Kobe Bryant Tries To Help Alex Rodriguez With His Confidence
Kobe Bryant recently gave Alex Rodriguez a pep talk to try and build his sagging confidence.
“We spoke a couple of days ago,” Bryant said according to ESPNLosAngeles.com. “You can only control what you can control. You go out there and do the best job you can. If they take you out of the lineup, it’s really on you to be a good teammate and support the other guys, which he’s good about doing.”
What the hell does Kobe Bryant know about being taken out of the lineup? Throughout his 17 year NBA career, he’s basically done what he wants, when he wants. If he wants to shoot, he shoots. If he wants to stay on the court, he stays on the court.
Furthermore, Kobe’s nickname is “The Black Mamba.” Why? Because he’s an assassin. When he’s on the court, he is competitive as hell and he will do anything to win. If Kobe is a Black Mamba, then A-Rod is a garden snake. When the spotlight falls upon him, he slithers away and tries to hide.
“I just say to him, ‘You’re Alex Rodriguez. You’re A-Rod. You’re one of the best to ever do it. I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time. Which is the right team attitude to have. But other times you really have to put your head down and say, ‘Hell with it’ and just do your thing.
I’m sure A-Rod appreciates the kind words, but he’s 37 years old. It’s not like he’s an up and comer trying to make a name for himself. His legacy is already carved in stone as a post-season disappointment. Here are his current numbers in the 2012 post-season.
In eight post-season games he’s batting .130 with just three hits in 23 at bats. He doesn’t have a single RBI or homerun, and he’s been a healthy scratch twice. He’s also been pulled from two other games. He’s stuck out 12 times in 23 at bats.
This 2012 post-season run is not an anomaly.
A-Rod’s only post-season success was during the Yankees 2009 World Series run. While I fully acknowledge he was very good in 2009, he was pathetic before, and he’s been pathetic ever since. A-Rod has struck out to end the Yankees season the last two years. This season, it’s unlikely to happen because he’ll probably be a healthy scratch.