Kobe Bryant on Mike D’Antoni leaving Lakers: “Honestly, I didn’t care”

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When Mike D’Antoni resigned last week, Kobe Bryant didn’t seem to have much of a reaction.

While the Twittersphere was going nuts and everybody was sharing their opinion on the decision – including Magic JohnsonBryant just tweeted out a video of him playing soccer.


So, the Black Mamba’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week was a golden opportunity for the whole world to find out what Kobe really thought about D’Antoni’s departure.

Turns out he wasn’t really all that bothered.

“Mike was dealt a really bad hand and dealing with all the injuries that he had … this is a tough place, man. If you’re not winning, you’re not gonna survive, man,” Bryant told Kimmel, before delivering the knockout punch. “Honestly, I didn’t care [whether D’Antoni stayed].”


It was widely reported that Bryant had no interest in playing for D’Antoni next season, and that’s no surprise seeing as the two weren’t exactly on speaking terms, with D’Antoni later describing his current relationship with Kobe as “professional,” so there’s a good chance that Bryant was secretly celebrating when his childhood idol resigned last week.

Either way, the D’Antoni saga is over now, so the focus should be on the future and bringing another championship to the city of Los Angeles.

Written by Ross Pickering

Ross Pickering is the founder of Lakerholicz.com. He's here to bring you daily updates on your Los Angeles Lakers, despite living 5,485 miles away from L.A. in England. You can follow him on Twitter: @RossPickering