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Kobe Being Kobe February 21, 2011

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His intrinsic need to be the alpha male was never more evident. During the all-star game, from minute one, Kobe knew what he was to demonstrate that night. He know what the reason was for him to be at staples center that night, and the reaosn he is the best backetball player in the world. In his city in his arena, he had a need to show he is the best among the best. That is the main reason Kobe took an extra effort during the all-star game to take some hefty dunks, and make some of the greatest moves that he has in his arsenal from minute one.

Some, such as Amar’e Stoudamire suggest Kobe just wanted to go for the MVP from the begining. Kobe later accepted he was aware that this night he could tie Bob Petit for the most MVP’s at an all-star game. Well, I think those who think like Stoudamire are right. Kobe knew that, and he wanted to go for the MVP. However, Kobe did not want to get it just for the sake of the record or the recognition. He wants, as he does every time he steps on a basketball court, to show that he is still the best. The LeBrons, the DWades, the Griffins the DRoses are great players, who perhaps due to the unforgiving power of father time will take Kobe’s place as the best player. Nevertheless, that moment has not come yet. Last night it was very evident who is the one who still dominates the game at age 32.

Some may think other players could have gotten the MVP, but just did not care enough to go for it. That is exactly what still separates Kobe from the rest of the field. Kobe always cares, as he said last night, out of respect for the game, every time he gets on a basketball court he goes to win. In addition, during the game it was evident that at some poing other players such as LeBron James started “caring”, and wanting to win the game and take the MVP from Kobe. LeBron tried, but his effort was not enough. By the time LeBron started pushing, he didn’t have enough time and skill  to take something that Kobe had from the end of the first half.

I call it Kobe being Kobe. He will continue to be, thank God we still have a few more years of the most dominating will to win in the NBA right now.

My Fear became reality May 31, 2007

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When I read the headline on NBA.com about Kobe wanting to play elsewhere other than in the Lakers, I could hardly believe it, my first thought was that someone had to be playing joke or something. Wait a minute, it is not April fools day, or anything like that!! So I went and actually read the full article, and other many many articles on the web that confirmed this. Kobe actually mentioned wanting to be traded…

I will admit that this had actually crossed my mind in the past as a nightmare. I thought this would be too unrealistic, and would never come true. Kobe would never leave this team, which made him a Superstar and which has enjoyed a good level of success thanks to him. However, yesterday this became closer to reality than ever before. This shocks me because ever since I’ve been a hardcore basketball fan I’ve related Kobe to the Lakers, and it is time for me to admit right now that even though I declare myself a life-long laker fan, I REALLy only started loving the Lakers deeply when I started admiring Kobe as a player.

Since Kobe has been playing with the Lakers, I have been with the teams in the multiple ups and downs, and at the same time I have been supporting and believing in Kobe, -who has had perhaps more ups and downs that the Laker team, although most of the “downs” have been non-basketball related. I foresaw when it was time to trade Shaq out of the team, it was really evident to everybody, so it seems irrational to now come and blame Kobe for this trade. Really, I am positive that this trade was actually beneficial for the Lakers. With Shaq still in the team maybe the lakers would have had anbother year in the Finals, but an unhappy Kobe, a shaky financial situation, and not even a future to foresee. So, I will say that on getting rid of Shaq, Dr. Buss did a good thing. however, unfortunately what the lakers got back from Shaq did not prove to be good enough, and that is what the problem was. Forget about blaming Kobe for all this, he had little or nothing to do.

It is evident how great Kobe is. In spite of his immense talent, he is as hardworking as anybody else, and wants to win over everything more than anyone. he has accepted to take responsibility for everything that happens in the lakers (Wins and loses), and I dare to say he’s tried harder than anybody else to bring this team into winning ways. I can hardly imagine what would be of the lakers without KB24 on the lineup right now.

So, what would happen to my love for the lakers if Kobe leaves the team?

After thinking about all this, non-stop ever since I found out Kobe actually talked about leaving the team, I am facing the fact that I will not stop liking Kobe Bryant. I am sure I would follow Kobe’s play on any team that he plays in, even if that team is the Phoenix Suns. However I am sure I will still love the lakers. over the last few years I have grown to feel for this team, and want nothing for them but to win, and I’ve recently found out, that is even if Kobe is not in the lineup.

But hey, let’s stop thinking about this as Kobe isn’t going anywhere. I know I can trust Dr. Buss that he will make the right moves, bring the right players, get rid of the right managers, and make Kobe actually want to remain in the Lakers for the next season and beyond that. Knowing this, all these non-sense thoughts about Kobe leaving the team are a complete waste of time, just a part of the nightmare that I’ve feared since Kobe and the Lakers started making me love them.

Laker Losing Streak February 22, 2007

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I know there are several events going on around the world that are of significant importance to all of us who care. I know England has decided to start the troop withdrawal from Irak– whatever implication that may have for the war going on in there; I know Iran has once more decided to defy the UN, and ignore its policies and reocmendations; heck, even Britney spears has decided to shave her head, and go koo koo…; but what is on my mind the most right now is the Lakers’ loosing streak, which is jeopardizing their playoff run , and the worst part is that I don’t think I see any light at the end of the tunnel.

 

Prior to yesterday’s game against Portland I read a couple of articles on the web about how bad the Laker defense is, so during the game I actually paid attention to it, and the point was so proven. Portland, a below .500 team shoot an astonishing 60% on the Lakers. That has got to worry anybody. Seeing how this Albright, or Aldridge or whatever his name is guy made all kinds of mid-range shots, and the Lakers were not able to stop him, that is really worrying; seeing the Laker defense scramble every single time that Portland had the ball, that terrifies me.

Are there any potential solutions? Well, everyone’s been talking about getting Jason Kidd, which I think would be a great move as long as the Lakers do not trade Andrew Bynum, or Jordan Farmar to the Nets, even though Kidd is more known for his triplr-doubles that for having a solid defense, I am sure the guy has got to be better than Smush…. Some have been talking about getting Pippen and getting him to play the triangle offence that he knows by heart; however this does not solve the defensive problems much either. So, is there anything else that can be done? I honestly doubt it, and that makes me sick to my stomach. This season was supposed to be a great one, and the way it started looked really promising, but I don’t know what happened to the guys in the last few weeks.

The only thing that gives me a little bit of hope is to think of the fact that we do have Kobe Bryant in the team, and even though I’ve enjoyed seeing him sharing the ball, and creating plays for his teammates, I think that the only thing that may take us out of this hole is Kobe getting back to playing the way he did last year. I know a lot of people got to dislike him because of that, which seemed selfish but with the ways things are around the Lakers these days, it seems like this is the only way out if this one, and everybody knows that if there is anybody who can single-handedly bring a team back into winning ways, that is Kobe. Now that Kobe got his All-star game MVP, I think it would be great for him and for the Lakers if he tried to take over games a little more, and bringing back the team into winning ways. Hey, maybe that will even get him the season MVP award!!!

What does the NBA have against Kobe? January 30, 2007

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Ok, I am pissed off. After being all excited all day long because the Laker game would be nationally televised here in Canada, I find out that four hours to go before tip off, NBA officials decided to suspend Kobe for an “Unintentional” elbow against Manu last Sunday.

What the heck? Is this even precedented? An unintentional elbow deserves a suyspension?…. why?

As of right now (like 2 hrs to tip pff), I hear the Lakers are trying to get this decision overturn…. This is an absolute Joke, I mean, from what I hear even the Spurs (Manu, Chris Bowen, Popovich), have admitted that the situation was completely unintentional. Plus, If you want to hit a game winning shot, would you really want to hit someone on the face in the process? … This is definitely something that the NBA has against Kobe, (and perhaps the Lakers?), there is no reason for a suspension here. And all I am hoping is that Stu Jackson and his boys really come into mind here.

The question I have here is: What does the NBA have against Kobe? He seems to get a lot of non-calls for fouls against him on games… Look at the stats, Wade, Le Bron, hitting way more free throws per game than Kobe. Is this mere coincidence, or is there anything there…. I really hate to be a conspiracy theorist, and would rather think that the NBA can’t have anything against Kobe, as he is the best player around, one who bring tons of publicity and fans into the league. But…

Heated Title June 21, 2006

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So, Miami won the NBA championship after all, and as I've said before, they were not my preferred team, and I am not very satisfied with the result. I've come to realize that perhaps I am cursed when it comes down to sports or something like that, as the teams that I support just don't win, and it has been like this for the last couple of years. But I will leave this at that as this can be a subject to a whole other blog, but as an example, though last night when I started watching the game, Dallas was up by 10 points with less than 2 minutes left to end the second quarter, from then, Dallas stopped scoring, and by the end of the quarter they were trailing Miami already, and never took the lead again. Was it because I turned the TV on?…. I am starting to wonder.

Anyway, I think Miami deserved their title. As much as I dislike their approach to the game, they were the better team in this series. The thing is that I don't think Miami won the series, but rather Dallas lost it. What I mean by this is that Miami were better in these finals not because they improved the game, but because dallas just stopped playing to their whole capability for some reason. Dallas lost this series all by themselves; Miami did not have to do anything out of normal to win. Dallas took care of making Miami win the series. The Mavs stopped making the jumpers, stopped rebounding, more than doubled their turnovers, etc… They lost this series all by themselves. Oh and perhaps some help from the referees…

But that is enough said. Miami should now enjoy their title. Good for Dwayne Wade, who has done something Kobe Bryant hasn't been able to do,and that is being a Finals MVP…. Wade is a very talented guy, and that is really good for the sport. I'll now just wait for November to come and the next season to start, and I will hope that next year the Lakers will be able to put on a competitive team.

For the Future of NBA June 20, 2006

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Bill Simmons, on his ABC Sports page states it in the best way possible:

"If Miami wins, we may as well go back to box haircuts again, because it's going to be 1991 all over again"

This is one of the many reasons why I want Dallas to win the NBA finals…