Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that the Lakers are about to play the Celtics for the rights to the Larry O’Brien trophy in a few days (which feels more like a few weeks). The hype machine surrounding this situation is going to be uncontrollable, so as T.O. might say “get ya popcorn ready”!
It sucks that there are like75 days between the Conference Finals and the Finals. I don’t understand the long delays considering the 2-3-2 format (which I totally disagree with). The fact that it takes the NBA playoffs 2 months to conclude re-amazes me every year.
Don’t get me wrong I love the game just as much as the next person, but damn they know how to kill momentum drag this thing out.
Either way, it’s about to jump off big time and in about 2 weeks Kobe Bryant will have his 4th championship ring and 1st Finals MVP trophy.
I know I keep harping on it, but with so many days before the first game, you, I and everyone in between will have plenty of opportunities to convince ourselves that the Celtics have a real shot at winning this thing. Technically they do, but Realistically they don’t. It just ain’t happenin’ folks.
Kobe has THAT look in his eyes.
He’s not going to let 3 loveable losers stand in his way. Sure KG, Pierce and Ray Ray probably deserve a ring, but Kobe NEEDS one. He already has 3, but for whatever reason people want to treat his past accomplishments with an *. People talk about this kid like he was some 12th man on those Lakers squads. Like the only reason he got a ring is because he was on the roster.
They want you to believe it was all about Shaq, but if you paid attention you know better. As absurd as it seems, Kobe won’t be validated until he wins a ring without the big guy.
He’ll be able to put all that silliness to rest soon enough. It took a few bad years for Kobe to make this all come together, but last summer he did it. Everyone wants you to believe it was Mitch Kupchak’s hijacking Pau Gasol, but trust me Kobe engineered this turnaround long before that.
He got the ball rolling a little over a year ago when he told anyone who would listen (Dan Patrick, Stephen A. Smith, random dudes with a camera phone in the parking lot) that the team wasn’t good enough and he wanted to be traded and so forth and so on. He thought it was a joke that Andrew Bynum was considered untradeable. At the time I agreed with him because hell, he was right.
Shortly after he questioned the organization’s motives and will to win and etc. things started to get better, but none of us (including Kobe) would know it until October.
Players like Andrew Bynum, Sasha Vujacic, and Jordan Farmar stepped up tremendously! Their improvement is a direct result of Kobe’s criticisms.
Think about it, if the best player on the planet who also happens to be your teammate doesn’t think you’re good enough to play with him, you have to prove him wrong! I mean, you already had a feeling that he was suspicious of you, but then he took it to the next level and told the whole world how much he thinks you suck! You gotta step up! If that means staying in the gym an extra hour or taking a few hundred extra jump shots/sky hooks then so be it! You’ve got to show him that if he gives you the opportunity this time you’ll come through. You’ve got to try to make him look like a damn fool for saying the team couldn’t win with you.
They (Bynum before he got hurt, Vujacic, Farmar) got better, but not without a little added motivation from one Mr. Bryant. They probably won’t admit it, but I’d bet anything they had Kobe on their minds when they were working out. They probably saw his face with every damn repetition in the weight room. If they didn’t take what he said to heart then they wouldn’t be real competitors.
Most of us love to prove doubters wrong. It’s just human nature. But, if you’ve never been in the position to want to say nanny nanny boo boo to someone then I envy you because you’re obviously a tremendous person who has never fallen short of someone’s expectations and have never had any doubters.
You are the bomb, and quite possibly the only one of your kind.
Either way, everyone was waiting on Kobe to finally make his teammates better and he did it with a few interviews and an impromptu parking lot tirade.
On the surface it kinda looks like he was being a prick, but I understand why he did it. He didn’t want to waste his prime years in a no win situation like (cough) KG. Obviously those closed door heart to hearts he was having with the organization were getting him nowhere so he had to go public. He had to put some pressure on the team as a whole from top to bottom and it worked out for him. They knew they had to make moves to keep him happy, especially after Bynum got hurt.
Had Kobe not made it known that he wanted to win now we’d still be waiting on those young guys to mature as players. Like the shrewd businessman he is, Kobe hurried their development and now all is well.
It certainly didn’t hurt that Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol basically fell into their laps, but that’s neither here nor there.
In a couple of weeks Kobe will be rewarded and his teammates will be vindicated. Everyone’s a winner!
Well, everyone except Boston.
Lakers in 5.