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Bryant: Lakers 'soft like Charmin'

Lakers star Kobe Bryant challenges his teammates' intensity at scrimmage.

Kobe Bryant did not mince words in his criticism of his Lakers teammates. (Associated Press)
Kobe Bryant did not mince words in his criticism of his Lakers teammates. (Associated Press)Read moreAssociated Press

IN AN EFFORT to save his legs, 36-year-old Kobe Bryant often doesn't practice.

Yesterday, he participated for the first time in a month. And he didn't like what he saw.

Bryant yelled at his teammates collectively and individually during a scrimmage, and got so riled up he even chirped at general manager Mitch Kupchak.

"You [bleepity bleeps] are soft like Charmin," Bryant screamed during the session. "God damn, is this the type of [bleep] that's going on in these practices? Now I see why we've lost 20 [bleeping] games. We're soft like Charmin. We're soft like [bleep]."

Bryant singled out Jeremy Lin throughout the practice, challenging the 6-3 point guard to shoot whenever he had the ball.

"This [bleepity bleep] don't got [bleep]," Bryant said of Lin. "He ain't got [bleep] right now. Shoot. Shoot."

At one point, after Lin missed a jumper, Bryant yelled, "I talked his ass right into that bull[bleep]."

As the scrimmage ended, Bryant told the players what they already knew: "Practice gets real uncomfortable when I'm in this [bleepity bleep]."

When the team gathered at center court, Bryant couldn't resist telling Kupchak how he felt.

"I'm supposed to practice and get better, Mitch," Bryant said. "These [bleepity bleeps] ain't doing [bleep] for me."

Afterward, Bryant denied he was being extra hard on everyone.

"No, I was just being myself," he said. "I don't know if it helps them, but it obviously raises the intensity level. It was a tough practice for them . . . I just challenge guys and see what happens. I've always believed in throwing them in the pool and seeing if they can sink or swim.

"Back in my younger days. I used to practice like that every day."

Postscript: Charmin used the incident to get a little publicity, tweeting: "You know, in terms of toilet paper, saying you're as soft as Charmin is a good thing. In basketball? Not so much."