Curt Schilling is gutless.
He sits courtside in Boston for Game 2, eavesdropping on the Lakers' bench and how would he like someone listening to what they have to say in the Red Sox dugout, and then makes it appear on his blog, "38 Pitches," that Kobe Bryant is some kind of jerk who berates his teammates.
Vladimir Radmanovic nasty names?
But whatever, there's no bigger sissy than a hit-and-run blogger.
If Schilling has got something to write, let's see him come to Los Angeles, stand outside the Lakers' locker room and get cussed out by Vanessa Bryant like every other blogger. Talk about bloody socks.
He writes nice things about Kevin Garnett, which makes you wonder who gave him the courtside tickets, and also writes that he "saw a seven-footer (Pau Gasol) who grabbed like four rebounds and spent the entire game whining about getting fouled."
OK, so everything he wrote wasn't off base.
But then he goes after our very own consummate team player, the Beloved One, writing that he really doesn't know much about Bryant, but "what I do know is what I got to see up close and hear. (It) was unexpected."
Come on, if the Celtics are going to let an over-the-hill pitcher/blogger sit close to the Lakers' bench, the Lakers should put Jason Schmidt adjacent to Boston's bench.
"From the first tip until about four minutes left in the game I saw and heard this guy bitch at his teammates," Schilling wrote of Bryant. "Every TO he came to the bench pissed, and a few of them he went to other guys and yelled about something they weren't doing, or something they did wrong. No dialogue about 'hey let's go, let's get after it' or whatever.
"He spent the better part of 3.5 quarters pissed off and ranting at the non-execution or lack of, of his team
as a fan I was watching the whole thing, Kobe, his teammates and then the after-effects of conversations. He'd yell at someone, make a point, or send a message, turn and walk away, and more than once the person on the other end would roll eyes or give a 'whatever dude' look."
Had Schilling written that Lamar Odom and Luke Walton were rolling their eyes, at least that would have been something positive, the two guys doing something while they were in Boston.
Instead, he seemed to go out of his way to irritate Bryant, and I can't imagine anyone doing that.
So maybe he'll come out aggressively and really show them, Schilling inspiring Bryant, and I wonder how that plays in Boston, Schilling doing more for the Lakers than the Red Sox or Celtics.
Hard to believe the Lakers could lose under these circumstances, Bryant motivated and the referees taking care of the Lakers at home as everyone expected.
I still wasn't convinced, though, so I thought it was time to also get something out of Phil Jackson, who is supposed to be the best ever at this time of the season.
"I believe you're getting paid $10 million for moments like this," I said at his pre-game news conference.
"How would you even know that stuff?" he replied. "You're not the IRS."
"Is it more than that?"