As a Celtics fan, nothing brings me greater joy than watching the Lakers implode. ESPN published a very amusing, detailed account of the trainwreck Magic Johnson/Rob Pelinka Era. Go ahead and read it. Its awesome in how it shows just how dysfunctional the team has been. My favorite part is Pelinka relaying a story about Kobe Bryant. I’m assuming its an attempt to show how Kobes’ mind works, as if we couldn’t get that info from watching “Detail.” Anywho, take a look at this quote:
“There was one time when Kobe, who I worked with for 18 years, was going back to play in Madison Square Garden, and he had just seen ‘The Dark Knight,'” Pelinka said. “Obviously, you guys saw that movie, and he’s like, ‘Hey, hook me up with dinner with Heath Ledger, because he got so locked into that role. I want to know how he mentally went there.’ So, he had dinner with Heath, and he talked about how he locks in for a role.
“And Kobe used some of that in his game against the Knicks.”
“The Dark Knight” was released in July 2008, six months after Ledger died. A source with direct knowledge said no such arrangement was made and no dinner ever took place.
In the words of Dan LeBetard, “GIVE IT TO ME AGAIN!” How did nobody call Pelinka out for this obvious lie? Maybe he is just a pathological liar and nobody believes what he says anyways. I have a friend who lies about everything. In fact, one night he showed up to another friends house and said “Princess Diana died.” We all looked at each other like “How is he going to get out of this one?” But unfortunately, that was the one time he told the truth. I imagine that is how many conversations with Rob Pelinka go. Now if you will excuse me, I’m going to eat a burger with John Candy to see how he prepared for Uncle Buck.