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Dodgers: Lakers Icon Kobe Bryant Says LA Should Move Past Astros Cheating Scandal

Kobe thinks otherwise.



Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has always carried his signature ‘Mamba Mentality’ and he put it on display in his comments regarding the Houston Astros cheating scandal regarding sign stealing. Bryant spoke to Reuters in a recent column.

Here is what he said as someone who has consistently been championed for his uncanny work ethic as a player in the NBA:

“As a competitive person, the thing that I do is look forward.”

The Dodgers and Lakers have and always be intertwined despite being two very separate entities. Kobe Bryant has been seen at countless Dodger games. Magic Johnson is the figurehead owner of the Dodgers. Kobe also weighed in with some more truth:

“You can’t change things that were, you can’t change the outcome. What you can do is control what you can control, which is your performance, how well you hit the ball, how well you pitch the ball, how well you defend. I think it’s important to focus on that and try to bring a World Series back to Los Angeles.”

He might not be wrong. It is important to keep the focus on the future and the present as opposed to the past. The past is the part of life that we cannot change and the Dodgers will never be able to once again have their impact on the 2017 World Series.

Bryant believes the scandal could prove to be a diversion:

“You’ve got to look ahead and focus on the upcoming season,” he said. “Focus on trying to get a championship back here because if you don’t, it’s just going to divert energy away from trying to accomplish that goal. If something from the past is weighing you down so much, it deters the energy of moving forward and accomplishing that ultimate goal.”

What do you think, Dodgers fans? Will the Dodgers’ energy be in the wrong place come the 2020 season?

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Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Kobe is right obviously but it still doesn’t mean the Astros shouldn’t be punished appropriately, that should be the league and fans concern, the Dodgers absolutely need to move forward however. I don’t know they claim they are moving forward but they always say the right things so who knows. It’s the Dodgers so it wouldn’t surprise me if some extra things stand in their way besides the already very difficult task of winning it all.

  2. Kobe, STFU, just LAST WEEK you’re the one who said if it weren’t for Tim Duncan and the Spurs the Lakers would have won 10 titles. You’re the one who couldn’t get over winning only 5 titles while MJ wond 6. Stick to your roundball, let baseball people handle baseball matter.

    • A baseball is round too and last I checked Kobe and the Lakers organization know how to bring championships to LA. The Dodgers could use some mamba mentality and he’s not wrong in what he’s saying. Better advice than any one on the Dodgers could give regarding winning big

      • I agree with you fully. The issue I have with Kobe is he’s telling the Dodgers to get past not winning 2017 & 2018 World Series, while he’s the one who couldn’t get over winning only 5 titles.

        • Matt, I must say I’ve never seen anyone putting a 5 time N.B.A. champion Hall of fame Icon in his place like you just did to Kobe!!! That’s such a interesting take, I didn’t realise Kobe hasn’t got over his 5 titles. What a different perspective!!

  3. Kobe is actually giving the Dodgers very good advice. They need to look forward, not backwards! Their “pity” party is over. Time for them to get going.
    As a fan however, I plan on beating this thing to death! I’ll never get over it!

    • That’s because Kobe and co. Were good enough to win even when the refs would give their opponents 20 more free throws! The Dodgers never were more talented than their opponents to overcome any adversity.

  4. I’m sure Kobe thinks he means what he says but if they took his rings away or found out they cheated him out of a Championship he would be screaming bloody murder you have to be in the other guy’s shoes and then tell me how you feel Kobe wouldn’t let this go like he say’s they should do.

  5. Wait…Move forward, but Manfred has acted like a Cardinal moving a Priest to a new parrish. Where is the plan to stop this from happening again? There was no punishment for players, and no deterrent left in place. This isn’t fixed. So, how is anyone asked to move forward? Not been dealt with yet. You’ve not done the job, Manfred. Kobe needs to realize that. This has not been properly punished and deterred. That’s why we aren’t moving forward.

  6. Someone should also let Kobe know that this team is now far less talented than it was. Due to the management not trading/ spending money for a post season-quality hitter by now, the teams with quality post season hitters will ask more n’ more for them. The organization doesn’t produce World-Series quality hitters, but acts like they do. You don’t. They overrate their homegrown talent (which then, fail to hit in the post season 7 straight years in a row. ) So, chances are they are overrating Lux, too. He looked like any other homegrown post season choker at the plate. They should of just made the trade. You are probably overrating your player (its what you do.)

  7. Bingo Scuds!! Credit where credit is due! They draft well and have put all of their attention into their farm system! I just wish they would realise that their triple A team can’t compete with veteran major league FA professionals that the eventual championship teams all trot out there in the playoffs. When they finally accept that simple trick, they just might achieve a title!

  8. Yea, truth is you’d have to be as uninformed about baseball as Kobe to be looking forward to that 8th failure in a row. Same manager who has failed 4 years in a row. Same Kershaw choker as a #2 starter (or wonderful spot reliever…lawd!) Yankees got much better. We got worse. Yea, I can’t blame anyone for not looking forward. Ever since they so quickly brought the very wacky manager back, I think most weren’t looking forward. That was a stale arrogant move (imagine Manfred doing the same shut up move to them….ha!)

  9. This whole thing gives Freidman another excuse for off season failure to do anything. The Dodgers were not the only victims. The whole American League were victims. Like it or not the Dodgers lost 2 games at home and won 1 at Houston. Boston won at LA.Home Grown talent is great but what did they do in WS.All I was hoping for this off season is a right handed bat,or real lead off hitter or another real starter. Just one of those. Instead FO did same thing again , pick up players discarded by their previous teams .That is who Friedman is and will never change.

  10. Do any of you think the Dodgers were the only ones that the Astros cheated in 2017? They probably cheated the Yankees in the ALCS too. Had the Dodgers played the Yankees in the World Series instead, can any of you guarantee we would have won?

    I had no problem with trading Lux in a Lindor/Clevinger package, but I’m sure Cleveland wanted more than just Lux. Maybe they wanted Lux, May, Gonsolin, Ruiz and Gray or something of that nature. I don’t want to give up any pitching. Did any of you think we would get Cole? Did any of you think we would offer $300mil for Cole? Was Strausburg going to play for anyone other than the Nats? Would any of you offered more than the $245mil he got? Would any of you offered Rendon or any other player more than the $245mil he received for a player that really doesn’t want to play for you? Would any of you trade May for one year of Mookie Betts? Any of you willing to trade the farm for Arenado? Would any of you say STFU to Kobe’s face?

    Maybe we should count our blessings and thank the good Lord that Frank McCourt now only controls the parking lot. We’re in good shape. Our time will come. Give thanks that we’re not Orioles fans.

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