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Kobe Bryant's Practice Rant: Lakers Are 'Soft Like Charmin'

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By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 09:10 AM

As his team tries to find answers after stumbling to a 6-16 start, Kobe Bryant used a Los Angeles Lakers practice session on Thursday to rip into his NBA teammates, saying they were "soft like Charmin."

According to the Los Angeles Times, Bryant later told reporters he was just trying to challenge his teammates when he yelled at them, "Now I see why we've lost so many games. We're soft like Charmin," reported the Los Angeles Times. The Lakers are off to its worst start in recent memory.

"I just challenge guys, see what happens," Bryant said after the practice. "I've always believed in throwing them in the pool and then seeing if they can sink or swim."

The trash talking was brutal during the practice, according to ESPN Los Angeles. After criticizing several players like Jeremy Lin and Nick Young, Bryant griped to general manager Mitch Kupchak near the end of the session.

"I'm supposed to practice and get better, Mitch," Bryant told Kupchak. "I'm supposed to practice and get better. These mother f****** ain't doing s*** for me."

Even Charmin got into the act later Thursday with a Twitter post about Bryant's comments.


Grant Hughes of the Bleacher Report wrote that while in the old days Bryant's rant may have encouraged the Lakers, he said the future Hall of Famer's own play does not inspire his teammates to follow him.

"There was a time when Bryant's wrath would have motivated teammates to play better," Hughes wrote. "His own productivity and efficiency were once undeniably good enough to give his criticism credence. Now, though, he's hogging the ball, shooting 39 percent from the field and hurting the Lakers on both ends."

"The Lakers are in a heap of trouble, and while Bryant may be right about their effort level and overall fortitude, he's overlooking the fact that his demeanor and playing style contribute to those problems. Until that changes, the Lakers will continue to struggle," Hughes wrote.

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As his team tries to find answers after stumbling to a 6-16 start, Kobe Bryant used a Los Angeles Lakers practice session on Thursday to rip into his NBA teammates, saying they were "soft like Charmin."
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