Posts tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’
Ron Artest is a little loose in the head, we all know that (see: Palace Brawl). But is he weird enough to hop in the shower with Kobe Bryant after a game? They weren’t even on the same team!
Kobe said that after the Lakers lost game six of the ‘08 NBA Finals in Boston by 39 points, he was alone in the shower, just fuming. He heard somebody walk in and assumed it was one of his teammates, or maybe a staff member. Instead, he looked up, and it was Ron Artest (to this day, Kobe has no idea how Artest got into the locker room).
“I want to come help you,” Artest said. “If I can, I’m going to find a way to come to LA and give you the help you need to win a title.”
Are you kidding me? I guess it’s a good thing that Artest finally landed in LA, otherwise he’d be peeking in on Kobe all the time. Luckily for Ron Ron, he can shower with Kobe after every game next season.
At 12:01 Wednesday morning, the NBA will begin to make some noise. The beginning of free agency is always entertaining. Where will my favorite player end up? What’s my hometeam’s plan? Can the Clippers become contenders? (Note: the last question was a joke.) Below is a list of available players (ones worth mentioning) and a quick thought of their potential status come the beginning of the season…
- Mike Bibby, PG, ATL : Bibby will hopefully stay in Atlanta, but he may wait to hear what other teams offer. It must be noted early that the money really isn’t there this year. Not only is the economy hurting most money-making oppourtunities, but some teams are holding out for the 2010 free agency period that is FULL of great players. Bibby stays in Atlanta.
- Ben Gordon, SG, CHI : He missed out on a HUGE payday before, so he won’t deny $11 million per this season. Detroit is reportedly the leader of the pack and they have a short list (Gordon and Charlie V). Gordon will be knocking down shots with Detroit, and their new coach, next season.
- Allen Iverson, SG, DET : Sadly, for someone who was once so dominant, Charlotte is probably the only suitor for the former All-Star. His move to Detroit was disastrous and ex-coach Larry Brown may be the only man willing to take the risk. If he can learn to share the ball, take a slight backseat, and realize he isn’t 27-years-old anymore, then the Sixers may bite. However, that is highly unlikely.
- Rasheed Wallace, PF, DET : Rumors are swirling. First it’s Cleveland, then it’s Boston, and the list goes on. I personally would like to see the Cavs make a run at him and see what they can do. At the end of the day, Sheed wants to contend. Why not head to Cleveland? This one is a tough call.
- Trevor Ariza, SF, LAL : We’ve all heard that Ariza will stay, and that’s how it will go. Ariza broke out last year, showing that he can defend and bury a three. Lakers hold on to the young fella if they’re smart.
- Lamar Odom, SF, LAL : When Odom shows up, the Lakers do well. Assuming he shows up all of next year, the Lakers will continue to do well. Lakers have two priorities, Odom and Ariza. Odom stays in L.A.
- Anderson Varejao, PF, CLE : With the addition of Shaq, the current roster spot of Big Z, and the Cavs interest in guys like Sheed and Charlie V., Varejao will likely land somewhere other than Cleveland. How does somewhere down South sound?
- Jason Kidd, PG, DAL : He is set to meet with the Knicks, and then with Mavs owner Mark Cuban. With the Knicks likely to only offer a one-year deal, Kidd will probably remain in Dallas. As much as I would like to see Kidd in orange and blue, staying in Dallas just makes more sense. The Hawks are another suitor for Kidd if they lose out on Bibby, but I’m sticking with Dallas.
- Ron Artest, SF, HOU : Ron Ron is so fun to talk about. His skills make your mouth water when you think about certain scenarios. Say, Cleveland? The Cavs don’t have any cash to spend on him but think about the possibilities. Detroit was also reportedly in the mix (yikes!) but Artest has said he plans on staying in Houston. I’ll go along with that.
- Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL : Purple and Gold.
- Charlie Villanueva, PF, MIL : Charlie V is a hot commodity. Cleveland is certainly interested because he’s a 6-11′ runner who can jack the three (a la Rashard Lewis). Although he can’t play much defense, I think the Cavs land Charlie V over Sheed.
- Hedo Turkoglu, SF, ORL : With the Magic’s recent trade for Vince Carter, Hedo is on the way out. He could return to Sac-town and play for the lonely Kings. However, I think Hedo heading to Toronto has a sweeter ring to it.
- Carlos Boozer, PF, UTH : Boozer got smart real quick, realizing there wasn’t a whole lot of money to throw around this free agency period. It has been reported that Boozer will stay with Utah.
Sure, it’s not 2010’s class, but it’s got some talent. We all know it’s just a shot in the dark when you’re trying to pick potential landing spots, but it’s entertaining nonetheless.
Congratulations on your NBA Finals victory, you had one hell of a season. It’s funny how people are all of sudden comparing you to Michael Jordan because you now have four titles compared to his six. If you get six, are people really going to call you as good or even better? I enjoy it when people talk about you like you were the ONLY person to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, as if you didn’t have the best starting line-up in the NBA. Don’t get me wrong, you’re good and every good team has an outstanding player, but you literally had a team full of really good players. Remember Jordan’s 72-win team back in the day? They had Scottie Pippen, he was pretty good. And then they had that rebounding guy with the crazy hair. Oh, and they had a guy named Luc Longley as their starting center. And remember Toni Kukoc? Your teammate Lamar Odom has already passed him with flying colors in just his 10 years in the league.
Anyway, I don’t want to get into the details of it all but your first title without a sidekick must feel pretty good. No Shaq, no Pippen-esque player. Perhaps it’s Shaq that needed a sidekick this whole time, not you. Remember Phil Jackson’s book entitled “The Final Season” ? He said that you were “uncoachable” and that he was “done with you”. Funny how things change right? You grew up Kobe, and I’m proud of you.
What does all this gibber – jabber mean coming from some poor pathetic blogger on the East Coast? Nothing at all my friend, just had to congratulate you and kind of throw in a very slight apology for being a Kobe-Hater. Trust me, I’m not the only one. Hopefully people quit with the bullcrap comparisons and realize that no one will ever pass Michael Jordan. Here’s to a LeBron title in 2010.
Congrats again Big guy,
Finally! Someone with some credibility comes out of the woodwork and tells it like it is. Yes, it is true, LeBron James is the best player in the world and he has the opportunity to become the greatest player ever.
No more of that damn Kobe talk. Kobe’s this, Kobe’s that. Kobe is the next Jordan. Stop! Kobe Bryant is a great player and the best pure scorer in the game today. However, LeBron James is better than Kobe, hands down.
Jerry West was recently reported as saying that LeBron has in fact surpassed Kobe, and West was the guy who drafted the 18-year-old Bryant. Oh, and as far as Jerry West having credibility, the dude is the silohuette for the NBA…
Let’s not get it confused anymore, LeBron is above Kobe. And, when LeBron grabs his first title this June, all those Kobe fans should quiet down just a bit.
When it’s all said and done, LeBron James will have been the best player to ever play in the NBA and he’ll probably have made the most money than anyone to ever play in the NBA (yea, Jordan too). You heard it here.
Entertaining as always, the NBA continues to host the best All-Star weekend out of any sport (Pro-Bowl, MLB All-Star, Hockey, etc).
The West poured it on the East in a game that ended completely one-way, 146-119. Kobe scored 27 and Shaq dropped 17 in 11 minutes, earning them Co-MVP honors. And so the question is raised; what bad blood is there between the two? Judging by the game, there is none. The two joked, dished passes to one another, and begged for the other guy to take the MVP hardware. Really?
And of course, the Shaq-Kobe combination was the entire talk of the night. “I tell you what, those two guys together, that’s a deadly combination as we all saw tonight and we have all seen in the past,” said East head coach Mike Brown. Blah, blah, blah.
After the game, Kobe had this to say, “We are not going to go back to the room and watch ‘Steel Magnolias’ or something like that, you know what I’m saying, crying, all that stuff. We had a good time. That’s all.”
Yea, sure Kobe.
The hype. The everlasting comparison between two of the game’s greatest players. The office arguments of which guy is better and who you would take on your team. It was all settled on Sunday afternoon. Or was it?
Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers traveled to Cleveland to take on LeBron James and the Cavaliers. The result, in my opinion, was a surprise as the Lakers handed the Cavs their first home loss all season. I can’t say that I thought Kobe and LeBron would go head-to-head, but I thought they would both perform better than they did.
Kobe finished with 19 points, 2 assists, and 3 rebounds. LeBron had a horrible day shooting as he went 5-20 from the field, finishing the game with 16 points, 12 assists, and 8 rebounds.
The Lakers finished a tough road-trip that included both the Cavs and the Celtics, both games of which they won. Are the Lakers still the real deal without Bynum?
I’ll stick with the Cavs to win it all. I’ll stick with LeBron as the best player in the game. And I’ll gladly listen to the insults and bashings.
As sick as I am of the Kobe Bryant – LeBron James comparisons, I’m going to take part in the small argument that has plagued the sport world in recent days.
Kobe’s record-setting 61-point performance at Madison Square Garden the other night was phenomenal, and then some. But make no mistake about it, LeBron James’ outing at the Garden was better.
LeBron scored 52 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 11 dimes…the second-highest scoring triple-double in history (only behind Wilt the Stilt). But we must also remember, MSG is NOT what it used to be and the Knicks play absolutely NO defense with D’Antoni at the helm (or for the past eight years with any coach). With that being said, Kobe and LeBron’s performances would be better gauged for judgement had their teams played a team like Boston.
The comparison of Kobe and LeBron is almost like comparing apples to oranges, they are both completely different players. Kobe is an assassin, the best SCORER in the NBA today. LeBron is more of a distributor, the best PLAYER in the NBA today. If there’s three seconds left in the game and we’re down by two, I want the ball in Kobe’s hands. If I am a general manager with the opportunity to bring in ANY player I please, it would be LeBron.
LeBron James’ triple-doubles will win the NBA Finals. Kobe Bryant’s 61 points will win the Western Conference.