Kobe Doesn’t Care Where LeBron Ends Up; Just Ask Him
Los Angeles Clippers fans would really like it if LeBron James signed with their team. If you don’t believe me, just ask the 75 or so that attended a parade in an attempt to help nudge LeBron in their direction. There may be no one who wants The King more than New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has taken time out of his apparently lax schedule to design a campaign called “C’mon LeBron”. It’s tough to find people who don’t care where LeBron James signs in the coming days. One person who definitely doesn’t care and would rather not be asked about it is Kobe Bryant. Here’s what Kobe Bryant told the New York Post when asked if he thought LeBron James would end up in New York, courtesy of The Sporting Blog:
You’re asking me if LeBron is going to New York? I’m trying to tell you in a polite way, I don’t give a [bleep]. As a fan, it’s a big deal. You’re talking about LeBron and Dwyane Wade, it’s two huge names changing cities. It alters things drastically in the NBA. But I really don’t care about it.”
I’m not much of a Kobe fan, to say the absolute least. This postseason has officially convinced me that he’s the best player in the NBA — assuming LeBron James’ elbow wasn’t much more of an issue than we were led to believe — but I don’t like him. I’m a life-long Celtics fan, so I suppose it’s a natural feeling of hatred. Not to mention I get the impression that he thinks he’s funny every time I watch a post-game press conference and, in my opinion, he’s not.
The point I’m getting at is that I love this response from Kobe. He says he’s trying to be polite, but is he? Should he be? I don’t think he needs to be because it’s a stupid question. Kobe’s trying to lead his team to back-to-back NBA titles. LeBron is off somewhere playing golf and laughing at how obsessed the world is over where he’s going to sign. Rather than dancing around the question and telling reporters in a friendly way that he has his mind on other things, he showed how locked in he is. If it doesn’t have to do with the NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant doesn’t want to talk about it. That’s something I can respect.