This is a sports “blog” from a huge fan of The Los Angeles Lakers! Look around! Comment. Thanks.
Kobe Bryant has played this season as Kobe The Great, Kobe The Warrior, Kobe The Point Guard, facilitating his team any way necessary to inspire them into better play: It’s starting to work! But he might have played his best role yet, as the team rallied together for a win without his expertise on court! Instead, Friday’s win over The Indiana Pacers on road was done with him on the bench, assuming the role of Kobe The (Assistant?) Coach!
Kobe Bryant is a one-of-a-kind player that only comes around every other generation! He is a little bit like this guy or that guy, but… Kobe Bryant is an original! I don’t believe there will ever be a copycat! He is adding more data that strengthens his hold on consideration as the best NBA players of all-time every game!
I say that, totally sober, – in my right mind! - knowing Kobe Bryant is most regularly compared with the one name almost universally accepted as the gold standard of greatness: Michael Jordan. If he’s not at least equal to M.J., for you, of the best Lakers players to ever play, where does he rank for you? The record for NBA points leader still belongs to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and that’s going to be a stretch for even the likes of The Black Mamba to attain to that level of success. Magic Johnson is still a high profile guy in the memories of fans who have watched The Los Angeles Lakers play over decades with triumphant teams.
Of those great Lakers of all-time, Kobe Bryant is standing out above the rest now: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar may have been the best rebounder in the league, ever, next to Wilt possibly, but as a Shooting Guard by nature this Lakers rebounder isn’t getting them as they naturally fall into his hands – he is pursuing them, snatching them away from others… He is getting the job done in any & every facet of the game, as it becomes necessary for him to transform himself to accomplish wins for this latest hodgepodge of players that has been grouped together as a “team”!
Yesterday, March 15, 2013, Kobe the Destroyer found a glimpse of his future! Perhaps he will consider coaching after doing a masterful job of orchestrating plays on the sideline, barking out orders as he watched his teammates – unable to play on an ankle he should have chosen to rest & rehab but warrior-like had started the game with before shutting himself down after the 1st Quarter (0-4, 1 assist). But his replacement, Jodie Meeks, knowing this was his shot to shine, as the heir apparent to a soon-to-be retiring (?) Kobe Bryant couldn’t find the net (0-7).
The ability of The Lakers to inspire an individual to greatness (Jodie’s meek play) wasn’t wasted as a “team” of guys stepped up to perform as a group that refused to be denied an important road victory against the 2nd Best Team of the NBA’s Eastern Conference! They are not anything remotely close to what The Miami Heat are, as seen in the playoffs last year, folding it up, unwilling to endure the physical battle that was taking place in the paint. Eventually, Executive of The Year Larry Bird not only called them out for their lack of effort, he retired! But don’t let that take away the importance of this win from your mind. Even if you do dismiss the win as not coming against a quality opponent, the man Kobe Bryant, The Black Mamba, was there in heart & spirit, in mind if not body, and the response of this team to win a game on the road which has been a difficult commodity to come by this year, was attained amidst foul trouble, referee idiocy & horrendous shooting to start the game. The constant: Metta World Peace – he was the stable, sane, steady-eddy of the group! Some things never change!
So, if this is a glimpse of how well this team may be positioned to perform admirably in the playoffs, then I say: Let the playoffs begin! With the imminent return of Pau Gasol, Mike d’Antoni may have his work cut out for him again – to find a way to get Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol to play effectively together. Hopefully he is comfortable with turning to Kobe The Assistant Coach for assistance! After all, as a All Everything, Do Anything Necessary, al-time NBA great, Kobe Bryant has proved himself to be a valuable commodity for overall team success – no matter what function he plays in that effort.
The one burning question for Lakers fans is: Will Dwight Howard join the ranks of great Centers who played for The Lakers?
This season has continued to be quite the rollercoaster ride of inconsistency. There was this “idea” that Dwight Howard would make The Lakers better defensively than staying with Andrew Bynum at the Center position. Maybe that ride is over, and The Lakers have found a new groove.
Since the strong performance of Christmas against The New York Knicks there has been little else that has impressed the fan base, not to mention any of the teams The Lakers have played recently.
The home win vs. The Oklahoma City Thunder does come to mind as a great moment…
But while this season seems to be full of silver-linings, it’s also been full of false hope! Unfortunately, the gray clouds take longer periods of time to depart than the days with clear blue skies - The Lakers just keep finding new ways to trip over themselves, game after game. I’m surprised the newest head coach hasn’t had a stroke yet.
Steve Blake is finally available again, and he was nothing short of brilliant in the win Friday night! “Praise God for Steve Blake!” I had tweeted after the victory. And I could say the same thing for Antawn Jamison, too! Earl Clark has been a blessing, at times – yet, Pau Gasol’s return couldn’t be more timely, allowing EZ to rest on the bench, recover from nagging injuries and readjust his sights on becoming a player he could be, but hadn’t ever been until recently, as a #1 draft pick of a team two trades ago had once thought. Jordan Hill could be back, if The Lakers make a deep run into the playoffs. We shall see. Keep hope alive!
Let’s go, Lakers, let’s go!
Yes, the NBA is still fan-tastic! It is for Lakers fans, at least! Go, Lakers!
I started to “blog“, in my old age, as a lifelong Lakers fan, after I wrote a pro- Andrew Bynum piece on March 21, 2012. I wish him luck, now able to play closer to home, for The Philadelphia 76ers! However, he is apparently enduring complications with a follow-up to knee procedures he has had done in recent years over in Germany.
C’mon, Dwight Howard, sign a long-term contract with us!
Will The Los Angeles Lakers secure a winning brand of NBA basketball this season?
Let’s get a new ”dynasty” started!
Life is good; God is great! Make it a great day,
Ron (atc)”Ski” Runsvold
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