Yahoo Sports Marc Spears tweeted Kobe's quote through multiple tweets which stated:
Why is everybody acting like we are in 8th place? You guys were kissing the Clippers’ ass at the start of the season and now here we are in the third seed and everybody is acting like we suck. I don’t understand.
Bryant makes tons of sense with that quote, as his Lakers had a slow start, but are now righting their ship and are looking like one of the favorites to come out of the West with a post-All-Star record of 11-5.
As opposed to the Clippers who have struggled since the All-Star break with a record of 8-10, their hot start that had the media calling them "LA's new team," are now just a slightly better version of what they will always be—second fiddle to the Lakers in the City of Angels.
Kobe's point is valid, but there's one simple reason why the media is acting like they "suck." It's because the Lakers have a long tradition of winning and seeing them struggle early on gave the media a new storyline to use, instead of the usual Lakers winning angle.
Don't expect the media to lay off the Lakers just yet, as the Lakers are just two-and-a-half games ahead of the fourth-place Clippers, with 16 games remaining for the Lakers and 17 games left for the Clippers. The door is not yet shut on the Clippers moving ahead of the Lakers technically, but the play of the two teams suggests the Lakers should stay ahead of the Clippers the rest of the way.
Kobe will do what Kobe does best and turn the media hate into jaw-dropping play and lead the Lakers hot into the playoffs, as the Clippers most likely continue to struggle and remain the Lakers ugly step sister of Los Angeles.