Kobe: “People need to lay off” LeBron

Miami Heat’s LeBron James pauses in the fourth quarter of play against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas, June 9, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

In an interview with ESPN, Kobe was asked about LeBorn and the Heat and here is what he had to say:

George Smith: There was a lot of venom towards the Heat and, in particular, towards LeBron James What did you make of that?

Kobe Bryant: I think people need to lay off that kid. That’s what I think. I’ve gotten to know him pretty well playing with the Olympic team. I think people need to just back-off off him. Just let him play. Let him live his life. Let him make his decisions. Let him mature as a player. It’s tough to be under the microscope like that all the time. So, I would like everybody to just kind of back-off off him and let him play.

It would be a lot easier to “lay off” LeBron if he didn’t make such a spectacle of himself last summer with “The Decision” and then the ensuing championship celebration with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

It’s not like everyone started randomly hating LeBron and the Heat. You reap what you sow.

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