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Kobe Bryant Rips Today’s Era of All-Stars

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

With his team essentially taking the season off, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has had a lot of time to reflect on things that he doesn’t like.

Kobe previously, demolished the AAU system for not teaching the game of basketball properly. Now he’s taking aim at his fellow All-Stars.

Bryant didn’t seem to be happy with the players lack of commitment to the All-Star Game or their level of competitive spirit when they do play.

In an scathing Op-Ed piece for Players Tribune, Kobe ripped into players and wondered if he was an oddity in this new world of basketball.

Hunt or be hunted has always been my mentality. I don’t hide the aggressiveness of competition behind All-Star parties, sponsored events, and the idea that the weekend game is a well deserved break.

The fans voted me in to watch me take on the world’s best. That competition is what I love.
Whether my counterpart is ready or not, resting or not, or just feels like going through the motions, it has nothing to do with me.

He didn’t stop there. He went onto to bash celebrity mentalities, what players owe the fans and more. Read his full piece here

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