A certain article documenting Kobe Bryant and his apparent role in the demise of the Los Angeles Lakers has been garnering a lot of attention recently.
Everyone from fellow journalists and angry Lakers fans to the NBA superstar himself have taken time out to question the words penned by ESPN's Henry Abbott, and Indiana Pacers star Paul George is the latest to add his name to the growing list of disgruntled readers.
Abbott, in his extensive piece, claimed that George rejected the idea of heading home to Los Angeles in 2013 (when a move to free agency was a rumor doing the rounds) specifically because he did not want to be under the watchful eye of Kobe Bryant.
The article helpfully omitted though the reality that George's exit from Indiana was never a likely outcome even with the Lakers having cap space to spare back in 2013 with Indiana always in the driving seat. George of course ended up signing a new deal with the Pacers worth around $90 million.
"...One reason the two-way star had re-signed with the Pacers in the fall of 2013 instead was that he was turned off by the thought that Bryant would police his efforts." - Henry Abbott, ESPN.
George himself had something to say about such claims today however, taking to Twitter to leave fans in little doubt about their accuracy.
Kobe keeping an eye out
It is no secret that Kobe is a tough task master. and his competitive, workaholic character has been the source of some friction with teammates in the past there is no question of that.
But it looks like the accusation that George was so worried about playing alongside the 16-time All-Star that he opted against a move to the Lakers is not one that can be filed in that category.
Abbott cited numerous sources throughout his piece but those sources have now been brought into question by not only Paul George but Kobe himself. The Lakers legend laughed of the report when asked by the media today.
Others to have come out against the article include former Lakers coach and current New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea who labelled the article "absolute garbage and a blatant irresponsible attack."