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I don’t call him Killa Kobe for no reason! It’s a wrap… look for LA to go back to back and win it all again in ’09. The reason is Killa aka Black Mamba! He knows history and he knows that he must repeat this year as the lead dog to continue to build his empire (rings).
The Lakers will face the Celtics and pay them back for that beatdown they took in ’07… payback is a you-know-what and Killa is coming for that azz like Black Dynamite!
The haters are still gonna hate, but damn give Killa Kobe his due! The man has finally led a team to that elusive Championship. I can’t wait to see the puppet commercial they have for us next.
Much respect to Killa for doing it well!!!
Kobe Bryant aka ‘Killa’ Kobe bka The Black Mamba (hereafter TBM) will make his ’09 playoff debut this afternoon. TBM will no doubt set the tone early and often today against the Utah Jazz who have no chance of winning this series. He won his NBA MVP last season but got waxed in the Finals by a tougher Boston Celtics team. TBM will be on a mission this post season to win-it-all or kill everyone in his way.
Look for TBM to lead his Lakers to a second NBA Finals where The King (LeBron) and his Cavaliers will be waiting to battle for the title.
He’s clearly bigger. He’s clearly stronger. He has more publicity. His image is better. His overall statistics are better.
Why should there even be a question about if LeBron James is better than Kobe Bryant?
He lacks that killer instinct! Until the King gets that, he will forever be carrying Kobe’s jockstrap.
Last night at the Staples Center Kobe Bryant went so opposite of soft and showed the world why he is the best player on the planet by outdueling LeBron. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-88, with Mamba dropping 20 buckets, 12 dimes, and grabbing six boards. Even with a dislocated finger, Kobe had the burning desire to check the King for almost the entire game and take on the challenge personally.
Put it like this…LeBron was rather normal with Kobe on him. He only connected on 9 of his 25 shots for 23 points with four assists and nine rebounds. Why isn’t Kobe considered for the Defensive Player of the Year award?
As indicated in his Christmas interview with Magic Johnson, Kobe had to show the media that he was still the best in the game and he doesn’t look like he will be passing the torch anytime soon. Kobe had to show the world that he seeks basketball perfection. Kobe had to show the world that he wants to go down as the “greatest basketball player of all time.”
It was apparent from the jump that Kobe had an agenda. After losing two straight games, he had to up his level of intensity.
Despite his pre-game quotes where he said that he thinks LeBron is the MVP at this point, by the end of the night he may have been forced to eat his own words. Although one game may not be enough for the general public to decifer who’s the better player, all Kobe did in their first battle of the season was to solidify my argument that he is the best in the game…hands down!!
Before this series began a week ago, everyone gave the coaching advantage to the Lakers. Phil Jackson has won 9 out of 10 championship series and Glen “Doc” Rivers had yet to advance a team beyond the first round prior to this year. Now that four games have been played it is clear who is the better coach in this matchup… Doc Rivers.
Doc has been brilliant with his substitutions and rotations. He has also overcome injuries to 3 of his starting 5 players (Pierce, Jenkins, Rondo) and has shown unshakeable confidence in his bench. The Celtics have responded to just about every move Doc has made.
Game 4 will be the defining moment of the 2008 NBA Championship. The Lakers were running the Celtics out of the gym for two-and-a-half quarters and were easily headed for victory. In fact, ABC commentator Jeff Van Gundy (Mr. Comic Relief) opened his pie hole during the 1st quarter and proclaimed the Lakers would win the game. The Celtics fought back by allowing just 33 second half points (58 pts. in 1st half) and finished off the hometeam 97 – 91 to take a commanding 3 – 1 series lead.
It really begins in earnest when you can’t wait for the game to come on. You start getting fired up around mid-afternoon at whatever you are doing in life, school, work or being a useless food eating, excuse making waste of someone else responsibility, also known as children, you start getting “that buzz” that you cannot explain. Then it is that time where you sit down in front of the TV and the music starts, the graphics and the visuals of all the main characters in the real-life tv drama that is “The NBA Finals.”
As a true NBA knucklehead it has taken me back to my teenage years when the Bucks were the 80s’ version of the Detroit Pistons modern day, the 76’ers and the Celtics used them as a just a passable obstruction to get over on their way to the Lakers and the finals, (damn it hurts to say that, but it is true). Then it happened, just like you thought it would with several current hall of famers doing their thing and a number of very great players accompanying them, it was always…and I mean always was worth everything to watch. The Boston Garden, The Forum, The Spectrum and all the pomp and circumstance would be replaced by the game, and the game would live up to the hype in these match-ups of the early to late 80’s. As a hard core Laker fan rarely did it happen, but when they lost to the Celtics or the Sixers it was not a good summer for me because it didn’t sit right.
Now let us look at it from a modern day era. We have had some semi dynasties in Isiahs’ bad boy Pistons, Shaq and Kobes’ Lakers, Duncans’ Spurs, Dreams’ Rockets and of course the real dynasty that was Michael Jordans’ Bulls of the 90’s. The one thing missing is the rival that pushes you to the limit. That doesn’t exist today like it did then and here is why I say that: everybody won and everybody lost that were the best in the league at that time in the finals. Today, the finals are interesting because of the players stories and their quests for the ring. In Boston for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen it validates the ultimate team success to go along with their great individual careers if they win, while Kobes’ quest to shine out of Shaq’s shadow in a Laker uniform is a great sub-plot.
Boston wins game one in a forgettable contest that lacked “sizzle”, except for the Pierce near-death experience, but was bringing back that buzz I had as a teenager in those great matchups at those great venues. It has all the potential to be one of those finals match-ups you never forget and I hope it turns out that way, but my experience in living tells some things don’t repeat themselves and generate that same feeling after it has been established. I rarely wish that a thought is proven wrong that I have…this is one of those rare occasions I hope that is the case. Stay tuned for more blogs on the actual games in the NBA Finals.
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