The Golden State Warriors just got done laying the smackdown on the Los Angeles Lakers on night two of the 2013-14 NBA season. Part of the reason why the Warriors had their way with the Lakers, was of course the absence of Kobe Bryant. The Black Mamba is still recovering from a ruptured achilles tendon that he suffered last spring, when he just so happened to be playing the Warriors.
Now over half a year later, Golden State head coach Mark Jackson has come forward and revealed his initial thoughts on Kobe’s ‘injury’:
“Even in the midst of going against him I’m in huddle I’m saying, ‘Don’t fall for the okeydoke. He’s all right. Don’t allow him to take over this game,’ not knowing that he was really hurt. That’s one regret I have. If had to do it again I would have called a timeout and allowed him to walk off the floor. If I would’ve known Kobe Bryant was hurt I would’ve called a timeout. They would have not had to call a timeout. That’s how much respect I have for him.”
Jackson said that he reached out to Bryant while in China recently to apologize, but that Kobe shrugged it off like he didn’t know what the coach was talking about. I suppose it’s the thought that counts…
You may also remember what Jackson often said about Bryant while he was doing commentary for ESPN: “Mama, there goes that man!”