The last we’ve seen of Kobe Bryant?
The Lakers say that Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles. Bryant himself believes that too. It’s the kind of injury that can sideline a player for over a year. Nobody comes back from the injury the same as they once was before.
I am not a Lakers fans and I can’t stand anything associated with the team. But I know basketball and I respect talented players when I see them. That’s Bryant. Despite his selfish ways and his arrogance, it’s part of what makes him a basketball player you just have to watch. He has been so great for so long that you would think that he could play on forever.
But with this injury, it appears that his days as a Laker could be over. His days in the NBA could be on the same boat.
Great history. Very little attention to detail.
So there’s this conspiracy theory about the Lakers going on right now and that unfortunately took away some positives that they celebrated Tuesday.
The team retired Shaquille O’Neal’s number. It was a great gesture. Unfortunately, it reminded me of an issue I’ve had with the Lakers and apparently they did not fix it.
Look at the jersey they used for O’Neal. The name and number are placed in front of the jersey? And look at the other retired numbers. All the fonts are wrong. For such a historical franchise, they really have no one to point out the inaccuracies of these jerseys? Terrible.
But the ceremony was very nice.
It takes courage to make the right call? What do you mean it takes courage? It’s their job to make the right call.
Here’s my problem. The right call is calling that foul. It doesn’t matter if it was Kobe Bryant. You don’t cost a team the opportunity to tie the game just because of reputation.
I know this has gone on long before today in the NBA but lately, the officiating has been really bad. And to say that an official has to have courage to do the right thing? That is absurd when the foul is so clear. I’m really embarrassed about this. No player is bigger than the game.
The Lakers are three games under .500 right now. They were three games under .500 when they fired Mike Brown. They haven’t gotten better and watching them play, they look like they have no direction.
A news report came out that there was a locker room feud and they decided to mock it. Both Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant went to Twitter to post the exact photo of them pretending to fight, disputing the claim that they are having issues.
I don’t know about you, even though it’s a good idea to dispute a report, putting up a picture like this to me of a mask of real problems. The Lakers are not meeting expectations and are not in the playoff hunt. Taking jabs at the media instead of playing better basketball sure looks like a team with no direction.
The Hack-a-Howard is in full effect in the NBA and the Lakers are 8-10 due in part that their starting center is missing free throws left and right. It’s a brilliant defensive strategy and it works to take advantage of the opposition’s weakness.
But what puzzles me is this: Why does Dwight Howard suck at free throws so much?
I can come up with scientific reasoning like his arms are too strong, his hands are too big, and he has no finesse. But those are all lame excuses.
Last night was a very interesting night in terms of racism. Or was it real racism? I can’t really tell since I am not sure what is considered racist or not anymore.
As you can see from the above clip, Shaquille O’Neal decided to call David Lee the “White Chris Webber” and everyone has a laugh. But I started to think about why it was OK to laugh at it. Is it OK to bring up Lee’s skin in bringing up a nickname? If I played basketball, I wouldn’t want to be called the “Yellow Chris Webber” or anything like that. I would find that racist.
Then that takes me back to when Kobe Bryant was nicknamed the “Black Mamba” by Nike. Everyone thought that was cool but I sat there wondering why they had to call him the black mamba. Was it necessary to call him that? Why not just call him the mamba instead of choosing the black mamba?
Pretty sick bobblehead
Last night the Lakers finally granted Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s wish of having a statue of the Hall of Famer outside Staples Center.
But what’s more important is that they also gave out bobbleheads of Abdul-Jabbar to fans.
I want this bobblehead but looking on eBay, it’s expensive. Craig’s List is not much help either.