Kobe Bryant fouled out at the end of the first overtime in the Lakers 117-110 double-overtime loss to the Bobcats, so he had quite of bit of time on the bench to reflect on how the Bobcats were able to take it to the Lakers, once again.
Still, by the time he emerged from the Lakers locker room around 11:15 p.m., he hadn’t cooled off much at all.
The following is the full one minute, 57 second Q&A session we had with him. I think the last quote is most telling, since it’s basically a way of saying the Lakers lacked energy and hustle on Tuesday.
Q: Was this loss more about not coming up with stops, or key baskets?
A: It’s always stops
Q: Why do you guys have a propensity to give up a three when a three is the only thing that can kill you?
A: We’ve just got learn from our mistakes.
Q: On that sixth foul, were you more disappointed in yourself or the actual call?
A: I don’t know, doesn’t matter
Q: When you were sitting on the sidelines, what positives did you see with your team?
A: None, we lost.
Q: On being animated when Lamar was late on the rotation that allowed Diaw to hit a game-tying 3-pointer. Was that anger at Lamar, or frustration at game being tied?
A: Diaw made a big shot
Q: What do you have to get right before Friday to avoid getting knocked off there?
A: We just need to play better. We’re looking forward to this trip, just got to go out there and play solid basketball, see if we can’t beat them.
Q: Why does Charlotte give you so much trouble?
A: They give a lot of teams a hard time, a lot of top teams. They play extremely well
Q: How hard was it to be on the bench for that second overtime?
A: It was tough
Q: What was going through your head when you were on the bench?
A: Just try to point out some things that I may see out there during the course of the game. Try to help them out.
Q: So more coaching and less Ronny Turiaf?
A: There was nothing Ronny Turiaf about tonight.