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Kobe Bryant defends Deron Williams

Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:03 pm
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant stands up for Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams, saying he shouldn't be blamed for Jerry Sloan's resignation.kobe-deronPosted by Ben Golliver.

On Thursday, Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams took to the radio airwaves to defend himself from accusations that he prompted legendary Jazz coach Jerry Sloan's abrupt resignation. The Jazz also did their best to close ranks and stamp down the drama by expressing support for Sloan, new coach Tyrone Corbin and Williams during a press conference.

Thursday night, Yahoo! Sports reported that another voice emerged to defend Williams: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's. 
“People need to leave D-Will the [expletive] alone on this,” Kobe Bryant told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday night. Bryant and Williams have competed in the Western Conference for years and won an Olympic gold medal together for USA Basketball at the 2008 Beijing Games. “Leave him alone. He doesn’t deserve to be at the front of this. That’s horse…. He’s a great competitor. He works his butt off. He’s always been a great leader. He’s clutch, performs under pressure. Enjoy the 23 great years that Jerry Sloan gave them, but don’t put this on Deron Williams.”
Couldn't agree more with Bryant. 

As noted earlier today, Sloan has been through every imaginable fire and argument during a career that spanned six (!) decades as a player and coach.  There's nothing Williams -- who is a gamer and known to be a bit surly, but never a cancer -- could say or do that Sloan hasn't already dealt with before. 

A player can get a coach fired. A GM can get a coach fired. An owner can fire a coach. But it's much, much more difficult for any player to get a coach to resign his position. Especially when that coach is as principled, consistent and disciplined as Sloan has been during his 23-year tenure in Utah.

Williams, even though he's an All-Star, is just one of hundreds of players Sloan has coached. None of them could make Sloan walk away from the game like he did on Thursday. Only Sloan could do that.  

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2011 10:37 am

This isn't going to help things.

Having the most hated player in Utah defend D-Will isn't going to help as much as hurt. It would have been better for Kobe to attack D-Will and then all of the Jazz fans would galvanize behind Deron. I personally completely agree with Kobe, but This won't help.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2011 9:57 am

Kobe Bryant defends Deron Williams

So since when is Bryant the spokesman for the NBA?  Leave this guy alone, the owners are the reasons for the overpaid players, not the players, where the hell does he get off?  I'd love to see the owners, of course not with any prior knowledge to what other owners do, of all the sports leagues say no to players demands for these stupid raises.  Put an end to it, when the negotiations come up and theplayer wants $20mil per season, no matter the sport, just say no, if ALL the owners do that what's the "superstar" going to do go work for fWalmart, NO he'll lower the outlandish demand and sign for something less.  Case closed it's that simple, and with any luck it'll put a few of these super agents out of business.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2011 1:45 am

Kobe Bryant defends Deron Williams

I'm one of the guys who used to be a hardcore NBA fan.  I'm 35 i'm not old and i'm no longer young.  I have watched the game evolve for well over 20 years now though.  It's no longer the same.  There used to be so many great coaches back in the day.  Now how many can you name?  Yeah Jacksons still in LA but what other names are out there?  There aren't many because those that are in the league now don't really have a lot of impact.  They do there best to keep their star players happy so they don't have to worry about them demanding to be traded to some other team.  Or the players can always go over the coaches head to get him replaced now days.  For all intents and purposes this is a player driven league now the way the players always wanted it.  Am I one of the few to have the guts to come out and say the game isn't as good now?  I'll be honest and say I root for my home team the Thunder.  I like Durant cause he's not like a lot of these other "superstars".  He is happy where he is in a small market and didn't make a huge production out of keeping his talents in OKC.    But even still I barely pay attention during the regular season anymore.  When it gets close to playoff time if the Thunder are in the mix I start paying attention but other then that?  Meh....  Right now the game is broken and until players are reminded they are employees and not the ones running the show it's just going to continue to turn off viewers and players force there way to one team or another.

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2011 12:14 am

Kobe Bryant defends Deron Williams

If you dislike the NBA why the f&#k are you reading about it???  Leave your comments golf blogs and nascar!!  Idiots!!

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:23 pm

Kobe Bryant defends Deron Williams

Todays NBA players do not need a coach..they need babysitters.  As a whole they are about as uncoachable a group that is in pro sports.  Jerry has always been about the "team"  NBA players are about "me"

The NBA is a lousy product to watch and getting worse by the year.

Can`t wait for March Madness and to watch some real bastketball being played.

Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2011 8:59 pm

Kobe Bryant defends Deron Williams

I read your posted remarks concerning the NBA. There are many fine upstanding men that play in that league. But like most groups that number more then three, there are some that fall short of expectation in there behavior and playing skills. I would miss the NBA and the players, coaches, commentators. And there are more people that would miss the NBA then those that won't. those thugs as you call them contribute to more social charities then u could in five live times. Go Lakers and "old bryant" is and will always be the man. 

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 7:09 pm

Kobe Bryant defends Deron Williams

Just another reason, where there are reasons too numerous to mention, that the nba totally sucks!  Sure this clown is going to defend another player, and why not, the players rule, not the coach!    WHY, do nba teams have coaches?   They don't need them, why if a player feels 'put upon', he can choke the coach, or he just tells the coach 'I don't want you here anymore, get out!!, and he get's his wish.   I think the nba really stinks, and every so called 'team', can go bankrupt and go out of existance, and it wouldn't matter at all, I mean, who would miss it!  I sure wouldn't.   98.9% of nba 'teams', aren't 'teams' at all, just a collection of stinking street thugs who think that their manure don't stink!    Well, guess what?, it REALLY does!   Kick old bryant off the 'team', his big mouth isn't needed anyway.   The nba isn't needed, anyway.   I am so glad the SuperSonic's left Seattle, and heck, I don't even miss them, not one little bit.

Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:22 pm

Kobe Bryant defends Deron Williams

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