(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)
Bryant wants a chance to make up for it this season. He fully endorsed Jackson to fill the Lakers’ coaching vacancy caused by Mike Brown’s dismissal, following L.A.’s dominant 101-77 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday.
“Phil, obviously, you guys know how I feel about Phil,” Bryant said. “The one thing that’s kind of always bothered me is that his last year, I wasn’t able to give him my normal self because I was playing on one leg. That’s always kind of eaten away at me that the last year of his career, I wasn’t able to give him everything I had.” (Click to read the entire article by Dave McMenamin at ESPN.com)
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The big three Celtics…Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce looked BIG last night at their home-opener over the Little Three in Miami…2011 hoist another trophy?
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Pau Gasol comes up huge in Laker’s home-opener…dangling the competition with full European neck beard and everything (Click to read Lakers)
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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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Look deep into Phil Jackson’s (Vudu Guru’s, Laker Shaker’s, Zen Master’s) eyes…what do you see? DOMINATION. Read entire article (click)
Seems to me that hoops Zen Master Phil Jackson lost his Feng Shui along the Wu Way as his Lakers got progressively worse with each finals game rather than tactically better down the missed-championship stretch. Expertly adjust and direct, that’s what coaches do. Doc Rivers seemed much more insightful, savvy and effective as he responded to each crisis, motivating and strategizing his Celtics to victory. Will Phil get another chance? Will Phil find inner peace? It’s back to the meditation mat…(Sports Illustration #14)
Admittedly, I’m a huge Laker fan, but these Celtics are just good (very good!). Suffocating, monster-physical defense. Inside and outside scoring power. Magical team mojo. The Doc turning all the right motivational knobs. Guts, courage and resolve. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen clutch performances…greatest turnaround in history…Boston Three Party, nice Irish job!
(Sports Illustration ‘Lucky’ #13)
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)