December 13, 2004

Bryant says Malone's passes are pretty crisp: Kobe Bryant has accused teammate Karl Malone of putting the moves on Bryant's wife during halftime of a Lakers game. The Bryants passed the word on to Karl's wife first before confronting The Mailman, who reportedly replied, "Shouldn't you be a Colorado hotel room?"

posted by wfrazerjr to basketball at 09:31 AM - 28 comments

I was watching an NBA game yesterday and a soap opera broke out.

posted by 86 at 09:58 AM on December 13

Iím shocked; this takes the wind out of my sails. I thought the mailman was a respectful person, I mean picking on somebody elseís wife is very low and disgraceful. Iím sure now the mailman didnít this of Bryant as his friend after all!

posted by LROD at 09:59 AM on December 13

ever the Kobe apologist, eh, LROD? This is so "she said that he said" its yawnable. Kobe, start a feud with Tmac or something, because this is just stupid.

posted by garfield at 10:05 AM on December 13

Tmac and Kobe one on one, that should be very interesting garfield...

posted by LROD at 10:14 AM on December 13

On a serious note, why the hell are we hearing about this? Why is it news? What coversation has to happen with an agent before the line, "Okay, I'll call ESPN and give them that nugget about Karl hitting on Vanessa last year" comes up? I just cannot understand this. As much as I agree with the idea that hitting on a teammate's wife is a low of all low-points, I'm not sure that telling the press about it to settle some childish score isn't even lower. Free PR advice: If it has to do with infidelity, Kobe should stay away from it and keep his mouth shut. Or better yet, if it has to do with a teammate, Kobe should stay away from it and keep his mouth shut.

posted by 86 at 10:23 AM on December 13

Maybe Kobe should just keep his mouth shut, period.

posted by tieguy at 10:31 AM on December 13

The idea of Kobe complaining about someone's attempt at infidelity... it's just mind-boggling. And it sounds like an off-color joke, not a pass. Jesus Christ, I'm starting to despise Kobe.

posted by dusted at 10:37 AM on December 13

Kobe Bryant is the new Mike Tyson.

posted by rocketman at 11:16 AM on December 13

I thought the link title was clever wfrazerjr....very nice.

posted by smithers at 11:39 AM on December 13

If I want to watch a soap opera, I will turn on the 'Young and Restless"!

posted by daddisamm at 11:49 AM on December 13

Ah yes. The Lake Show does it again. It never does get boring now does it. Can't wait to see what happens next.

posted by bruin8uclap at 04:27 PM on December 13

Kobe Bryant against Godzilla, comming soon to a thread near you!...

posted by LROD at 05:01 PM on December 13

If i wanted to watch bitches, I'd go see a dog show.

posted by garfield at 05:20 PM on December 13

Wow, Kobe Bryant, AKA Mr. Perfect himself. Why doesn't Los Angeles just get rid of the rest of the team? I'm sure he could average 137 points a night if it weren't for his teammates. I really feel sorry for the guy.

posted by Colle at 06:41 PM on December 13

From what Kobe's wife said it sounded like she was the one who was making the pass, not that it really justified Malone's response. Then again, Kobe should not throw stones in glass houses; I think that's why he blames Malone and not his wife.

posted by Bag Man at 07:08 PM on December 13

Kobe sounds like an asshole. Shaq keeps looking better and better by the sound bite.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:32 PM on December 13

If Karl was making a pass one has to wonder how many times in the past 18 years it has worked on a teammates wife. I, for one, delight at the idea of Karl giving it to Kobe's wife but there is clearly something wrong with me.

posted by geekyguy at 08:40 PM on December 13

You know how Shaq really looks better and better? By him doing just about everything he can to make Dwayne Wade into the next Kobe. Shaq has publicly stated that the Heat are Wade's team, and that he just wants to help them win a championship. And dusted, thank you - *taps nose with finger* - you nailed it, baby.

posted by wfrazerjr at 08:41 PM on December 13

Wow, and I recall that Malone was a vocal supporter of Kobe last year (or did I imagine that)? Just how much of a punk is Kobe, anyway? His team is mediocre, and he has attacked, belittled, and tried/succeeded in driving out every other talented star on the team. Kobe even publicly insinuated, as his own travails were still ongoing, that Shaq was guilty of a little tail-chasing while on the road. wfjr is right, he's making Shaq, who I was never a big fan of, look like a stud in all of this. I'm sure any Lakers fans who didn't already think they got rid of the wrong star are regretting the decision these days. As 86 noted, what kind of agent would let Kobe do that, they'd be hollering "People will freakin' laugh at you if you chastise another man for making at pass at your wife!" Assuming it even happened- the part Malone admits to sounds innocent and just ribald humor among friends. The rest sounds way too forced, too convenient in all of this. I just have a hard time believing Karl Malone is saying all these things on a cell phone while in the front row of a Lakers' game. And again, even if all the Bryants' say is true (and I wouldn't doubt that Kobe could lie, and his Lady Macbeth might be just as fierce at protecting their diamond-encrusted empire), dragging it out now is just cheap, tawdry, and low-class.

posted by hincandenza at 11:09 PM on December 13

dragging it out now is just cheap, tawdry, and low-class Interesting choice of words. I've never followed basketball too closely, but before all this Eagle, Colorado business I'd always had the impression that Kobe was a class act. At least the "act" part seems to be true.

posted by rocketman at 07:19 AM on December 14

A couple of weeks ago on SportsCenter, I saw Kobe say that he respected Phil Jackson as a coach "but not as a man, as an individual." PUH-LEEEEZ! Now that Kobe is an admitted aldulterer and accused rapist, he seems to enjoy pointing out the difference between right and wrong, at least in terms of other people. Kobe has turned into the Michael Jackson type individual. We all just watch and see what the next stupid thing is that he will do. Of course, Karl may have done something wrong here, but why does Kobe run to the press? Maybe he thinks if he degrades enough people, he'll start to look better. Doubtful. Kobe's a joke, and I used to be a big fan of his, it's sad.

posted by mayerkyl at 07:29 AM on December 14

On a serious note, why the hell are we hearing about this? No kidding. The only way this becomes public is if Bryant makes it public. I can't believe I used to think that Shaq was the reason for the personality clash in L.A.

posted by rcade at 08:10 AM on December 14

This a TREEE-mendous. Kobe is TREEEE-mendous (and I don't mean that in a complimentary way). Seriously, there are some things you can buy in life but the unintentional humor of Kobe Bryant ... you can't put a price on that. Throw in the fact that he's dropping 26pts/game and throwing in 7asts/game for good measure, and Kobe has to be the most interesting player in the NBA. I can't wait to see him square off with Shaq in the All Star game. I'm practically giddy with anticipation.

posted by Mike McD at 05:37 PM on December 14

Hey Mike McD, you don't have to wait for the all-star game, they play against each other on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas.

posted by mayerkyl at 06:36 AM on December 15

I'm hunting for little mexican girls The NBA ... FAAAAAANNNNN-tastic.

posted by Mike McD at 10:15 AM on December 15

via offwingopinion - dear kobe, STFU

posted by garfield at 10:37 AM on December 15

THE MOST GLARING EXAMPLE OF HOW BEING SELF CENTERED CAN BE SELF DESTRUCTIVE. KOBE HAS MANAGED TO SINGLE HANDEDLY DESTROY THE LAKERS RUINING HIS NAME IN THE PROCESS. ANY ONE WHO THINKS THEYRE ABOVE THE GAME IS DESTINED TO FAILURE.TURNING ON PHIL & SHAQ, " DRY SNITCHING" ON SHAQ ,& NOW THIS PETTY JEALOUSY WHICH SHOULD HAVE REMAINED PRIVATE.WHAT A WASTE OF SUCH GREAT TALENT.

posted by DGIL at 03:46 PM on December 16

HELLO IS THIS MIRACLE EAR?! HI, THIS IS DGIL.... I kid, but I agree with the content of DGIL's post. :)

posted by hincandenza at 07:08 PM on December 16

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