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FORBES: Kobe Bryant #5 Most Disliked People in Sports

  • ZRF80
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I used to be the ultimate Kobe fan. I defended him against the "Jordan lovers"; I defended him when the Lakers "dynasty" fell apart in the early 00s; I defended him when he was accused of raping that woman in Colorado.

With that being said, Ive seen what the "true" Kobe is all about. You cant really deal with Laker fans cause they're wearing the purple shades and all they see is one of the best players in this game. And there's no doubt about that. However, to say that Kobe was/is a "team" player..........yeah sure, considering he almost cried his way out of LA at least 3 times post-Shaq era. Even Phil Jackson has labeled him as the reason that the Lakers dynasty fell apart. And truth be told, the man couldnt accomplish squat in LA until a former employee from Lakerland practically gave his teamss franchise player to the Lakers for free.

Kobe acts lke a tough guy when he's playing a weaker opponent ala Orlando. But I dont see him wagging his fingers or touting that grin when he plays the likes of superior opponents.

And least Jordan held his own.....winning or losing. Your team could be up by 20, and you still eyed Jordan thinking that this guy could bring the Bulls back any minute. Whens the last time Kobe pulled off a "miracle" of his own in Lakerland ?

Oh thats right. In 2005, when he hit the gamewinner against a Stoudemire-less Suns, putting the Lakers in a 3-1 lead in the playoffs. Boy, he sure showed those Suns right ?

Would Jordan have caved like that.............?
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Originally posted by ZRF80:
I used to be the ultimate Kobe fan. I defended him against the "Jordan lovers"; I defended him when the Lakers "dynasty" fell apart in the early 00s; I defended him when he was accused of raping that woman in Colorado.

With that being said, Ive seen what the "true" Kobe is all about. You cant really deal with Laker fans cause they're wearing the purple shades and all they see is one of the best players in this game. And there's no doubt about that. However, to say that Kobe was/is a "team" player..........yeah sure, considering he almost cried his way out of LA at least 3 times post-Shaq era. Even Phil Jackson has labeled him as the reason that the Lakers dynasty fell apart. And truth be told, the man couldnt accomplish squat in LA until a former employee from Lakerland practically gave his teamss franchise player to the Lakers for free.

Kobe acts lke a tough guy when he's playing a weaker opponent ala Orlando. But I dont see him wagging his fingers or touting that grin when he plays the likes of superior opponents.

And least Jordan held his own.....winning or losing. Your team could be up by 20, and you still eyed Jordan thinking that this guy could bring the Bulls back any minute. Whens the last time Kobe pulled off a "miracle" of his own in Lakerland ?

Oh thats right. In 2005, when he hit the gamewinner against a Stoudemire-less Suns, putting the Lakers in a 3-1 lead in the playoffs. Boy, he sure showed those Suns right ?

Would Jordan have caved like that.............?



This post is so littered with errors, I don't even know where to start. I think I'll just laugh at it and call it a night. Talk about Laker fans wearing purple shades, your just as guilty wearing hater shades. The guy wins a championship and you still bag on his ability to lead a team. I guess your just bitter watching your team's chances flushing down the tube.
Originally posted by SoCal9ers:
Originally posted by pantstickle:
Originally posted by SoCal9ers:
People hating on Kobe cause he's just that dam good!

Nobody hates him because he's good. We hate him because he's a jerk.

what has he done? besides yell at his teammates or slap them upside the head. it's called motivating. LOL can't blame him, the guy wants to be on top of the game!

Are you seriously asking "what has he done?"

How 'bout snitching when the heat was turned up in the interrogation room, in addition to the other traits of his mentioned in this thread.

Those bullsh!t forced tears during the press conference w/ his "soul mate," wasn't exactly endearing, either.


Kobe has balls. As a rookie out of college shooting airballs in the playoffs against Utah, taking 35 shots in a game and making 5, guarding Jordan whenever possible. ..he doesnt give a f*ck about what anyone thinks, ever, and even though he is a d*ck, has no charisma, probably did rape a chick, and isnt a team player, he doesnt give a f*ck about anything but winning, and thats why people hate him. He tries to soften up his image with the olymmmpicccs and NBA cares community service, but he really doesnt care, and he keeps winning, and thats why hes #5. he wins, and will do pretty much anything to do it. I dont know why people dont respect that more, he isnt killing your mom to win, hes just a jerk? who cares?
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Basketball has 4 of the top 10 people.
Another reason I don't watch it as much anymore.
Originally posted by solidg2000:
Originally posted by Jigga:
We all know that he's one of the best ballers ever. (great) But the dude has been a dyck for a VERY long time. He's easy to dislike.

My question is "why isn't Sasha Vujacic in the top 10?" That guy's a douche.

I think you just hate the lakers


No Matter how "hard" Kobe tries he'll never be like MJ.
Originally posted by DynastyChile:
Kobe has balls. As a rookie out of college shooting airballs in the playoffs against Utah, taking 35 shots in a game and making 5, guarding Jordan whenever possible. ..he doesnt give a f*ck about what anyone thinks, ever, and even though he is a d*ck, has no charisma, probably did rape a chick, and isnt a team player, he doesnt give a f*ck about anything but winning, and thats why people hate him. He tries to soften up his image with the olymmmpicccs and NBA cares community service, but he really doesnt care, and he keeps winning, and thats why hes #5. he wins, and will do pretty much anything to do it. I dont know why people dont respect that more, he isnt killing your mom to win, hes just a jerk? who cares?

Toss out the "people hate him because he wins" crap. "Winners" are on display every year in every sport, yet no one is disliked as much as this fool. The reasons are many, but "winning" is the least of it.
On one hand I think he's the best player in the NBA since Jordan. On the other hand you rarely see him crack a joke or anything to that extent. Get's a little serious at times but as a lakers fan and as a Kobe fan I say who cares. He's not going to cater to the media's demands. The only time you see him is when he's on the court or being interviewed by a douchebag member of the media so you can't really say anything about the guy's personality at all.
Originally posted by IWASATTHECATCH:
Originally posted by DynastyChile:
Kobe has balls. As a rookie out of college shooting airballs in the playoffs against Utah, taking 35 shots in a game and making 5, guarding Jordan whenever possible. ..he doesnt give a f*ck about what anyone thinks, ever, and even though he is a d*ck, has no charisma, probably did rape a chick, and isnt a team player, he doesnt give a f*ck about anything but winning, and thats why people hate him. He tries to soften up his image with the olymmmpicccs and NBA cares community service, but he really doesnt care, and he keeps winning, and thats why hes #5. he wins, and will do pretty much anything to do it. I dont know why people dont respect that more, he isnt killing your mom to win, hes just a jerk? who cares?

Toss out the "people hate him because he wins" crap. "Winners" are on display every year in every sport, yet no one is disliked as much as this fool. The reasons are many, but "winning" is the least of it.

Im not sure about that. If he didnt win alot, he wouldnt be on this list, we wouldnt be talking about him, and he wouldnt even be hated at all. There are plenty of douchebag, no charisma, raping girl losers in sports that no one cares about...so i dont really understand your argument there.

Theres plenty reasons why people hate the Yankees, the most hated franchise there is...spending ridiculous amounts of money, being a red sox fan, etc. etc....but the main reason is because they have won the most world series-26. Winners are on display every day in every sport, but few win fkn 4 championships in less than a decade, and are pretty much the face of it...How can you possibly say that winning is the LEAST of it???

[ Edited by DynastyChile on Aug 1, 2009 at 01:13:42 ]
Originally posted by DynastyChile:

Originally posted by IWASATTHECATCH:
Originally posted by DynastyChile:
Kobe has balls. As a rookie out of college shooting airballs in the playoffs against Utah, taking 35 shots in a game and making 5, guarding Jordan whenever possible. ..he doesnt give a f*ck about what anyone thinks, ever, and even though he is a d*ck, has no charisma, probably did rape a chick, and isnt a team player, he doesnt give a f*ck about anything but winning, and thats why people hate him. He tries to soften up his image with the olymmmpicccs and NBA cares community service, but he really doesnt care, and he keeps winning, and thats why hes #5. he wins, and will do pretty much anything to do it. I dont know why people dont respect that more, he isnt killing your mom to win, hes just a jerk? who cares?

Toss out the "people hate him because he wins" crap. "Winners" are on display every year in every sport, yet no one is disliked as much as this fool. The reasons are many, but "winning" is the least of it.

Im not sure about that. If he didnt win alot, he wouldnt be on this list, we wouldnt be talking about him, and he wouldnt even be hated at all. There are plenty of douchebag, no charisma, raping girl losers in sports that no one cares about...so i dont really understand your argument there.

Theres plenty reasons why people hate the Yankees, the most hated franchise there is...spending ridiculous amounts of money, being a red sox fan, etc. etc....but the main reason is because they have won the most world series-26. Winners are on display every day in every sport, but few win fkn 4 championships in less than a decade, and are pretty much the face of it...How can you possibly say that winning is the LEAST of it???

Your post displays how out of touch you are with the true reasons why many hate him. Also, you make it sound like winning is the only reason to dislike someone who plays a sport. Karl Malone didn't win sh!t and he's the only NBAer I'd put ahead of Kobe as far as most hated.

Originally posted by DynastyChile:

If he didnt win alot, he wouldnt be on this list
WRONG

A snitch is a snitch regardless of the trophy case. Throwing the Yankees out there as an example of "people hate winners" is a big reach and does not pass as a parallel. Hating a team is nothing compared to hating a person - I'm not talking about Kobe the player, I'm talking about Kobe, the person.


There's an old saying about Barry Bonds: "He may be a pr!ck, but he's our prick."

This means, we, his hometown fans, knew he was a big jerk, but loved him anyway. What Kobe defenders seem to not get is this objectivity. Just say it. Embrace it. "Kobe may be a phony, unlikable, snitch but he's our phony, unlikable, snitch."

I'd be able to respect Kobe fans if they just acknowledge the lousy human behind the NBA skills that they're cheering for.

Originally posted by DynastyChile:

we wouldnt be talking about him

WRONG AGAIN

We (fans) have opinions about players on teams we like, dislike, and are indifferent to. Those opinions get stronger when the players are hated rivals (SEE: lakers/dodgers/cowboys/trojans). Everything about the person supersedes my dislike of all things lakers.

Originally posted by DynastyChile:

he wouldnt even be hated at all.

WRONG (SEE: A snitch is a snitch regardless of the trophy case.)

In 12/13 years, I have yet to see him exhibit any admirable human traits. If he has any, it's utterly undetectable.

Originally posted by DynastyChile:

"probably did rape a chick"

I'm sure he didn't rape that psychotic, disturbed, money-grubbing, star-struck, floozy. His stupid behavior was bad judgement (cheating on his wife). But hey, at least we got a good mug shot to remember him by.

Originally posted by DynastyChile:

few win fkn 4 championships in less than a decade, and are pretty much the face of it...How can you possibly say that winning is the LEAST of it??

Let's look at a few teams that have won more than 2 in a short span- '80s Lakers, '80s Celtics, '90s Bulls, '00s SA, and LA. Is there anyone from any of those other teams as universally hated? No? Why is that, you think?
Originally posted by DynastyChile:
Originally posted by IWASATTHECATCH:
Originally posted by DynastyChile:
Kobe has balls. As a rookie out of college shooting airballs in the playoffs against Utah, taking 35 shots in a game and making 5, guarding Jordan whenever possible. ..he doesnt give a f*ck about what anyone thinks, ever, and even though he is a d*ck, has no charisma, probably did rape a chick, and isnt a team player, he doesnt give a f*ck about anything but winning, and thats why people hate him. He tries to soften up his image with the olymmmpicccs and NBA cares community service, but he really doesnt care, and he keeps winning, and thats why hes #5. he wins, and will do pretty much anything to do it. I dont know why people dont respect that more, he isnt killing your mom to win, hes just a jerk? who cares?

Toss out the "people hate him because he wins" crap. "Winners" are on display every year in every sport, yet no one is disliked as much as this fool. The reasons are many, but "winning" is the least of it.

Im not sure about that. If he didnt win alot, he wouldnt be on this list, we wouldnt be talking about him, and he wouldnt even be hated at all. There are plenty of douchebag, no charisma, raping girl losers in sports that no one cares about...so i dont really understand your argument there.

Theres plenty reasons why people hate the Yankees, the most hated franchise there is...spending ridiculous amounts of money, being a red sox fan, etc. etc....but the main reason is because they have won the most world series-26. Winners are on display every day in every sport, but few win fkn 4 championships in less than a decade, and are pretty much the face of it...How can you possibly say that winning is the LEAST of it???

Tim Duncan has 4 rings and is probably the most successful (as far as winning %) of any athlete in any major sport over the past decade. How many people hate him? How many non-Laker fans hate MJ?
Originally posted by DynastyChile:
Kobe has balls. As a rookie out of college shooting airballs in the playoffs against Utah, taking 35 shots in a game and making 5, guarding Jordan whenever possible. ..he doesnt give a f*ck about what anyone thinks, ever, and even though he is a d*ck, has no charisma, probably did rape a chick, and isnt a team player, he doesnt give a f*ck about anything but winning, and thats why people hate him. He tries to soften up his image with the olymmmpicccs and NBA cares community service, but he really doesnt care, and he keeps winning, and thats why hes #5. he wins, and will do pretty much anything to do it. I dont know why people dont respect that more, he isnt killing your mom to win, hes just a jerk? who cares?



Which college is this you speak of?
Outside of the rape accusations the reasons for hating Kobe are kind of lame. Yeah he broke up the dynasty a little early, but when it's all said and done the Lakers will be better for it.
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
Originally posted by DynastyChile:
Kobe has balls. As a rookie out of college shooting airballs in the playoffs against Utah, taking 35 shots in a game and making 5, guarding Jordan whenever possible. ..he doesnt give a f*ck about what anyone thinks, ever, and even though he is a d*ck, has no charisma, probably did rape a chick, and isnt a team player, he doesnt give a f*ck about anything but winning, and thats why people hate him. He tries to soften up his image with the olymmmpicccs and NBA cares community service, but he really doesnt care, and he keeps winning, and thats why hes #5. he wins, and will do pretty much anything to do it. I dont know why people dont respect that more, he isnt killing your mom to win, hes just a jerk? who cares?



Which college is this you speak of?

Fabricated State University
Originally posted by IWASATTHECATCH:
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
Originally posted by DynastyChile:
Kobe has balls. As a rookie out of college shooting airballs in the playoffs against Utah, taking 35 shots in a game and making 5, guarding Jordan whenever possible. ..he doesnt give a f*ck about what anyone thinks, ever, and even though he is a d*ck, has no charisma, probably did rape a chick, and isnt a team player, he doesnt give a f*ck about anything but winning, and thats why people hate him. He tries to soften up his image with the olymmmpicccs and NBA cares community service, but he really doesnt care, and he keeps winning, and thats why hes #5. he wins, and will do pretty much anything to do it. I dont know why people dont respect that more, he isnt killing your mom to win, hes just a jerk? who cares?



Which college is this you speak of?

Fabricated State University

never heard of it, must be a great small university.
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