Does Kobe Bryant Have His Own Pippen in Ron Artest?

May 30th, 2010 by blake ritter Leave a reply »

Was that Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen out there punching Phil Jackson's ticket to yet another NBA Finals; No. 13 to be precise?

No, but on Saturday, Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest sure pulled off a nifty imitation of Batman and Robin, the latter of whom produced the first six of Jackson's 10 rings.

That No. 24 Bryant wears for the Los Angeles Lakers is quite appropriate. With each passing oh-my-gosh bucket—the Game 6 clincher against the Phoenix Suns a fallaway, off-balance jumper with Grant Hill's hand in his face—Bryant looks one better than No. 23.

"He's one of the few players I've ever seen who can literally will the ball into the rim,'' teammate Derek Fisher said.

And Artest? He wears No. 37, not No. 33, the ace defender by trade turned into an offensive force. "The Lord was with him,'' Jackson said.

For sure, the basketball gods are smiling on the NBA, which will serve up the Lakers in the Finals for the 31st time against their nastiest ri ...

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