Kobe Bryant has had to take a lot of criticism lately after an ESPN feature piece by Henry Abbott blamed the Black Mamba for the Lakers' failures in recent years.
But rather than sit back and ignore the comments made in the in depth piece, Kobe felt compelled to speak on Wednesday and air his side of the story.
Abbott insinuated that Kobe is the reason why the Lakers have fallen on hard times. Last year, the Lakers fell to their worst record this century with a poor 27-55 win loss record.
Kobe was injured for most of last season so he can't be fully blamed for LA's failure to get off the ground. But Abbott's view is that Kobe is somewhat of a cancer in the Lakers' camp. A player that is destroying them from within, with one particular example of Kobe almost destroying the Lakers chances of getting Steve Nash in 2012 proving most explosive.
The reports have been dismissed by Paul George and NBA great Phil Jackson, but rather than come out all guns blazing, Kobe Bryant remained diplomatic about the bad publicity.
"It's not the first one and won't be the last one," Kobe Bryant explained, according to LakersNation reporter Serena Winters.
"Stay focused on the big picture and things are never as bleak as they seem at the time, so I just kind of roll with it," Kobe continued.
Whether or not what Abbott said is true or not, we know for sure that Kobe is going to be an even more determined man this season as a result of this negative publicity.