(Photo) NBA: Paul George Reacts to ESPN Report That He Didn’t Want to Play With Kobe Bryant

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The war between Kobe Bryant and ESPN is continuing to brew.  First they ranked him the 40th best player in the NBA.  Bryant then responded by calling them idiots.  ESPN then fired back saying they overrated him in the first place.  Kobe then took another dig at the sports giant by calling them idiots yet again while telling rookie Julius Randle to be smart.  And now we have this long and detailed article from ESPN which blames Bryant for the Lakers downfall.  In addition to his contract extension, they also write details from anonymous sources saying that Bryant contributed to the Lakers inability to land a big star and whenever they did get one, Bryant drove them away (i.e Dwight Howard).  One of the big stars they mentioned was Paul George but he denies the claim.

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NBA: Ouch! What? ESPN Magazine Now Says That Kobe Bryant Is The Lakers’ “Downfall”

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When ESPN ranked Kobe as the 40th best player currently in the league, many of us were shocked that the multi-time NBA Champion was ranked so lowly given his caliber and high level of play. Kobe thought the ranking was ridiculous, but it seems as if ESPN took their criticism of Kobe to another level by saying that he’s destroying the team he brought many accolades to. Hit the jump for details.

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(Video) NBA: ESPN’s Skip Bayless Says That Kobe Bryant Got His First Sneaker Deal Because Of His Sexual Assault Trial

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Wow! During this morning’s First Take, Skip and Stephen A. Smith debated over athlete endorsement deals after controversies and incidents. In the middle of the discussion, Bayless mentioned Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case in 2003 and claimed that it helped him sell sneakers. Hit the jump for details.

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NBA: Kobe Bryant Tells Julius Randle He’s a Bigger Idiot Than ESPN If He Doesn’t Mimic His Work Ethic

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Despite all he knows about how Kobe Bryant treats rookies, Julius Randle has been very excited to join the Los Angeles Lakers.  Randle said he believes he and Kobe have a lot in common and he can learn a lot from the NBA legend.  Well Kobe feels that way too but if Randle fails to learn from him and their coach Byron Scott, Kobe let Randle know straight up that he’s an idiot.

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(Video) NBA: Shook Ones! Alec Burks Hits Kobe Bryant With Behind-the-Back Crossover!

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This is some good old basketball back and forth.  After Kobe Bryant hit a three-pointer over Alec Burks he was certainly looking for some payback and he got it right away on the other end of the court.  Burks hit Kobe with a behind the back crossover shaking the Black Mamba before he took it to the rim for the and 1 layup.  Even the greats get schooled now and then.

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NBA: LeBron James Discusses Kobe Bryant’s Return

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Though the media pushes a rivalry between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, there’s no doubt that the two have a lot of respect for each other.  At the end of the day both of them will go down as two of the best players in basketball history.  While LeBron is continuing to rise in his career, Kobe is heading towards the end of his.  After two major injuries he’s returning to the Lakers to give that elusive sixth ring another shot.  So what does LeBron think of Kobe’s return?

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NBA: ESPN Fires Back At Kobe After He Calls Them “Idiots”, But Did They Go Too Far?

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It is funny that a story centered around the word “respect” could come off as so disrespectful and condescending.
I know by now all you guys heard about ESPN ranking Kobe 40th in this years edition of the NBA player rankings. Whether you love or hate Kobe, the rank caused a huge uproar across all of social media. Kobe replied by calling them “idiots” when asked about his spot on the list, and that should of been the end of that. But someone at ESPN felt the need to keep it going and write a story about respect, while seemingly disrespecting one of the greatest players ever.

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(Video) NBA: Kobe Bryant Reacts To ESPN’s #40 Ranking!

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Yesterday fans went crazy when ESPN ranked Kobe Bryant the 40th best player in the league (which for the record, I think sounds insane — I can’t name 39 players better than Kobe — even with his injury). We all waited yesterday for Kobe’s reaction and now we have it.
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(Video & Photos) NBA: Stephen A., Skip Bayless, Brandon Jennings Debate Kobe’s Ridiculous Ranking !

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While Lakers’ star, Kobe Bryant, began last season with much baggage, including being out majority of the season due to injury. Well, ESPN believes there are 39 players who will perform better than Bryant during the 2014-2015 season. Yes, Kobe Bryant has been ranked 40th in the NBA . Hit the jump to see much debate on the crazy ranking !

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NBA: Whoa Too Much? Coach Byron Scott & Kobe Bryant Agree On Kobe’s Minutes Per Game

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Kobe Bryant is 36-years old and coming off two major injuries.  Still the Lakers didn’t do as well as they’d hoped during the offseason which means Kobe will still have to carry the team on his back (no matter how withered).  Lakers coach Byron Scott however has high hopes for Kobe and believes the superstar will score 23-24 points per game.  So how many minutes will that take?  Check it out.

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