He is, he has asked OUT of the game, but he still has to do what the league tells him or be punished. Since he didn't miss any games preceeding the ASG, it's up to Stern whether or not he'd allow him to sit out, because they have a rule where if Stern wants you to participate in ASW events, you have to. This is to avoid players just skipping the weekend because they don't want to go, a problem they've run into before with veterans who get selected to the game but don't want to go.
If Bryant pulls out of the ASG, he is automatically suspended for the first game after the break. Which is against the Suns, and gives the Lakers the opportunity to take the lead in the Pacific Division and to secure the tiebreaker over Phoenix.
So yeah, he's being selfish, not sacrificing an all-important game for his team so that some other kid can shine in the All-Star Game.
There should be an emoticon for "wanker" on this site.
Edit: Whoops, just realized that the Lakers play the Hawks before the Suns. Whatever. The possible one-gamee suspension is still the reason why Bryant has to play on Sunday.
Last edited by rs98762001 : 02-16-2008 at 03:07 AM.
haha I know, what a diick. The AS game is a great opportunity for young players to be recognized for their games and put on a show in front of the world, and Kobe has to know he'll be denying someone a chance to shine if he doens't pull out. What do you think should be done to him? A small fine wouldn't be completely unfair imo.
Dude what are you on? Are you aware he'll be suspended for one game if he does not play? Would you like that?
What can they be appealing? If that's the rule, then that's the rule.
they're asking the league if he can sit out though its doubtful they will be successful. Isn't Byron Scott coaching the West team though? He and Kobe are tight i get the feeling even if Kobe is forced to play he'll get like 10 minutes of PT and then sit his ass on the bench.