Unless He’s Homeless, Kobe Bryant Won’t Be Discussing New Lakers Coach Mike Brown
During a charity appearance Tuesday to announce the formation of the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF), whose mission is to reduce youth homelessness in Los Angeles and to “help [homeless youth] kick butt,” Kobe Bryant appeared irritated with questions regarding the Lakers’ hiring of new head coach Mike Brown and adamantly refused to discuss it. Given that this was the first public appearance by Bryant since the hiring was announced, it made sense that the assorted media would try to get some reading on Kobe’s thoughts, but the star would have none of it, instead preferring to focus on the matter of the day.
Via CBS Sports:
“Right now is not the time nor the place,” he said in a stern tone. “We’re here to focus on bigger issues, greater issues, and that’s these kids that are here at the back. It’s not fair to them. When the time comes, I will address that, but right now is not that time.”
Asked when that time would be, Bryant cut off his questioner, saying, “Now is not the time.”
As much as it made sense for the press to try to sneak in a question or two regarding the Lakers, it was just as appropriate for Kobe to sidestep the queries. It was a charity event after all. But sooner or later, Bryant is going to have to address the hiring of Brown, whether he wants to or not. Unless he plans on ignoring the entire issue altogether. I can see it now…
Reporter: Kobe, it’s the first day of training camp, have you had an opportunity to talk with Coach Brown?
Kobe: Right now is not the time nor the place. We’re here to focus on bigger issues, greater issues, and that’s these players that are here on the court. It’s not fair to them. When the time comes, I will address that, but right now is not that time.
Hey, it could happen. We are dealing with the mercurial personality that is Kobe Bryant here and who knows how he’s going to handle not being able to hand pick Phil Jackson’s successor (Bryant reportedly wanted longtime Lakers assistant Brian Shaw for the job), let alone not even being consulted on the hire. The guy can be an incredibly bitter and ornery cur when he chooses to be one. On the other hand, had Mike Brown been a young homeless person, well, that would have been an entirely different story.
At homeless event, Kobe says it’s no place to discuss hire [CBS Sports]