Kobe Bryant has backed teammate Pau Gasol for embarking upon a post-game rant following the LA Lakers 114-105 loss to the Orlando Magic last Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Lakers were condemned to their 28th loss of the year against the Magic, prompting Gasol to launch a damning tirade on his franchise’s season.
And Bryant has admitted that he was pleased with Gasol’s frustration because it shows that the forward cares about the results that have been consistently going against the Lakers this season.
“That was the most irritated I've seen Pau in a long, long time," Bryant said.
"I haven't really seen him come in and have a tantrum in the locker room, which is good. It's something that needs to be done.
"It can’t be something where we're losing and it becomes accepted. Or the whole 'We gave it a good effort' sort of thing. We don't do that around here. That's not what it's about. It's not about giving good effort. It's about winning championships."
Bryant himself has every right to be annoyed with his situation of late. The one-time MVP has only been able to play six games this campaign due to injury and his absence has more than just been duly noted by a Lakers side which has now lost 16 of their last 19 games.
But whilst it may be a while until the Black Mamba returns to action Gasol and co. will be hoping they can buck the trend their recent form has set and overcome the high-flying Indiana Pacers tomorrow night.