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2/29/12 6:08 AM
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With the way Kobe Bryant mercilessly rode LeBron James in those final minutes, the way Kobe demanded to defend LeBron, the Miami Heat’s star had to shoot the ball. Dwyane Wade had broken Kobe’s nose in the third quarter, and now it was James’ turn to break his spirit in the fourth. 

After all, this was an All-Star game, and ultimately the moment everyone had waited to witness. Game’s on the line, Bryant on James. There’s nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. Most of all, there’s nothing to lose. Take the shot, live with the consequences.


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Six seconds left, the ball swung back to James, and he threw a long crosscourt pass that the West’s Blake Griffin grabbed before it could ever reach Wade. The expressions on Bryant and Carmelo Anthony’s faces – one an opponent and an enemy, one a teammate and a close friend – were unmistakable: Are you kidding me, LeBron?


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Here’s the thing, too: James knows Bryant goes to great lengths to belittle his unwillingness to rise up in the final moments of his biggest games. Bryant has five titles to James’ none, and had to bail James out in the fourth quarter of the gold-medal game of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Now Kobe was within inches, screaming into James’ face, “Shoot the [expletive] ball!” And, still, LeBron’s instincts weren’t to take ball and deliver it down Bryant’s throat. Score on Kobe, win the game and tell him to go to hell. Bryant would respect that.
2/29/12 1:53 PM
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I read this when it first came out on either Sunday night or Monday morning.  :)  Good read though, it's funny because it's true.
2/29/12 2:21 PM
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It was funny because it happened twice in those closing seconds. The first time when he passed it to Wade and Blake Griffin intercepted the ball. But the East got the ball back with like 1.1 seconds left and LeBron was the inbounder so he clearly wasn't taking the last shot. When Kobe saw that he was inbounding the ball he told LeBron, "C'mon man, Goddamn!"

http://youtu.be/zN-B_l1bEos

In both instances I didn't think Kobe was taunting LeBron, he was really encouraging him to just go for the glory. He was just disappointed in LeBron for not wanting to take the last shot because he was so hot from 3 that entire game. Kobe developed friendships with LeBron and Carmelo during the 2008 Olympic games so in something like an all-star game that doesn't affect the Lakers he wants to see them do well.
2/29/12 6:14 PM
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 ^I agree.  The olympics is coming up, Kobe and everyone else would much rather see Lebron going for the glory than passing off.
2/29/12 6:34 PM
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I think Wade still doesn't like Kobe even after playing on the Olympics together because of loyalty Wade feels towards Shaq.

During the time Shaq was traded to Miami is when he was the saltiest towards Kobe and probably relayed some of that hate to Wade when they played together. Shaq and Kobe are okay with each other now, but it seems Wade won't let it go.

And that's why you get this lame shit like that hard foul Wade put on Kobe in an all-star game. Jackass move to do that in a game for the fans. There were like 40 dunks in the game. Nobody is going to care if Kobe gets one around you.
2/29/12 6:50 PM
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Foolish talk is foolish, here's a more recent article to settle you and the rest of the "analysts" jibber jabber about this incident.

Wade says he apologized to Bryant

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer Feb 28, 10:18 pm EST

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MIAMI (AP)--Insisting he meant no harm, Dwyane Wade revealed Tuesday that he has apologized to Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant multiple times for a blood-drawing, nose-breaking foul during the All-Star game.

The first of those apologies, Wade said, came during the game when he saw Bryant's face had been bloodied. Wade also said he sent the Lakers' star a message after the game in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday night.

Wade said critics who questioned why he never offered an apology for the play--the likes of which seemed to be something not typical in an All-Star game setting--simply made incorrect assumptions.

"I don't care what I'm portrayed as," Wade said after Miami's first practice following the league's All-Star break. "It's unfortunate, obviously. I don't want to ever hurt anybody in this game, especially on a freak play like that. It's unfortunate. I send my apologies. But it's not intentional. If it's something I did intentionally, it'd be a different story."

A week ago, the Heat could make jokes about how they were out of the NBA spotlight, bumped by the meteoric rise of Jeremy Lin in New York.

Now it's a different story.

Two plays seem to be generating the most attention from the All-Star game-- Wade's hard foul against Bryant and LeBron James' ill-advised pass at the end of what became a three-point loss for the Eastern Conference.

"It's an All-Star game. I mean, come on," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who couldn't answer a question about what he thought of James' play in the final seconds because he said he didn't watch the game or see any replays of it since. "It's a continuation of the theater of the absurd. I don't even know if it's going to motivate me to actually even look at it. I haven't seen it.

"There's nothing we can do about it, about the extreme exaggeration about everything that happens with our team," Spoelstra continued. "All we can focus on is us. And at the end of the season, hopefully it ends the right way, and that'll ultimately be the only way we can shut people up."

The Heat enter the second half of the season tied with Oklahoma City for the league's best record at 27-7. Miami starts a three-game road trip Thursday night in Portland, followed by a game at Utah--and then, in a nationally televised game that probably got a whole lot more interesting, at the Lakers on Sunday afternoon.

Bryant stayed in after the Wade hit, and the Lakers said Tuesday that he also got a concussion in the All-Star Game. Bryant is listed as day-to-day by the Lakers, who play host to Minnesota on Wednesday night.

"D-Wade didn't, at all, go for a hard foul," James said. "He went to wrap his arms up and accidentally hit him in the nose. ... He meant to foul him but he didn't mean to hard-foul him like that."

Wade acknowledged that he did try to foul Bryant, and said he did so to stop the clock so he could approach a nearby referee to complain about fouls that he felt were committed against him and went uncalled.

So not long after a Pro Bowl that was deemed by NFL fans and even Commissioner Roger Goodell as lacking any real sense of competition, the NBA's version of a star-studded exhibition got too fiery down the stretch by some standards.

"Hey, what do you want?" Heat forward Chris Bosh said. "It was all about the game. It came down to the last possession. It was all for the fans. That's what they want. You get competitors out there, it may go a certain particular way for a limited amount a time, but after a while guys, they're really going to get after it. And those make the best games.

"That's what people want to see."

At the end, James found himself in the spotlight.

The East trailed by two points when James got the ball with about five seconds left near midcourt. Guarded by Bryant, James dribbled right, then tried slinging a one-handed diagonal pass back to his left. The pass was stolen by Blake Griffin, who made one free throw to close the scoring in the West's 152-149 win.

It was reported Sunday that Bryant told James to shoot the ball in that situation, and James said afterwards he let his team down. But it didn't end there.

That play has been questioned since.

"Is that something new?" James asked, rhetorically on Tuesday.

Wade apparently was ready to put the All-Star game behind him and said he was done discussing the issue after Tuesday. However, it's almost certain to come up again when the Heat head out to face Bryant and the Lakers over the weekend.

"When I saw the blood in his nose, I was like, `Obviously, I wasn't trying to do that, man,"' Wade said. "I don't know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and do it. I don't have to do that. ... I send my apologies to Kobe and I move on from it."
2/29/12 6:51 PM
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2/29/12 7:13 PM
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That article does nothing to dispel any of what I wrote above. I don't think Wade likes Kobe and that is why I think he gave a hard foul in a meaningless all-star game. I never said he didn't apologize for it, I'm saying it was a lame thing to do during a game for the fans and nothing Wade says can change that. Nobody was playing defense in that game until the closing moments, and even then nobody was giving hard fouls.

His shitty attitude at the post-game presser is what I was going off of. Wade is playing the victim by turning the shit around on Kobe and said that Kobe fouled him twice so Kobe was still one up on him. Yeah, Kobe got you good yet he's the one with a concussion and a broken nose. And now he thinks the media is trying to portray him in a bad light. He's being a crybaby.

You injure a star player in an all-star game you are going to take some heat for that. Anyone would. You're not special.
3/1/12 12:37 AM
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