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Kobe Bryant calls in sick to All-Star session

Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:21 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 4:01 pm
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Kobe Bryant didn't feel like talking at All-Star availability Friday. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

ORLANDO -- The biggest horde of media during Friday's All-Star availability piled up around Kobe Bryant's table and waited. And waited. And waited.

But he didn't show. The official word from the league was that Kobe was sick. Which means that he won't be fined for missing it. Calling in sick is always the best excuse.

Still, it's an odd situation for one of the league's one or two more visible superstars to spurn the mass of reporters, both foreign and domestic. Some even waited there for the entire 30 minutes before a league spokesman finally came over and said Kobe wasn't coming.

Bryant was the top vote-getter in the West with better than 1.5 million votes. It's Kobe's 14th consecutive All-Star Game appearance, which ties him for the most all-time with Karl Malone, Jerry West and Shaquille O'Neal. So obviously he's been here and done that.

But the no-show was a bit curious. There were rumblings it might happen earlier in the week and it's up for speculation as for the reason why. Maybe he didn't want to talk about the Pau Gasol rumors. Maybe he didn't want to talk about the Laker organization potentially being a bit in disarray. Maybe he didn't want to talk about how excited he is to be here. Maybe he didn't want to answer questions about Jeremy Lin. Or maybe he was actually sick. Who knows.

Kobe does have another appearance scheduled for Friday night, a special "surprise" announcement with LeBron James, Omri Casspi, Serge Ibaka and Andrea Bargnani. We'll see if he calls in sick to that too. The only other availability for Bryant this weekend would be following Sunday's game. So by skipping the Friday time, he basically avoided pretty much the bulk of the questions he'd have to answer.

It's not the biggest deal in the world to skip out on the availability, even though he is the only player that didn't show up. All 23 of the other players were there and spent their 30 minutes talking to reporters.

Now if Kobe skips out on Sunday night, well, then that's certainly a big deal.
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Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:40 am
 

Kobe Bryant calls in sick to All-Star session

The Lakers never rebuild.  They just reload - or find some dumb GM to trade their best player for some gummy bears and season tickets to the Wizard of Oz on ice.



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:04 am
 

Kobe Bryant calls in sick to All-Star session

Kobe is SICK of losing games. The Lakers lost a tough game @ OKC last night. They played like 3 games in four days I do believe. So he probably is sick. SICK of answering dumb questions. Sick of the same questions. Sick of losing. Sick of watching his dynasty-caliber team become mediocre in talent. Sick of wondering where the hell is Phil?? So yes. Kobe is and was sick today. He will not be well until the Lakers get him some A-CALIBER help. No disrespect meant to Rasheed and possibly Arenas. Word has it that the Lakers are so desperate for help; they are scouring East L.A. for rumored 7-foot illegal alien basketball players escaped from Mexican drug cartel prisons. Kobe cannot wait to say to Chris Paul and Lebron James; say hello to my little friends!!! 



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:58 pm
 

Kobe Bryant calls in sick to All-Star session

Kobe doesn't give a rat's ass about what you or anyone else thinks about him. He's not Lebron, trying to get back into the public's good graces. The guy wants to win, period. I think it is hilarious how much you think Kobe cares about what you and everyone else thinks. Kobe isn't the pleaser that most people are. He didn't show up for the media. Big deal. The way reporters are these days, especially sports reporters, I wouldn't waste my time with their ridiculous questions. Most of these so-called reporters should be working for the tabloids. Yeah, Kobe's all shook up about what you and everyone thinks about him. Now, that's funny!



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:35 pm
 

Kobe Bryant calls in sick to All-Star session

Aw! Always the jerk no matter how much he tries to be cool! Kobe; you are in the great company of Tiger Woods as a dude that no matter how much you try, you just will never get it or be adored as much as you feel you should be. Unbelievable talents to be sure, but these 2 dudes just will never garner any popular admiration outside of the ball-washers that kiss their butts. Yeah you; Stephen A. Smith and David Feherty.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:48 pm
 

Kobe Bryant calls in sick to All-Star session

Fine the SOB. Show us you're a man Stern. Goodell would've fined him.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:47 pm
 

Kobe Bryant calls in sick to All-Star session

And yes, I meant to put in the "get".  Get it?




Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:45 pm
 

Kobe Bryant calls in sick to All-Star session

If you are going to beat up on someone's grammar, best proof your own post.  I think you meant to write "an" extinct bird. Otherwise, I like your lack of tolerance for people who can't get write three consecutive words without butchering the King's English beyond recognition.  Sentences like, "They will loose all their games," should result in a lifetime ban from any online thread on the planet.




Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:17 pm
 

Kobe Bryant calls in sick to All-Star session

In other breaking news Kobe Bryant ordered a #5, extra large from Burger King.  Oh yeah, almost forgot, Crunch--Time is an arrogant, ignorant, classless a.ss.hole

Vick'sA_Coward...There's nothing better than two rival fans talking some smack about each others teams. That's part of sports. Sure I like to debate and have a little fun while doing so, but I wasn't expecting you to react like this. Your comment was overboard and "classless". So the fun stops here. Enjoy the boards. Perhaps you will be happy when everyone agrees with everything that you say.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:54 pm
 

Kobe Bryant calls in sick to All-Star session

     Perhaps Kobe skipped the interview because he didn't feel like answering the same stupid questions over and over.  He'll be there when it counts- for the game itself.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:29 pm
 

Kobe Bryant calls in sick to All-Star session

Yeah sicking should be the word, again, arrogant piece of dodo

Ever hear the phrase "better to keep your mouth shut and let the world think you're a moron than open your mouth and prove it"?  You should give that strong consideration in the future.....I think the words you were looking for were "sickening", "sicking" is not a word, and "doodoo", a euphamism for sh*t, not dodo, and extinct bird.


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