Scotso is dead wrong. Kobe was very diplomatic, even when asked about being booed.
He's from Philadelphia. He did not CHOOSE to play for the Lakers. He went where he was drafted. He comes back to his hometown for the All-Star Game, and gets booed incessantly. I haven't seen many sportswriters disagree with me on this one. Basketball writers (like Wertheim) are usually right on target, a big difference from tennios writers.
Kobe sounded really hurt when NBC's Jim Gray was interviewing him from the bench in the 4th quarter. I'm sure winning the All-Star MVP trophy in Philly will always be a bittersweet memory for him, instead of the triumph it should have been. It's true that Kobe may have been arrogant in past seasons (c'mon-he was YOUNG and brash), but I think he has really matured and given his fellow pros their due.
As someone who is a die hard Laker fan, I can understand how the 76er fans can still bear a grudge against Kobe because he plays for the Lakers, but I think their booing was really too excessive today.
Imagine Monica Seles being booed in a Fed Cup match against Yugoslavia or something like that!
Well I don`t like Kobe at all so the booing didn`t really bother me too much but I can understand that it would upset some people. But consider how the Philly fans feel: Kobe is from Philly and even though he didn`t choose it, he plays for the lakers, the team that took away any hope the sixers had of winning the championship. I know it`s not really fair to Kobe but he`s just going to have to deal with it. Plus Kobe is a tad arrogant so he`s not really that liked by anybody who`s not a laker fan...