It’s no secret Kobe Bryant and former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t have the best basketball relationship. D’Antoni and the Lakers sputtered to a combined 67-87 record over the last two seasons, resulting in the coach’s resignation last May.
As the Lakers opened training camp this week under new head coach Byron Scott, Bryant couldn’t resist throwing one last jab at D’Antoni.
Kobe: “DAntoni and I didn’t have the same philosophy on winning. For me, it’s winning and no inbtwn…it’s championship or a waste of time”
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) September 29, 2014
D’Antoni drew a lot of criticism for trying to install his famous up-tempo offensive system, which rarely emphasises defence — something Bryant and other Lakers didn’t necessarily approve of.
Bryant went on to praise Byron Scott, claiming they both only have one goal: winning a championship. Unfortunately for Bryant, this year’s Lakers roster is similarly putrid, and likely won’t even sniff the playoffs.
It may be a bit of a low-blow, but this is just Kobe being Kobe.
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