Kobe takes shot at Rajon Rondo, but out of respect
JAN 18, 2014 4:07p ET
Kobe Bryant used a bad word.
But how can you not laugh and, at the same time, have respect for what the NBA All-Star said on Friday in Boston?
When asked about Rajon Rondo's return from a knee injury, Bryant, recovering from a fractured left knee, shared his honest — and blunt — thoughts when talking with reporters.
Bryant hasn't played since Dec. 17 when he suffered the injury in the midst of a return from Achilles Tendon surgery.
Everyone's money quote, courtesy of Kobe on Rondo: "It's frustrating. But from what I understand he's an asshole like me, so he'll manage."— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) January 18, 2014
Earlier this week, Magic Johnson suggested Bryant sit out the rest of the season.
Bryant has other plans. He said he would return this season, despite the Lakers' losing record. He isn't expected back to active duty until early February, according to reports.
"If you give yourself wiggle room to not push yourself as hard as you possibly can by thinking 'I'm going to sit out' . . . then the motivation's gone, and I refuse to have that happen," Bryant told the Los Angeles Times Friday before the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics, 107-104. "It's my job to be ready."