“You Motherf**kers Are Soft Like Charmin”: Kobe Bryant Trash Talked His Teammates During Lakers Practice

Published 12/14/2021, 12:30 PM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA. – NOV 16, 2012. lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks for a lane to drive to the basket against Suns forward Jared Dudley in the first half Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Los Angeles Lakers have one of the best rosters in the NBA this season. However, they have not been able to dominate the league so far and are .536 this season. The Lakers didn’t have such a monstrous roster in the last few years of Kobe Bryant in LA. Kobe would not have liked the current situation of the Lakers if he was still around.

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Kobe was famous not just for his consistency, he even pushed his teammates to perform better. There are several incidents of Kobe trash-talking and criticizing his teammates on the court as well as on the practice court. He didn’t like to lose at any point in his career. However, during his last few years in LA, the Lakers were going through a hard time.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA JANUARY 29, 2013-Lakers Kobe Bryant bites his jersey while Pau Gasol shoots a free throw at the Staples Center Tuesday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

During the 2013-14 season, the Lakers finished 27-55 and missed the playoff spot for the first time since the 2004-05 season. A clip from the 2014 -15 season has resurfaced where Kobe is seen ranting at his teammates for not giving their best.

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Seven years since Kobe Bryant trash-talked with his teammates at the practice court

Seven years ago, Kobe went on an epic rant and criticized his teammates at the Lakers for the team’s poor performance. The following clip shows Kobe’s rant and Charles Barkley‘s reaction to it.

“You motherf***ers are soft like Charmin…Now I see why we’ve lost 20 f***ing games,” Kobe said.

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However, after a poor 2013-14 season, the Lakers went through another season full of struggles as they finished 21-61 in the 2014-15 season. They started the season 1-9, which is a franchise-worst record. Kobe had a season-ending injury in the middle of the season and the Lakers lost all hopes of qualifying for the playoffs.

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But with everyone expecting the Lakers to rebound from two disappointing seasons, the Lakers posted a franchise-worst 17-65. It was Kobe’s last season with the Lakers. But Kobe scored his season-high 60 points against Utah Jazz in the last NBA game of his career. This made him the oldest player to score 60 or more points in the NBA.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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