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Kobe Bryant

I'd Smack the Hell Outta

Ex-Rutgers Coach

4/10/2013 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Put your hands on Kobe Bryant ... he's gonna put a beatdown on you -- even if you're his coach.

During an interview with Jim Rome ... Kobe reacted to the infamous video of now-fired Rutgers coach Mike Rice getting physical with his players, saying if he was on that team ... "I woulda smacked the hell out of him. No question about it."



It's interesting since Kobe never played college hoops -- going straight from high school to the NBA -- but he points out that as an 18-year-old he didn't take crap from Shaquille O'Neal ... so why would he take it from a coach.

There is one person Kobe will let smack him around ... check out the clip.

The full interview airs tonight on Showtime at 9 PM (PT and ET).

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16.

jacoby meyers    

Yeah right. Kobe has gotten his butt beat from Chris Childs to Reggie Miller in the NBA, now he wants to smack somebody?

470 days ago
17.

Tac    

What is he talking about he never took crap from Shaq? He never stood up to him, he whined to the front office and got him traded along with everyone else who was ever on the Lakers and didnt drink the Kobe Koolaid.

469 days ago
18.

jokerchick    

...and then bend him over a chair

469 days ago
19.

intrigued    

It's old school teaching that they feel pushed the players to be their best. Controversial but many thought effective. He just never adapted to today's way of thinking.

469 days ago
20.

braintrain    

Go Heat

469 days ago
21.

Brian    

The players on that team should have ganged up on their coach and beat him bloody. After recording him doing it of course. Why were they so scared anyway? No coach has the right to hit their players.

469 days ago
22.

DeeWA2008    

Rice better be glad there wasn't a Sprewell on his team.

469 days ago
23.

johnny chingas17    

He sure as hell let chris child stick his cry baby ass twice tho lol

469 days ago
24.

Mee    

KOBE seperating "the men from the boys"

469 days ago
25.

en Todo Momento!!    

want to bet this is plainly core deep racism? lots of caucasian white dudes probably see 'too many blacks' dominating 'their sport', and a coach like this gets all the secret positive attention he needs, which funds the team, essentially. there's a lot of frat boy racism going on in all the backrooms of colleges, since they make up the largest number of ticket and merchandise purchase numbers. they are probably 'unhappy with all the blacks taking over basketball'. well? sucks for you, you can't jump. stick to your lame lab sciences.

469 days ago
26.

wise1    

Damn can some 1 beat the **** out of him already?. He really thinks he is invincible

469 days ago
27.

spokenword    

Whatever Kobe, you didn't even go to school.

469 days ago
28.

Simone    

What a jerk. Such lack of compassion for these Rutgers players it's ridiculous. Kobe's ego is so big that he doesn't even have the capacity to put himself in their position. Who cares what this womanizing egomaniac has to say.

469 days ago
29.

who dat    

Kobe is a great basketball player, but a terrible person (need i go into details). You decide which is more important.

469 days ago
30.

Pet peeves    

Oooo, I'm all "ascared" of Kobye, the worlds biggest *****!

469 days ago
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