Which member of the media called Kobe Bryant an "a**hole" during a press conference?

ESPN's J.A. Adande tells a story that L.A. Times sports writer Bill Plaschke called Kobe Bryant an "a**hole" during a press conference.  Kobe was asked a question about Danilo Gallinari's defense.  According to Adande, Kobe does not like to be asked questions about players who defend him.  Kobe gave a snappy answer.  Bill Plaschke called Kobe an "a**hole" in a joking manner as the press conference ended.

Apparently, Kobe and the media had a good-natured, back and forth from that point on.  J.A. Adande of ESPN's "Around the Horn" even got in on the action.  He specifically asked Kobe a question after the Lakers' Game 4 win over the Denver Nuggets about Danilo Gallinari's defense.  Kobe answered the question very professionally while being fully aware that Adande was teasing him.  Good stuff.

Brian Noe is the Program Director at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.