LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — A Disgruntled Kobe Bryant ripped into his Los Angeles Lakers teammates, following another humbling defeat in the NBA on Sunday night.
The Lakers stumbled into another setback after suffering a 113-103 loss to the Orlando Magic at Staples Center.
Bryant’s reaction on Sunday is a clear sign that the veteran guard has had enough, prompting him to vent his frustration.
He’s warned everyone in the locker room to get their attitude and game together or they’ll have to answer to him.
“I’ll kick everybody’s a** in this locker room if it doesn’t happen,” Bryant said. “It’s the attitude you have to have.
“Metta (World Peace) is the same way. Dwight (Howard) has it in him as well. Even though he smiles a lot, he cares a lot about this. Come hell or high water, this has to get done.”
The Lakers (8-9) are yet to get the best out of star forward Pau Gasol, who is becoming less-and-less reliable in the new system coach Mike D’Antoni is trying to install.
The coaches are obviously trying to find the best approach to keep Gasol happy, Bryant has other words for his good pal.
“Pau has to make some adjustments, obviously, to his game,” he said. “He might not be posting up as much as he likes, but he just has to adjust.
“The reality is, I’ve adjusted. I’ve never run this many screen-and-rolls in my entire life. But I’ve worked on it.
“I’ve worked on handling the ball; worked on coming off screens and making plays. I’m used to being in the post much, much more.
“You have to adjust; you have to master what it is we’re trying to do here. Pau’s talented enough and good enough to be able to do that.”
Bryant added to Gasol: “Put your big-boy pants on. C’mon . . . just adjust. You can’t whine about it or complain about it.
“Heck, I’m 34 years old, and I’m running screen-and-rolls out there because Steve (Nash) is out, and my a** is running up and down the court more than I ever have in my entire career. But you have to adjust to it.
“I stay after practice and work on my ball-handling and screen-and-rolls, and when you have the talent to adjust to it, you just . . . have . . . to . . . adjust . . . to . . . it.
“We’re not going to lose (Pau). This is just not going to happen. I’ve been around him long enough to know how to deal with him.”