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The Black Mamba will prevail

June 4, 2009

For some odd reason I have never liked Kobe Bryant.  From the days that he was with Shaq, there was an arrogance about Kobe that has always bugged me.  He talks smack to opponents randomly after he drills shots in their face.  During the second round of the playoffs, there were numerous occasions in which Kobe would rip on Shane Battier of all people.  Battier is the poster child of niceness, and has the reputation throughout the NBA as the guy that talks the least trash to opponents.  Kobe doesn’t care about anything except himself, or at least that was the case prior to this season.  I have an immense amount of respect for athletes and coaches that change their ways for the better of the team.  Last year Kobe would yell at his teammates when things started going sour, and many of his teammates detested him.  Anything short of an NBA championship is a disappointment for Lakers nation, and Kobe is hungrier than any other NBA player for another ring.  Therefore, this year he has made a concerted effort to be a better leader.  He now speaks with players rather than at him.  If a mistake is made by a teammate, Kobe shows patience and guidance.  There is a ton of chemistry on the Lakers right now and that is because Kobe realizes that he needs his teammates now more than ever.  The Black Mamba is 30 years old, but this could be his last shot at a championship.  I would expect him to play another five to six years, but lets not forget that he entered the League at eighteen.  Twelve years is a lot of wear and tear, and when you are looked at to carry the team on your back night in and night out, it gets exhausting. He has won three titles, but they were all with the “Big Daddy” by his side.  Shaq has already added another ring to his resume, and whether Kobe likes to admit it or not he needs to match or beat Shaq in NBA championships.

Kobe and the Lakers will take down the Magic in six games.  I realize that the Magic won the regular season series 2-0, but that was with a completely healthy Jameer Nelson at point guard.  The Magic are going to have trouble crashing the boards against the combination of Gasol, Bynum, and Odom.  Dwight Howard is a beast, but he is the only Magic player that rebounds consistently.  On the flip side, the Lakers have to find a way to guard Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis from the perimeter.  If those two light it up like they did in the Cleveland series, the Magic have a great shot at the upset.  Jameer Nelson is most likely going to play in the series, but it is hard to fathom that will play that much . He is part of the future of the franchise, and the last thing the Magic need is for him to injure his shoulder again, and never return to all star form.  As much as I will be rooting for Stan Van Gundy and his Orlando Magic, I know how greatness works in sports.  Kobe Bryant will make it happen no matter what it takes.   There will never be another MJ, but Kobe might be the closest thing to him when all is said and done.

Lakers win in 6


2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2009 5:44 pm

    I can’t wait til tonight!! Go Lakers

  2. geoffrey7713 permalink
    June 4, 2009 11:13 pm

    I agree… I have been saying it all year its pretty obvious the Lakers are by far the best team in basketball with KG out. I think lakers actually sweep or win in 5 maybe. Regardless of the amount of games it goes Kobe gets his 4th ring.

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