Kobe Bryant Upset by Benching
Kobe Bryant said he was unhappy after being benched in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 102-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday night, but he tempered his recounting of the event.
“Of course I was,” Bryant told reporters when asked if he was upset about the benching.
Bryant hesitated to elaborate. “Not really,” he said at first when asked if he could speak about the substitution, but went on to support Lakers coach Mike Brown when further pressed about the benching.
“It’s his decision to make,” Bryant said. “He makes the decision. He’s the coach. If you guys are looking for a story, I’m not going to give you one. I can’t sit here and criticize his decisions. In leading this ballclub, that’s something I can’t afford to do. I got to have his back. I’ve had his back the whole season; I can’t start doing something crazy now. It wouldn’t make no sense.”