A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
A Change For the Better??
Yes, I said it…
If Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers pass the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, not only does he deserve his silhouette to become the new NBA logo, he should be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But in order for Kobe to be honored this way, he must defeat the Boston Celtics.
Magic did it. Kareem did it. Worthy did it.
And Kobe must do it.
Kobe, in fact, must remember how he felt after Game Six of the 2008 NBA Finals when the Lakers lost 131-to-92 to the Boston Celtics.
I know, he will use this as his motivation.
Because in the 2010 NBA playoffs, Kobe is averaging 32.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 8.3 assists while shooting 52.1 percent from the field. The 7.2 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game are, in fact a career high for Bryant.
Yeah, I know it was against the defensive-less Oklahoma Thunder, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and “Dudley Do-Right” but it was still an impressive feat for the Black Mamba.
Against the “Boys from Bean Town”, it want be that easy, because Kobe will probably be double-teamed and even tripled-team if necessary.
Statistically, due to his outstanding playoff performance so far, Bryant recently surpassed former Los Angeles Lakers Jerry West (74) and Kareem Abdul Jabber (75) with the most playoff games with 30 or more points
The only player with more 30 or more point- games in playoff history is the legendary Michael Jordan, who has done it 109 times.
Let’s not forget, Kobe is a fierce competitor, who is fueled by the Michael Jordan comparison.
Therefore, if Bryant along with his team mates defeats Boston in the 2010 NBA finals, it will give him five NBA championship rings. With one more, he ties “Your Airness,” who has six.
As you can see, Kobe is playing not only to win another championship; he is playing to legittimize his place at the table with the rest of the NBA legends.