LaMarcus Aldridge On Lakers Meeting: ‘Kobe Was Not An Issue At All’
Lamarcus Aldridge: ‘kobe Was The Best Part Of The Meeting’ With Lakers
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

After selecting D’Angelo Russell at the 2015 NBA Draft, there was optimism the Los Angeles Lakers could sign an All-Star big in LaMarcus Aldridge. Unfortunately, after two meetings, Aldridge signed with the San Antonio Spurs and the Lakers traded for Roy Hibbert.

In an exclusive interview with Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, Aldridge discussed his meetings with the Lakers. While Aldridge confirmed reports of the first meeting not going well, he shared Kobe Bryant was not an issue at all and was very positive:

I’m not going to get into details, but it was just a couple of meetings. The first meeting didn’t go as well as they said and then the second meeting went better. I’ll go on the record as saying Kobe was not an issue at all. He was a very positive part of the meeting. I’ve always had a very cordial relationship with Kobe. I see him all the time in Newport [Beach], and it was really messed up that [the media] put it on him when he was one of the best parts of the meeting. But like I said, the first one didn’t go as well, the second one went a little bit, but at the end of the day going back home was more valuable

At this stage of his career, Aldridge is looking to win a championship and the Spurs provide him with an immediate opportunity in the difficult Western Conference. While the Lakers have a nice young core of Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, they are still in the early stages of their rebuild.

The young core has shown their potential during preseason and the priority this upcoming season is their development. Should they develop at a nice pace, it will encourage upcoming free agents to consider the Lakers as they will have ample cap space in the off-season.

America hates Kobe – Fact. Internationally, LBJ has never been able to attain Kobe’s (or even McGrady’s) status and popularity. American media outlets like ESPN will always find a way to blame Kobe for everything that goes wrong with the Lakers

  • America hates Kobe – Fact. Internationally, LBJ has never been able to attain Kobe’s (or even McGrady’s) status and popularity. American media outlets like ESPN will always find a way to blame Kobe for everything that goes wrong with the Lakers

  • Aldridge wanted to go home. But let’s all blame Kobe and Jim Buss.
    What free agent in their right mind would choose to join a team full of unproven young guys, when the Spurs are built to contend right away?

    I don’t have a problem with the Lakers missing out on Aldridge or Melo these last 2 years. It is what it is. You need talent to attract other talent.

  • Aldridge wanted to go home. But let’s all blame Kobe and Jim Buss.
    What free agent in their right mind would choose to join a team full of unproven young guys, when the Spurs are built to contend right away?

    I don’t have a problem with the Lakers missing out on Aldridge or Melo these last 2 years. It is what it is. You need talent to attract other talent.

  • Cue all the “if it’s not kobes fault, it’s jims! Fire him!” Comments… Lol

    The meeting just didn’t go well, how about that. Yes going home was more valuable for LaMarcus but there’s no doubt in my mind our laker team has a brighter future.

    How long will the Spurs be able to compete at a high level before they dip off and LaMarcus has to start taking those massive pay cuts just to contend for a championship. We take care of our stars. Case in point: Kobe. Yes his contract was huge but I’m happy to say our organization rewards our players.

    Incoming lakers uprising: 2015-2016 season, count on it.

  • Cue all the “if it’s not kobes fault, it’s jims! Fire him!” Comments… Lol

    The meeting just didn’t go well, how about that. Yes going home was more valuable for LaMarcus but there’s no doubt in my mind our laker team has a brighter future.

    How long will the Spurs be able to compete at a high level before they dip off and LaMarcus has to start taking those massive pay cuts just to contend for a championship. We take care of our stars. Case in point: Kobe. Yes his contract was huge but I’m happy to say our organization rewards our players.

    Incoming lakers uprising: 2015-2016 season, count on it.

  • How much you want to bet that ESPN will write an article saying that LA is just being nice to kobe in public but secretly is still the reason he said no.

  • How much you want to bet that ESPN will write an article saying that LA is just being nice to kobe in public but secretly is still the reason he said no.

  • If the FO had not tried, I would be upset, but they gave it a good shot and even pushed for a second interview. Thats all we can ask for.

  • If the FO had not tried, I would be upset, but they gave it a good shot and even pushed for a second interview. Thats all we can ask for.

  • How much you want to bet espn makes money off of Kobe bashing? Of coarse, its obvious.

    Anything about Kobe, gets hits.

  • How much you want to bet espn makes money off of Kobe bashing? Of coarse, its obvious.

    Anything about Kobe, gets hits.

  • Which laker will become the villain after kobe retires. I’m guessing D’angelo IF he develops into a star.

  • And ill add that even though Aldridge HIMSELF is going on the record to say that Kobe was actually a good reason for him considering coming here and that he maintains a relationship with Kobe off the court, somehow the haters and midless followers will STILL reach to find a way to blame our legend Kobe Bryant!

  • Which laker will become the villain after kobe retires. I’m guessing D’angelo IF he develops into a star.

  • And ill add that even though Aldridge HIMSELF is going on the record to say that Kobe was actually a good reason for him considering coming here and that he maintains a relationship with Kobe off the court, somehow the haters and midless followers will STILL reach to find a way to blame our legend Kobe Bryant!

  • Good question!

    Thats my guess, D Angelo has so much hate already, Imagine when he breaks out!

  • Good question!

    Thats my guess, D Angelo has so much hate already, Imagine when he breaks out!

  • If he comes to the Lakers especially after the whole Stephen A thing i could definitely see that.

  • If he comes to the Lakers especially after the whole Stephen A thing i could definitely see that.

  • It was a traitor close to home that blew that up. Mike B of the La Times!!

    Mike B sensationalized and took words out of context, second hand insider formation.

  • Yeah he said LA and Kobe didn’t quite get in the meeting. Kobe then sent out a tweet

  • Yeah he said LA and Kobe didn’t quite gel in the meeting. Kobe then sent out a tweet

  • Of course he wasnt. The media just likes to throw dirt on KB to keep him down, and keep MJ on top

  • Of course he wasnt. The media just likes to throw dirt on KB to keep him down, and keep MJ on top

  • Anybody joining a basketball fantasy league? Such as the ones on yahoo and espn.

  • Anybody joining a basketball fantasy league? Such as the ones on yahoo and espn.

  • According to Kevin Ding:

    “He had lost faith in the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant told LaMarcus Aldridge.

    Bryant did not believe the franchise could help him win again. Until, much to his awe and delight, Bryant said, the Lakers turned it all around in 2008, getting him Pau Gasol and two more titles.

    Bryant didn’t stop there: He brought up the blocked Chris Paul trade to Aldridge as even greater proof of Mitch Kupchak’s team-building brilliance.

    Bryant suggested to Aldridge that attempting to land Paul wasn’t just paving the way for even more championships; the Lakers were set to save a ton of money in that deal in an even more extraordinary victory. Although the Paul trade wasn’t allowed to go down, Bryant said, it just goes to show that you can count on Kupchak and the Lakers to find a way to get you the help you need.

    It was strong, passionate, inspiring stuff. But Bryant’s message, and everything else presented to Aldridge in the Lakers’ two-hour free-agent meeting with him late Tuesday night, did not hit home.”

  • According to Kevin Ding:

    “He had lost faith in the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant told LaMarcus Aldridge.

    Bryant did not believe the franchise could help him win again. Until, much to his awe and delight, Bryant said, the Lakers turned it all around in 2008, getting him Pau Gasol and two more titles.

    Bryant didn’t stop there: He brought up the blocked Chris Paul trade to Aldridge as even greater proof of Mitch Kupchak’s team-building brilliance.

    Bryant suggested to Aldridge that attempting to land Paul wasn’t just paving the way for even more championships; the Lakers were set to save a ton of money in that deal in an even more extraordinary victory. Although the Paul trade wasn’t allowed to go down, Bryant said, it just goes to show that you can count on Kupchak and the Lakers to find a way to get you the help you need.

    It was strong, passionate, inspiring stuff. But Bryant’s message, and everything else presented to Aldridge in the Lakers’ two-hour free-agent meeting with him late Tuesday night, did not hit home.”

  • If you watch Kobe conferences, Mike B never interviews Kobe directly anymore. mike b lets the real journalists do the questioning and just records the conversations.

    Hes out of the loop. What a dumb ASSS he is for sensationalizing this for self exposure. He burned that bridge.

  • And why is that? They gotta keep their baby jesus safe and untouched…aka MJ

  • If you watch Kobe conferences, Mike B never interviews Kobe directly anymore. mike b lets the real journalists do the questioning and just records the conversations.

    Hes out of the loop. What a dumb ASSS he is for sensationalizing this for self exposure. He burned that bridge.

  • And why is that? They gotta keep their baby jesus safe and untouched…aka MJ

  • Kevin Ding probably has the most inside info on the Lakers along with Ramona Shelburne

  • Kevin Ding probably has the most inside info on the Lakers along with Ramona Shelburne

  • Ramona bro!

    Remember when we picked Russell with the #2 draft pick? Lakers Nation had already reported that 2 or 3 minutes before it was announced!!!

  • Nah, I joined one on yahoo on monday ($50) while I was at jury duty. My draft isn’t til sunday

    Just wanted to get thoughts on people’s favorite picks and if kobe might slip down the draft

  • Nah, I joined one on yahoo on monday ($50) while I was at jury duty. My draft isn’t til sunday

    Just wanted to get thoughts on people’s favorite picks and if kobe might slip down the draft

  • I applaud Aldridge for finally setting the record straight and actually praising Kobe and exposing the media as the prostitutes that they are.

  • I applaud Aldridge for finally setting the record straight and actually praising Kobe and exposing the media as the prostitutes that they are.

  • who’s Aldridge? sorry I’m too busy watching Randle develop into the best PF in the league but no hard feelings LMA this wasn’t like the deandre,dallas/clipper drama, which brings me to my next question, anyone see deandre already snapping on cp3 lol i love it.

  • who’s Aldridge? sorry I’m too busy watching Randle develop into the best PF in the league but no hard feelings LMA this wasn’t like the deandre,dallas/clipper drama, which brings me to my next question, anyone see deandre already snapping on cp3 lol i love it.

  • Think clearly for a minute- Julius Randle plays the same position as LA. LA is known to be opposed to playing the 5. Julius can’t develop into who the FO thinks he can be with LA on the same roster. Don’t be impatient. Let the young guns develop.
    There was no situation where LA was a better fit with the Lakers than the Spurs & returning home. I’d prefer to build for the future than take an aging all-star that could take time from the young core’s development. In Mitch we should trust….

  • Think clearly for a minute- Julius Randle plays the same position as LA. LA is known to be opposed to playing the 5. Julius can’t develop into who the FO thinks he can be with LA on the same roster. Don’t be impatient. Let the young guns develop.
    There was no situation where LA was a better fit with the Lakers than the Spurs & returning home. I’d prefer to build for the future than take an aging all-star that could take time from the young core’s development. In Mitch we should trust….

  • Well, yea…that was the short term. Long term its MJ. And if you notice, they’re actually covering Curry way more than Lebron. But the “lebron plays without headband”, “the headband is back” articles are such a joke

  • IDK…I’d be comfortable with bringing Randle off the bench behind starter LMA

  • Well, yea…that was the short term. Long term its MJ. And if you notice, they’re actually covering Curry way more than Lebron. But the “lebron plays without headband”, “the headband is back” articles are such a joke

  • IDK…I’d be comfortable with bringing Randle off the bench behind starter LMA

  • Truth be told, I’d have done the same thing if I were Aldridge — the Spurs’ window is probably still 2-3 years and you gotta have confidence in Popovich.

    I’m a diehard fan, but I would have been surprised if he had chosen the Lakers.

  • Truth be told, I’d have done the same thing if I were Aldridge — the Spurs’ window is probably still 2-3 years and you gotta have confidence in Popovich.

    I’m a diehard fan, but I would have been surprised if he had chosen the Lakers.

  • Ok, Mine was on a public league, for free, in regard Kobe, I didn´t think twice when he felt in my second turn to pick on the draft. I think that I got a pretty descent team, Mike Conley, Paul George, Lebron James and Roy Hibbert and Kobe.

    #offtopic sorry to use this excellent article to talk about fantasy.

  • Ok, Mine was on a public league, for free, in regard Kobe, I didn´t think twice when he felt in my second turn to pick on the draft. I think that I got a pretty descent team, Mike Conley, Paul George, Lebron James and Roy Hibbert and Kobe.

    #offtopic sorry to use this excellent article to talk about fantasy.

  • I dislike when people aren’t honest. Going home was important to him? Would he have went home if the Spurs won 20 games last year? No. He is ring chasing so he should admit it. I would have respected him more if he stuck to his word and stayed with Portland who were inly a few pieces away from a title.

    While he would have helped us short term I am glad he didn’t sign with us. He is older, pushing 30 and we are building from the ground up with our young guys.

  • I know its the wrong article to post but I’m livid about not keeping Upshaw. Any place in Lakerland I can find to gripe I will. We could have had 4 diamonds in the rough to gamble on for some of them to develop into stars….now we have 3….and a teachers pet…..brilliant. Furious about this….we dropped the ball big time! Terrible management!

  • I dislike when people aren’t honest. Going home was important to him? Would he have went home if the Spurs won 20 games last year? No. He is ring chasing so he should admit it. I would have respected him more if he stuck to his word and stayed with Portland who were only a few pieces away from a title.

    While he would have helped us short term I am glad he didn’t sign with us. He is older, pushing 30 and we are building from the ground up with our young guys.

  • I know its the wrong article to post but I’m livid about not keeping Upshaw. Any place in Lakerland I can find to gripe I will. We could have had 4 diamonds in the rough to gamble on for some of them to develop into stars….now we have 3….and a teachers pet…..brilliant. Furious about this….we dropped the ball big time! Terrible management!

  • Lakers dropped the ball on a guy who couldn’t set a pick, didn’t pass well, wasn’t active on the boards, had a history of character issues and who’s work ethic has been questioned.

    Just sayin…

  • Lakers dropped the ball on a guy who couldn’t set a pick, didn’t pass well, wasn’t active on the boards, had a history of character issues and who’s work ethic has been questioned.

    Just sayin…

  • Any mention of Kobe or the Lakers brings in hits and money. All the sports website do is talk about us yet we are the lottery team that everyone loves to mock. Let them have fun now because I am personally going to be extremely obnoxious when we are on top again.

  • Any mention of Kobe or the Lakers brings in hits and money. All the sports website do is talk about us yet we are the lottery team that everyone loves to mock. Let them have fun now because I am personally going to be extremely obnoxious when we are on top again.

  • That window is dependent on duncan playing the same. Ginobili turning back the clock. Parker not tearing his achilles. Green getting his mojo back. And kawhi becoming a star. Lots of ifs

    Lets not forget they got rid of their bench, depth, and glue guys to bring in Aldridge. That’s a very uncharacteristic move for the spurs.

    When you have 5-6 possible all stars, it’s possible. But given their age, highly unlikely

  • That window is dependent on duncan playing the same. Ginobili turning back the clock. Parker not tearing his achilles. Green getting his mojo back. And kawhi becoming a star. Lots of ifs

    Lets not forget they got rid of their bench, depth, and glue guys to bring in Aldridge. That’s a very uncharacteristic move for the spurs.

    When you have 5-6 possible all stars, it’s possible. But given their age, highly unlikely

  • Clarkson seems like a nice guy and they won’t be interested in Randle. D’Angelo seems to have a bit of jerk in him like Kobe so it will definitely be him.

  • Clarkson seems like a nice guy and they won’t be interested in Randle. D’Angelo seems to have a bit of jerk in him like Kobe so it will definitely be him.

  • Did you read the “how the mighty have fallen and wont get up” article on espn? Complete trash based on MELO analytics <—no idea what that (MELO) crap is…IN THAT ARTICLE SACRE AND HIBBERT are the only ones with a positive +/-

  • Did you read the “how the mighty have fallen and wont get up” article on espn? Complete trash based on MELO analytics <—no idea what that (MELO) crap is…IN THAT ARTICLE SACRE AND HIBBERT are the only ones with a positive +/-

  • Every few years I go through all the reasons of why the Spurs are done……been doing it close to a decade now.

  • Every few years I go through all the reasons of why the Spurs are done……been doing it close to a decade now.

  • I was mad too but even Serena Winters was hinting at him having issues on twitter. Now if you know Serena she rides for all the guys on the team and barely speaks personally on their characters like that so if even she hints at him being off then you gotta trust their decision.

  • No its fine. I brought it up

    Could be a great team. Just depends if hibbert can rebound (no pun intended), kobe can play an entire season, and if paul george can play like paul george.

    What was the player taken 1st?

  • I was mad too but even Serena Winters was hinting at him having issues on twitter. Now if you know Serena she rides for all the guys on the team and barely speaks personally on their characters like that so if even she hints at him being off then you gotta trust their decision.

  • No its fine. I brought it up

    Could be a great team. Just depends if hibbert can rebound (no pun intended), kobe can play an entire season, and if paul george can play like paul george.

    What was the player taken 1st?

  • Spurs arent winning the title. Those young west teams will kill them in the playofffs. Their luck has to run out sometime. I will be surprised if they all stay healthy.

  • Spurs arent winning the title. Those young west teams will kill them in the playofffs. Their luck has to run out sometime. I will be surprised if they all stay healthy.

  • Thats because they draft well, pick up young prospects, and surround their stars with shooters. This year, they pulled a Lakers. Definitely not something the Spurs would do. They will miss all the guys they let go. They kept anderson, who might replace Joseph. ..but idk yet

  • Thats because they draft well, pick up young prospects, and surround their stars with shooters. This year, they pulled a Lakers. Definitely not something the Spurs would do. They will miss all the guys they let go. They kept anderson, who might replace Joseph. ..but idk yet

  • I guess if we had also gotten rid of Sacre, then this would not be a discussion. Thats why people are upset.

  • I guess if we had also gotten rid of Sacre, then this would not be a discussion. Thats why people are upset.

  • Hey, back when he was playing I felt he was better than dwight offensively and could be the top center for many years. He had size and skills, something dwight doesnt (he just has athleticism). I opposed that trade, but it what it is

  • No but I will go take a look at that. MELO analytics? LOL! They always have some new way to critique a player and it’s truly asinine. How many different ways can you analyze a player and their stats? It’s getting ridiculous!

    I read this article yesterday on yahoo about 10 rookies to watch this NBA season and literally every one of them had a positive synopsis except, guess who? D’Angelo Russell. Hmm wonder why…

  • Hey, back when he was playing I felt he was better than dwight offensively and could be the top center for many years. He had size and skills, something dwight doesnt (he just has athleticism). I opposed that trade, but it what it is

  • No but I will go take a look at that. MELO analytics? LOL! They always have some new way to critique a player and it’s truly asinine. How many different ways can you analyze a player and their stats? It’s getting ridiculous!

    I read this article yesterday on yahoo about 10 rookies to watch this NBA season and literally every one of them had a positive synopsis except, guess who? D’Angelo Russell. Hmm wonder why…

  • HAHAHAHA yeah!

    But in all honesty D Jordan doesnt look all that in preseason to warrant all that money and nonsense.

    HIBBERT is greater than D Jordan!

  • HAHAHAHA yeah!

    But in all honesty D Jordan doesnt look all that in preseason to warrant all that money and nonsense.

    HIBBERT is greater than D Jordan!

  • Yea, I read that too. Every source, scout, or executive thinks the other picks are great (including porzingis), yet when asked about russell, he is overrated and does nothing well.

    The article was on espnlosangeles. It breaks down every lakers player. IT HAS JABARI BROWN PLAYING MORE MINS THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER LAKER

  • Well look at it this way, if we had cut Sacre and kept Upshaw then he does something stupid halfway through the season we would only have 1 backup center in Black. I suppose we cpuld use Bass but its better to have depth. While Sacre is not talented enough he is reliable. Everyone seems to like him.

  • Yea, I read that too. Every source, scout, or executive thinks the other picks are great (including porzingis), yet when asked about russell, he is overrated and does nothing well.

    The article was on espnlosangeles. It breaks down every lakers player. IT HAS JABARI BROWN PLAYING MORE MINS THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER LAKER

  • Well look at it this way, if we had cut Sacre and kept Upshaw then he does something stupid halfway through the season we would only have 1 backup center in Black. I suppose we cpuld use Bass but its better to have depth. While Sacre is not talented enough he is reliable. Everyone seems to like him.

  • Follow the money.

    Since Kobe is not willing to play their game AND Kobe is a Laker, thats a double negative for the nba and their lackeys BSpn. So next best thing is Lebron and now maybe Curry.

    In the long run though, I think youre right, MJ is still the highest grossing for the nba as of now.

    Kobe maintains the highest marketability WORLDWIDE!

  • A preseason game? Is it really that serious lol. He should demand a trade in January. I would cry laughing.

  • Follow the money.

    Since Kobe is not willing to play their game AND Kobe is a Laker, thats a double negative for the nba and their lackeys BSpn. So next best thing is Lebron and now maybe Curry.

    In the long run though, I think youre right, MJ is still the highest grossing for the nba as of now.

    Kobe maintains the highest marketability WORLDWIDE!

  • A preseason game? Is it really that serious lol. He should demand a trade in January. I would cry laughing.

  • “The lakers have fallen and wont get up” by baxter holmes on espnlosangeles

    It is called CARMELO – a player projection system for the next handful of yrs

  • “The lakers have fallen and wont get up” by baxter holmes on espnlosangeles

    It is called CARMELO – a player projection system for the next handful of yrs

  • The Lakers have allways been the Spur killers. Much respect to the Spurs but even with a bad Lakers team, If a healthy Kobe faces the Spurs…WE WIN! NO DOUBT!

  • The Lakers have allways been the Spur killers. Much respect to the Spurs but even with a bad Lakers team, If a healthy Kobe faces the Spurs…WE WIN! NO DOUBT!

  • It tells me Sacre is smart. He has dinners with vitti for a reason. This guy is never putting down the lakers jersey. I’ve come to terms with that nightmare. I’ve accepted it as a fact. Sacre for life

  • It tells me Sacre is smart. He has dinners with vitti for a reason. This guy is never putting down the lakers jersey. I’ve come to terms with that nightmare. I’ve accepted it as a fact. Sacre for life

  • WE Lakers are impatient and expect nothing less than excellence, but sometimes we need to slow our role and realize some things can’t be rushed.

    Honestly the pace at which Randle is developing is astounding for a rookie!

  • I don’t why I am still shocked by it yet I was. I’m was like really? I think some of the others that were listed were picked way after him too yet he was the only one who got a bad review. They don’t even try to hide the hate.

  • WE Lakers are impatient and expect nothing less than excellence, but sometimes we need to slow our role and realize some things can’t be rushed.

    Honestly the pace at which Randle is developing is astounding for a rookie!

  • I don’t why I am still shocked by it yet I was. I’m was like really? I think some of the others that were listed were picked way after him too yet he was the only one who got a bad review. They don’t even try to hide the hate.

  • Ahh, I thought so. He’s #1 on my list if I get lucky and go first. Otherwise, Lebron or harden as they are efficient and made for these kind of games/competitions

  • ESPN and the rest of the media full of crap /confirmed AGAIN.

    Respect to this guy coming out and telling it like it is, he did what’s best for him and as much as I would have loved to see him in a Laker’s uniform it’s all good here.

  • Thats what alot of teammates do, it was nothing personal, teammates always done that

  • Heck no, the only thing we can rely on Sacre for, is almost costing us games. And, cheerleading.

  • Ahh, I thought so. He’s #1 on my list if I get lucky and go first. Otherwise, Lebron or harden as they are efficient and made for these kind of games/competitions

  • ESPN and the rest of the media full of crap /confirmed AGAIN.

    Respect to this guy coming out and telling it like it is, he did what’s best for him and as much as I would have loved to see him in a Laker’s uniform it’s all good here.

  • Thats what alot of teammates do, it was nothing personal, teammates always done that

  • Heck no, the only thing we can rely on Sacre for, is almost costing us games. And, cheerleading.

  • There is history between them, this is not new! Its not going to work out!

  • Those are not LAKERS fans, they are young children that have nothing to do but stir up trouble – and the real truth is they have no knowledge, to support all that hate..

  • Those are not LAKERS fans, they are young children that have nothing to do but stir up trouble – and the real truth is they have no knowledge, to support all that hate..

  • So I just read it and it was terrible. The headline was purely clickbait and had nothing to do with the content of the article.

    I can’t take it serious when they named the projection system “CARMELO”. Worse than that they base their projections on other similar players to predict a players career? Are you frigging kidding me? Quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever read. These analytic nerds need to get a life. Was that supposed to be a joke?

  • So I just read it and it was terrible. The headline was purely clickbait and had nothing to do with the content of the article.

    I can’t take it serious when they named the projection system “CARMELO”. Worse than that they base their projections on other similar players to predict a players career? Are you frigging kidding me? Quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever read. These analytic nerds need to get a life. Was that supposed to be a joke?

  • yes captain obvious but its different when the 2 teammates dont like each other and its only preseason

  • yes captain obvious but its different when the 2 teammates dont like each other and its only preseason

  • Damn, lots of LeBron haters. Sixth pick?? He’s meant for fantasy. I won’t pass him up unless Anthony Davis or harden are still on the board

  • Damn, lots of LeBron haters. Sixth pick?? He’s meant for fantasy. I won’t pass him up unless Anthony Davis or harden are still on the board

  • As I have previously stated….Espn is trying to get whoever it can to ride the Lebron train….their Problem is …..it’s not succeeding….Kobe goes overseas(especially China)and is received better than Lebron….So ESPN goes on a Smear campaign…rating Kobe 93rd amongst other things….The problem is no one’s buying it but a group of Espn followers…Go Lakers

  • As I have previously stated….Espn is trying to get whoever it can to ride the Lebron train….their Problem is …..it’s not succeeding….Kobe goes overseas(especially China)and is received better than Lebron….So ESPN goes on a Smear campaign…rating Kobe 93rd amongst other things….The problem is no one’s buying it but a group of Espn followers…Go Lakers

  • Not MJ…..Lebron……MJ have no problem with people’s saying Kobe is the Closest to him……As we know MJ is very particular.

  • thats not it.

    the issue is that kobe is right around if not better then mj. espn got its life blood on mj’s coattails and they hate the fact that kobe has arguably surpassed him

  • Not MJ…..Lebron……MJ have no problem with people’s saying Kobe is the Closest to him……As we know MJ is very particular.

  • thats not it.

    the issue is that kobe is right around if not better then mj. espn got its life blood on mj’s coattails and they hate the fact that kobe has arguably surpassed him

  • Yea, it’s basically a projection (guessing) of a player’s development. Kobe is near the end, so to them, he’s obviously gonna suck. And Russell is in the beginning, so they compared him to cp3, d wade, and others.

    Their playing time projection, offense/defense contribution, and +/- is what confuses me. It’s based on games played/injuries it seems…which is ridiculous, because everyone knows a healthy mamba is a deadly mamba

  • Yea, it’s basically a projection (guessing) of a player’s development. Kobe is near the end, so to them, he’s obviously gonna suck. And Russell is in the beginning, so they compared him to cp3, d wade, and others.

    Their playing time projection, offense/defense contribution, and +/- is what confuses me. It’s based on games played/injuries it seems…which is ridiculous, because everyone knows a healthy mamba is a deadly mamba

  • Randle has impressed me for sure. Russell just needs to hit those open shots more consistently…he will be solid in this league.

  • Randle has impressed me for sure. Russell just needs to hit those open shots more consistently…he will be solid in this league.

  • Also LA has been in the League 10yrs…These FA want to Win now…with a young developing team is a Reach….Those are some of the Fact people’s over look…..So you can’t blame a guy for going to a team that’s ready to compete…..That window is closing.

  • Also LA has been in the League 10yrs…These FA want to Win now…with a young developing team is a Reach….Those are some of the Fact people’s over look…..So you can’t blame a guy for going to a team that’s ready to compete…..That window is closing.

  • Kobe’s contract is not an issue with the Lakers….It seems to be a problem with people outside the organization….You can’t put a price on what Kobe bring to this Franchise…..The Franchises that don’t have a Kobe have a problem with it.

  • Kobe’s contract is not an issue with the Lakers….It seems to be a problem with people outside the organization….You can’t put a price on what Kobe bring to this Franchise…..The Franchises that don’t have a Kobe have a problem with it.

  • agreed the lakers have had the cap space for 2 max deals the last 2 seasons even with kobes contract its not him

  • agreed the lakers have had the cap space for 2 max deals the last 2 seasons even with kobes contract its not him

  • It’s Lebron…..Espn is not promoting MJ…..He doesn’t need Espn…Nor do Kobe.

  • It’s Lebron…..Espn is not promoting MJ…..He doesn’t need Espn…Nor do Kobe.

  • I like Kobe….but let be Real…He’s closest to MJ but not better…He pattern his game somewhat after MJ…..and Pull it Off.

  • I like Kobe….but let be Real…He’s closest to MJ but not better…He pattern his game somewhat after MJ…..and Pull it Off.

  • Yea no doubt about mj having more respect for Kobe than any other player. But believe me, at this stage of his career…Kobe is competing with MJs legacy. Espn thinks Kobe doesn’t deserve that recognition for wtvr reason. They rather push LeBron-MJ comparisons.

    Think about it, they were saying there would never be another Jordan. Before mj could even leave, Kobe was knocking. The amt of MJ was/is making for the nba is astronomical. They gotta keep him at the top. Just like they heavily promoted LeBron since he proclaimed himself the KING. Now it’s curry because he’s sooo amazing…

    Kobe was only on the media’s radar when bad stuff happened. They made people turn on him (including viewers) because of the shaq feud, Colorado, infidelity, Phil Jackson, his cocky attitude, and copying MJs moves.

    If there’s a player that should be the face of the NBA, it’s Kobe. He’s the epitome of hard work and determination. The only given gift he had was height. But he earned everything he has, financially and skill wise. He worked for it. Isn’t that what the NBA should stand for? Dream it, Work hard, and you can achieve it. Not a guy with huge hands and unbelievable hops/hang time. Not a guy who has the body/strength of a linebacker, the speed of a running back, and great hops. It’s gotta be something realistic and motivating…Of course it won’t happen because Kobe is an emotionless jerk who r@pes women and plagiarized MJs entire game. Well, at least that’s what they (the media) think of him

  • Yea no doubt about mj having more respect for Kobe than any other player. But believe me, at this stage of his career…Kobe is competing with MJs legacy. Espn thinks Kobe doesn’t deserve that recognition for wtvr reason. They rather push LeBron-MJ comparisons.

    Think about it, they were saying there would never be another Jordan. Before mj could even leave, Kobe was knocking. The amt of MJ was/is making for the nba is astronomical. They gotta keep him at the top. Just like they heavily promoted LeBron since he proclaimed himself the KING. Now it’s curry because he’s sooo amazing…

    Kobe was only on the media’s radar when bad stuff happened. They made people turn on him (including viewers) because of the shaq feud, Colorado, infidelity, Phil Jackson, his cocky attitude, and copying MJs moves.

    If there’s a player that should be the face of the NBA, it’s Kobe. He’s the epitome of hard work and determination. The only given gift he had was height. But he earned everything he has, financially and skill wise. He worked for it. Isn’t that what the NBA should stand for? Dream it, Work hard, and you can achieve it. Not a guy with huge hands and unbelievable hops/hang time. Not a guy who has the body/strength of a linebacker, the speed of a running back, and great hops. It’s gotta be something realistic and motivating…Of course it won’t happen because Kobe is an emotionless jerk who r@pes women and plagiarized MJs entire game. Well, at least that’s what they (the media) think of him

  • its not lebron. espn is on look out for the next mj kobe is the onlyone to live up to that hype

  • its not lebron. espn is on look out for the next mj kobe is the onlyone to live up to that hype

  • Actually Lebron is currently the second most popular athlete in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo. ESPN is constantly blaming Kobe because he takes a lot of bad shots.

  • Actually Lebron is currently the second most popular athlete in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo. ESPN is constantly blaming Kobe because he takes a lot of bad shots.

  • Aldridge is a professional. He’s not going to talk badly about Kobe in the media even if he doesn’t want to play with him.

  • Aldridge is a professional. He’s not going to talk badly about Kobe in the media even if he doesn’t want to play with him.

  • It’s all about trying to be a proven team now. The Dwight sweepstakes was about him needing a winning team and no D’Antoni, the Melo sweepstakes was about him being his own entity and he just didnt know what our direction was, and the DJ, LA, K. Love sweepstakes was all about them being on a contention team. This upcoming 2016, if we arent a proven team that cant get to the playoffs, then you can kiss goodbye being #1 on the list of this upcoming FA market. And also, if we make the playoffs but KD decides to stay with OKC or goes to Washington, then I say we failed as an organization and which should decrease the timeline Jim Buss gave himself.

  • It’s all about trying to be a proven team now. The Dwight sweepstakes was about him needing a winning team and no D’Antoni, the Melo sweepstakes was about him being his own entity and he just didnt know what our direction was, and the DJ, LA, K. Love sweepstakes was all about them being on a contention team. This upcoming 2016, if we arent a proven team that cant get to the playoffs, then you can kiss goodbye being #1 on the list of this upcoming FA market. And also, if we make the playoffs but KD decides to stay with OKC or goes to Washington, then I say we failed as an organization and which should decrease the timeline Jim Buss gave himself.

  • Nike just chose Lebron to represent the brand in Asia over the summer. Lebron is more popular worldwide. Sorry.

  • Nike just chose Lebron to represent the brand in Asia over the summer. Lebron is more popular worldwide. Sorry.

  • Lebron is the best player in the Nba. Of course he is their golden ticket.

  • Lebron is the best player in the Nba. Of course he is their golden ticket.

  • They still talking about this? It happened already let’s move on to better things and that’s our young core of players.

  • They still talking about this? It happened already let’s move on to better things and that’s our young core of players.

  • Plus Randle needs to take his time in his post moves he’s rushing his shots when they are right there. In a few years I see his game as one in which he can see everything being run on the floor and can take the game over whenever he wants if he’s calm and patient with it.

  • Plus Randle needs to take his time in his post moves he’s rushing his shots when they are right there. In a few years I see his game as one in which he can see everything being run on the floor and can take the game over whenever he wants if he’s calm and patient with it.

  • Statistics are what a drunk use a lamppost for support…Not illumination.

  • Statistics are what a drunk use a lamppost for support…Not illumination.

  • Ok, but nobody is better than mj, maybe if oscar robertson played in the late 80s 90s

  • Ok, but nobody is better than mj, maybe if oscar robertson played in the late 80s 90s

  • Jordan and paul situation is blown ouy of porportion. Therws no bad history

  • Jordan and paul situation is blown ouy of porportion. Therws no bad history

  • No, man. LBJ is the best player, but internationally, Kobe is more popular. But not even close to MJ. You need to go outside of USA to understand the trascendence of Magic, MJ, Shaq and Kobe in the rest of the world.

  • No, man. LBJ is the best player, but internationally, Kobe is more popular. But not even close to MJ. You need to go outside of USA to understand the trascendence of Magic, MJ, Shaq and Kobe in the rest of the world.

  • Please, someone who’s just trying to be professional doesn’t say this: “I’ll go on the record as saying Kobe was not an issue at all. He was a very positive part of the meeting. …and it was really messed up that [the media] put it on him when he was one of the best parts of the meeting.”

    He could have said something neutral or something like Kobe was fine, but instead he made a point to bring it up and he’s saying it was one of the best parts of the meeting and the media was spreading false information. This has nothing to do with just being professional. The media were being a bunch of scumbags as usual, and gullible people believed them.

  • Please, someone who’s just trying to be professional doesn’t say this: “I’ll go on the record as saying Kobe was not an issue at all. He was a very positive part of the meeting. …and it was really messed up that [the media] put it on him when he was one of the best parts of the meeting.”

    He could have said something neutral or something like Kobe was fine, but instead he made a point to bring it up and he’s saying it was one of the best parts of the meeting and the media was spreading false information. This has nothing to do with just being professional. The media were being a bunch of scumbags as usual, and gullible people believed them.

  • Ever since Kobe had his reputation tarnished, the media has been out to paint him as the bad guy. Media companies are trying to make money just like any other company, they’re pretty smart about what will get readers and viewers interested, and they’ll exploit it to the end by embellishing, exaggerating and spreading plausible misinformation if it sells more. Don’t forget the NBA is entertainment and drama is entertaining. The media chooses their good guys and bad guys just like any other piece of entertainment and sell the bullshit to the gullible masses like it’s a reality TV show.

  • Ever since Kobe had his reputation tarnished, the media has been out to paint him as the bad guy. Media companies are trying to make money just like any other company, they’re pretty smart about what will get readers and viewers interested, and they’ll exploit it to the end by embellishing, exaggerating and spreading plausible misinformation if it sells more. Don’t forget the NBA is entertainment and drama is entertaining. The media chooses their good guys and bad guys just like any other piece of entertainment and sell the bullshit to the gullible masses like it’s a reality TV show.

  • He wishes he was bro. He is FOURTH, behind the soccer players Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar I believe. Floyd, Kobe (post achilles, age ) and KD are not far behind LBJ

  • He wishes he was bro. He is FOURTH, behind the soccer players Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar I believe. Floyd, Kobe (post achilles, age ) and KD are not far behind LBJ

  • In all fairness, Kobe has embraced the role of villain throughout his career….so it’s not all on the media.

  • In all fairness, Kobe has embraced the role of villain throughout his career….so it’s not all on the media.

  • Depends who you ask. Obviously the first time you see the show you’re gonna be in awe. The encore will be great and entertaining but you’ll always remember the first. That’s the situation Kobe finds himself in. No matter what he does, people will prefer the first show (MJ)

  • Depends who you ask. Obviously the first time you see the show you’re gonna be in awe. The encore will be great and entertaining but you’ll always remember the first. That’s the situation Kobe finds himself in. No matter what he does, people will prefer the first show (MJ)

  • Yeah Sacre seems to be the new Walton. At least Walton at one time in his career was a decent player. I don’t want to knock Sacre or any player however he’s a big body with a likable attitude . Hopefully the right decisions are made from here and the team pulls the shocker

  • Yeah Sacre seems to be the new Walton. At least Walton at one time in his career was a decent player. I don’t want to knock Sacre or any player however he’s just a big body with a likable attitude. Probably the type of player that is supportive of the coach, team, and organization? Someone who helps unite the team and locker room? Hopefully the right decisions are made from here and the team pulls the shocker.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I those who love to blame Kobe now hate Aldridge. You know even though the Lakers had cap space regardless to Kobe contract what do they do blame Kobe. Then they say super stars don’t want to play with kobe but have never found one super star to say that. Then if laker don’t have good enough talent they act like they do and just blame kobe for all the teams troubles. KOBE Bryant the most loved feared and hated in the nba because he is the best.

  • I guess those who love to blame Kobe will now hate Aldridge? You know even though the Lakers had cap space regardless to Kobe’s contract what do they do, blame Kobe. Then they say super stars don’t want to play with kobe but have never found one super star to support that lie. Super stars want to join a stacked or reloading playoff bound team, not a rebuilding team. And some fear the expectations and spot light of a storied franchise, and big media market team.

    Then if the lakers don’t have good enough talent they act like they do and just blame kobe for all the team’s troubles. Instead of calling it the rebuild that it was. You hear haters “He’s holding the ball, he’s shooting too much”. Fact is he is a shooting guard and a scorer. One of the greatest scorers in NBA history. I repeat….He’s a shooting guard and one of the best scorers in NBA history. Why do you think they pass him the ball? High IQ and talent, he knows what to do with the ball. Much better than a sideline buster who’s never won a championship or anything else does.

    The truth was he had no real legitimate support and was just going with the highest percentage guy the team had at the time. If you look at every championship team Kobe has been on it had other guys averaging a good number of points and a decent enough point guard to distribute the ball. He hasn’t thrown out well over 6,000 assist without passing the ball. More assist than Tony Parker, Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Rajon Rondo, D. Wade, Ray Allen, Derek Fisher, and countless other players.

    So health, quality talent, and a decent point guard, has been the team’s problem, not its best player. If Lebron and other superstars constantly have a star lineup to support them shouldn’t we expect Kobe to need the same?

    But still….. when players on the team get injured who do they blame? Kobe. Then if Kobe is getting injured (they blame Kobe) it’s because he’s too old? Yet Randle was a rookie and got injured…. was he too old? Now they want to use Kobe’s age as a reason for him to step aside. Even though he will once again prove he’s the best on the team. And he will once again return to playing at a super star level. What will they say then? Father time LOL……..

    I know they will find a way to “blame Kobe”. Perhaps it is Kobe’s fault he’s worked so hard, and is blessed to be so talented?

    I guess we have to face the fact……..

    Those that like, support, and appreciate all Kobe has done will remain supportive.
    Excuse making finger pointing losers and opportunist will continue to do what they do.

    Those who never really liked Kobe in the first place will continue to knock him. And that goes for those inside of the Laker fan base and outside of it. Especially the great player/ Laker hating media.

    KOBE Bryant is the most loved, feared, and hated player in the NBA for a reason. Because he is the best.

    I guess that’s what happens when you are the hands down best or your own era and one of the greatest NBA players of all time.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Bryant stunk it up badly last year. Let’s just be honest……see attached.

  • Bryant stunk it up badly last year. Let’s just be honest……see attached.

  • If Aldridge wanted to play with Kobe the he would be playing with Kobe this year. Its that simple.

  • If Aldridge wanted to play with Kobe the he would be playing with Kobe this year. Its that simple.

  • No Lebron is definitely second. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world but only Ronaldo is a more popular worldwide athlete than Lebron.

  • No Lebron is definitely second. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world but only Ronaldo is a more popular worldwide athlete than Lebron.

  • No. You will rarely hear players direspect their peers in the media. It’s not good for public image.

  • No. You will rarely hear players direspect their peers in the media. It’s not good for public image.

  • Except the fact that he didn’t has nothing to do with Kobe, that’s the point. It could be that he simply wanted to go home to Texas, every think of that? Or he might have had issues with others in the Lakers front office.

  • Except the fact that he didn’t has nothing to do with Kobe, that’s the point. It could be that he simply wanted to go home to Texas, every think of that? Or he might have had issues with others in the Lakers front office.

  • Nope, Kobe was definitely the problem. I respect Aldridge for being professional about it.

  • Being direct and trying to get the most out of his teammates by being tough on them doesn’t qualify as being a villain. It’s only taken that way by the public eye because most don’t understand how serious he is about pursuing wins relentlessly. He didn’t join the NBA to make friends. It’s a competition and the goal is to win. And there’s nobody more competitive than he is.

    But in the end it’s absolutely true that he doesn’t care about being portrayed that way anyway. He’s always fed off the negativity.

  • Nope, Kobe was definitely the problem. I respect Aldridge for being professional about it.

  • Being direct and trying to get the most out of his teammates by being tough on them doesn’t qualify as being a villain. It’s only taken that way by the public eye because most don’t understand how serious he is about pursuing wins relentlessly. He didn’t join the NBA to make friends. It’s a competition and the goal is to win. And there’s nobody more competitive than he is.

    But in the end it’s absolutely true that he doesn’t care about being portrayed that way anyway. He’s always fed off the negativity.

  • go to asia, some people don’t know lebron. go to europe, they always utter messi and kobe. am not sure about the other continents though.

  • go to asia, some people don’t know lebron. go to europe, they always utter messi and kobe. am not sure about the other continents though.

  • Actually Nike just had Lebron represent them in Asia this Summer. They have a basketball gym dedicated to Lebron in the Phillipines. He is the most recognizable basket ball player on the planet right now.

  • Actually Nike just had Lebron represent them in Asia this Summer. They have a basketball gym dedicated to Lebron in the Phillipines. He is the most recognizable basket ball player on the planet right now.

  • Kobe will never be better than mj. No way. Even if kobe wins 6 or 7 titles he still be below mj

  • Kobe will never be better than mj. No way. Even if kobe wins 6 or 7 titles he still be below mj

  • So tired of all the Kobe bashers, give the guy a break. He is one of the greatest Lakers of all time, one of the greatest players of all time and still has some gas in the tank. Let’s get behind him and the rest of the team and be ready for a much better year this year. I am ready for the season to start… GO LAKERS, GO KOBE…

  • So tired of all the Kobe bashers, give the guy a break. He is one of the greatest Lakers of all time, one of the greatest players of all time and still has some gas in the tank. Let’s get behind him and the rest of the team and be ready for a much better year this year. I am ready for the season to start… GO LAKERS, GO KOBE…

  • Forbes and social media followings think otherwise and he is not even close to the top three! Lol

  • Forbes and social media followings think otherwise and he is not even close to the top three! Lol

  • Im from South East Asia and Kobe is like a god here. When people speak of LBJ, he’s the best player right now. But when Kobe’s name comes up, it’s just on a different level. Here, it’s like MJ Shaq Kobe and NBA.

  • Im from South East Asia and Kobe is like a god here. When people speak of LBJ, he’s the best player right now. But when Kobe’s name comes up, it’s just on a different level. Here, it’s like MJ Shaq Kobe and NBA.

  • “Being direct and trying to get the most out of his teammates by being tough on them doesn’t qualify as being a villain.”
    ====
    Correct, but the “scowl” and the “I don’t give a eff what people think” quotes do.

    Kobe has thrived on this role. I honestly think it motivates him — that’s why the Lakers were such a good road team during his two championship runs…they LOVED hearing the “BEAT LA” chant.

  • “Being direct and trying to get the most out of his teammates by being tough on them doesn’t qualify as being a villain.”
    ====
    Correct, but the “scowl” and the “I don’t give a eff what people think” quotes do.

    Kobe has thrived on this role. I honestly think it motivates him — that’s why the Lakers were such a good road team during his two championship runs…they LOVED hearing the “BEAT LA” chant.

  • Kobe was in China this summer representing Nike as well.

    Who cares about a gym when Kobe has a statue?

    Please stop.

  • Kobe was in China this summer representing Nike as well.

    Who cares about a gym when Kobe has a statue?

    Please stop.

  • Well, we had a hand in that. lol. Outside of Mavs and GS, only west teams to win the last decade plus has been Lakers n Spurs.

  • Well, we had a hand in that. lol. Outside of Mavs and GS, only west teams to win the last decade plus has been Lakers n Spurs.

  • Turkish Airlines, a really big international airline, spent a ton of money on a campaign with Messi and Kobe, not Messi and LBJ.

  • Turkish Airlines, a really big international airline, spent a ton of money on a campaign with Messi and Kobe, not Messi and LBJ.

  • I always find it very worrying when the media make up stories the way they did with the LMA fiasco. And now that LMA himself denounces it, what about making some excuses for lying to people?

  • I always find it very worrying when the media make up stories the way they did with the LMA fiasco. And now that LMA himself denounces it, what about making some excuses for lying to people?

  • Really? I didn’t get that vibe when I was there. Maybe it just the people around you.

  • Really? I didn’t get that vibe when I was there. Maybe it just the people around you.

  • It doesn’t matter anymore. Aldridge is in San Antonio and Kobe won’t be here after this season.

  • It doesn’t matter anymore. Aldridge is in San Antonio and Kobe won’t be here after this season.

  • Your right as far as Mexico(and we dont care much about basketball here) its all MJ and Kobe.. lebron and curry getting more popular because of facebook. But Kobe is legendary and Michael Jordan is still considered GOAT

  • Your right as far as Mexico(and we dont care much about basketball here) its all MJ and Kobe.. lebron and curry getting more popular because of facebook. But Kobe is legendary and Michael Jordan is still considered GOAT

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