Tag:NBA Finals
Posted on: June 4, 2008 12:11 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2008 3:07 pm

Kobe Bryant will not be denied

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Kobe Bryant will not be denied his fourth NBA championship. I'm sick and tired of hearing that the Boston Celtics are a team of destiny. They aren't.

I'm also sick and tired of hearing how Bryant doesn't deserve this title because of his actions last summer, when he demanded to be traded on the Stephen A. Smith show on ESPN Radio.

He deserves it more than ever because of that.

I'm not saying what Bryant did last summer to the Lakers organization was right. I'm not saying that demanding a trade and throwing his entire team under the bus was the best move. What I'm saying is that Kobe has turned it all around and has now become well appreciated by the Lakers. They all know that Bryant is sorry for his statements during that time, and that he feels completely different now.

Last summer a frustrated Bryant looked up and down the Lakers roster and saw what everyone did. No talent. At 29 years old he knew his prime is running out quickly, and that the Lakers didn't have the pieces around him to win a title. He went about it the wrong way but he put the Lakers in a position where something had to be done.

It worked.

After a failed trade for NBA Finals counterpart Kevin Garnett the Lakers appeared to be in the same boat as they had been for the last few seasons. The season started without any major roster changes. Then something unbelievable happened. Andrew Bynum became a beast and Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom revived their careers while they helped Los Angeles compete for the Western Conference regular season crown.

Then it appeared Kobe's luck turned bad once again. Bynum went down with a knee injury and Los Angeles appeared to be another pretender out West with just one threat and lots of role players, but a deal a few weeks later had everyone amazed. The Lakers trade for Pau Gasol is now referred to as a "steal" by league owners, and man was it ever.

That trade helped Los Angeles win the West and the momentum of Bryant's MVP season and Gasol's arrival has Los Angeles in the NBA Finals.

Somehow Bryant is called "selfish". I'm not sure how this can be. The critics say that Bryant cannot be talked about in the same breath as Michael Jordan because unlike Kobe, Jordan got his teammates involved and made them better. To those guys I ask some simple questions.

What about Andrew Bynum's sudden development into a great post scorer? Sasha Vujacic is all of a sudden a legitimate scorer on the perimeter. Jordan Farmar is developing into a starting point guard. All these guys can give a lot of the credit for this to Bryant because he gets them all involved in the game.

Now let's dwell even farther into Bryant's past.

In the summer of 2004 Bryant is credited with breaking up the Lakers, but after reading Phil Jackson's book The Last Season I know that isn't what happened. Karl Malone was done, too old to play at a high level at that point. Gary Payton's attitude was killing morale. Shaquille O' Neal wanted the ball because his prime was coming to an abrupt end. Bryant wanted to score and show the world it wasn't just Shaq's team, that he could be the star. And Phil Jackson, well he was just tired of it and decided to retire. Detroit capitalized, beating the Lakers in five games for the NBA titles.

Even if he did temporarily destroy the franchise, Bryant has pulled Los Angeles all the way back together and has led them four wins away from the top of the world.

Want to know why he won't be denied? Look in the man's eyes when you watch him do an interview. Look at the determination, the hunger to get back to the top. Kevin Garnett has that same hunger, but as sad as it is to read for Boston Celtics fan I have to say this bit of truth. Garnett is one of the most talented players in the league, but Bryant can take over a game at any moment and is one of the most talented players to ever pick up a basketball.

He might just be the best ever.

But please nobody tell that MJ guy.

Category: NBA
Posted on: May 31, 2008 12:51 am

LAKERS-CELTICS: Who wins? I break it down!!

Alright so the NBA has its matchup. Lakers-Celtics. Bird-Magic. Kobe vs. KG. Pau vs. Paul.

So let's break it down.

Point Guard: Rajon Rondo vs. Derek Fisher
Fisher is the more experienced guy. Rondo is very athletic and very quick off the dribble but doesn't shoot exceptionally well. Fisher can be relied on for big shots and like I said has been here before, with Kobe and Phil Jackson. Advantage: Fisher

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant vs. Ray Allen
Alright let's be honest here guys. Ray Allen is an elite shooter. He has been struggling with his shot in these playoffs though.. He probably can't light up Kobe Bryant and even if he does it will mean he won't be working on the defensive end of the floor, meaning Bryant will light up the Celtics. Bryant is the best player in the league, and he owns the NBA MVP award for a reason. Sorry Ray. Advantage: Bryant

Small Forward: Vladimir Radmonovic vs. Paul Pierce
Pierce is a scorer and he likes that midrange jumper. Radmonovic is a decent player but he just isn't Pierce. Paul should be able to score at will in this matchup against Vlad. Advantage: Pierce

Power Forward: Kevin Garnett vs. Lamar Odom
Garnett and Odom....this is tougher than a lot of people might think. Odom is a do it all man. He can shoot, rebound, and make great passes. Garnett can get 20 and 10 every night without too much effort. This is the matchup of the Finals. Advantage: Garnett

Center: Pau Gasol vs. Kendrick Perkins
Gasol is the reason the Lakers are here. Without the trade for him LA probably wouldn't be in the NBA Finals. Perkins has played well for Boston but is not Gasol. Expect Pau to play well in this matchup. Advantage: Gasol

Bench: Walton, Turiaf, Vujacic, Farmar vs. Cassell, Brown, Posey, House
Production wise the Lakers bench scores a lot more. They continue running Phil Jackson's offense and they play well together. House and Cassell are brought in as scorers for Boston but the Lakers don't need that out of their bench. They just need a few baskets from them in stretches. Advantage: Lakers

Lakers. I think LA wins this series in 6 games.

Everybody tell me what they think about my breakdown and about this series.
Category: NBA
Tags: NBA Finals
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