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Kobe on Rondo "You don't want Rondo? Send him my way,"

Posted by shawn cassidy on February 7, 2013 at 1:05 AM




I hate the Lakers, and not in any small kind of way. It's like what Cedric Maxwell said about the Lakers.“There was a time, if I saw a Laker on fire and I was holding a glass of water, I’d drink the water,” said Maxwell. Through the years I had a dislike for Kobe. I have learned to respect Kobe, and he made it easier with his respect for Rondo.



"You don't want Rondo? Send him my way," Kobe declared. "I love everything about him. Everything. I love his attitude, I love his chippiness, his edge, his intellect, his know-it-allness. All of it. That's what makes championship players.

"What guard have you seen at his size that will get you 18 assists, 17 boards and 20 points all in one game? That's unheard of. I love that kid. I always make a point of talking to him during All-Star [Weekend]. He's one of my favorites."


I think Kobe understands Rondo. They both have a fire to win, and maybe Kobe gets that.



So who would Kobe rather be right now: a Laker or a Celtic?


"I'd take the Lakers, for sure," Kobe answered. "Honestly, I like where we are. I like the pieces we have. We're still a pretty big team. If we get our guys healthy, I think we can make a significant run at it.

"So I'll take my guys. And, even if I felt differently, I'm such a die-hard Lakers fan I'd never admit to wanting to be them," meaning the Celtics.


Is it good to be any team right now? I would have to disagree. With the Lakers out of the playoffs at this point, and time. Plus add on that Gasol may miss the last two months of the season, and Howard has been hurt. The Lakers are running on fumes.

 


 

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4 Comments

Reply Morena
2:32 AM on February 7, 2013 
Much respect for Kobe for this interview.
He backed up his guys as the leader of the team, and showed a lot of respect for Rondo.
I like the way he sees him. It looks like he can see a lot of things that celtics fan just can't see.
Reply Birdman33
3:09 AM on February 7, 2013 
Morena says...
Much respect for Kobe for this interview.
He backed up his guys as the leader of the team, and showed a lot of respect for Rondo.
I like the way he sees him. It looks like he can see a lot of things that celtics fan just can't see.

I agree Morena. Its a genuine respect coming from Kobe. He was one of the guys who tweeted about Rajon. U know Kobe wished he had Rondo over Howard.
Reply Greg
3:11 AM on February 7, 2013 
I think both teams feel for each other, but the fans on both sides don't feel the same.
Reply paul
6:53 AM on February 7, 2013 
Really nice words from Kobe. The Cs are playing great ball right now. I think Kobe understands that sometimes a player and a team just aren't the right mix. Rondo wasn't the right mix for this team. I've already said a lot about why I think that is, and how some of it is Rondo's fault, but not all of it. What I loved best was Kobe doing the assist off the gimme breakaway layup that Rondo does. It was a really meaningful way for him to make a point.

But right now? These Cs look like contenders. As much as I hate them, as much as I don't like how this all happened, how suddenly everyone is playing the way they should have played before, it's great that it's finally happening. They are a real Celtics team. I don't like them, but I recognize the achievement.

So I'd take the Cs now, easily.

Another part of it for Kobe, I think, is that he knows what it is like to have your teammates turn on you.