You can add Kobe Bryant to the list of LeBron James defenders.
In an interview with ESPN Sunday, Kobe — who has seen his share of fan and media criticism, and a few other people’s shares also, especially following the trade of Shaquille O’Neal from the Lakers and the incident in Colorado — told people they should back off LeBron.
“I think people need to lay off that kid, that’s what I think. I’ve gotten to know him pretty well playing on the Olympic team, and I think they just need to back up off him and just let him play and let him live his life. Let him make his decisions, let him mature as a player.
“It’s tough to be under a microscope like that all the time. So I would like everyone to just back off him and let him play.”
That’s not going to happen by the way.
LeBron’s marketing scores have plummeted. The only way LeBron is turning that around is the Kobe model — win and lead your team to the wins. Not 60-plus regular season games either, we mean rings. That’s the only thing that changes his legacy.
Kobe gets that.