The Los Angeles Lakers have been playing with an added fire and it appears that it is the result of Lakers star Kobe Bryant chewing out his teammates during Thursday’s practice for their lack of toughness.
He was in an angry mood at Thursday’s practice, calling out his teammates for not being tough enough in games, The Times has learned.
It wasn’t a long rant, maybe half a minute, but he left practice in a hurry, stalking off the court toward the end of it, irritated that the first team had lost to the reserves several times. He knocked some items off a table at midcourt on his way to the locker room and did not talk to reporters who were let in after his outburst.
Bryant’s message wasn’t light. It contained expletives and hammered at the same theme. The Lakers should not be playing this poorly. Everyone needed to be stronger emotionally and physically.
Bryant is known for his highly competitive attitude and the rant at practice is just the latest indication of the fire he plays with.
It’s unfortunate for the Lakers that they needed this kind of motivation to ramp up their efforts on the court, but the killer instinct from the Black Mamba has spread through the entire squad for the better.