jfg wrote: The Artful Dodger wrote:
jfg wrote:I think Kobe might be the best player in the league but he sure is a pain to watch because he always has that stupid sneer on his face. It's not fun watching someone who looks like they aren't having fun. The guy just has a terrible personality.
Personally, I'd rather have a guy who scowls and shows that hunger on the floor than someone who thinks the game is a country club to them. All players deal with high-stress situations in their own way and there's no right/wrong in feeling either way. However, I'd much rather see a player who shows intensity and urgency on the floor, that look on his face like if he loses, he loses the farm with it. I believe deep down inside he loves the game for what it is, but it's as much business as it is fun, more so business.
Kobe doesn't just do it when he loses though, it looks like he hates the game at all times and is always scowling about a call that didn't go his way or just life in general. You rarely see him smile.
I really don't know how to answer this but it's quite obvious Kobe is a perfectionist in that one win is more or less a stepping stone. With the team the Lakers have I think he has to try his best in getting the team to seek perfection in order to avoid complacency as much as possible. I'm too young to recall Jerry West's playing days, but personality-wise, he and Kobe are similar in that each have shown a raging obsession to win in the greater-than-life-and-death sense that they need the team to go up 20, 30 points to ease that paranoia that no margin is safe. I wouldn't call it so much a hatred of the game, but more so a paranoia of failure than anything.
As for the scowls about a call, it's sort of cliche for fans, critics, pundits, and what-have-you to expect their players to show a kind of spartan discipline on their faces that they have to let every non-call/call slide. That's just a different matter altogether. Once again, I'd rather see a player be passionate about the game, for better or worse than someone who goes about his business too composed in the sense they don't seem to care.