Kobe Bryant: People Need to Back Off LeBron James

Kobe Bryant sat down with George Smith for an interview during the Sunday Night Conversation. Kobe, who’s fresh off showing his soccer skills, was asked about the way the Lakers’ season ended. He admitted the Lakers lost to a team that was playing better than they were. He also said he watched the finals between the Mavericks and Heat. That prompted a question about the venom LeBron received. Kobe defended LeBron.

“I think people need to lay off that kid. That’s what I think. I’ve gotten to know him pretty well from playing with the Olympic team. I think people need to just back off of him and just let him play, let him live his life. Let him make his decisions. Let him mature as a player. It’s tough to be under the microscope like that all the time. I would like everybody to just kind of back off of him and let him play.”

You might think that Kobe was defending his fellow puppeteer because of their endorsement ties, but I think it’s more than that. Recall this is actually the second time Kobe defended the Heat players this season.

Kobe knows what it’s like to be the best player in the league and have everything you do get scrutinized. It’s not fun I’m sure, and it really wears on a person. I’ve said before that we’re ruining our superstars with all our criticism. That’s probably why Kobe wants everyone to back off and let LeBron be.

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  • cbas

    For people who want the attention, the accolades, the drama, the front page as well as the gazillion dollars and then they complaint about the criticism is just nonsense. If you are so wishy washy and can’t stan the HEAT (no pun intended) they just can retre to a lonely island and be happy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHJKFMCGSMBEQGBRKJVLKUGSEQ john g

    When they asked Kobe the question, what did they expect him to say? Obviously he was going to answer to make him look like a good guy. What else would you say in that situation? LeBron deserved everything he got?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BOQOCQAHVX46NX6REGI3ANBFU4 SuiteLadyMaxi

    I don’t like Kobe or the Lakers, but I do respect their game. Kobe does understand very well what its like to be constantly under scrutiny for his personal decisions and I commend him for standing up for LeBron. He certainly didn’t have to regardless of his own publicity… had he badmouthed LeBron I am sure that would have drawn more publicity from all the haters out there… GO HEAT!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2DFGTG75WEVEA34PZ4LZKHSC4 Brendan

    To this day I don’t understand why Lebron has become so villainized. Can someone legitimately answer this question? Alright, “the decision” was narcissistic, even though it raised millions for the youth foundation, but is that what it is all about? If so, that is extremely judgmental. Why did society idolize him for so long and put him on a pedestal? To me that is the real issue. He is just a person that plays basketball really well. What do you want from him? Oh, and this isn’t me defending him, it’s me questioning the hatred. As Tony Montana said, people just want to point the finger and say “that’s the bad guy”. Think about it.