Kobe Bryant’s Doin’ Work: Mamba Recruiting For the Los Angeles Lakers?!

July 13th, 2010 by Euno Lee Leave a reply »

As recently as last season, during the regular season, I openly detested Kobe Bryant. 

I could write a book on why I hated Kobe Bryant.

I hated that he was shooting the Lakers out of games, taking an NBA high 22 shots a game on a team that had the league's best offensive center. 

I hated that he was basking in glory for hitting game winners against teams the Lakers had no place being down against:  Miami, Memphis, Toronto, a then-mediocre Boston. 

It was, to me, a rehash of the Shaq-Kobe "Combo" years, where Kobe would ditch the triangle offense in search of personal glory.  As Kobe climbed up the All-Time Scoring list this year, the Lakers posted eight less wins than their previous championship season, finishing 57-25.

But you know what ended up happening in those Shaq-Kobe Combo years?  Kobe learned to play as a teammate come Playoff time, and the Lakers managed to Three-Peat.

Kobe's silence during the free agency period was his greatest P.R. asset.  Kobe would never dream of running a self-celebrating one hour special on himself; it's not that he's not na ...

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