Kobe Bryant shrugs off ESPN report blaming him for Lakers franchise’s downfall

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error All week, Kobe Bryant spent part of his time calling ESPN “idiots” for recently ranking him the 40th best player in the NBA. So when ESPN The Magazine published a story citing unnamed sources that suggested Bryant’s dominating personality served as the primary reason for both the Lakers’ recent demise and ability to attract top-level free agents, one could only imagine what sort of adjectives Bryant would throw.It turns out not many. Instead, Bryant unleashed his inner Zen by expressing a pretty indifferent and pragmatic view.“It’s not the first one and it won’t be the last one,” Bryant said following the Lakers’ 114-108 preseason loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at Honda Center. “One thing I’ve come to understand over the years is you’ll have a bad story that comes out on a Monday and it seems like the end of the world. It seems like everybody is taking shots at you. Time goes by and when you look back on it, and it’s just a Monday. Then you have another great story that comes out a month later. Its’ a fantastic story. Then there’s a bad story that comes out a month after that.”Read more on Bryant’s reaction to the ESPN story on the Inside the Lakers blog.last_img

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