I have been a Kobe fan since the day he got to town. But he makes it hard at times. The Lakers trying to salvage something from his awful season by at least winning a game or two against the Spurs.
And throughout the game one loss, Kobe is cranking out the tweets. Some critical of the way the team is playing. Even a shot at the coaching. And then when it becomes such an issue that coach Mike D’Antoni is asked about it in the post game media room, Kobe fires off another tweet, expressing surprise that it became such a big deal.
We are not exactly talking about a naive guy when it comes to the media. His every move has had impact from about his third year on. He knows how quickly these things are picked up and the ramifications.
This isn’t just between Kobe and 3 or 4 of his close personal friends. Last check he had 1.7 million followers. And he sees how many of his tweets are picked up on national sportscasts if there is a juicy tidbit. To feign surprise that it became an issue is disingenuous at best.
And to do anything that can be a distraction to your team smacks of a guy who has to be in the spotlight no matter what. It won’t affect the series. But still, you just want to tell him… “Kobe. You’ve made it. You don’t have to campaign any more.”