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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Kobe Bryant's NBA Finals Resume

Kobe Bryant is about to make his sixth NBA Finals appearance in the past decade, more than Shaquille O'Neal (five) or Tim Duncan (three since 2000, four overall). If Bryant's L.A. Lakers win the championship he will own more rings (four) than Larry Bird (three) and only trail Magic Johnson (five) by one. Here is a look at Bryant's NBA Finals resume:

2000 NBA Finals: L.A. Lakers defeat Indiana Pacers, 4-2

Bryant's numbers: 15.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.2 apg; Bryant ranked second on the Lakers in scoring and assists and third in rebounding.

The backstory: Bryant averaged fewer points than he did in the regular season (22.5 ppg) but that is largely because he had just two points in nine minutes in game two before a sprained ankle sidelined him for the remainder of that contest. The Lakers won an ugly game without Bryant, with Shaquille O'Neal shooting 18-39 from the free throw line as the Pacers resorted to the "Hack a Shaq" tactic in the fourth quarter. Bryant missed game three and the Pacers earned their first win of the series as Reggie Miller erupted for 33 points (he had scored just seven points on 1-16 field goal shooting versus Bryant in game one). Bryant returned in game four and finished with 28 points, five assists and four rebounds; after O'Neal fouled out in overtime, Bryant took over and carried the Lakers to a 120-118 victory, giving them a commanding 3-1 series lead. Bryant had eight of the Lakers' 16 overtime points, falling one short of the Finals record of nine.

Bryant struggled in game five as the Lakers got blown out but he produced 26 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the series-clinching game six, though he shot poorly from the field (8-27). The Pacers again used the "Hack a Shaq" and O'Neal's 1-4 bricklaying down the stretch enabled Indiana to pull within 110-109 with 1:32 left. Glen Rice answered by making a pair of free throws and then Bryant closed out the scoring by sinking four straight free throws to clinch the championship.

Bryant did not have a great series statistically but he made his impact felt with his defense against Miller and with his clutch play in the overtime of game four and in the closing moments of game six. When the Lakers needed fourth quarter scoring in this series, they often abandoned the Triangle Offense and simply gave the ball to Bryant in a 1-4 set so that he could create a shot for himself or a teammate.

Note: The Lakers would not have made it to the Finals in the first place without Bryant's epic performance in game seven of the Western Conference Finals versus Portland: he led the Lakers in points (25), rebounds (11), assists (seven) and blocked shots (four), while O'Neal had 18, nine, five and one respectively. The next time someone tries to tell you that Bryant simply rode O'Neal's coattails to three championships, just cite this boxscore as evidence to the contrary.

2001 NBA Finals: L.A. Lakers defeat Philadelphia 76ers, 4-1

Bryant's numbers: 24.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 5.8 apg; Bryant ranked second on the Lakers in scoring and rebounding and led the team in assists.

The backstory: This is the first season that O'Neal and Bryant were truly options 1A and 1B throughout the entire season and playoffs, as opposed to O'Neal clearly being the first option; in the 1999-2000 campaign, O'Neal outscored Bryant by a wide margin in the regular season (29.7 ppg to 22.5 ppg) and in the playoffs (30.7 ppg to 21.1 ppg) but in 2000-01 O'Neal only led Bryant by a slight margin in regular season scoring (28.7 ppg to 28.5 ppg) and in playoff scoring (30.4 ppg to 29.4 ppg), though O'Neal had a larger edge in the Finals (33.0 ppg to 24.6 ppg).

Allen Iverson scored 48 points in Philadelphia's 107-101 game one overtime win, then the Lakers swept the next four games to finish with a 15-1 playoff record, the best in NBA history. In game two, the Lakers' big guns took turns dominating: Bryant scored 12 first quarter points and then O'Neal scored 12 second quarter points. By the end of the game, Bryant had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while O'Neal had 28 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists as the Lakers won 98-89. Bryant played 47 minutes and O'Neal played 45 minutes after they each played 52 of a possible 53 minutes in game one.

Bryant (32 points) and O'Neal (30 points) again provided a devastating one-two punch in a 96-91 game three victory. O'Neal handled the brunt of the scoring load in game four (34 points) while Bryant just missed posting a rare Finals triple double (19 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists) in a comfortable 100-86 win.

The Lakers closed out the series in game five with O'Neal (29 points) and Bryant (26 points) again leading the way, though Rick Fox (20 points) and Derek Fisher (18 points) provided some timely scoring as well.

2002 NBA Finals: L.A. Lakers defeat New Jersey Nets, 4-0

Bryant's numbers: 26.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 5.3 apg; Bryant ranked second on the Lakers in scoring, fourth in rebounding and first in assists.

The backstory: The Lakers completed just the seventh sweep in NBA Finals history (the Spurs became the eighth team to sweep the NBA Finals when they defeated the Cavs in 2007). Statistically this was Bryant's best overall Finals performance, featuring his top Finals scoring average as well as his best field goal shooting (.514) and three point shooting (.545) in addition to his always excellent floor game. O'Neal dominated the series with his scoring (36.3 ppg) and high percentage shooting (.595) but even though the Nets did not win a game, three of the four contests were close: games one, three and four were decided by five, three and six points respectively. In game three, Bryant scored 36 points on 14-23 field goal shooting, including 12 points in the fourth quarter when the outcome hung in the balance; Bryant hit a short jumper with 19 seconds remaining to put the Lakers up 104-100 and that proved to be the decisive basket, though Jason Kidd answered with a three pointer and Fox closed out the scoring by making two free throws. Although O'Neal took a back seat in the fourth quarter (which was often the pattern during the Lakers' championship reign), he finished with 35 points on 12-19 field goal shooting. Game four followed that customary pattern as well, with O'Neal dominating (34 points on 12-20 field goal shooting) and Bryant serving as the closer (tallying 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter).

2004 NBA Finals: Detroit Pistons defeat L.A. Lakers, 4-1

Bryant's numbers: 22.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.4 apg; Bryant ranked second on the Lakers in scoring and tied for the team lead in assists.

The backstory: The Lakers owned homecourt advantage and were considered the heavy favorites in this series but with Karl Malone hobbled by injury, Gary Payton moving like he was about 50 years old and Derek Fisher limited by torn cartilage in his right knee that he suffered in the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers simply could not keep up with Rasheed Wallace or the Pistons' All-Star backcourt duo of Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton; during this series Bryant had to play a "firefighter" role defensively, trying to snuff out the blazing infernos that resulted from Payton's matador defense, but the Pistons smartly responded by simply running their offense through whichever guard Bryant was not checking. The Pistons rolled over the Lakers 87-75 in game one. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson declared on page 229 of his book The Last Season, "The real factor was Chauncey Billups, who completely outplayed Gary, scoring 22 points, eight in the first quarter." Hamilton only scored 12 points on 5-16 shooting with six turnovers versus Bryant but Bryant also struggled offensively, scoring 25 points but shooting just 10-27 versus the long-armed defense of Tayshaun Prince. It seemed like Prince hit Bryant's arm on several jump shots, but Bryant made just four trips to the free throw line. Malone shot 2-9 from the field and Fisher shot 1-9. O'Neal led the way for the Lakers with 34 points on 13-16 shooting as the Pistons largely played him one on one in an effort to keep everyone else in check.

Bryant played the key role in the Lakers' only victory in the series, leading the Lakers with 33 points and seven assists in a 99-91 game two overtime win. Bryant nailed the clutch three pointer that forced overtime and he scored a total of 14 points in the fourth quarter and the extra session to ensure that the Lakers would not fall behind 2-0. Billups again torched Payton, outscoring him 27-2. A big part of the problem for the Lakers was O'Neal's poor screen/roll defense, as Jackson explained on pages 232-233 of The Last Season: "The conversation with the coaches in the video session turned to the issue of Shaquille and his defense on screen roll, which was largely ineffective again. 'When I'm all done,' (assistant coach) Tex (Winter) blurted out, 'I'm going to expose this guy as overrated.'" Jackson mentioned that Winter complained that O'Neal "has terrible footwork, he's not coachable, he can't make free throws" but Jackson answered Winter by saying that O'Neal was the reason he came to coach the Lakers in the first place. Later, during a film session with the whole team, O'Neal--according to Jackson (page 233)--told Winter to "shut the ---- up. We don't need to hear from you about this ----." Jackson wrote (page 234), "I keep asking myself if I had failed him, this wonderful eighty-two-year old man who has meant so much to me, by not defending him more aggressively in front of the whole group." O'Neal apologized to Winter the next day.

The Pistons started game three with an 8-0 run and never trailed en route to a dominating 88-68 win. Bryant had just 11 points on 4-13 shooting, "the worst game I've ever seen him have in the playoffs" according to Jackson (page 237). O'Neal scored 14 points on 7-14 shooting. The two stars combined to attempt only five free throws. The other Lakers were completely invisible. In the wake of that disheartening performance, several of the veterans from the Lakers' three championship teams--including Bryant, Fox and Fisher--implored Jackson to bench Malone and Payton and go with the players who had won those titles, even though Fisher was ailing and Fox was not a power forward. Jackson promised to give all of those players some time on the court together but he felt that Malone's best chance to be effective was to start the game as opposed to languishing on the bench tightening up.

Billups again torched Payton in game four as the Pistons won 88-80 to take a 3-1 lead. Jackson finally switched Bryant onto Billups in the latter stages of the game. O'Neal had 36 points and 20 rebounds but Bryant shot just 8-25 to finish with 20 points. Bryant felt very strongly that Prince was getting away with fouling him but Bryant knew that it would not do any good to complain about this publicly. Owner Jerry Buss told Jackson (pages 243-244), "I think our young man has hit the wall. The whole weight of the whole season has finally caught up to him. He just looked so tired out there tonight that he didn't have the energy to finish this game off the way he's done in the past." Jackson agreed with that assessment.

During the walkthrough prior to game five, Bryant volunteered to check Billups. Jackson was not sure if he wanted to do that but Bryant later privately told Jackson his real motive for speaking up (page 245): "I just said that to see if Gary would say, 'No, let me have him. He's mine.' I think he's scared. He doesn't care if I take Billups or not." Bryant checked Billups for part of game five and Billups had his lowest point total of the series (14) but in the end the Lakers had too many matchup problems and the Pistons closed out the series with a 100-87 win.

Note: Scoop Jackson recently called game two of the 2004 Finals "the game where many Laker insiders now admit the decision was eventually made to keep Kobe and exit everyone else." O'Neal wanted the Lakers to re-sign him for maximum dollars and maximum years but there were plenty of sensible reasons not to do this (just read Winter's critiques cited above). Bryant had established himself as an All-NBA First Team player, an All-Defensive First Team member and a perennial top five finisher in the MVP race, so the Lakers decided to build the team around him.

In the wake of their Finals loss, the Lakers traded O'Neal to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant and a first round draft pick. After one season the Lakers shipped Butler to the Washington Wizards to acquire Kwame Brown, who they eventually dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies to obtain Pau Gasol. The Lakers missed the playoffs in 2004-05, mainly because Bryant played in only 66 games due to injury (Odom also missed 18 games). In 2006 and 2007 Bryant almost singlehandedly kept the Lakers competitive, winning two scoring titles while also making the All-Defensive First Team each year. Finally, the Lakers upgraded his supporting cast, with the biggest move being the addition of Gasol. Bryant no longer had to go into gun battles with "butter knives"; he promptly led the Lakers to the number one seed in the West in 2008 and averaged 31.9 ppg, 5.8 apg, 6.1 rpg, 3.1 tpg, .509 field goal shooting and .814 free throw shooting in 15 Western Conference playoff games as the Lakers returned to the NBA Finals.

2008 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics defeat L.A. Lakers, 4-2

Bryant's numbers: 25.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.0 apg; Bryant led the Lakers in scoring and assists and ranked fourth on the team in rebounding.

The backstory: The Celtics cruised to the best regular season record in the NBA (66-16) but they were pushed to seven games twice in the Eastern Conference playoffs while the 57-25 Lakers went 12-3 in the tough Western Conference playoffs as Bryant put up the phenomenal numbers mentioned above. The Bryant-Gasol screen/roll play proved to be very difficult for even the defending champion San Antonio Spurs to deal with and that was a major reason that I predicted a Lakers' victory over the Celtics. Instead, Gasol and the other Laker bigs played very tentatively, enabling the Celtics to simply send waves of defenders at Bryant while daring anyone else to make shots. Here are links to my recaps of each of the six games, plus some excerpts from each of those posts:

Celtics Ride Strong Second Half Defense to 98-88 Game One Victory: "In the heavyweight match of the Celtics' league-leading defense versus the Lakers' high-powered offense, score round one for the defense; the Celtics held the Lakers to 37 second half points, survived an injury scare involving Paul Pierce and emerged with a 98-88 victory. Pierce had to be carried off of the court at the 6:49 mark of the third quarter after spraining his right knee but he returned just 1:45 later and a few minutes after that he nailed two big three pointers to give the Celtics a 75-71 lead that they never relinquished...

The way that the Lakers had to keep switching Bryant on to someone to cool him off is reminiscent of what happened in the 2004 Finals, when whichever Detroit guard was being checked by Gary Payton had a field day while Bryant contained the other guard.

The tendency after each playoff game is to overreact and think that the winning team will not lose a game and that the losing team cannot possibly win. This series is a battle between Boston's strengths in rebounding and defense versus the Lakers' high-powered offense; what most commentators will probably neglect to mention about this game is that the Celtics only shot .421 from the field and committed 13 turnovers compared to just eight turnovers by the Lakers: the Lakers' defense is better than many people think and it will not take a dramatic offensive improvement by the Lakers to win game two and thus seize homecourt advantage. Make no mistake, though, losing game one should not be easily dismissed, because game one winners end up winning the series nearly 80% of the time; the onus is on the Lakers to win game two but they did enough positive things in game one to show that they are certainly capable of doing just that."

Celtics Build 24 Point Lead, Survive Huge Lakers Rally to Win Game Two, 108-102: "The Boston Celtics led the L.A. Lakers 95-71 with 7:55 left in the fourth quarter but the Lakers pulled to within 104-102 before the Celtics escaped with a 108-102 win. Paul Pierce, showing no ill effects from his game one knee injury, led the Celtics with 28 points on 9-16 shooting from the field. He also had eight assists and four rebounds...Kobe Bryant finished with 30 points, eight assists and four rebounds, shooting 11-23 from the field. He had 13 points and two assists during the Lakers' 31-9 fourth quarter run that almost turned into the biggest comeback in Finals history. Pau Gasol had decent numbers (17 points on 8-12 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists) but for the second game in a row he was very quiet offensively in the second half (four points)...

I picked the Lakers to win this series because I thought that the Celtics would not have an answer for the Bryant-Gasol screen/roll play and that their success with this action would be enough to cancel out the slight rebounding deficit that I expected them to suffer. As Van Gundy noted during the telecast, the Lakers have in fact enjoyed success with that set. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they have not run it enough and their rebounding (in game one) and defense (in game two) have been poor. We have seen many instances in these playoffs of teams performing much differently at home than on the road, so the likelihood is that the Lakers will win game three and probably game four--maybe even by large margins. However, there is no way around the fact that the Lakers face a steep uphill climb to win this series because they will have to beat the team with the best regular season record in the NBA four times in five games. That is not impossible but history suggests that it is not very likely, either."

Bryant's Big Performance Saves Lakers in Game Three: "Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 36 points on 12-20 field goal shooting, willing the Lakers to an 87-81 game three win over the Celtics. Bryant earned 18 free throw attempts with his aggressive play and the only blemish on his performance is that he missed seven of them. Still, he set the tone for the Lakers right from the start, scoring 11 first quarter points, and he scored nine points in the final 6:55 to seal the deal...

This was a big win for the Lakers, because a loss would have meant that a Boston championship would just be a matter of time. That said, the Lakers must put together two more similar efforts just to get the series back to Boston without facing elimination and then they will have to figure out how to win a game there. It would be most helpful if Gasol would start playing with more aggressiveness and if Odom would actually check in to the series mentally."

Celtics Rally From 24 Point Deficit, Win 97-91 to Take 3-1 Series Lead: "The Boston Celtics recovered from the largest deficit at the end of the first quarter in NBA Finals history to post a thrilling 97-91 victory that all but assures that they will win a record 17th NBA title. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with a game-high 20 points on 6-13 shooting but just as importantly he had a team-high seven assists and he played excellent second half defense against Kobe Bryant...Kobe Bryant shot just 6-19 from the field but he had a game-high 10 assists to go along with his 17 points and four rebounds. Bryant scored 10 of the Lakers' 18 fourth quarter points and assisted on three of the other four field goals that the team made, accounting for virtually all of their offensive production in the final stanza...

Towards the end of the game, Van Gundy offered this explanation for why the Bryant-Gasol screen/roll did not work as well in the second half as it did in the first half: 'The Celtics have made some great adjustments in their pick and roll defense. They're softer on the screener, which has taken away that high-low pass that we saw in the first half.' I agree with Van Gundy to an extent but I also think that the Lakers did not execute properly in several ways: Gasol did not set his screens with authority, he failed to roll aggressively to the hoop and no one popped to the free throw line the way that Odom had been doing. Gasol's passive play enabled the Celtics to simply stay on their own men instead of having to either trap or switch. Therefore, Bryant was left handling the ball with the shot clock winding down and no good options. After the third quarter, Coach Jackson told Michele Tafoya, 'We just did things offensively that put us in bad situations. They got their transition game going and their half court game going.'"

Lakers Advance From "Elite Eight" to "Final Four": "No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals but prior to game five Kobe Bryant compared the Lakers' situation to the NCAA Tournament, suggesting that they must win in the Elite Eight (game five), the Final Four (game six) and the Championship Game (game seven) in order to be crowned the 2008 NBA Champions. The Lakers advanced past the 'Elite Eight' on Sunday night with a 103-98 victory. Bryant led the Lakers with 25 points and a game-high five steals. He also had seven rebounds and four assists."

Celtics Overwhelm Lakers, Claim 17th Championship: "For the first five games of the NBA Finals, the heavyweight match between the Celtics' league best defense and the Lakers' high powered offense was a close bout but in game six the Celtics landed a stunning knockout punch, posting a 131-92 victory to claim the franchise's 17th championship. After a competitive first quarter, the Celtics completely dominated the Lakers in every conceivable way, finishing with a 48-29 rebounding advantage, outscoring the Lakers 16-2 in fast break points, demolishing the Lakers 44-29 in points in the paint and forcing 19 turnovers while only committing seven. The Celtics set a Finals single-game record with 18 steals and held the Lakers to a Finals record low two offensive rebounds, which is particularly remarkable considering that the Lakers shot just .422 from the field. The Lakers had absolutely no defensive presence, recording 0 blocked shots while letting the Celtics shoot .494 from the field, including 13-26 (.500) from three point range...

The Celtics were determined to not let regular season MVP Kobe Bryant beat them and, other than a quick 11 point burst in the first quarter, they forced Bryant to take contested shots or pass the ball to teammates who lacked focus, discipline and purpose. Bryant finished with a hard earned 22 points on 7-22 field goal shooting, plus three rebounds, one assist and four turnovers. Bryant would never admit to being tired but Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said that Bryant seemed a little leg weary as the game wore on; that is hardly surprising considering that this team depends on him to score 30 points while shooting a good percentage, create scoring opportunities for players who cannot do so for themselves and have a major impact defensively by either guarding a top notch scorer such as Paul Pierce or Ray Allen or by being a Scottie Pippen-like help defender who roams around covering up the defensive shortcomings of his teammates. I've said my piece on the stupid and superficial Michael Jordan-Kobe Bryant comparisons but any objective comparison of these two players has to begin with an incontrovertible fact: when Michael Jordan won six championships he played alongside a Top 50 player in Scottie Pippen, a guy who was the team's leading playmaker and who shouldered a major load defensively. In contrast, the Lakers essentially need Bryant to be Jordan and Pippen--scorer, facilitator, primary defender and help defender--while critics are interpreting Bryant's failure to be both guys to mean that he is not as good as Jordan was. I don't think that Bryant is as good as Jordan was but this series did not really shed any new light on that subject: the Celtics have three future Hall of Famers plus a number of excellent role players, while the Lakers have Bryant and a supporting cast that is not nearly as good as advertised, a point that I made repeatedly during the playoffs even as I correctly picked the Lakers to win the West precisely because I rightly expected that Bryant's greatness would be enough to mask the team's weaknesses."

Summary:

Bryant played a key role on three championship teams. Even though he had a subpar performance in the 2004 Finals loss he is the main reason that the Lakers did not get swept and he showed enough during that season and that series to convince the Lakers to rebuild the team around him; Bryant has rewarded that faith by leading the Lakers to the best record in the West for two straight years, culminating in two appearances in the NBA Finals. The only missing line on his Finals resume is a Finals MVP; leading the Lakers to the title while earning that award will forever silence critics who contend that Bryant cannot win a championship without O'Neal.

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posted by David Friedman @ 7:00 PM

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At Tuesday, June 02, 2009 9:48:00 PM, Blogger West Coast Slant said...

This is a great post. If Bryant did have a Scottie Pippen type player, do you think he would put up Jordan-like numbers? I mean, what are your reasons for thinking that Jordan is better than Kobe, skillwise anyway. Jordan's obviously greater because he transcends the game, but I've always thought Kobe's skillset was better than MJ's. Kobe gets a lot of calls, but he doesn't get nearly the calls that Jordan got.

 
At Tuesday, June 02, 2009 10:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

marcel'

2000 he wasnt dominate he wasnt a elite player yet 2001 and 2002 he was dominant and elite 2004 he wasnt 2008 he wasnt either so 3 out of 5 he wasnt but he still has 3 rings and probably will win 4

 
At Tuesday, June 02, 2009 10:42:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...

West Coast Slant:

Kobe is the closest player to MJ since MJ retired but I would take MJ over Kobe in two senses: one, MJ accomplished more overall during his career (championships, MVPs, scoring titles, Defensive Player of the Year, etc.), though of course Kobe still has the opportunity to narrow that gap in the next few years; two, MJ was a more efficient scorer--as good as Kobe's postup game is, MJ's was even better. From a skill set standpoint they are very similar overall and I disagree with people who say that there is no comparison (i.e., they believe that MJ was vastly superior) but I also disagree with people who put Kobe ahead of MJ.

I think that if Kobe played alongside a Scottie Pippen type player who would handle some of the tough defensive assignments and relieve Bryant of the primary playmaking duties then Kobe could very well increase his scoring average and shooting percentage. When MJ played with Pip he could sprint downcourt, establish good post position and receive a perfect feed from Pip. Teams could not double off of Pip when he fed the post because he obviously was a dangerous player in his own right. Kobe is really playing both the MJ and the Pippen roles for the Lakers, even in the past couple years when some of the "butter knives" were replaced with "guns."

 
At Tuesday, June 02, 2009 10:45:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...

Marcel:

You are basing your categories solely on the Finals stats but you are not considering a player's role or how he was defended. In 2000 Shaq was clearly option 1 offensively and Kobe was option 2 but after that time they were really 1a and 1b. Kobe was certainly an elite player in 2004 and in 2008 (when he won the MVP) but in those years he faced very tough defensive teams in the Finals that made a conscious effort to slow him down.

 
At Wednesday, June 03, 2009 5:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, this is a great post about my favorite player. Now I got another article to show those who constantly bash him. I really don't like these debates on who's better between MJ-Kobe, they played on different eras, teammates/talents and different set of NBA rules- zone is now permitted and no hand-checks. Also, I wonder who between them had the tougher match-up and opponents who tried to "stop" them! As Kobe would always tell reporters- the amount of shots he takes very much depended on what the defense dictated. My question though would be- barring any major injury how long do you think can Kobe stay this competitive considering his age and burn?

JOB

 
At Wednesday, June 03, 2009 6:16:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...

JOB:

I tend not to spend much time comparing Kobe and MJ, for the very reasons that you cited; I prefer to compare Kobe to his contemporary rivals like LeBron and Wade.

I would think that Kobe could play at or near his current level for another 2-3 seasons--maybe a bit longer at most--followed by a gradual decline due to the inevitable loss of athleticism that comes with age. Kobe could still be an All-Star level player past the age of 35 but would not likely be an MVP level player at that point in time. Kobe keeps himself in fantastic shape but all of that mileage from the long playoff runs, the Team USA responsibilities and so forth will exact a toll at some point.

 
At Wednesday, June 03, 2009 1:25:00 PM, Blogger FreeCashFlow said...

I like this version of reality (also call "the truth") better than J.A. Adande's version: "We ought to count this as his third attempt to win a Finals series without Shaq because he did his best to nullify the big man in the 2004 Finals, taking 113 shots to Shaq's 84 while the Lakers crashed out in five games to the Pistons." I know you have stopped reading the Worldwide Leader for this type of "analysis", so this should not surprise you.

 
At Wednesday, June 03, 2009 11:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

marcel

kobe good he aint messsing with mj kobe has more range on jump shot mj was better overall as far as he could do everything well mj was better in the post better driver rebounder and passer than kobe it's close from a skill standpoint but not from career accomplishment and rings mvp etc kobe goes down top 5 not better than micheal jordan.

he was elite from 2001 to know not in 2000 yes he played tough d's and all but theres always a tough d in the finals he was great in a couple finals the other 3 he was very good but not great in he struggled the other 3

 
At Thursday, June 04, 2009 8:52:00 AM, Anonymous temp 0680 said...

marcel,

That's up to Kobe to decide.

MJ fans have no say in how Kobe's legacy ends. If Kobe keeps winning, he surpasses MJ.

Kobe's already been to 6 finals, and he's only 30 at this point. With the kind of talent he has around him, I have no doubt we'll see him there a lot more.

The skill difference between Kobe and MJ is meaningless since Kobe is productive enough for his team to go to the finals and possibly win.

Kobe's also doing it against more talented guards as well.

And his last two finals production had more to do with facing two of the better defenses of all time.

Let's also keep in mind that MJ never faced the kind of defenses that Kobe has in the finals. MJ always had the benefit of playing in a "illegal defense" call era, and that allowed him to penetrate and post people more readily.

 
At Thursday, June 04, 2009 9:11:00 AM, Anonymous dmills said...

David,

There was a nice little hit piece about Bryant last night on Sportcenter by Jeremy Schaap. It had all of the Kobe Shaq drama mixed in with a little sleeze regarding the rape trial.

 
At Thursday, June 04, 2009 4:01:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...

Dmills:

Anyone who wants to find objective, well written descriptions of NBA history comes here. People who want sensationalist drivel go to ESPN. People who want poorly written, "hip" sensationalist drivel go to SlamOnline. People who want a combination of the two go to Yahoo! It really is that simple.

 
At Thursday, June 04, 2009 10:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

marcel

the defense was way tougher in the 80's then now and jordan routinely put up big numbers vs the celtics pistons hawks lakers and everyone else in a better league and there was something called handchecking? back then come on bryant got to get 5 rings before i believe he up there with mike an jordan was at 6 finals and won all of them and played 11 seasons in his prime really. he retired for two got hurt in 86 and the last two with wizards he was 39 and 40 and still avereged 20ppg. 6 finals mvp 5 mvp highest ppg in playoff history etc he has 70 nba records it will take alot for kobe to overtake him he only 30 but he older 30 he played 13 seasons he got a few years left but not as many as you think so most of what jordan did is safe.

 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuUHex1TISM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM6d1krj0bw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0RdcuUjK9o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1nRXfhjJgs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hOta9bP-Ss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTPpjLQa-Ek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVYml_WgA9g
Indiana 100, Los Angeles 91
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_MEZM7HtcY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt7kyo0M7a4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmTGgtUUeMw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_3R8O7snEY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoI8mJGCSIY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXNAYk41B_s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFjZwvLCm1g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVr74iYH6lg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40lVVkkkirA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyPdA9aEIUk
Los Angeles 120, Indiana 118
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx4732-UDB8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFMnBIy_Qjc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCm-RbqFDJY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVfu2JPL-QM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y05eeWMw-LA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV13Q4LtCeo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM0rq2EQDhc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahtIxGtj-Mw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8XcVlhTDrA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl46Q3hulFY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DU1Pvp51dk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ24rC_ExCg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRj9iNQdNvI
Indiana 120, Los Angeles 87
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWKy6i5jL8c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmPuQbqQt8k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYObIWU3xtI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPqNU1KfLoo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxNxonBUMAc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diXV3gbV4so
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfqlToKPdAY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC1N5X7wMnk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C0Bzr4kzy4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ood09LG4jpI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj2iAP7y-CI
Los Angeles 116, Indiana 111
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s17FzQv00Pk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEFSrQrpsP8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUUnxXHAQRA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ohOYl5RE-U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWSo3gQ2szY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoK4KFBR_hg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE_jty7-cuc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPUqR_yPeN4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAMtTC2s3tI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKmavN7jlus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfL5vlFyFzc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se5vesl-Ii8

 
At Friday, November 13, 2009 3:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philadelphia 107, Los Angeles 101
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2meq3b5iYw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGPdDPD2QnA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SaDqJbACgg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs0Dt_vRMco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZaYNZVELnU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njRJn_3lqRg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF3h5p8L7OM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK9IhHDzdYU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg95kRGw1cw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkEIg-0_gD4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5sxOaOKJ4E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QZ64dDHCxI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QwnJwrgCCY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKjmo3oiCd8
Los Angeles 98, Philadelphia 89
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I5DvTw15aE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9R3UvR6f8s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AYgim09ddk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67akeybckjU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4q8xLZjQXs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCVpwj5t13U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykl14OY-pBo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeTonhYiBs0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auN0TzPlosI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9_iw7w4saQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUiTqG_j7ds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGvxfKdYohY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQzqKT-oIAM
Los Angeles 96, Philadelphia 91
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiLTqzjFurs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tGl48x2lGE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTY8_T_Vnng
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEY1GzuC1gA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZHxt8OzMGg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEbN5n1aCrQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj3HjOZOY7Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlLORgBlZ9g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYsbW4-ODU0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LLi61EuAVY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmZ05KVnbq0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG8PVJUf10c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQpoQ06493s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCafZPB572o
Los Angeles 100, Philadelphia 86
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ04fFHH1ns
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnMRBASN5Fk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhYhNKXoF14
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSgXZGtcYSs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K05a-orLQhE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ggKs_xstto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMI8K1vMx9g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf6LXQs3gns
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgE_GAJekac
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aQzEKFRG-s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9x2sSQ-jOo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20OHqfJvXPE
Los Angeles 108, Philadelphia 96
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAmcT3ssH-Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSvXqtJk420
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8jrni6I-Ms
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNzmkXBCdYY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FIPo3QjU8o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8sY4U7uhCE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7gijJJtSds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoXfmNUQVWg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3OZmkuLcAI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K40D8KJktI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZEQkygxgRc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWRB8pGJdbs

 
At Friday, November 13, 2009 3:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Los Angeles 106, New Jersey 83
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve5QEyyI_Ww
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_z3X8s3c1I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEmL1o2OSO4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdkX8IMXtRM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7uDNGw0pYA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUsAXaoApIs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g9HuZiDADo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NxvDmaJFno
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiIBSfCbzOY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmwQr4ZIv90
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp0f9obx-h0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_PT9f-3Xog
Los Angeles 106, New Jersey 103
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2lNLZQSYoU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHHu667lrUg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN4i2FcIxcY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He0exAKNqYY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gep9u66HxLc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2RPg4YgSoE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIYb6kXVLcc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8IVE8S6co4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WowMoBypZhQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=977czn75YTI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQx4-HERNfo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hoaS08be3s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iStAJQ9nLfM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAohi_Ipxs8
Los Angeles 113, New Jersey 107
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tOAwD0DPYk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUqfyWe11y0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_I6pMo10jE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er65TpvHQxo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb_NjJiKeJg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H1vBAk_2ok
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GxCFWIsLfk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3NyY4Jco2U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWkkGLCNbEw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwbM9adVc5Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njv8Wa9lMBc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruUk7aCPxfw

 
At Friday, January 29, 2010 8:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Detriot 87 - Los Angeles 75
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5uN8HxyZ94
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pyELom7R3w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuF2Cque2Ow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKQGGu2j3ng
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGbUdLDN3tY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suzd679pg8M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43-4vlJ8TbM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSSPFFgAJPo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7CHrdqPNjs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j6jY4UnHwU0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GUA9YKMVsM1
Detriot 91 - Los Angeles 99
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqbS83ZDUmM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyrmw505oOk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OtCPsCg63E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW47lpNuI00
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aDsFP2OFkY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbKllW8_Ny0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvTB80UltY8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu37yNaLAHo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMp1Uxal8EI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iZWqkDBpPk0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyOvQrF2JM41
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9aHCp8JZgk2
Los Angeles 68 - Detriot 88
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T8NBk4ProU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHaVJZfKmRg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re8TloJ7cTQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ7iisfuYjU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn4KkKCBM0I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f_x0nUpBwk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwWHi4HwBfU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISHoTs_Cir0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBdGtaaFxFU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXhxEiVKkD40
Los Angeles 80 - Detriot 88
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNONcBimYYU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1g9I5h8a2I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ku9N3ks8P4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-jY5IQThAg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oyK43IdM1Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGeqWwo1FUo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuPM4T8cP3c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esdU53LzrCM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdOQ8oXQFV8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACIgZrF3pIk0
Los Angeles 87 - Detriot 100
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI8Zmu8dqoU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRTYCDHTDHk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBpwtER0gVA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDY_oMYSdjc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QmofSsIcJs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN0WkjAckIA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6a5er8gtP8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rslRMsj25ww
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZfZ-8qLho80
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSfS5ktBjjQ1

 
At Saturday, February 20, 2010 6:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Los Angeles 104, Indiana 87
-GameRecap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTiJDXl343M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMm-q1VqRfQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nccdf7Pu7WE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7apvPERI3tg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcLy8VgNwQY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFYo5V_R_9w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B8VBD9uTsM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyfsC567TPo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm6FDQ9pis8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy3_I7rD_qU0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nefN0gtSzxs1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Sl-NF4x4cU2
Indiana 100, Los Angeles 91
-GameRecap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tMFpiU_m5Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRWJxaVPP0Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gSwKcbY23c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1FD5obIqlQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8Bqwu6Ctsc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcIUu4OYWSU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKp9EzPloYQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXF0z4VhfsE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70bYcYNicGA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q62bWXVsIW00
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4c7WrZ-RVg1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD1XnBBenrc2
Los Angeles 120, Indiana 118
-GameRecap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSpGy4Kgmrw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NA66p_Z0aU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0E_p7P6SXE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14RIGKnmURA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6hm-E4MpJQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM6OmbP6-Cs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbNTnpM6XfM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNrip_komzA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFIbndw7EUI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_18HsLIEEM0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeONElf9rDc1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9M1kOry5co2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIxAhaxTnDg3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNFvYFjeyLM4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06OAzh814Zs5
Indiana 120, Los Angeles 87
-GameRecap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbRbO3SIo_M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TYxJvu04ow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWQCNqtZBTc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpk5oHBSmBI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cexU2sEQjdk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KubjWkPrEbU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDMYRA0cnfI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C6SxcYWX6g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esgjw346wa0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJjNS0MAHSw0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K1VYO0U9X41
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7OeV8sv_Jg2
Los Angeles 116, Indiana 111
-GameRecap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzJKDT9hI78
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Gk9XA6eSk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5v8qQr_Jqk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hScvvOtBOi4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iVBdW9ZsZM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzAhX-HmGho
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBBgpa8Rwz4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IccSyVHVfXs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xBs0r8gDso
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mReel-_6QHE0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSbUHYfs_zI1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWxCKwGcpVk2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svYMMK89ves3

 
At Friday, April 02, 2010 3:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Los Angeles 75, Detriot 87
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5snDRc623Io
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R3i58fueaU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuKLvnIFgw4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ_lMfSzYwM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIq6sjGn76o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yHwFrdFwzY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=palZ3K58hKM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBST1B8EZqk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_pL3klSznw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yHGaqUPCOY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylquekuhidQ
Los Angeles 99, Detriot 91
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=724E7DM46Cc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AteUFHY4ZnY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho-K9Vs8DBk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxLe6agJ20k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT3MxRLpQeY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aJZ4zflltw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG5M6Qq0yqM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJza2QcHMME
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXYfzf1ip-g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMNrz7tMvTI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKQa358Gr8Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr1BuRLWnWY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM4zS6IX1Ug
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0EVEUO609M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4Uq2CGXDTk
Detriot 88, Los Angeles 68
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEkZVW9SSzQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS1VIrw1vVk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM43YuCv5-0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHQwYt0TRy0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIn0yFmaHjw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkTwOaWkE68
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUuCNyNkBEs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S84wkhAB9E4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRBrL4lFZbY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4DHw0LcDAQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jg5NCX-erM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PUxgsNcRfI
Detriot 88, Los Angeles 80
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZSkyNU06k8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YgGHMmrkKY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLLVRYm1Ncg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvdKDl0t0NA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-958WND0-c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcw8rPBXImE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acKuS9rCqRA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRkv2eOCGuw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOLsCw0Vs-k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voIbyGEcHiQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8zrsYhkyv4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8gJmT7zBXM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh1tSS7hr1Q

 
At Saturday, June 26, 2010 3:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's as simple as this, you can't get "better" than MJ, he was as near-perfect as you can get. The same can be said of Kobe. There is nothing between the lines of 96 feet of hardwood that the two of them can't do. Let's just enjoy the show and hope for another.

 
At Monday, July 12, 2010 5:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boston 98, Los Angeles 88
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRSL8jJKmDE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xItFaCXMwSw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8IZN9hAhes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGxMwTjEaDs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vvYEuAYqVY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vF17RtvWog
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8npyaVf3fM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbnnd3_w7u4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGj13gGxV8k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ep3rv2xz5o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV2ZHgPMRaM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i-W7f-jPTE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYEzn-Ah6Is
Boston 108, Los Angeles 102
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNmXqVScdHA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5D5x5JG3-4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t7mO8R5ivw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zulIj3ZbLZQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mww6hwiD3nI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyIsAYIblLE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N7zHSU-JF0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GPwW0JWTn8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWoJ7nP9kUQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqyylePvRPk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2iuo5z_AJA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvrOkrPnZV8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2AGJYrnD9Y
Los Angeles 87, Boston 81
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX5UGvofIso
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2dyWUCSBCI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU2LB-5N1_0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-Gqff2mGXU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUG3YM0D5cs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRmKRmHIyNU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Loccj78p0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLYvRWLU52A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXHPGiTMPn0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOlcOeuE55U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSNBi0-cI04
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OITrrXOeOHA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8Zs5O7sHtI
Boston 97, Los Angeles 91
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9WHvVZnOcM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gymdqCeNZ54
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrWjgdixW6o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5-lCrr1Jdc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOIwDvhG_N0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pG_Zni4THw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0mTv8IB2ss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U0n14SLTTc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBwrSgjc5fA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2LWj_8aCAY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY7ZBnApQ1I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb_wY-IIa-k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqwZ2sVXibI
Los Angeles 103, Boston 98
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aerYnu9B28c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGNMBIYdC3M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO_PBdo3FsU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OhuAEiOyE8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9ZuI8ila_k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0OKP6Sevco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXUg58lHvIc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUPhrrB7KaQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJaeyiB_vws
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OscdsuPSSQo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EUnMpb40ho
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izlfQUMntnc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoQdJ8Kkpwo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzbnp-Dt7mI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyibZPw-nw8

 
At Monday, July 12, 2010 5:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Los Angeles 100, Orlando 75
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysKzPOpJRGY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbw2Sh6G6OE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y87U-FNCjL0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt8PXEHo8dI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJa4P37_Jjs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn2HAh0ElWQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtS0k0I6D4Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip8IHSepR4k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2-c6pN29-0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8lNNJqFF9o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wovDlf1kOAE
Los Angeles 101, Orlando 96
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ize6NaANies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxWqHMd-xh8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dRROoKr8DM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmCcUj2NA6U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0wr55a-SVo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PibGjNItMbY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIpADvrqvJ4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOYM_iDM1q0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfqKbBRFmu0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w59yfhDMbPs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE1tl0xl--4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhRQPTHDtvk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx4Ms4TX4G4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GapponX2fxM
Orlando 108, Los Angeles 104
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGiqvtKDikY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNhB8IqnwDo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYHVn9lsl3E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnGE1-FOu9Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_U1rj0xWGU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LZ1UXh94c0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFrdXFBg6ug
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hg3OVHAkDo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrva2Hg0JV0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YEql2_kJW4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUP3_JARX9s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-MXN4RUCF8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFV5INRfiWU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu9VV97KMvc
Los Angeles 99, Orlando 91
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MK1RPxN3XU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNKlfmdW5Qo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Ib0gFl9A4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuCIxuEZyX8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix35ef6Rxww
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOPLDrwMWLw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_GYrgj438M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjzw2VPN04Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QWMv9fYb3s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpu15ssbSSI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-pl-_WRi3o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsvUUsDdfEE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvoJ3L-H9L0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4CM_3Fp78I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87670ufp37w
Los Angeles 99, Orlando 86
-Game Recap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKMUlMkoaX4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbaVyEsXqxg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mat46XeEw8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76OuNu8jIZw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlRvlpi3cq0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJv5UcqYkh8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebdsnt6qCKI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FraJy8c-ZRg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnrPcG7zBGI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmiYpkALgmY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIiuuH0Vw5E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8fZzaZM92c

 

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