From now on, when I write his name it shall read BEans [sic]
How the hell can a team shoot 27-83 (.325) from the field, 25-37 (.676) from the line and 4-20 (.200) from Inglewood and win the NBA Championship?
You got me, but your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Kobe and co. really did it. After all the Lakers have been through this year, they now are the wearer of the rings. Congratulations to the Lakers, the city of Los Angeles and Lake Show fans.
Let me have a second…
I was texting back and forth with Ron Artest’s publicist around 5:00 am and I could sense her incomparable happiness. When I sat down with him a couple of years back, Ron envisioned this moment, but I don’t think he really understood it. At the time he was with the Sacramento Kings and he would make another stop with the Houston Rockets before he ultimately became a NBA Champion with his current team, the Lakers.
Say it with me Ron. You. Are. An. NBA. Champion!
Vindication my man. You did it! So much has been said all these years and in your biggest game since that game…yeah that one…you stepped up and were the difference maker in a Game 7 Los Angeles Lakers victory. You had 20 points, 5 rips and 5 steals but of those 20, there were none bigger than that dagger three. Wow. You feel apart of something don’t you?
I’m proud of you fam. Trust I’ll be in touch.
Back to the beat…
This was a tough series. Nothing soft about it. The officiating left something to be desired but all in all these are the two teams that belonged. The Celtics were trying to do the unthinkable…beat the three teams with the best records…but ran out of gas on their way to doing something special.
Straight up…Kendrick Perkins’ loss was HUGE.
He battles inside in ways not in the final box score. Pau Gasol had 19 and 18 rebounds. KG couldn’t do it alone and Rasheed Wallace’s back was giving him problems just when he didn’t need it. He did have 11 and 8 boards.
The Lakers shoot 29 percent in the first half and win?
Boston came to play. Sheed seemed he would have a big game after being awarded the start in Perk’s stead. Pierce was only 5-15 for 18…though he did have 10 rebounds. Kevin Garnett went for 17, only 3 boards and 4 blocks. So so I’m sure by his admission.
Sending the Lakers to the line 20 times in the fourth quarter was epic.
Ray Allen was 3-13 for 13 and shot a horrid 2-7 from Beantown. He laid an egg. Straight up.
Rajon Rondo went for 14, 10 dimes and 8 rebounds. Dude conceivably could be an MVP candidate next season. He made a big three late without looking at the basket (when he stepped to the corner) on a shot you knew was going in.
Derek Fisher stamped his name on this series and had 10 influential points. He made a big three in each half.
Kobe Bryant…I’ll have more on him next week in a piece titled: The Fifth Evolution, Kobe Bryant and the Strangers of Hate (5 part series). The Finals MVP did what it took despite shooting a terrible 6-24. He was 0-6 from behind the arc. If you would have showed me that line before the game, I would have said the Lakers lost.
He began to pick it up late and while he didn’t have a good shooting night, his 15 rebounds were s big as any stat in this game besides the final total.
He’s had to watch as less than deserving MVP candidates prance around with his mantle pieces but there are now 2 MVP of the Finals trophies he’d gladly take over any regular season accolade.
You could see the relief on his face. He gave props to his teammates…especially Pau Gasol…and knew he couldn’t do it without them.
Andrew Bynum was 1-5 and had just 2 points. The rebounding edge in the Lakers favor, 53-40, won the game. I was a little miffed the officiating crew allowed the teams to beat each other up in the first half. I’m really surprised there actually wasn’t a fight, but both teams held it down because of the stage they were most graciously on.
Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers went back and forth on adjustments but it was Rivers who had the better series. His calls out of timeouts usually led to scores and the defense he thew at Kobe Bryant was relentless.
Jackson gets his 11th ring and is now primed for his fourth threepeat?
Kobe gets his 5th. Trust he’ll celebrate this one just a little while longer but you know he’s coming for you Mike.
Seems like we were here last year…maybe we’ll be here again…you never know.
I guess I was wrong. That’s why they play the game.
|M. Daniels||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|M. Finley||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|S. Williams||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|T. Gaffney||DNP — INACTIVE|
|O. Lafayette||DNP — INACTIVE|
|K. Perkins||DNP — INACTIVE|
|D. Mbenga||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|L. Walton||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|A. Morrison||DNP — INACTIVE|
Officials: Joe Crawford, Dan Crawford, Scott Foster
Time of Game: 2:47
– P. Pierce (1:22 – 2nd Qtr)
– R. Artest (1:22 – 2nd Qtr)
Anthony Carter starts it off! This presser is as real as it gets. You will be entertained…
Ron Ron…It’s Yours!!