Once again, poor attention to detail and a lack of understanding of the basketball culture has resulted in a writer putting his foot in his mouth when someone should put it up his a** for misinterpreting Sam Mitchell‘s comment where he kidding stated he hated Kobe Bryant. Fact of the matter is, Mitchell made the comment in a joking fashion. Keep in mind, several years ago Kobe torched his then Toronto Raptors team for 81 points — the second highest single scoring performance in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain holds the record with 100, and Kobe is the ONLY player to come even remotely close. Kobe’s latest performance was a 38 point win versus Mitchell’s Timberwolves team, where he helped the Lakers snap a 10 game losing streak. Basically, there’s a history where Mitchell’s team gets lit up by Kobe. So whats all the fuss about? A comment made by Mitchell which was taken completely out of context.
Even if Mitchell actually hated Kobe, why the hell would it be news? The answer is simply because drama sells and most of these so called sports writers are too lazy to actually put some work behind an article that would even mildly engage the audience in a thought provoking fashion. Instead, most of them are overly anxious to take the TMZ route, because of course, writing about fluff pays the bills and fills the gas tank for most of them.
I for one am sick of the b.s. Lets get back to the game, the culture, the essence of basketball when most of us focused on the art and not the theatrics generated by fluff police. How about we discuss how great and competitive Kobe still is, and even as his body slowly deteriorates, his mental toughness keeps him coming back injury after injury.
How about writing an article about the 2000-2002 Lakers dynasty headlined by Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Robert Horry and a supporting cast that contributed to the only 3-peat since the Michael Jordan era.
No, staggering historical facts aren’t important enough because “Sam Mitchell hates Kobe Bryant“ made for a edgy headline — the usual click bait where the title fails to coincide with the actual content, leaving you (the reader) with the wtf face.
I’ve vented long enough, and as much as I’d love to thrash the so called editor who published such garbage, i’ll leave on a lighter note.
Dear writer, here’s something to embed in the mush you like to call a brain. Kobe represents the last of a dying breed — a player who encompasses the heart, soul, and tenacity required to put it all on the court night in and night out. We should celebrate his legacy while we still can. Without him, you wouldn’t have a job.
Get back to sports and miss me with the mangina sports gossip.