Gilbert Arenas on Kobe Bryant’s Comments

Posted by on December 20th, 2006 in Gilbert's Thoughts

You know, at the end of the day, all the shots that I take I practice. It’s not like I just go into the game just throwing up shots. I work hard. I’m in the gym every day. I practice my shots. Before every game I shoot 100 threes. You know, I get to the gym, I shoot 100 threes so I feel comfortable taking the shots I take.

Out of that whole game I probably took two bad shots. And, for me not to have a conscience? You’re right. When you’re an assassin, you don’t have a conscience. At the end of the day I thought he didn’t have a conscience, but I guess he does.

For the best player in the league to downplay what I did … I guess, I don’t know. I give him all the respect in the world. He is the No. 1 player in the league, by far. It’s like that. You don’t need to try to shadow box my 60. It was one of them nights when I was clicking and everything was going in so, I ended up having 60. That’s all there is to it.

How can you go back at a guy who scores 45 every night? You can’t. There’s no point of it. There’s no point.

We know who he is.

I know who he is.

I’m a big fan, I’m one of his No. 1 fans, so there’s no point in even throwing shots at him.

With a player like him, he just wants that challenge. I know he is going to be ready for Game 2 in Washington. With a player like him, it was his home crowd, they lost. He’s just that fierce competitor. He doesn’t want to get out-showed. He’s the one who everybody’s afraid of. And he’s right.

Posted on Gilbert’s official NBA.COM Blog

14 responses so far ↓

  • Pepper // Dec 20, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Two words that discribes Kobe: SORE LOSER. He really don’t have a right to judge ANYBODY, after all the legal problems and kicking players off HIS team. Besides, didn’t he score 81 points last season? Is he that self-fish to not let someone else have a good game-night?

  • adam // Dec 21, 2006 at 8:02 am

    pepper.. your an idiot. Obviously a Kobe hater. No doubt Kobe is out of line here but what legal problems do you speak of… he was FALSELY accused of rape. Im not defending adultery by any means byt to calassify Kobe as a player with “legal problems” is false. Does Goilbert have “legal problems” too after being falsely accused of unrest in Miam. Obviously it was on a smaller scale but the fact is the man has 3 rings. Last time I checked gilbert choked after LeBron whispered in his ear at the free throw line. The simple fact remains Kobe Bryant is the best player on the planet and he can talk all the nonsense he wants to

  • Pepper // Dec 21, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    To Adam: First off, don’t be like Kobe, and judge me by calling me a idiot. Secondly, okay, Kobe is a good player, he knows this and his fans knows this. But just because he’s a good player doesn’t make him GOD, because that’s exactly how he’s been acting lately by calling shots on HIS team ( which suppose to be the coach’s job)and criticizing players, such as Zero, who has a better game than he does for one night. So don’t call me a HATER because all I got is love in my heart for ALL players in the NBA and for people in the world [violins playing]. Bottom line is, you have your opinions on Kobe, and I have mine, but we both agree on three things, that Kobe has game, power and recognition. But just because Kobe has those three things in his favor, he shouldn’t go around abusing his authority and thinking that he can beat and belittle every player in the NBA.

  • Hector Arteaga // Dec 22, 2006 at 2:41 am

    Kobe is the best player in the NBA. You always hear guys like Marbuary, Arenas and LeBron say he is. There’s a reason for that. HE IS THE BEST IN THE NBA RIGHT NOW. He is the player everybody fears. YES, HE CAN BELITTLE EVERY PLAYER IN THE NBA. He is above all of them. Do you remember a guy named MJ? He used to do the same thing when players had a big night against him. Why? Because they have a lot of pride. For Kobe to have made these comments against Gilbert Arenas means that Kobe is going to try to better him next time. That’s why he is the best. He hates losing. Winners don’t like losing. That’s why he was fired up at being outplayed. Think about that.

  • Pepper // Dec 22, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    Kobe-Lovers, give me a break here. The only thing winning can do is get players to the playoffs, winning a possible championship, and having extra money in their bank-accounts. Winning is not accountable for setting a example. Also, cruelty is no excuse for a player who wants to wins all the time, and not allowing enough room for other players to better themselves.

  • Wayne // Dec 26, 2006 at 8:27 am

    Kobe did get 3 rings with Shaq at his prime. D-Wade got a ring with a shadow of Shaq. Let’s see when Kobe’s next ring arrives…..if ever! Also Kobe, if someone torches you for 60 points ….give him credit just like you want credit when you score 60 or 81 points. I don’t ever remember MJ crying after someone torched him. He would just make him pay the next time around. And you Kobe-Lovers can talk about 3 rings all you want ….MJ was the batman for 6 rings while Kobe was Robin for 3 rings. Like I sad, let’s see if he can ever win in the batman role.

  • Maple // Dec 26, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    i thought Gilbert was real mature about handling this, i mean he could’ve easily ripped Kobe, cos that was sort of a stupid remark by Kobe (i’ma Kobe fan)

    i think kobe when he talked about Gilbert having a concscience or not, he was describing himself too, i’ve seen him take 3 pters like 3 or 4 feet from the 3 point line, and he makes them, and they’re AMAZING, it’s like damn how did he get that, but if he missed it, it was like “was that neccessary??” both gilbert and kobe got that bulletproof confidence about themselves, that they can make those shots

    i would think kobe would apologize to gilbert in the the game @ washington seems like the right thing to do

  • Pepper // Dec 26, 2006 at 7:01 pm

    To Wayne and Maple: THANK YOU!!! That what I’m being trying to tell these Kobe-lovers after three (now four) comments. But Maple, about Kobe apologizing….lets just say I don’t think his pride will let him do that, even though that would be the right thing for him to do.

  • Enigma // Dec 29, 2006 at 8:18 am

    kobe’s number 1 in the league, but for him to say sumthing like that was reeli messed up….i mean, ppl could criticized him for taking too many shots or unneccessary shots wen he lit the raptors up for 81 or wen he outscored an entire Mavs team in 3Qs, poor old jalen rose cudd have sed sumthing like that…but no he didnt, every dog has his day…kobe does stuff ive never seen since the jordan era but sumtimes you have to wonder…if that shot didnt go in, how much heat would he take from Phil Jackson?…so all in all, Kobe ur still the best but what you sed was messed up

    and i have another point: I think point for point and pound for pound, Gilbert is the best “scorer” in the league, the man can score at will from anywhere

  • adrienne // Jan 3, 2007 at 1:09 am

    I have to agree with gilbert, Kobe is the best player in the league but Gil is right there behind him. Kobe should not worry about things that have happen already he should worry about things too come. Like he said, the next time they meet it will be a different outcome. So what is Gil going to do stop shooting. I don’t think so. Gil just might have 80 the next time. I hope he try for 80 anyway.

  • B-Side // Jan 8, 2007 at 11:35 am

    I live in L.A, and i have to say that i hate the Lakers and Kobe Bryant. Although i admit that Kobe is probably one of the 3 best players in the league, I’m tired of everyone comparing him and his actions to MJ. MJ did more for the League than any other player in league history. He remains the best player ever and had he not retired, its more that likely that he would of had 8 rings. Now, i dont quite remember the last time that Mike ever said anything about foul about another player when he was out scored or out played (like when A.I. crossed him up). Mike was the type of player that let his game do the talking for him. Also, anyone that criticizes Agent ZERO is clearly blind and not a real fan of Basketball (let’s face it, the guy clearly has skillz). All you guys do is talk about the fact that Kobe has 3 rings, but somehow neglect the fact that if it wasn’t for SHAQ, Kobe might not have any. SHAQ has already proven that he can win in another system and without Kobe. Now it’s Kobe’s turn to shut up and do the same. BTW Kobe’s 81 point performance was against the Raptors for god sakes everyone really needs to stop talking about that.

  • LOL // Feb 20, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    That’s why Kobe dominated Gilbert in Washington, without having to shoot 25 free throws and making a 50%+ of his FG.


  • Enigma // Feb 21, 2007 at 5:09 am

    itz funny dat u say dat kobe is better than LBJ and DWade….correct me if im wrong but didnt LeBron and Wade make it deeper into the playoffs last year and if my memory serves me right…DWade also won da Finals…..lemme clarify sumthin i sed earlier…Kobe’s da best individual player wit an arsenal of moves but i wuddnt put him on my squad if i had 2 put a team together to win a championship

  • David // Dec 6, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Enigma, Pepper, etc.

    You guys are such a JOKE. I honestly don’t care for Kobe’s attitude (which is changing for the better). He definitely shouldn’t have said anything to diss Gil’s game, but he is much, much better than Gilbert. He beats him on outside shooting, defense, interior play, passing (yes passing, his team just doesn’t score when he passes; hence, he feels the need to hog it sometimes); the only thing Gilbert might be equal with him on is freethrow shooting. And don’t compare Lebron and Wade in the playoffs to Kobe in the playoffs. They both won their series IN THE EAST, the JV league for the past few years. In the west they would have barely made playoffs, if that.

    And Enigma, you honestly wouldn’t want him on your team to win? If memory serves me right, he was actually on a team that won 3 in a row, regardless of whether he was the leader or not. Gilbert’s 60 came in overtime with like 20 freethrows. Kobe had 62/56 in three quarters, not to mention that 81 point game. His 35.4ppg is the best since MJ, and don’t call him a ballhog because he averaged the same amount of assists in his best scoring season as MJ did in HIS best scoring season.

    Don’t hate on him. He’s the best we’ve got since MJ left. (According to Lebron, Amare, even MJ himself, etc.)

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