Despite conceding the scoring title to Kevin Durant tonight, Kobe Bryant still has a few words to say about the NBA season, particularly about the hard fouls given to his Staples Center tenant Blake Griffin.

Kobe, always one to speak his mind told an ESPN’s Los Angeles affiliate quite simply, “I’d smack the f— out of somebody,” He went on to say, “I’ve known him for a while and he’s a really nice guy so I don’t know if he’d want to do that. But I would. I would’ve done it early in the year.”

Let us rewind the tape shall we? About 11 years ago, Kobe found himself on the end of arguably the most infamous 1-2 in NBA history not named Jordan & Pippen. Chris Childs’s two piece on Bean will live on in Internet history but see the true intention of Kobe’s comments.

It’s quite possible that the Clippers & Lakers could find themselves squaring off in a 7-game series and if Blake does indeed decide to retaliate then obviously he’s going to be lobbed a one-game suspension or more, leaving CP3 without his big man that’s good for at least 22 and 10 on any given night. Again, Kobe’s already down a soldier with Metta World Peace getting suspended for a full series thanks to hitting James Harden with a Tanaka bionic elbow. The Lake Show have to fight through either the Nuggets & Mavericks depending on the outcome of tonight’s final slate of games if they even want to see Ron-Ron back. Basically, Kobe’s playing chess with the league while dishing off these quotes. You know it, I know it.

Sorry Kobe, you need a bit more people to validate your claims of being a “tough guy”.