Lakers News: Kobe Bryant’s Rant Proves He’s Emotional Leader in LA

December 1st, 2012 by Pete Schauer Leave a reply »
If the Los Angeles Lakers weren't listening before, they sure are now.

According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Kobe Bryant chewed out his teammates during Thursday's practice for their lack of toughness. Bresnahan writes:

It wasn't a long rant, maybe half a minute, but he left practice in a hurry, stalking off the court toward the end of it, irritated that the first team had lost to the reserves several times. He knocked some items off a table at midcourt on his way to the locker room and did not talk to reporters who were let in after his outburst.

Following his outburst, Los Angeles responded on Friday night in the form of a 122-103 win over the Denver Nuggets and improved to .500.

It was a different type game for the Lakers, who hardly required the services of their best offensive scorer and emotional leader. Bryant netted 14 points, but the star of the game was Antawn Jamison.

The 14-year veteran scored 33 points off the bench in 33 minutes, connecting on 5-of-10 threes and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Dwight Howard was also dominant, scoring 28 points, snatching 20 boards and hitting a three-p ...

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