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.
Space-themed Kevin Durant shoes with a subtle star and #35.
Check this out. Nike unveiled the shoes that LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant will be wearing for the All-Star game that nobody really cares about.
As is customary for many All-Stars, the game is a showcase of new footwear for the consumers. Nike has taken the idea of space travel (the game is played in Houston) and given these three players shoes to reflect that.
CHECK OUT THE GALLERY ON NIKE’S SITE
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.
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?
Kobe is going to save Gotham City after the game.
Since his broken nose, concussion from the All-Star Game, Kobe Bryant has been wearing a protective mask during games. But according to Larry Brown Sports, Bryant has decided to go away from the clear mask and go for the Batman look. (He only wore it for one quarter for the game against Detroit before going back to his old mask.)
I had always thought that the masks had to be clear, but apparently it’s OK to have a black one. I am just afraid that if the league starts giving more leeway to these kinds of things, then these masks will start featuring company logos.
Kobe was clutch while LeBron was not.
“Yeah, he was telling me to shoot it,” LeBron James recalled of Kobe Bryant’s message to him during the final seconds of the All-Star Game. “I wish I could have that one back.”
That was LeBron James’ recent years as an NBA player in a nutshell. Even during a meaningless exhibition game, James had the opportunity to take the final shot and give his team a chance to win but decided to pass that shot up.
What happened on Sunday was another sad example of how James refuses to rise up to the occasion. Despite all his great work during the game, when the team needed him to step up one more time late, he didn’t deliver.
A part of this is our fault as fans and media in how we perceive the basketball star. Have we kept expectations too high for James? Since he entered the league, the league has wanted to make him a star. But since he bolted to the Heat, it was clear that maybe James doesn’t want to be the star.
Kobe vs. LeBron: Bird chooses the winner.
The great Larry Bird was asked by Bill Simmons about Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Which one would choose as a teammate?
Here’s Bird’s response:
“Well, probably Kobe, because of the fact that … well, of course he wouldn’t have been shooting as much as he does now … but his desire to win, his dedication, to always get better, uh, and he’s just, he’s just tough,” Bird said. “He’s just a tough cat.
“But, if you want to have fun, like I did with Bill Walton, play with LeBron. It would have probably been more fun to play with LeBron, but if you want to win and win and win, it’s Kobe. Not that LeBron’s not a winner, just that [Kobe's] mindset is to go into every practice, every game, to get better.”