Kobe Bryant’s Maturity Was in Full Display in 2010 NBA Finals Game 7

June 18th, 2010 by Nick Mordowanec Leave a reply »
He’s been compared to the impenetrable Michael Jordan, as well as Los Angeles Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But Kobe Bryant’s performance in Game 7 of the NBA Finals was a bit out of the ordinary.

Bryant, widely considered as the best basketball player on the planet, was having an out-of-this-world performance—and I mean that in a bad way.

He was horrendous, missing shot after shot and losing his handle on more than one occasion. It wasn’t the Bryant we have seen throughout his career, or even the player we had seen the entire NBA Finals.

The Boston Celtics were on top of their game, obtaining a 13-point lead at one point in the third quarter. With Bryant struggling with his shot and everything in between, he began to focus on other things—like his teammates.

Pau Gasol and Ron Artest became the Lakers’ formidable scorers, making big shots and big plays time and time again as the comeback was in full swing. Bryant, on the other hand, knew his shot was off and focused on the glass. He ended up wi ...

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