractive Teammate

BRYANT KOBE MALONE KARL MAILMAN

LOS ANGELES LAKERS BASKETBALL TEAM


By Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer


Kobe Bryant stepped into the semicircle of TV cameras and hand-held digital voice recorders and said he was sorry for whatever storm had been created by his words.

Wearing a yellow practice jersey and gray sweat pants after Wednesday morning's shoot-around, Bryant said he had no idea Karl Malone would be offended enough to never return to the Lakers.


Malone, the second-leading scorer in NBA history, interpreted Bryant's remarks made on a Monday afternoon radio show as if he were being labeled a distraction while deciding whether to retire or return for a 20th pro season.

Bryant appeared to be surprised by Malone's strong reaction and apologized five times in a seven-minute session with reporters.

"I'm shocked by it, really," Bryant said. "If I offended him, I apologize for that. I'm sorry for that, really. I meant nothing by it. I didn't think it was anything directed toward him or anything like that. I would love to have him here.

Chicat
12-09-2004, 11:48 AM
And hopefully none of them will get on the horn to announce that you've spent the better part of the afternoon on goazcats.com. :smokin:

Good point. Guess I should be nicer to my coworkers, huh? :D