Kobe Bryant on Fired Rutgers Coach — I’d SMACK the Hell Outta Him!

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Put your hands on Kobe Bryant … he”s gonna put a beatdown on you — even if you”re his coach.

During an interview with Jim Rome … Kobe reacted to the infamous video of now-fired Rutgers coach Mike Rice getting physical with his players, saying if he was on that team … “I woulda smacked the hell out of him. No question about it.”

It”s interesting since Kobe never played college hoops — going straight from high school to the NBA — but he points out that as an 18-year-old he didn”t take crap from Shaquille O”Neal … so why would he take it from a coach.

There is one person Kobe will let smack him around … check out the clip.

The full interview airs tonight on Showtime.