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Brandon Jennings: Kobe Bryant Should Not Represent Drew League Team Because He Wasn’t Born in LA

Brandon Jennings has already made a name for himself in the NBA with his game, but he seems determined to make one with his mouth as well.  As we all know, Kobe Bryant has been doing what Kobe Bryant does while playing in the Drew League this summer.  The Drew League is based in Los Angeles.  Why do I tell you that?  Because apparently that matters significantly to Jennings.

According to ESPN’s Chris Palmer on Twitter via I Am a GM, Jennings does not think Kobe should represent the Drew League Team in competition with other leagues like D.C.’s Goodman Team since he was not born in L.A.

“People mad because I said Kobe shouldn’t play for the Drew League team cuz he wasn’t born in #LA,” Jennings wrote on Twitter. “So that’s a lie? I never said Kobe (shouldn’t) play in the Drew League I can careless. I’m talking about the Drew League TEAM! That hooped against DC.”

In other words Kobe shouldn’t be a part of the actual west coast vs. east coast rivalry because he is not originally from California.  He has, however, played for L.A.’s team for 15 seasons.  During that span he made 13 All-Star appearances, won five NBA titles, and earned two NBA Finals MVP awards.  If you can earn your way into representing the Drew League Team, I think Kobe has built an ample resume.  Jennings wants to take the next step with his NBA game and obviously he thinks going after Kobe in public can help get him there.



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  • Anonymous

    I can under stand Mr. Jennings point of view, taking such a hard line (not really clear on the criteria for qualifying to play in the Drew league). However if I’m not mistaken, Kobe Bryant has played in L.A. since he was a teenager 16/17, albeit not in the gym’s of schools in Crenshaw, Compton or Long Beach. However, the Forum was a pretty impressive gym to play ones high shool aged year in if u ask me… 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I’m with Jennings on this one. It’s fine for Kobe to play in the league, but he’s not a native LA guy. He shouldn’t represent them in a regional battle.