Kobe Bryant To Stop Tweeting During Lakers Games

Kobe Bryant To Stop Tweeting During Lakers GamesThe Black Mamba’s posts to Twitter were noticed by just about everyone remotely interested in the NBA playoffs this weekend. They even managed to catch the attention of coach Mike D’Antoni.  Kobe Bryant’s tweets from his bed were somehow becoming a distraction, so he is going quiet.

‘Just bored’

“I see my tweeting during the game is being talked about as much as the game itself. Not my intention , just bored as I guess #notagain

“To tweet or not to tweet.. I CHOOSE not 2. Focus should be on the team not my insight. @georgelopez voice “Can’t DO nothin!” #vinospeare

As was reported by the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke, Bryant was quite the Chatty Cathy on Twitter during the Lakers’ eventual loss to the Spurs on Sunday. Coach Vino became Fan Vino, a transition that had fans laughing and one particular coach rolling his eyes (via Plaschke).


‘Non-Steve-Blake-like numbers’

D’Antoni may not enjoy the tweets, but I join the multitude of observers who do, because while the Lakers season comes to an assumed end shortly, we might as well have as much Mamba as we can get.

Still, Bryant’s tweets were by far the most interesting aspect of a season gone awry. The Lakers, a team that was supposed to waltz to the NBA Finals at the beginning of the season, are now counting on Steve Blake to put up non-Steve-Blake-like numbers and Pau Gasol to do his best impression of Magic Johnson for the rest of the postseason.

What do you think should be the best move for Kobe Bryant in this dilemma — to tweet or not to tweet?

Source: Gabe Zaldivar, Bleacher Report

Image: USA Today

Phil Jackson Talks About Kobe Bryant’s Achilles Injury

Phil Jackson Talks About Kobe Bryant's Achilles InjuryPhil Jackson weighed in on Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon Saturday, and in typical Zen Master fashion, his opinion came with subtle doses of ego and smugness:

‘Foolish logical leaps’

“Kobe wasn’t going to let the Lakers miss the playoffs. We watched him go thru 3 anguishing plays-the last one devastating…”

“if he had gone to the bench after the 2nd mishap? Like Rose ofThe Bulls one can guess, but what’s done is done. Reality not maybe is zen”

It’s hard to question Jackson’s opinion on anything related to NBA basketball, as his 11 championship rings make a strong case that he’s got all the answers. But by implying that Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni could somehow have averted disaster by removing Bryant from the game after he sustained a pair of minor injuries in the early going, Jackson makes a few foolish logical leaps.


‘Benefit of hindsight’

First, he has the benefit of hindsight, which has a tendency to make it awfully easy to pass judgment on the decisions of others. It’s a logical fallacy to assume that just because one incident preceded another, the first one caused the second.

Second, people with far more knowledge than Jackson have long been split on the issue of whether serious injuries are as predictable as the former Lakers coach seems to think. It’s certainly possible that fatigue, heavy minutes and preexisting conditions might contribute to injuries like torn Achilles tendons or ACLs.

Jackson knows his stuff, but he should keep in mind that his “stuff” has little to do with medicine or the complicated goings-on with teams he no longer coaches.

Do you agree or disagree with Phil Jackson’s opinion about Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon? How much time do you think Bryant will need to fully recover from this injury?

Source: Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report

Image: News One