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Old school Kobe loves Rondo, misses trash talk

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) February 7, 2013 Rajon Rondo 25 Comments

As a Celtics fan, I hate Kobe Bryant for a lot of reasons.  But today, I really despise him…. because he said a lot of things that I really agree with.

In an interview with Jackie MacMullan, Kobe talked about the Celtics, the rivalry, and Rajon Rondo.

First, the topic du jour around Boston, the notion the Celtics are better without Rondo.

“You don’t want Rondo? Send him my way,” Kobe declared. “I love everything about him. Everything. I love his attitude, I love his chippiness, his edge, his intellect, his know-it-allness. All of it. That’s what makes championship players.

“What guard have you seen at his size that will get you 18 assists, 17 boards and 20 points all in one game? That’s unheard of. I love that kid. I always make a point of talking to him during All-Star [Weekend]. He’s one of my favorites.”

The Rondo stuff has been beaten to death, and no one is changing their minds about him.  I just find it interesting that a guy with Kobe’s intensity and obsession with winning would be so eager to play with Rondo.

Moving on…. in a comment that tugs at my old-school heart-strings… Kobe laments the lack of trash talking in today’s NBA:

“If there’s one Celtic that tries to talk smack to me, it will be Paul,” Kobe reported. “We’re similar in age, have been through some of the same things, so he feels like he can try. But he’s not as good at it as I am.

“I don’t talk trash often, but when I do, I go for the jugular.”

The camaraderie of today’s NBA players, fueled, in part, by their AAU alliances, is mildly disturbing to Bryant, who preferred it when the enemy was anyone who didn’t ride the team bus with you to the game.

“They don’t seem to want to talk any trash,” Kobe shrugged. “I say everything to LeBron. He says nothing back. He just laughs. There’s no banter back and forth. I guess it’s a generational thing. When I first came into the league, the trash talk was downright cutthroat.

It’s not that I’m a fan of trash talk (though I did enjoy it myself), I don’t like how chummy everyone is today.  I miss the old days when guys stuck with teams, hated other players, and fought tooth-and-nail for their teammates.

This is a pretty good piece, and worth the read.  There’s an interesting story involving Bill Belichick, his pre-draft workout with the Celtics, and impending retirement.

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  • KGino

    I hate Kobe, but you have to respect the man.

    If it wasn’t for Lebron, i’d hate Kobe so much more. But Lebron makes me realize that Kobe ain’t so bad.

    • Brick James

      I’m assuming you mean Kobe’s basketball persona and not his penchant for forced rear entry.

    • I bleed green in L.A.

      You question my understanding of the Celtics? The Lakers are the #1 enemy and Kobe is the #1 hated Laker of all time. He is just a bad human being in general; selfish, backstabber, accused rayper, Jordan wannabe, pouting baby, not a team player or coachable, the list goes on and on.

      If you think LeBron is worse because he made “the decision” in which all profits went to the boys and girl club, or because he is the best player in the NBA and has knocked us out of the playoffs the last 2 years, then I don’t think you understand the greatest rivalry in sports and who should be enemy numero uno.

  • tim

    take rondo and bass well take dwight thanks kob!

    • RONDOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      WOW….DWIGHTMARE…

    • Stephanie

      No Thanks…Dwight is athletic, but SOFT and fragile minded.

    • Lakers4Life

      Rondo and Bass for Dwight? I’d gladly do that, lets make it happen lol

    • BCS

      You’re dumb for even thinking this. I wouldn’t take Howard if they offered him to us for free. He’s too soft, and lacks the mental toughness to handle a market like Boston.

      • Curt

        yeah but trading him would be fun

  • Lakers4Life

    I honestly don’t see how people hate Kobe so bad, just cause he plays for our rival team. I never liked the celtics but the hatred i have for LeBron is WAY more

    • Celticsfanatic

      Kobe says “I miss the days when the rival team was despised.” Celtics fans agree. Celtics fans should like Kobe.

      Makes sense.

    • thekid

      I dont understand why people hate Kobe either. I am a big time celtics fan and I HATED Kobe when he played with Shaq but over the past couple years it seems like Kobe has changed a bit and now he is more open and doesnt hide from being a dick or saying what he feels. He doesnt care if he hurts anyones feelings, he says what he feels.

    • Reggie35RIP

      Never liked him, never will. His early day ball hogging just put me right off him. Plus as someone else said he’s just a Jordan wannabe, never formed his own identity.

  • Stephanie

    I really don’t hate Kobe…I used to, but the more I listened to him in interviews the less I disliked him..my HATE for Wade runs deep though.

  • Larry Legend

    Most hated list:
    1) Dwayne Wade- not even close
    The rest I dont really hate…LBJ is annoying to me but I dont hate the guy. And Kobe?… Too much respect for him to hate him. Plus he’s a stone cold killer on the court. Not my favorite guy of all time especially off the court, but I don’t hate him. But D Wade…that guy is a dirty little prick. I have no respect for him anymore. The move on Rondo’s elbow sealed it for me. Hate d wade

    • BCS

      I feel ya on D Wade, and I can’t stand that people fail to realize the obvious with him.

    • Curt

      Right on!

      Second after Wade is Joey Crawford.

    • RedsLoveChild

      Wade is definitely the #1 on the current “hate-worthy” list….and that`s not just because his unbelievably handsome face once landed him on People mag`s list of the 50 “most beautiful” people. Who F*** did he have to beat out for that one…Larry King?!?

      Kobe is no longer worth hating…due to age and no longer playing on a contending team.

    • sev

      good call

  • BCS

    I’m not gonna lie, I love Kobe cause he comes from an old school mode of players. I also hate the lack of smack talk in the game now. It’s almost like players rather be best friends against their opponents rather than talking smack and committing hard fouls against them. The new generation of players are talented, but their mentality as a whole is weak. Oh and for those of you who think we’re better off with Rondo, GO SLAP YOURSELF!!!!!!

    • Dannyboy

      where is the thumbs up button dangit. i love rondo and we definitely are not better without him. come post season everyone will be crying because rondo cant play for us. trading him would be the stupidest idea ever.

  • greenman

    Loved how he called out DWight for being a pussy. Never liked kobe but I will say that the up and coming stars (howard, kobe, wade, ect.) make he dislike him a little less.

  • Reggie35RIP

    Pretty huge compliment coming from Kobe. He’s still a douche though.

    I have to agree with him on how soft and buddy-buddy the game has gotten though. I miss the old days when players were fierce and flagrant fouls were just hard fouls.

  • Lewis35

    How can you hate a player who goes out and plays every game even through injuries. He’s a hard nosed throw back to when the NBA was a man’s league. Id take him on my tam any day of the week. He hogs the balll because he has to he’s got old legs and mediocre talent surrounding him. Uhm have we forgotten the days of Pierce hogging the ball??? Why because he had to!

  • Reggie35RIP

    Ummm… He’s got a few new guys that might debate your “mediocre talent” comment. Pau, Dwight, Nash. Bynum before the trade. And remember that guy Shaq he used to play with?

    Yeh Pierce used to hog the ball, but there’s a big difference. He’s not a dick.

    The ball hogging is just a small part of what I don’t like about Kobe anyway. It’s his character I don’t like more than anything. He’s like an ultra talented self entitled spoiled brat. He continuously calls out his teammates in the media instead of confronting them face to face. He’s just a two faced unconvicted rapist that can put a round ball in a hoop pretty good.