Kobe Bryant is one of the hardest and toughest competitors the NBA has ever known. He may be in his twilight now and his body damaged, but he was once the most feared player in the whole of basketball.
Players across the NBA feared the talents of the Black Mamba, but so did his teammates. They always say that to be the best you have to play like the best in games and in practice, and Bryant is well known for driving his teammates crazy with his insane competitiveness.
Some experts say that this is simply a by-product of a champion player, but others believe that Kobe is one of the worst teammates the NBA has ever known.
Kobe doesn't care
Current Lakers teammate and point guard Nick Young once revealed that after an attempt to talk to Bryant, Young said that the Black Mamba simply replied to Young and explained that he doesn't speak with players on teams that are under .500.
It's unlikely that Kobe's attitude towards losing has changed too much even now after the Lakers barren last couple of seasons, but Bryant did open up this week on whether he really is that much of a terrible teammate.
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"Does my nature make me less enjoyable to play with? Of course,” Kobe told LakersNation. “Of course it does. Is it possible that some top players in the league are intimidated by that? Yes. But do I want to play with those players? Does the Laker organization want those specific players? No.”
Holding the Lakers back
To say these comments are ludicrous would be an understatement. In reality, every team needs different characters and players that offer different ways of thinking.
Kobe Bryant may have won six championships running with one type of ideal for himself, but continuing this philosophy is now running the Lakers into the ground.
Bryant is so unwilling to play with any real stars of the game that don't share his similar approach to playing basketball.
Carmelo Anthony was linked with the Lakers during last summer's free agency, but after long talks with Kobe, Carmelo decided that LA was not for him.
If Kobe would have said the right things in those meetings, it's likely that Melo would now be playing ball in LA. The sooner Kobe retires the better off the Lakers will be.