Kobe and Boston: A Goodbye To Remember

originally published December 29, 2015 On the Wednesday night of his Boston debut an 18 year old thinner version of the Kobe Bryant we know gazed at the famed parquet floor that creaked and dipped in spots every time he moved in the lay-up line. For a moment he paused and gave a momentary glance…

The Jordan Clarkson-Black Mamba Bond

Not that anyone wants to relive the Dwight Howard year, but in those depressing months before Kobe Bryant decided to hell with it and he took over the offense, there was a lot of talk about Kobe’s unwillingness to pass the leadership torch to Howard so the Lakers would be Howard’s team. It was ridiculously…

11 Years Ago, 81 Points and Immortality

It’s really a testament to the power of imagination. There’s a lot of players who come up now who don’t think 80 points is possible. You think 50 and if you are really hot- 60. I never had that limit. Ever. I never, ever thought that way. I always thought 80 was possible. Always. I…

Kobe and His Shadow Affecting Lakers Free Agency

On April 13th, on the last day of the regular season and the last day of Kobe Bryant’s career, he delivered a performance that will be narrated in the history books of sport as one of the most spectacular achievements to end a career. After 20 years and a broken body, he scored 60 points…

Kobe Ruins Sam Mitchell (Again)

“I hate him. If I don’t ever see him again, it will be too soon. I hate him.”- Sam Mitchell Ten years and eleven days after Sam Mitchell suffered his worst defeat as a head coach, he walked into Staples Center, a little bit grayer around the edges, and a little bit salty. He knew…

Kobe Says No to Rio Olympics

Kobe Bryant’s last gold medal will be his last gold medal. His Olympic career is done. Before a road games against the Utah Jazz, Bryant said he wouldn’t play in Rio this summer as part of USA Basketball. He wouldn’t try for his third gold medal. He wouldn’t walk off the world’s stage for the…

Kobe’s An All-Star But What About Chris Paul?

Chris Paul’s first All-Star game was in 2008. The game was played in Paul’s professional hometown of New Orleans. Outside of it being Paul’s first All-Star game nod, the importance of the event was enormous. The city of New Orleans was hosting the corporate and celebrity event three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.…