Wouldn't necessarily call it hate, but he sounded bi polar the past few years. He would be up and about pitching to the world how the Lakers are fit to compete and that the young guys had potential to make it to the playoffs. He preached patience and preparation and all that type of witchcraft magic. He went on to talk about how he deserved every penny of that contract and that he wasn't going to take a pay cut. He talked about how he was going to play until he wasn't going to play and all that crap but came out subliminally about how he lost 'focus' and 'passion' for basketball. He talked about how MJ knew on the inside before everything else. It made everything he said a pump fake and a hoax. Tell me this wasn't planned?
This was obviously planned from the get go, his home town 76ers coming up next and how he needed to clear the air. When you read between the lines and pick up the clues, you can tell this was planned all along.
But people who actually watch Kobe SHOULD be disappointed. Instead of altering his game, evolving, and picking and choosing, he continued to sprint full on and go on a wild shooting spree. Instead of succumbing and learning how to manage his minutes, his shots, and his approach, he decided to throw in the towel and chicken out. It doesn't help when management, coaching, and his peers can't come up with a plan. But it boils down to Kobe's action. All this bleed purple and gold stuff, and he has done nothing to show the young guys how to further approach the game. This isn't leadership at all and this is what people are probably frustrated about.
This is perhaps the biggest disappointment ever, going with a McNabb/Cutler/LBJ mindset and quitting on the team. A 20 year old veteran jacking up wild shots, making terrible decisions is just a circus act.
He lost it when all he did was laugh and giggle after shooting air balls like he was at DNB. He lost that killer mindset that set him apart. He continued to believe that by shooting and shooting, he would come out of a slump.
On the low though, this may be Kobe doing insider trading, and actually setting the stage for his comeback tour. He can obviously play and he can definitely make better decisions than launching balls into orbit.