The Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, and they’ll play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Here’s some of the latest updates:
Kobe goes off in practice
Kobe Bryant described his Lakers teammates as “soft” at a recent practice this week.
Bryant had not been at practice this month until Dec. 11.
He reportedly said, “You m—–f—— are soft like Charmin in this m—–f—–. God damn, is this the type of s— that’s going on in these practices? Now I see why we’ve lost 20 f—ing games. We’re soft like Charmin. We’re soft like s—.”
Nick Young also told Bryant: “Nobody in the world can guard me one-on-one,” to which Bryant replied: “You’re going exactly where I want you to go.”
Coach Byron Scott has held Bryant out of the majority practices this season.
He also told GM Mitch Kupchak: “I’m supposed to practice and get better, Mitch. I’m supposed to practice and get better,” and said his teammates “ain’t doing s— for me.”
He elaborated to ESPN on what he said.
“No, I was just being myself,” Bryant said. “I don’t know if it helps them, but it obviously raises the intensity level. It was a tough practice for them … It’s really good for Nick, aside from the fun of bantering back and forth and the trash talk, just fundamentally some of the techniques and things that I use. He gets a chance to really see up close those little tricks.”
Young makes clutch 3-pointer
For his trash-talking, Nick Young later erupted in an overtime game against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Lakers beat the Spurs 112-110 on Saturday.
Before that Young, made a couple nifty moves.
As this Vine video shows, even Bryant was impressed:
Scott speaks positively on practice
Coach Byron Scott spoke positively about the practice with Bryant.
“I think he brings out the best in the guys. It’s a good way to start the trip … I don’t think anything irritated him. I just think he did a great job of getting everyone else fired up,” he told ESPN.
“He’s always fired up. That’s the great thing about him. He’s such a competitor. When he comes out here the intensity level in practice goes sky high and he challenges guys, which is what you should do,” Scott added.