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Belichick and Kobe are pals, because of course they are

Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant talks to a referee during the third quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn Reuters

On the surface, there seems to be little in common between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and NBA star Kobe Bryant.

But Bryant said he had a deep respect for the Patriots coach, after a brief meeting during a low point in his career.

Bryant told ESPN NBA writer Jackie MacMullen that Belichick approached him near the end of their Game 6 loss (a 131-92 beatdown) at the hands of the Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals, a night when Bryant himself played poorly, calling it “One of the lowest moments of my career.”

“I’m sitting there on the bench, just beside myself, burning with frustration, and I look over and Bill Belichick is walking toward me,” Bryant said. “I had never met him. Never spoken to him. He had courtside seats across from our bench, and with 20 seconds left in the game, he came over and said, ‘Don’t you worry about this. I know what you are going through. We just lost a tough one ourselves [to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII]. Just bounce back. Be ready next year.’

“He didn’t have to say that. The clock was winding down, we were getting ready to walk off. I thought it was really cool. Respect across our professions.”

Bryant said since then, he and Belichick have talked sports when the Lakers visit Boston, and Belichick even came into the Lakers locker room last season.

“He talked to me about how he coaches the game, how he minimizes mistakes, the value of a possession,” Bryant said. “Very interesting topics.”

While the respect is mutual, Bryant said it didn’t overcome the fact he grew up pulling for a different team, with its own mastermind coach.

“No, I’m an Eagles fan, for better or for worse,” he said. “I’ve got my fingers crossed that this Chip Kelly dude will work out.”

Maybe Belichick and Kelly can offer some advice, since the Lakers are languishing at 23-26 at the moment, not even the best team in their own city any more.

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14 Responses to “Belichick and Kobe are pals, because of course they are”
  1. noring4youstill says: Feb 7, 2013 9:30 AM

    I would think the rape…….

  2. patswhatsup says: Feb 7, 2013 9:30 AM

    Kobe 3rd tight end? lol

  3. patriotinvasion says: Feb 7, 2013 9:34 AM

    Real recognize real, as they say

  4. timmons94 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:42 AM

    as a Steelers fan, i will say it, Noll and Belichick best ever…and so much alike..although BB is actually very personable……

  5. CKL says: Feb 7, 2013 9:46 AM

    BB respects excellence regardless of the sport.
    I can only imagine what kind of silly comments this one will get though and how they might be different if it were anyone but BB. I’m sure it will be amusing.

    I bet Brandon Spikes likes this story though, he’s a huge Lakers fan.

  6. dmartin17 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:46 AM

    Trick question, no one likes Kobe.

  7. gonavybeatarmy says: Feb 7, 2013 9:48 AM

    As a Skins fan and not a fan of either Kobe or the Eagles, it’s kind of refreshing to hear that Kobe’s not a bandwagon front-runner like so many NFL fans and still pulls for his hometown Eagles despite the fact the Eagles have never won a Super Bowl.

  8. themagicman1223 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:49 AM

    These stories always bring a tear to my eye…. Ehh not really.

  9. themagicman1223 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:49 AM

    I heard that Pau Gasol once caught them making out.

  10. faulkner22 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:51 AM

    2 pages of Laker/Patriots hate comments will follow below.

  11. jamaltimore says: Feb 7, 2013 9:54 AM

    Two Has beens need to stick together

  12. ryta00071 says: Feb 7, 2013 10:06 AM

    What’s with your choice of photos?

    Kobe looks hilarious here.

  13. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 7, 2013 10:46 AM

    Belichick sounds like a real emotionless monster here. I totally understand now why everyone hates him.

  14. all4patriots says: Feb 7, 2013 12:29 PM

    Belichick is widely liked, admired, and respected by coaches and players around the league, and apparently even by those playing other sports.

    By the news media, though? No so much, and you know what? He doesn’t really care.

    So the media spoon-feeds fans the message that he is the devil on earth, and we mindlessly follow along, praising guys like Jim Harbaugh for their “intensity” even though JH is ten times the tempermental arrogant tyrant that Belichick ever was, and that’s on Jim’s good days.

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