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I Enjoyed Kobe Too

RedsArmyAdmin June 11, 2008 Uncategorized 10 Comments

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There was Kobe Bryant last night… gliding through the air… flailing like a cartoon character falling off a cliff every time he got touched… and shooting.  Oh… was Kobe ever shooting.  A lot.

And I loved it.

Kobe shot 12 of 20 last night.  Better than 50%.  Good shooting night from Kobe.  But it was his, ahem, passing that I REALLY loved to watch.  All… ONE… of his assists were gorgeous.  See for yourself: It was this one… to Pau Gasol (the look on his face is priceless.  "Zee ball… she finally escapes Zee Mamba!"). 

It didn't matter if 2 guys were on him with Pau Gasol wide open.  Or if he had 2 options to give a teammate and easy dunk.  Or if he was way off balance with 3 guys staring at him (leaving SOMEONE open).  Or if he was so far under the basket that it would have seemed like a bad shot for even plastic man to attempt.  Or… well… you get the point.

Kobe Bryant shot the ball 20 times.  Sasha Vujacic was second on the team… with 10 attempts.

I will take that kind of game from Kobe every time.  In fact… I'm begging him to play that exact same game again.  Same for the rest of the Lakers.  If there is some magic spell that would allow for all of those same shot attempts in Game 4… I'd sign up for it right now.

Because Kobe was "Bad Kobe" last night.  Sure, he was on fire… but don't be fooled…  He was "Bad Kobe" through and through.  Doubling up your teammates shot attempts is big-time bad.  One assist is mega-bad.  87 points from the "vaunted" Lakers offense… at home… in Game 3 of the Finals… is a boy-band made up of week-one 'American Idol' rejects bad. 

The Lakers need Pau Gasol to have MVP-type numbers for them to have a real chance… But Kobe Bryant needs to be the MVP.  Kobe will never… EVER… allow anyone to look back at these Finals and say "sure… you won without Shaq… but Gasol was the Finals MVP."

So keep shooting Kobe.  Take 20 shots again in Game 4.  25 even.  Hell… make it an even 30.  Every shot you hoist… just makes things easier for the Celtics.

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  • Celtsox34x

    All that “greatness” from the lakers and the celts held them to 87 points. Allen hit 5 for 5 from 3 at one point. Not sure what he finished.

  • http://www.laballtalk.com Lakers Blog

    Come on redsarmy… you are now officially the only person in the world talking negatively about the super game Kobe had last night. We gave your team credit when you shut us down, but Kobe simply wasn’t going to be beaten last night. I suppose talking shit about Kobe’s assists number is all you can do after a day filled with an article stating, “Paul Pierce is greater than Kobe Bryant” and then this legendary man you speak of scoring just 6 points, with 6 rebounds, and 3 assists and 3 turnovers and 32 minutes… really?? I’d say Kobe must be really bad to do worse than that. I really hope you write that KG is the best in the game today, maybe he’ll have another 6-21 shooting night.
    All I’m saying is this Redsarmy, don’t take it personally. Journalism is all about making a biased statement and supporting it with useful information and facts to make it seem legitimate and create something extremely controversial. You created controversy with pointing out 1 assist with nothing. Notice the Lakers scored 6 more point in the game and had only 2 assists less.
    O, and by the way, you’re going to have to explain to me how Kobe taking more shots is better for the Celtics… Kobe has shot 26 times twice and 24 shots once. His points, 24, 30, and 36. I think you’re right, I want Kobe taking more shots also! ;-)

  • http://nba.com bigchris66

    The Lakers will win the next two games. KOBE was passing the ball but no one was making shots. Just like all the other teams that the Lakers beat, the one game the Celtics had a chance to steal was game 3. That will come to bite them in the ass. The Jazz and Spurs both could have stole game 1, they didn’t and now they are fishing. With the Celtics it will be no different. GO LAKERS!!!!

  • bryan

    I can’t believe that some of you Boston fans are even complaining about the refs in game 3. The whole world saw game 2 (38-10.. shit 19-2 in the first half with 1 of the 2 being a technical freethrow). Don’t think it is a coincidence that this NBA fixing games controversy is just coming to light. Game 2 made everyone question the league’s credibility because it was so poorly called. The refs handed you game 2, the lakers (kobe) took game 3 and game 4 and 5 will be no different.
    3-2 heading back to beantown.

  • game6andurdone

    1 assist doesnt mean 1 pass… lol you must be out of your mind to conclude it that way! and probably you are, your a C fan!
    too bad you come off early with this bad kobe stuff… at the end of it all it will be lakers prevailing 4 – 2… and you little world will be out of place.

  • Lakermadness

    Redsarmy…are u goin to base ur whole life on that one assist.
    You know what’s interesting it takes 3!!! Eastern All Star PLayers to beat 1! Western All star……how sad is that….Just to let u know Ray Allen had 2 assists just one more than kobe bryant…..so why be so harsh on KOBE? just cause he is best player in the league? Why dont I get a team of Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard and put the against ONE celtic all star and see how they do. just cause it makes you mad that NO ONE can stop kobe u dont need to create all this shit. Celtics are lucky that Bynum is not even playing then I would like to see how garnett and supposedly other 2 all star players would play. we gave u all credit with game 1 and 2 where in game 2 Ray ALlen had only 2 assists and Kobe had 8….but we didnt go create a blog about how sucky one of ur all stars is

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    Cavs in 6, Yawner series in 6, and now Lakers prevailing 4-2 (game6andurdone). I’ve been waiting for the prediction, and I can’t wait for the Lakers prevailing 4-3 prediction after we win one in L.A. Problem is, it just won’t happen. Fakers were playing with desperation and the Celts were testing the waters. Look for more free-throws for Paul and KG as they are going to be in attack mode and the refs are now done with the make-up calls and will call this game evenly (even more now that they are being focused in on).
    We don’t really even NEED a game in L.A., but might as well since were here. The Flakers need everygame here, so the pressure is on. Pressure + Kobe hero mode = Lake Show Meltdown.

  • Boston Sucks “Richard”

    Well look here. There’s a lot of Celtics fans who think they’ve won the championship already. In case you don’t know it takes 4 wins and not 2, to win it all. To all Laker haters out there: You better hope Kobe passes the ball or else he’ll torch your team for 50 and more!! Granted only Ray Allen had a good game, but if Kobe is lighting you guys up for 50+ then all Pau, Odom, or Fisher has to do is play a little defense, not great but just some, along with a second scorer and the Celtics are through. Boston’s “Big Three” HAS to have a big game to have THEIR chance against L.A.

  • diehardlakerfan

    I Love LA!

  • qriousent

    Pardon me Redsarmy
    But that had to be one of your most short sighted posts ever. Saying Kobe didn’t make plays for his teammates in Game 3 is dumb. And saying 20 shots in 45mins is over gunning is even dumber. KG took 21 shots in less time.. helllooooo?
    1 assist is a BAD stat but thats not because he wasn’t trying, he was passing and making plays, its up to his teammates to finish. Pau for one didn’t come through on a lot of plays. Instead of going up strong with a shattering dunk, he just flicked shots up and of course KG did the service of blocking/altering a couple, others didnt make it. I must say there were a couple times Bryant missed some of his wide open teammates though but that happensin every game! Even CP3 isn’t perfect.
    Point is if the team, including Bryant made FTs, that would have been a blow out regardless of Pau and Odom’s offensive no-show (could we stop calling the lakers big 3??) because the Celtics played like absolute rubbish. Kobe/Pay missed 10 between them. Do the Math
    One more thing, if you said that Pierce is a greater player than Bryant, you need to seek medical attention immediately. If it wasn’t you that said that, I apologize..