Tag: Kobe Bryant

How Kobe Bryant’s legacy will always be tied to Michael Jordan

The big news in the NBA this week was the announcement by legendary Lakers player Kobe Bryant that this season would be his last.  As with most phases of Kobe’s career, this drew polarizing reactions around the sports world. From sycophantic Stephen A. Smith lamenting what the Buss family had “done” to Kobe by not restocking the Lakers with talent to the cruel  with renewed jeers over the decade old criminal allegations vs. Bryant. In reality, however, Kobe’s legacy is inexorably tied to two people:  Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson. Jackson, because Bryant became only the second player (along...

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The Los Angeles Lakers join this decade and will finally play small ball

Last season, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he doesn’t believe that 3-point shooting can win a title. I don’t even have to go in any detail about how off that statement was over the last few years and especially last season. The Lakers shot a lot of long 2-pointers last season. Not just Kobe Bryant, but Jordan Hill, Wayne Ellington, and, well, it was basically the whole team. 3-pointers and lay-ups are the most efficient shots and long 2-pointers are some of the least efficient. This offseason, the vibe is completely different in Los Angeles. Drafting D’angolo Russell...

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Kobe Sidelined for Six to Nine Months: Is this the End?

I never ever thought in a million years that I would be saddened by anything that happens to the Lakers organization. But, here we are in 2013, and several times this season I’ve found myself feeling some type of way about the men wearing purple and gold; Kobe particularly. Let’s recap! The Lakers reloaded during the offseason, adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the roster and then opened the season with the worst losing streak the organization has seen. As a result, Coach Mike Brown is fired and Coach Mike D’Antoni is hired. Nash gets hurt, Howard is...

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Jerry Buss Dies at Age 80

I woke up Monday morning ready to brag about how PG Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers won the 2013 NBA All-Star MVP award. I was going to insert my opinions on how much the Lakers sucked this season and poke fun at Lakers’ fans. I was going to make my case about why the Clippers were legitimately shining stars in L.A and no longer the little brothers on the JV team in the big house that we call Staples Center. Well it looks like the Basketball Gods saw it differently, and they called one of their own...

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