(Illustration by Steve Shoff) NEW YORK — Sensing a fellow shooter had become gun shy, Kobe Bryant had a message for Carmelo Anthony last summer. Ignore the critics, he said. Stop worrying about fitting in and get back to a scorer’s mentality. “You have to do what you do best,” Bryant told him…(Click to read the entire story at ESPN.com)
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“The great thing about the Lakers is that we judge by championships,” said Magic, who — along with Kareem, Kobe and crucial role player Derek Fisher — has won a handful of rings with the Lakers. “So when Kobe gets that next one, then he’ll be The Man; he’ll be the greatest Laker. And I’ll have no problem giving him that.” (Click to read entire article)
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Who’s got more leadership fire, moxy, mojo, flare? Is it Alfalfa, leader of the 1950’s Little Rascals, or Kobe, leader of the 2008 Laker “brothers”. There can be only one. After last night’s meltdown in Tinseltown, we might need some of Carl “Afalfa” Switzer’s magic. (Sports Illustration #11)
Kobe Bryant, the best player in the NBA in 2008 and perhaps the most changed player from team disfunctionator to team synergizer is poised and ready (with his “brothers”) to take on the greatest-comeback-in-the-history-of-the-league Celtics. Magic Johnson’s LA Lakers took down Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics in six games in 1987. Can Bryant do the same against Garnett? My prediction: Lakers in seven, a hard fought battle all the way. (Illustrated Sports #5)