Curt Schilling is never one to hold back his thoughts. And with his running blog over at 38pitches.com, he now has another means to express himself. If you have never read it, it is very entertaining and in my opinion the best athlete blog out there. Kudos to Gilbert Arenas, Chris Cooley and Greg Oden; but if you want to get into the mind of a sports figure Schilling does it like no other.
This brings us to his blog entry from yesterday. He talked about Manny Ramirez’s 500th home run, David Ortiz, Jon Lester, the fight between Manny and Youklis, and the NBA Finals. Schilling brought up the fact that the NBA was much more physical then he ever realized and more surprisingly, what a non-leader Kobe Bryant was.
“From the first tip until about 4 minutes left in the game I saw and heard this guy bitch at his teammates. Every TO he came to the bench pissed, and a few of them he went to other guys and yelled about something they werenâ€™t doing, or something they did wrong. No dialog about â€œhey letâ€™s go, letâ€™s get after itâ€ or whatever. He spent the better part of 3.5 quarters pissed off and ranting at the non-execution or lack of, of his team. Then when they made what almost was a historic run in the 4th, during a TO, he got down on the floor and basically said â€˜Letâ€™s fâ€™ing go, right now, right hereâ€ or something to that affect.”
We all know Kobe likes to point out to his teammates when they do something wrong, but why would he want to bitch at them during this time. The Lakers aren’t the mentally toughest team in the NBA, and to do it here during the NBA Finals seems a little absurd. Then again it could have lit a fire under them as they did cut that 20+ point Celtic lead to 2 in a six minute span.