The NBA veteran also reportedly shouted expletives to team general manager Mitch Kupchak.
Kobe yelled to Kupchak while leaving practice court: "These (expletives) aren't doing (expletive) for me." Didn't think team practiced hard.— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) December 11, 2014
Bresnahan further discovered that Bryant was referring to the team’s bench players, noting they exhibited poor play against himself and the other starters during practice.
The Lakers’ season has been so rough that even longtime fan and former co-owner Magic Johnson recently said, “I hope they lose every game.” Johnson’s comments come with the caveat of him hoping the lower the Lakers sink the better positioned they’ll be to snag talented players in the 2015 NBA draft. But still, it’s a harsh way of thinking, especially for an older player like Bryant, who likely wouldn’t benefit from tanking the rest of the season.
The Lakers are set to meet the San Antonio Spurs (16-6) on the road on Friday at 9:30 p.m. EST. The game will air on ESPN.