CHARLES Barkley doesn’t find it strange that LA Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant had yet to reach out to his new teammates, explaining that the basketball great is by nature ‘a loner.’
Appearing on The Mike and Mike Show, the TNT Sports analyst said no deal should be make out of Bryant’s failure to speak to Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams, and Brandon Bass - the three offseason acquisitions of the Lakers who were officially introduced in a press conference on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
The three were vocal about their expectations with the Lakers in the coming NBA season, but fell eerily silent when asked if Byrant had already spoken to them.
The hush that followed only confirmed the obvious – Kobe has yet to reach out to the three players expected to play major roles in the franchise’s 2015-16 campaign.
But Barkely wasn’t surprised at all with Kobe’s cold treatment on his new teammates.
“Do I think it’s unusual? No. Kobe is a loner. He’s obviously one of the 10 greatest basketball players ever, and he’s always treated me with respect. But he’s a loner,” said the basketball Hall of Famer and one-time NBA MVP.
“He’s got a one-track mind as far as basketball goes, and I don’t think he’s the type of guy — doesn’t make him a bad guy — who’s gonna reach out to guys like that. He will see them in training camp.”
While Kobe’s failure to reach out to Hibbert and Co., had been magnified, a lot has also been said about the superstar player being a great leader for the Lakers.
In the blog that came out on LakersNation.com, Bryant was cited for being a great help on rookie Julius Randle, who suffered an injury right during the team’s season opener last year, and how many players have spoken about how a great leader he is.