Lakers down by 2 with 16 seconds to play. You know who’s getting the ball and so do the Atlanta Hawks. Defensive specialist Dahntay Jones is assigned the unenviable task of sticking Kobe Bryant in the closing moment of a game where a win or a tie is just one clutch shot away. Kobe’s made a career of coming through in moments like this.
Kobe makes a move, gets separation, elevates, fades away and his shot from the baseline is just off the front of the rim.
Kobe is down, holding his ankle and writhing in pain. The worse possible scenario has just unfolded. Lakers 4 game winning streak is snapped and their leader appears to be severely injured. The Lakers now move forward with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance and no assurance of when Kobe will return.
I was driving to pick up my daughter last night after work when I heard a few segments of some late night sports talk radio show on 710 ESPN. The host, J from Compton, led the discourse of tying the Lakers current woes to Kobe Bryant’s shot selection and volume. He mentioned other problems as well but the discussion was dominated by Kobe’s offense. It’s a tired topic that routinely resurfaces anytime a Kobe led Lakers team begins to struggle.
The continued disrespect and utter lack of appreciation of what Kobe brings is mind-boggling. Scratch that, its mind blowing, and in the bad and gory way, not the good mind blowing.
Kobe Bryant is, was and will always be a go for the throat, relentless, unconscionable, aggressive scoring machine.
The Los Angeles Clippers dominated in all of the hustle categories for the majority of the night. They killed the Los Angeles Lakers on the boards (47-36), grabbed what seemed like every offensive rebound and loose ball. The Clippers led for the entire game and had that lead reach as much as 19 points against the Lakers.
Somehow, the Clippers found themselves in ball game late in the 4th quarter.
The Lakers got within 2 points after a Kobe Bryant jumper at the top of the key with 1:29 remaining. That’s the closest that the Lakers would get.
Chris Paul put all hopes of a great Lakers come back to bed when he hit a jumper over Kobe Bryant with 0.19 seconds remaining.
Clippers beat the Lakers for the 2nd time this season, 107-102.
Chris Paul led the way for the Clippers with 30 points and 13 assists.
Growing up I was a huge fan of the skit comedy show In Living Color that starred creators/comedians Keenan Ivory and Damon Wayans. The show ran for about 5 years and had quite a bit of talent on the show that went on to become big stars: Jamie Fox, Jim Carey and Jennifer Lopez to name a few.
Arguable, (in my book there is no argument) the real star of the show was Damon Wayans who’s characters were the most humorous and memorable of the show. I might even say iconic in some cases. When thinking of the early 90s at some point Damon’s characters on In Living Color start coming to mind, such as: Continue reading The Return of Oswald Bates on Radio 710 ESPN Los Angeles→
Apparently the Lakers’ front office has become less discreet about their coaching search. Listed under the Gigs section on Craigslist is an ad for a Head Coaching position with the Lakers. The requirements for the position are as follows:
Head coach wanted for Los Angeles lakers
Must work well with others
Must be defensive minded
Must have NBA finals experience
Must be familiar with the triangle offence
Ability to check egos
Atleast 10 years experience
Must be able to thrive under pressure
Must be able to pass background check with viable references
If you meet these requirements please contact Dr. Jerry Buss or Mitch kupchek
We have yet to confirm if this is a legitimate ad posting (tongue in cheek but you know that) from the Lakers but if you think you are a viable candidate here is a link to the ad so that you can submit your qualifications and pitch. Good luck.