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Kobe Bryant: Not Happy in Game 1 Press Conference

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles during the post-game news conference after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 100-75 in Game One of the 2009 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 4, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
Anthony HammettCorrespondent IJune 5, 2009

Did anyone see Kobe Bryant's postgame press conference?

There was Kobe. Sitting there almost reluctantly as if he was being forced to answer questions that he really didn't want to have to answer.

He did his usual "push my tongue into my cheek after every word I say" thing (see the Colorado alleged rape press conferences for verification) and answered every question short and quick.

What are you angry about? Your team just destroyed the Orlando Magic in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. All we've heard is, "Kobe needs that fourth ring without Shaq." You got one step closer tonight. Why not just smile?

Or maybe he should stay angry, because he has L.A. off to a great start after one game. Bryant scored 40 points in Game 1 and could've had more had he not set out some of the fourth quarter.

 

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