Kobe Bryant clearly does not agree with recently being ranked #40 on a list of the best 2014 NBA players by ESPN.com.
According to a recent tweet posted by Bill Oram from the Orange County Register, Kobe Bryant did not hesitate to respond with a shot of his own aimed towards the people at ESPN that created the list in the first place.
Kobe on ESPN ranking him 40th best player: “I’ve known for a long time that they’re a bunch of idiots.”
— Bill Oram (@bill_oram) October 17, 2014
The 36-year old athlete is well known for discovering motivation in different types of influences from the outside world. However, when it came to this low ranking position, Kobe Bryant was quick to brush it off. Bryant did, however, joke that he usually is only motivated by things that “tend to be in the realm of reality.”
“Honestly, all jokes aside, it really doesn’t bother me too much. I’m going to do what I do regardless. And God willing I can stay healthy and if I wind up proving a lot of people wrong in the process, that will just wind up being collateral damage.”
This is not the first time that Kobe Bryant has not responded well to receiving a low ranking from ESPN. Before the beginning of last season, Bryant was actually ranked #25 – 15 spots higher than his current spot. According to a tweet posted by Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, Kobe Bryant said that anyone who thought he was the 25th best player in the world “needs drug testing.”
Kobe Bryant just said anyone who thinks he’s 25th best player in the world needs drug testing — Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) October 24, 2013
Keep in mind that any type of subjective ranking (such as the list created by ESPN.com) is based solely on opinions. As everyone knows, opinions can change at any time.
There are still a lot of uncertainties and doubts about Kobe Bryant, which were not helped very much by the 33-point loss that the Los Angeles Lakers had to deal with at the end of their preseason game on Thursday against the Utah Jazz.
According to Sports Illustrated, in four preseason games, Kobe Bryant has been able to maintain an average of 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. Last season, due to injuries, Bryant only played in six games.
What do you think? Should Kobe Bryant be offended by the low ranking? Or should he just focus on doing whatever he can to turn things around when the regular season starts for the Lakers on October 28?