Curt Schilling is renowned for blathering on to just about anyone who will listen - or read his blog.
Yesterday, Schilling shared his thoughts about sitting courtside during Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Boston, and specifically ripped into Kobe Bryant. Kinda. Call it a velvet hammer.
Schilling guarded his comments by calling himself “a complete basketball newbie,” and saying that “for all I know this could be exactly how these guys play this game and interact with each other,” but the insinuatinon is obvious: he’s not a big fan of Kobe’s game. From Schilling’s blog, 38 PITCHES:
I don’t really have an opinion one way or the other on or about [Kobe] other than to know that people feel he might be one of the 4-5 greatest players to ever lace it up. What I do know is what I got to see up close and hear, was unexpected.
From the first tip until about 4 minutes left in the game I saw and heard this guy bitch at his teammates. Every TO he came to the bench pissed, and a few of them he went to other guys and yelled about something they weren’t doing, or something they did wrong. No dialog about “hey let’s go, let’s get after it” or whatever. He spent the better part of 3.5 quarters pissed off and ranting at the non-execution or lack of, of his team. Then when they made what almost was a historic run in the 4th, during a TO, he got down on the floor and basically said ‘Let’s f’ing go, right now, right here” or something to that affect.
Should be pretty obvious that Curt doesn’t think much of Kobe’s attempts at camaraderie. But then, neither do the rest of us. Schilling qualified his comments even further:
I am not making this observation in a good or bad way, I have no idea how the guys in the NBA play or do things like this, but I thought it was a fascinating bit of insight for me to watch someone in another sport who is in the position of a team leader and how he interacted with his team and teammates. Watching the other 11 guys [on the Lakers], every time out it was high fives and “Hey nice work, let’s get after it” or something to that affect. He walked off the floor, obligatory skin contact on the high five, and sat on the bench stone faced or pissed off, the whole game. Just weird to see another sport and how it all works.
This is great. Instead of flat-out calling Kobe a jerk, he paints the scene and lets the reader draw his own conclusions. And my conclusion is (and always has been) that Kobe Bryant is a jerk.